Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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WeightMen: 6.8ozWomen: 5.7oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 6mmWomen: 6mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
Heel heightMen: 17mmWomen: 16mm
Forefoot heightMen: 11mmWomen: 10mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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67 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews
But for me, a shoe that is too responisve becomes uncomfortable, especially for the longer runs. If I'm running a 5K or a 10K, I could see where this might fit into my rotation… I just could not put long miles in this shoe comfortably.
Its shape is closer to fitting the human foot than many shoes, it's flexible, has a nice upper and the cushioning is soft (where it's not digging in).
So would I recommend the Asics Gel Lyte33? I would say yes, but try them on first and feel out the forefoot. If it feels good to you, then the shoe is a great option if you are looking for something with a soft feel, moderate drop, and a very roomy forefoot.
For now, I'd suggest avoiding version 3 and it's rated as "Not recommended."
Updates to Asics Gel Lyte33 3
- The 3rd version of the Asics Gel Lyte33 significantly lowers its weight from the previous Lyte33 2’s. It loses 2 ounces or 57 grams, so the running experience becomes significantly lighter and more efficient. The upper unit is soft, comfortable and agreeable to the skin. The mid-sole uses a cushioning system that’s one of the most lightweight on the market.
- The upper unit of the Gel Lyte33 3 uses minimal materials that do not limit the natural movement of the foot. The breathable coverage is consistent and it secures the foot responsibly. A seamless construction has even been employed to get rid of irritation or discomfort.
- The mid-sole unit of this Asics running shoe ensures the runner of a fluid and efficient step through the gait cycle. The cushioning system is high in quality and it doesn’t lose structure easily. A unit in the heel adds shock absorption mechanics for an easier and less tasking heel strike. Natural movement is also encouraged through flex grooves.
- The AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber is a strong and long-lasting material that’s been used for many shoes. It’s one of the most well-regarded layers of protection. It delivers durable shielding against surface abrasion and wear.
- The F.A.S.T.™ Sole essentially reduces the weight of the outsole unit by focusing the durable rubber on critical areas of the sole unit where wear is most likely to happen.
Asics Gel Lyte33 3 size and fit
The Asics Gel Lyte33 3 has a standard running shoe length. It uses the regular measurements to which men and women are accustomed. Its available width is medium, so it accommodates runners who have feet that are medium-sized. The low-profile design and semi-curved shape welcomes the natural shape of the runner’s foot for an amenable fit.
The AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber is a strong and long-lasting material that’s been used for many shoes. It’s one of the most well-regarded layers of protection. It delivers durable shielding against surface abrasion and wear. This reliable outsole material is also featured in the popular Asics Patriot 10.
The F.A.S.T.™ Sole design limits the use of the rubber material on the external sole unit. It’s meant to reduce the overall weight of the shoe while also allowing the rubber to focus on areas that are most likely to be exposed to abrasion or damage.
The Solyte® is a mid-sole foam that runs the entire length of the shoe. It is made from top-of-the-line materials, so it doesn’t break down easily. It gives the runner a durable and responsive platform on which to rest the foot.
The Gel® Cushioning System is a silicon-based unit that’s placed in the heel of the Gel Lyte33 3. This material efficiently protects the foot from any discomfort that may be felt when landing the foot on the ground. It absorbs shock and dissipates it for a less tasking foot strike.
The F.A.S.T.™ Ride makes the Solyte® firmer. Doing this enhances its responsiveness, thus making the ride much more agreeable to the performance of the runner. Heel-to-toe transitions are much smoother.
The F.A.S.T.™ Drop employs a drop from heel to toe of 6mm. This drop factor encourages mid-foot-to-forefoot striking, thus encouraging faster transitions and faster running. It also lessens the overall weight of the shoe.
The Deep Flex Grooves give the runner more freedom of movement as it allows the platform to move in accordance with the foot. The forefoot flex becomes easier and more agreeable.
The FluidAxis® mid-sole technology uses flex grooves that have been placed correctly in an anatomical manner. Aligned to the joints of the foot, these grooves allow the shoe to respond to each specific movement made by the foot, thus making sure that cushioning and underfoot support is afforded at all times.
Open mesh is the primary material used in the upper unit of the Asics Gel Lyte33 3. It’s smooth, soft and very responsive. It acclimates well to the motions of the foot while also maintaining a cool and dry interior environment.
The F.A.S.T.™ Heel is a design that hugs the rear of the foot well to provide security and responsible lockdown. Low-weight materials were used for this, so it doesn’t sacrifice the lightweight nature of this running shoe.
The upper unit has a Seamless Construction. From the external fabrics to the inner sleeve, the materials are able to welcome the foot without getting it irritated from seams or contact points that may cause blistering or welting. It has a sock-like fit, so sockless wearing is quite approved for this shoe.
The Standard Sock Liner is placed just above the main mid-sole unit. It adds a bit more cushioning, so that the underfoot platform is much more comfortable and well-supported.