7 users: 4.4 / 5
Base model: Asics Gel Lyte V
Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running

Verdict from 5.7 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the consumers gush over the superb comfort they feel when wearing the Asics Gel Lyte V Pastel.
  • A good number of buyers are long-time wearers of the Asics Gel-Lyte V silhouette, and they love the new iteration with its pastel colors.
  • A handful of the reviewers express that the shoe provides excellent support.
  • The stylish design of the shoe is admired by several buyers.
  • Some of the users enjoy the compliments they get when they are wearing the sneaker.
  • The shoe is available in multiple kinds of pastel colors.
  • Numerous wearers attest to its comfort, especially when using the shoes for long walks while traveling.
  • Some buyers find the $130 retail price reasonable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The sneaker is sold at a slightly expensive price point compared to other colorways.
  • A reviewer notes that the colors of the sneaker vary to what they see online.

Bottom line

With the Gel Lyte V Pastel, Asics did a great job of giving the classic silhouette a fresh look with a touch of pastel. The combination of the remarkable performance of the Gel Lyte V and its trendy new look earns a lot of thumbs up as users continue to experience the great comfort of the sneaker and also get to have a fresh look for it. Though the shoe may be a little expensive compared to other colorways, it may still be a quality addition to a sneaker collection.

The Asics Gel Lyte V on feet offers the same standard fit as the regular Asics Gel Lyte V. Unhindered movement can be expected from its low-top construction. The lacing system can be adjusted to achieve a secure fit. It runs just a little narrow for some and may not be suitable for those who have wide feet. 

Pastel colors engender softness, calmness, and serenity. These kinds of colors mostly are the main elements of the spring and summer season. However, these colors also represent timelessness that they continue to blend in with fashion from season to season or from year to year.

Asics took its Asics Gel Lyte V silhouette to another level and applied the pastel colors for its fresh look. Despite being initially a running shoe which delivers a sporty appeal, the Asics Gel Lyte V Pastel also conveys the soft vibe with its new colorways like apricot nectar, mauve wood, and reef water. Considering that the low-top silhouette itself is one of the brand’s classic, its new pastel colors add more impact to its timeless image as well as making it more fashion-forward.

The pastel colors applied to the shoe also showcases style flexibility and can match up with a variety of ensembles. Throw on a pair of light-colored jeans and top, and one is ready to hit the streets.

The Asics Gel Lyte V Pastel sneaker is best used with light shirts, tees, and tank tops during the spring and summer months where the pastel tones would immediately blend with the colors of the season. Wear these shoes with walking or Bermuda shorts, light joggers, slim-fit denim jeans, ankle or cropped pants to better highlight the pastel design.

The thing about the Asics Gel Lyte V Pastel that distinguishes the silhouette is its colorways. The brand giving the touch of pastel to the Asics Gel Lyte gives it its own identity in the form of the Asics Gel Lyte V Pastel silhouette. It brings out the soft and calm side of the shoe despite it being a running shoe, making it more fashionable as well. The whole classic design of the low-top shoe with the DNA of the Asics Gel Lyte V also attracts the attention of buyers with its iconic image.

Founded by Kihachiro Onitsuka in Kobe Japan as Onitsuka Co. Ltd., the Japanese brand Asics was established as a footwear manufacturing company on September 1, 1949. Asics got its name from the acronym of the Latin phrase “anima sana in corpore sano” or “If you pray to God, you should pray for a sound mind in a healthy body." The Japanese company’s guiding principle would, later on, be the name of the brand.

Onitsuka Tiger merged with companies GTO and JELENK to form general sports equipment manufacturer Asics Corporation on July 21, 1977.  In spite of the name change to Asics, an excellent range of footwear is still produced and sold worldwide under the original Onitsuka Tiger label.

Asics is hardly familiar outside of Japan and a few American and European cities, as it does not even have famous athletes and celebrities as endorsers. Nonetheless, it has a long tradition of crafting excellent shoes for running and later on other sports such as basketball and volleyball.

  Birth of Asics Gel series

Nevertheless, what Asics lacks in name recall and star power is well compensated by the high quality of the footwear this Japanese manufacturer produces. Aside from its vast following and immense popularity among hardcore athletes and sports enthusiasts, Asics running shoes are among the top-rated performance footwear in the world.

The most significant contribution of the brand Asics to the footwear industry is the production of the Gel Lyte series of running shoes that continues to be a sneaker fan favorite. The Gel cushioning system was first developed and appeared in the brand’s shoes in the 1980s. It placed the company on the pedestal as a significant player in running shoe manufacturing.

Before the creation of the Gel series, early stages of the shoes’ production began in the Asics laboratories started by company founder Kihachiro Onitsuka. The laboratory experimented with many types of cushioning materials like sponges and foams including Air Flex canal inserts in the midsole for energy return.

After several trial runs, the Gel Cushioning system was made. It is composed of a soft Silicon material injected at the forefoot and heel that absorbs landing strikes, reduces fatigue, and reduces impact injuries. Early footwear developers of what they call the Alpha Gel cushioning in the firm’s lab claim they are better than the much-acclaimed air cushioning system. The Asics Gel cushioning is made up of a silicone-based substance injected into the EVA midsole that delivers shock absorption and disperses vibration.

"Run at the speed of Lyte” was what the company used to capture the message of the original Gel-Lyte that has set the standard higher. The Asics Gel Lyte shoe, weighing less than a pound, was very light. It was built to speed up the runner that until today, the kicks continue to be a top seller among running shoe fans.

In 1993, Asics released the Gel-Lyte running sneakers featuring an anti-torque stability system or ATSS for greater motion control for heel contact including midfoot stance and forefoot positioning. Other variations of the Gel Lyte soon followed from the Gel Lyte I, the Gel Lyte II and the popular Gel Lyte III. Skipping a Roman numeral as the numeral IV means bad luck in Japanese culture, the Asics Gel Lyte V running shoe was released and became another bestselling design. Both the Gel Lyte III and V enjoyed retro comebacks and had the most collaborations with designers and retailers to date.

  Asics Gel Lyte V features, collaborations

As a continuation of the Asics Gel Lyte collection, having the Asics Gel Lyte III as its predecessor, the Gel Lyte V running shoe has a P-Gel cushioning at the forefoot and V-Gel padding around the heel as well as a stability insert and a mono-sock liner to provide 360 degrees of comfort. All these features proved to be a great addition to the already famous collection.

However, despite its prominence in the running shoe market in the 1990s, the Gel Lyte V was discontinued and disappeared from the spotlight leaving its fans wanting for more. Fortunately, after 20 years, Asics finally re-released the Asics Gel Lyte V running shoes in 2013. Soon after, leading shoe designers, artists and sneaker retailers worldwide collaborated with the brand to revamp the iconic running shoe with various new materials and unique colorways. Some of the most sought after running shoe collaborations in the sneaker world used the Gel Lyte V as its platform.

The Asics Gel Lyte V is one of the brands most iconic silhouettes and goes next in line with the Asics Gel Lyte III for being a collaboration favorite. Some of these limited-edition collaborative hypes also until now are highly sought-after.

Asics also produced a wide variety of variations for the Asics Gel Lyte V silhouette. Some of these variations have gained the favor of the sneakerheads as well as earning their fair share of popularity. Some of these famous collaborations on the Gel Lyte V include those with Ronnie Fieg, Bodega, Concepts, Ubiq, Extra Butter, Sneakersnstuff, Atmos, BAIT, Monkey Time, and Commonwealth.

Another favorite version is the Asics Gel Lyte V Pastel in which pastel hues grace the upper of the model. It showcases the serene side of the shoe yet also flourishes its trendy appeal. The touch of pastel given to this shoe evens out both its sporty and fashionable characteristics.

As part of the Asics Gel Lyte V Pastel Pack which dropped in 2017, the unique colorways are built for the spring and summer months. Three colorways that form part of the pack include the Apricot Nectar, Mauve Wood, and Reef Water. The Asics Gel Lyte V Pastel color variations have perforated suede with color-blocking and a contrasting mesh Mono-Sockliner while the signature Asics stripes is made of nubuck material.

  • Asics branding is placed on the tongue, sole, and the heel part of the Asics Gel Lyte V Pastel.
  • The sneaker showcases a monosock style tongue that adds comfort.
  • The flat lacing system is provided for the shoe.
  • The “Gel Lyte V” callout is presented on the lateral side of the shoe.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.