Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Asics Gel Spotlyte impressed heaps of buyers for its overall performance and stylish look.
  • Some reviewers applauded the lockdown and comfortable fit of this shoe.
  • The traction of this shoe is effective on all kinds of surfaces, according to a few number of purchasers.
  • This shoe looks good on casual looks, stated by some buyers.
  • Many reviewers noted the excellent ankle support of the Asics Gel Spotlyte.
  • Some reported that they get lots of compliments whenever they wear this shoe.
  • There were a number of reviewers who took notice of the shoe’s great quality and durability.
  • A few purchasers appreciated that the shoe in actual looked exactly as it is in the photos.
  • This shoe is reasonably priced, which is a plus for several buyers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were some reports that the Asics Gel Spotlyte is a little narrow in the toe box, which brings a bit of discomfort for wide-footed wearers.
  • Some purchasers think that due to its unique style, it would be difficult to match with a wide range of outfits.
  • One reviewer noted that the Asics Gel Spotlyte is heavier and stiffer than other Asics classic shoes.

Bottom line

In 2014, Asics brought back one of its classic basketball shoes and revamped it for the modern consumers for lifestyle use – the Asics Gel Spotlyte. Equipped with the brand’s Gel cushioning technology, it is no doubt as to why a large number of reviewers left positive notes on its comfort and great fit and feel.

With a reasonable price tag, it offers excellent ankle support, great traction, quality, and durability. However, not all were pleased that it is a little bit heavy and fits narrow in the toe box.

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Good to know

The Asics Gel Spotlyte comes in men’s sizes from 7.5 to 14 in D Medium width. It generally fits true to size. It has a mid-top profile which provides ample ankle support and a secure and lockdown fit. The traditional lace closure can be adjusted for a customized fit. Adding to the comfort are the well-padded tongue and collar. Overall foot support is excellent.

The Asics Gel Spotlyte is a mid-top sneaker inspired by a basketball shoe. Its style, in general, throws an 80s vibe with its chunky exterior and construction. Completing the look is the leather upper with several reinforcements including the signature Asics stripes on the sides. It also comes in several colorways which allow more styling options for the wearers.

The Asics Gel Spotlyte is a mid-top sneaker with leather material on the upper. One of the first few things that can be noticed are the rubber eyelet stays. Like the original model released in 1992, this version incorporates the sponge collar padding as well as the large brand logos on the heel part and the tongue.

When most people hear the brand name Asics, a running shoe is what first comes to their minds since the brand has always been synonymous with such type of footwear. However, the brand was also recognized for its basketball shoes back in the day, and one of these is the Asics Gel Spotlyte.

The Asics Gel Spotlyte first released in 1992 as a signature shoe of professional basketball star and Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas. Together with Thomas, Asics came up with a lower and lighter basketball shoe for the smaller and quicker basketball players on the court. Such characteristics made the Asics Gel Spotlyte the perfect "guard shoe" for the point guard superstar.

Obtained from the Asics archive, the Gel Spotlyte was re-introduced as a retro model in 2014 with the original silhouette details such as the sponge collar padding and the large brand logo retained. It also features a durable suede or leather upper equipped with synthetic leather overlays for added hold and support.

  • The padded tongue and collar of this version are re-engineered for optimum comfort.
  • The insoles are removable.
  • The Gel Cushioning System is present in the rearfoot and the forefoot for shock absorption.
  • The GEL-SPOTLYTE” branding is visible on the lateral side next to the Asics signature stripes.
  • Perforation details for breathability can be found on the toe box.
  • The rubber outsole bears a pivot point for turns and transitions.
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.