Size and fit

The Asics Gel Lyte V Sanze Knit is a unisex shoe model. It is available in men’s sizes ranging from 4.5 to 14 in D Standard width, which would be approximately equivalent to sizes 6 to 15.5 in women’s sizing. Its one-piece knitted upper conforms to the foot’s natural shape and gives out a sock-like fit while being supportive. Wearing it on and off won’t be as difficult as there are pull tabs present on the tongue and heel. For stability and added support, structural overlays are placed on the midfoot and heel area.

For the most comfortable fit, the brand advises getting this shoe one size bigger.

Asics Gel Lyte V Sanze Knit Style

This modern iteration of the classic Gel Lyte V silhouette boasts a one-piece knitted upper in a sock-like construction that makes it ideal during Summer or warm weather conditions because of its breathable and lightweight materials. Although the materials speak modern street style sneaker trend, the shoe’s design elements still honor the classic Gel Lyte V shoe, fusing the old with the new. As released in toned-down colorways, this shoe won't be hard to style since it can be paired with almost any set of outfit for both men and women.

Notable Features

The Asics Gel Lyte V Sanze Knit, as the name suggests, is the knit version of the Sanze iteration of the Gel Lyte V. Its one-piece sock-like knitted upper give the shoe its identity, but more than that is a newly developed tooling for Asics Tiger that it incorporates – a large visible GEL inserts in the heel. This GEL inserts, which functions to absorb shocks, is covered by a transparent TPU cup.

Asics Gel Lyte V Sanze Knit History

The Asics Gel Lyte V Sanze Knit released in 2017 as Asics’ take on the knitted sneakers trend. It took the profile of the Sanze rendition of the classic Gel Lyte V and replaced the prime mesh upper with a knitted one in a mono-sock construction.

The "Black/Vachetta Tan" colorway released in December 2017 with an upper comprised of a black knitted material and vachetta tan heel counter. It sits atop a white sole unit with black speckled detailing towards the heel area.  Two colorways have also been released – one is the “Birch/Birch” colorway, while the other is the “Mid Grey/Mid Grey” colorway. Each pair retails at $160.

Additional Info

  • Asics brandings are visible on the heel and tongue.
  • A stretch overlay features linked eyelet stays.
  • The rubber outsole provides optimum traction.


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