Size and fit

The Asics Gel Spotlyte comes in men’s sizes. It generally fits true to size. It has a mid-top profile that 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.

Asics Gel Spotlyte Style

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.

Notable Features

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 is 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.

Asics Gel Spotlyte History

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.

Additional Info

  • The insoles are removable.
  • The Gel Cushioning System is present in the rearfoot and the forefoot for shock absorption.
  • Perforation details for breathability can be found on the toe box.
  • The rubber outsole bears a pivot point for turns and transitions.


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