Verdict from 19 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • There are various color options for the Asics Gel Lyte V RB.
  • It’s an affordable footwear option from the Asics Gel Lyte shoe series.
  • The sneaker is very cozy, with good cushioning, according to a few commenters.
  • Some users have singled out the insole, which they describe as phenomenal and like walking on clouds.
  • Quite a few reviewers will recommend the shoe to everybody.
  • Most testers love the look of the Asics Gel Lyte V RB, describing it as sleek, cool, and easy to style.
  • A couple of purchasers want to buy more pairs of this shoe.
  • Some buyers have received compliments many times for the shoe.
  • The Asics Gel Lyte V RB is a great go-to everyday shoe, according to most purchasers.
  • Most reviewers agree that the shoes are very comfortable, especially for those who like being sockless.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The toe box is on the narrow side and isn’t ideal for those with wide feet, more than a handful of buyers have discovered.
  • At least one commenter has complained that the Asics Gel Lyte V RB looks bulky on women as the inner sock makes it bulge a little.

Bottom line

Putting a little spin on the classic Asics Gel Lyte V, the Gel Lyte V RB features plenty of upgrades while retaining the timeless silhouette. It has a more form-fitting inner sock, eyelet stays, and a sleek flair. It promises a perfect fit along with supreme comfort in terms of cushioning.   

With value for the money, these retro-inspired kicks can be a good option as everyday shoes. It’s great for the spring or summer and offers versatile styling possibilities. However, it’s been noted to have a narrow width.

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Good to know

Expect a form-fitting feel when wearing the Asics Gel Lyte V RB. It has an inner sock that molds to the shape of the foot for a comfortable and snug fit. It’s available in men’s and women’s sizes. Ankle movement is unconstrained as the shoe has a low-top design. Laces offer adjustability of the fit, while the faux leather and mesh upper delivers sturdy and breathable support.

With a sophisticated monochromatic appeal, the Asics Gel Lyte V RB fits the vibe of the spring and summer seasons. It can be worn with light blue jeans and a loose shirt for a throwback look. Any kind of pants will match well with the shoes, paired with simple t-shirts or light jackets. Socks are not necessary as the kicks mold to the foot like a real sock, creating an almost lighter-than-air feel, ideal for any casual outing.

As a special edition of the Gel Lyte V, the low-top Asics Gel Lyte V RB brings the classic sneaker into 2018 modern sensibilities. It's still a GEL-cushioned shoe with the same silhouette, but its leather-and-mesh upper hides the mono-sock, this time made thinner for a tighter fit. It also has an updated eyelet stay for a smooth finish. 

The sock-like elastic material stretches and adjusts with every step. Asics branding is seen on the sides in the form of the Tiger Stripe hidden behind the mesh paneling.  Additional Asics branding is found on the tongue label and the heel counter. A pull tab assists in gliding the shoe on and off. Finishing off the sneaker's laidback elegance is the white midsole, with some wavy detailing.

Later to be renamed Onitsuka Tiger and would start to feature the Tiger Stripe, an iconic hallmark of the brand’s identity. In 1987, the decade-old Asics brand was able to find a breakthrough in the form of the Gel Lyte shoe, which boasted a then-revolutionary 9.9-ounce lightweight structure.

The sneaker made use of the Alpha GEL technology, a silicone-based gel that was already making waves in the rocket industry. When injected into the midsole, it efficiently diverted impact from vertical to horizontal, decreasing vibration and injury. Soon, many more models would follow in the footsteps of the first Gel Lyte, creating a series that continues to enjoy popularity up to today.

In 1989, the Gel Lyte II was released, featuring brighter color accents and improved stability. This was followed by the iconic Gel Lyte III in 1990, the quintessential running sneaker from Asics. Its silhouette is among the most recognizable ones in history, and its split tongue design makes it unforgettable. Two years later, the Gel Lyte Ultra was introduced (the number IV is considered to be unlucky in Japanese superstition). Completing the series is another classic and retro favorite, the Gel Lyte V, unveiled in 1993.

Proving to be yet another success, the Gel Lyte V was followed by its own different editions, including the Gel Lyte V RB. It is so named because the shoe was “reborn” (RB) for the year 2018. This new model updated the V’s construction by creating a thinner mono-sock for a snug feel. Several other updates were made, and the shoe was produced in neutral colorways as befitting a true classic.

  • Neoprene lining offers added breathability.
  • Day-long comfort is delivered by the cushioned footbed.
  • Extra cushioning and support are offered by the EVA midsole.
  • Flex grooves on the rubber outsole provide good traction.
  • The tongue is padded and attached for convenience and comfort.


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