Verdict from 52 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Asics Gel Lyte V Sanze comes in various colorway options. 
  • Majority of the consumers said that the sneaker runs true to size. 
  • A few online purchasers claim that it looks better in person than in the photos posted. 
  • Comfortable was a word frequently used in describing this pair. 
  • The sneaker was deemed to be stylish by several reviewers. 
  • Some wearers were pleased that they receive compliments regarding this kick. 
  • It is lightweight, which some users appreciated. 
  • The shoe is breathable making for a pleasant experience even without wearing socks, according to a reviewer. 
  • A number of users were pleasantly surprised that the kick offers adequate support. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some consumers with wide feet said that it felt narrower than expected. 
  • One reviewer warned about getting stains on the shoe, as it is quite challenging to get rid of them. 

Bottom line

Taking the classic Gel Lyte V and reinterpreting it in a whole new light, Asics introduces the Gel Lyte V Sanze. Based on the brand's fan favorite since the 90s, this iteration now features a sleeker and trendier silhouette but retains its iconic predecessor's essence by maintaining its kimono-inspired upper design, the midsole's wave-like detail, and the iconic Gel technology cushioning. This newly released model now utilizes a more breathable and lighter material, which enhances the kick's overall comfort.  

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Good to know

The Asics Gel Lyte V Sanze comes in both men and women’s sizes. The guys can select from sizes 4.5 to 14 while the ladies can choose from 5 to 15.5. The shoe generally fits true to size. However, some users with wide feet mentioned it felt too narrow for them and recommended going half a size up. 

The pair features a one-piece cleatie upper but utilizes a traditional lace-up system for its closure. 

Donning a sleek low-top silhouette, the Asics Gel Lyte V Sanze makes for a shoe that's easy to pair with a myriad of casual outfits. The sneaker's kimono-inspired upper with stylish suede overlays and overlapping shoelaces provide a futuristic appeal that is trendy and timeless at the same time. This sneaker is also offered in numerous lovely colorways, which makes deciding which one matches your style and personality easier. 

The shoe's mono-sock upper stands out as it allows for a sleeker looking shoe while the kimono-like construct of the upper's overlays provides the shoe's futuristic appeal. Characteristic wave designs on the heel serve as an homage to the original Gel Lyte V. Lastly, the use of two different materials for the upper, mesh and suede, offer contrasting textures that add depth to the shoe's aesthetic.

As part of the brand's continuing efforts to pursue perfection and the fulfilling their aim of providing consumers with the best footwear, they remain steadfast in introducing new products based on these principles. In 2018, Asics debuted the Gel Lyte V Sanze, which is a modern iteration of the cult favorite Gel Lyte V. 

Initially released in 1993, the Gel Lyte V is arguably the brand's most enduring style and is praised for its lightweight construction and optimal comfort. And building on this model's time-tested features is the Asics Gel Lyte V Sanze. The shoe was released to mark the 100th year since the birth of Asics' founder Kichahiro Onitsuka. It was dropped with the objective of creating a new path towards the future of the brand. 

Sanze is a Japanese word for past, present, and future, which is basically what this shoe represents by taking inspiration from a previous model and reinventing it to have a more modern aesthetic that looks stylish now and at the same time futuristic too. It is available in mesh or knit upper and various colorways. 

  • It is available in Medium width. 
  • Pull-tabs are placed on both the tongue and heel for easier on and off. 
  • Perforation details are seen on the heel’s suede overlay for added breathability. 
  • The footbeds are removable.


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