Leather is considered by some as an upgrade over canvas. This is the kind of material that gives sneakers more durability, protection, and sophistication. Many of the most popular leather shoes are variations of the original models that were previously made of mesh or canvas. See *leather sneakers*
The material that is originally designed for sneakers. Back then, canvas was sought after as it was durable, flexible, and extremely lightweight. Today, sneakers made of canvas are wide-ranging as they are normally affordable with plenty of options where style and versatility go. See *canvas sneakers*
Suede kicks are covered with a fibrous version of animal leather giving its users shoes with a softer and more luxurious finish. These footwear provide more durability but considered disadvantageous as it attracts water and dirt easily. Suede sneakers are typically worn during Spring and Winter as many found this modish while providing warmth for the chilly days. See *suede sneakers*
The most common of all materials used in sneakers or shoes of all kinds. Whether it's a performance shoe or a lifestyle shoe, mesh is a most coveted material. It is durable, breathable, and is one of the reasons why a shoe is reasonably-priced.
At the forefront of technological innovation is knit. It offers breathability, sophistication, durability, and lightness that is not found in other materials. It is arguably the best material found in the upper of a sneaker.
The tried and tested outsole material of practically all shoes. It brings a nice mix of cushioning, durability, and impact protection.
The skaters' bestfriend is known for its flexible and soft nature for better board feel. Sneakers with vulcanized sole are ideal for skating for just a casual walk around town.
Also known as crepe soles, gum soles are sought by sneaker fans for their hot or edgy look while bringing in a ton of grip on slippery conditions. It is also more durable than regular rubber soles.
Cup soles are basically the regular rubber variety but with more height on the side walls that allow the rubber to "cup" the upper part of the shoe. The design offers better support during movement.
Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
Although breathability is subjective, it is safe to say that shoes that are mainly made of mesh or has perfortations are particularly superb in providing optimum ventilation. Breathable shoes are sought after as they help prevent users from developing blisters or having a slipper feet. Sneakers with good ventilation also enable sneaker fans from using their shoes sockless without fear of having a smelly feet. See *breathable sneakers*
Fit is highly personal and a shoe that is Orthotic-friendly raises this feature to a different level. Sneakers with removable insoles allow the user to be more comfortable and also give a more "customized" support based on usage. Across all brands, Orthotic-friendly shoes are found at an affordable price and in stylish designs. See *orthotic-friendly sneakers*
Vegan sneakers are generally produced using methods and materials that do not involve experimentation on animals, which make them technically cruelty-free. Ideally, all sections of a vegan sneaker – from its upper down to its sole composition, including the ingredients used in the assembly of the shoe, such as adhesives -- are free of any traces of animal parts and animal by-products. See *vegan sneakers*
Style never goes out even during the rainy season. Sneakers made of waterproof material is quickly becoming a must-have, particularly for people on the go. Waterproof sneakers prevent water from seeping into the shoe and help keep the foot warm and dry.
Sneakers with reflective materials are now sought by many. Although shoes of this type are not as important as those used for running, these kind of sneakers are also needed by sneaker fans for safety, particularly while going out at night.
Also dubbed as ugly shoes or turbo trainers, dad sneakers are chunky footwear inspired by the rubber shoes our fathers strutted in the 80s and 90s. These kicks feature massive soles adding few inches to the wearers' heights, with a thick and well-padded upper for ultra-comfortable strides, and often finished with curvy lines, patterns, and striking colors for flashier charm. See *Dad sneakers*
In the sneaker world, classic is the name of the game. The older the shoe is, the more it is sought-after by sneaker fans. Classic sneakers are basically the original models with very little or almost no changes since they were released years ago. Fans of classic sneakers can have their fill as the choices are so many and they vary in price, style, and design. See *classic sneakers*
Oversized and thick soles best describe platform sneakers. Specifically, sneakers within this category are outfitted with at least 1” sole. *Puma Thunder Spectra* and *Balenciaga Triple S Trainers* are the widely popular models of this category. The trend started and continues to be a hit among women, but has recently caught the attention of men as well. See *platform sneakers*
These are sneakers that are initially released in the past, preferably a decade ago, and eventually resurrected due to its popularity. These re-released sneakers are now assembled with modern materials though their constructions lie close to the original model. Some of the most famous lines capitalizing on this trend come from the Jordan series as well as the Air Max, New Balance 990, Adidas EQT lines to name a few. See *retro sneakers*
Adidas' most popular cushioning technology, BOOST utilizes the TPU(thermoplastic polyurethane) in the midsole that offers superior energy return and impact absorption to wearers. Many of Adidas' classic sneakers are now featuring this sophisticated midsole tech.
Adidas fuses its own technology on ordinary fabric to create a flexible, yet long lasting upper. This material is renowned for enhancing the comfort and and fit of sneakers in Adidas collection.
A midsole cushioning tech that provides efficient shock absorption in the forefoot and heel. An enhanced version is also available, called the AdiPRENE+.
The Nike Joyride is a cushioning technology that uses thousands of strategically positioned small TPE beads in the midsole. These beads arrange themselves around the foot for a unique underfoot experience. As the foot strikes the ground, the beads experience multi-directional displacement to absorb the impact while maximizing the energy return.
The Nike Lunarlon is a lightweight cushioning technology that was inspired by the manner on how astronauts bounce on the moon. This tech provides spring-like cushioning to its wearers and distributes impact across the foot. This shock-absorbing technology is used in many of Nike's performance sneakers, such as basketball, tennis, skateboarding, running, and training.
The top of the line upper material of Nike that is made of micro-engineered knit for lightweight, durable, and form-fitting fit. Sneakers with Flyknit uppers are some of the most comfortable shoes around.
One of Vans' latest tech that is launched to improve the comfort and support of the old classics. Most of Vans' iconic shoes now offer this midsole and outsole tech for an even better sneaker experience.
Vans' DNA as a skating brand is not lost despite their classics being used as a lifestyle wear than usual skating. For loyal Vans fans, the UltraCush HD for sockliners brings more protection without sacrificing board feel from the brand's top of the line sneakers.
These are sneakers that are normally durable, versatile, and are usually stylish due to the spring-like vibrant colors. There's a wide variety of options for those who wish to travel in Spring as the choices for breathable and comfortable sneakers are just as easily available. Considering that Spring sneakers are some of the most affordable and versatile on the market, it's no wonder they are a dime dozen for everyone. See *spring sneakers*
These must-cop kicks for the warm season are typically made of durable, lightweight, and breathable materials that will lessen its wearer's chance of having smelly or sweaty feet. Generally covered with brightly colored hues, these heat-busting footwear will surely suit the intense heat of the sun while keeping the user's overall ensemble on-point for the summer. See *summer sneakers*
Still retaining its street-style look, these winter-ready sneakers will undoubtedly keep its wearers feeling comfortable and toasty even when the temperature is way below the freezing point. These kicks are commonly loaded with innovative fabrics, lining, and right technologies designed to retain heat aiding its wearers to survive the sub-zero temperature. Also, some brands add grippy lugs on its flexible outsole for wearers to endure the slushy, slippery terrains. See *winter sneakers*
Sneakers that can be quickly put on or removed and usually possess an upper with a fused tongue with matching elastic accents to keep the shoe in place. Some shoes with straps, toggle laces, and waterproofed iterations in a bootie construction exclude them almost naturally from being called slip-ons. Most major brands contain at least one slip-on in their catalog while a few like Vans and Keds capitalize on the trend.
Easily the most common and popular type of closure in sneakers. The use of laces allow the user a more customized fit and hold. It is for this reason that lace-up shoes are extremely popular and versatile.
Sneaker fans who value convenience find these shoes perfect for their needs. For those who are always on the go, sneakers with straps as closure are a must have. Previously coming almost exclusively in white, different brands now offer this kind of shoes in a multitude of colorways for versatility when it comes to style.
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A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.
Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
Asics began applying the Alpha Gel technology into their sneakers in 1986 to provide a high-quality air cushioning system. This technology holds Asics philosophy which continues to open possibilities that are limitless for future sneakers. The brand has been releasing a variety of Asics Gel Lyte sneakers for women and men for over 30 years, enjoying comfort in every step.
Asics Gel Lyte sneakers were released in several silhouettes from the classics to new iterations as well as collaborations with some of the brilliant artists and cultural connoisseurs. With tangible designs, the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers are available in a low- and mid-top silhouettes.
Without a doubt, running is the dominant inspiration of Asics casual shoes. It is the biggest foundation of almost every lifestyle sneaker that is made available to the public. Asics pushes for the best in technology that is almost at par with their running shoes to Gel Lyte sneakers that have successfully crossed to everyday wear.
Some of the Asics Gel Lyte Sneakers that took heritage from running are:
These are lifestyle kicks that offer optimum movement are celebrated for their versatility where style and fashion go. Comfort and adaptability in style are delivered in spades by these low top Gel Lyte sneakers.
Asics Gel Lyte V
Rightfully considered by the sneaker world as one of the crown jewels of Asics’ lifestyle shoes, the Gel Lyte V originally appeared in 1993 as a revolutionary running shoe. From its initial foray into performance as a daily trainer that can also do a bit of long-distance running, the sneaker took on a new appeal of its own as a casual option for many sneaker fans.
The years have not dulled the Gel Lyte V’s popularity in any way. It is easily on top or very near the top of the collection called the Gel Lyte sneakers.
Asics Gel Lyte III
Together with the Gel Lyte V, comprises the crème dela crème of the Gel Lyte sneakers collection. Asics introduced the shoe to the world in 1990 as an innovative alternative to the bulky shoes of old. The Asics Gel Lyte III was lightweight and performance built because of its tri-density midsole. To this day, it still retains its performance-oriented capacity, although it is now adored by many because of its historical significance and aesthetic value.
Asics Gel Lyte EVO NT
The Asics Gel Lyte EVO NT has the Dual-Density midsole and new 4-piece tooling accented by lightweight materials which enhance breathability as well as support for dynamic movements. It refines legacy runner with a sleek and modern design. Like other Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, this shoe utilizes a technology that provides ultimate shock absorption and impact resistance, ensuring comfort in every step.
This lace-up sneaker has an upper with a combination of synthetic suede, nylon, and mesh that offers adequate air circulation as well as a fashion-trend appeal. The rubber outsoles with flex grooves provide flexibility and sure-footed grip. It is available in different colorways including White/White, Black/White, Mid Blue/Navy and Tango Red/White.
Asics Gel Lyte V NS
This model takes the Gel Lyte V silhouette with an updated and no-sew design. It is among the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers that are available in different colorways including Black/Black, Carbon/Black, Flash Coral, and White/White. It is a unisex sneaker that can match a variety of outfits.
This lace-up footwear has sturdy rubber outsoles with flex grooves for smooth movement and reliable traction. Same with other Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, this shoe provides comfortable cushioning, impact resistance, stability, and shock absorption. Its upper is infused with synthetic and mesh materials, offering sufficient breathability.
Asics Gel Lyte V NS GTX
Unlike other Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, this model utilizes the Gore-Tex technology that can withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at you. This shoe features a Gore-Tex fabric upper that keeps the Gel Lyte V NS waterproof and dry at the same time allows air circulation, keeping the foot fresh and dry.
This lace-up sneaker utilizes a No-Sew technology that makes relatively cleaner and sleeker design. The No-Sew overlays are hot melted on the upper. The tongue with a mono-sock style gives comfort while the rubber outsoles offer reliable traction.
Asics Gel Lyte V Sanze Knit
With a sock-like construction, the Asics Gel Lyte V Sanze Knit has a single knitted mesh upper that provides adequate ventilation. Released in 2017, this version is among the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers that have the perfect blend of comfort and style. This streetwear classic can match a variety of clothing that can wear by both men and women every day.
Its Gel cushioning effectively provides impact resistance and shock absorption. Among other Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, this version utilizes breathable materials which make the footwear perfect for summer or other warm weather conditions. It is available in colorways including Mid Grey/Mid Grey and White/White.
Asics Gel Lyte V Vice City
Featuring pastel colors, the Asics Gel Lyte V Vice City was released in relation with the Miami Vice movie. It has suede and leather uppers that provide adequate foot breathability. Like other Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, this shoe offers the right blend of comfort and style that one can wish for. For a flexible fit, it has a lace-up closure system. It also has a durable outsole that gives reliable traction.
Asics Gel Lyte V Reflective
With the original silhouette released in 1993, the Asics Gel Lyte V Reflective is built with an advanced no-sew construction which is a must-have for sneaker enthusiasts. It has a sock-like upper that hugs the fit, offering comfort and breathability. For foot to easily slide on and off the shoe, a heel pull tab is installed. An icon’s revolution, this sneaker has low-light reflective detailing on the upper. Like most of the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, this footwear has a fashion-trend style that can quickly go with a variety of outfits.
Asics Gel Lyte III NS
The no-sew construction of the Gel Lyte III version is among the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers that have advanced new design. This unisex sneaker has a versatile silhouette with a streamlined look that can go well with various outfits. It is available in colorways including Black/Black, Black/Carbon, and Red/Red.
With a retro and sporty vibe, it has a combination of synthetic, nubuck and mesh uppers with perforated underlays and textile lining that provides efficient breathability and a great next-to-skin-feel respectively. Like other Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, it has a speckled midsole and cushioned footbed that delivers optimum comfort. It also has outsoles with flex grooves that give reliable traction and flexibility.
Asics Gel Lyte III Camo
With a military aesthetic, the Asics Gel Lyte III Camo has a combination of premium leather and mesh upper, keeping the foot cool and dry. It has a suede toe and heel counter as well as speckled midsole, adding dynamic texture to its split-tongue signature.
Like other Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, it has cushioned footbed, as well as padded tongue collar, that offers limitless comfort. For reliable traction, a durable rubber outsole is installed. This sneaker comes in colorways including Black/Black.
Asics Gel Lyte Speed
With an eye-catching color scheme, the Asics Gel Lyte Speed has a premium leather and nubuck upper with a perforated toe box that offers adequate ventilation. This lace-up sneaker provides a secured lockdown and adjustable fit. Like other Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, it has an EVA midsole that gives excellent cushioning and support. It also has flexible and durable outsoles that ensure a sure-footed grip.
Asics adds a few elements in their Gel Lyte sneakers by adding an inch or two to the shoes’ ankle and collar heights. Mid top sneakers deliver extra support and protection while putting an edge and daring to one’s style and expression. Although not as sought-after as the low tops, they do have an identity of their own and quite popular in their own way.
Asics Gel Lyte MT
Combining the elements from the iconic silhouettes of Gel Lyte III and V as well as the Gel Respector, this mid-top Gel Lyte shoe is designed for the streets and inspired by the mountains. It features a split tongue, mono sockliner and heel clip on a combination of the suede and mesh upper. It also has the neutral midsole and trail-style laces.
The shoe has a combination of suede and mesh uppers that provide soft comfort and breathability. It is also well insulated that is perfect for winter. The reflective Tiger Stripes give an added style to its silhouette. Like other Asics Gel sneakers, this shoe is available in a variety of colorways including Forrest/Moss, Black/Dark Grey, Caramel/Brown Storm, Black/Black, Aloe/Aloe, Marzipan/Marzipan, Rose Taupe/Rose Taupe, Black/White, White/Mid Gray and Cabon/Carbon.
Asics Gel Lyte Komachi Strap MT
The Komachi Strap MT among the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers that are lightweight and has a relatively slimmer silhouette, exuding a feminine look. It has a slip-on design, allowing the foot to easily on and off the shoe. The mesh upper provides sufficient breathability while the textile lining gives a great next-to-skin feel.
Like other Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, it provides effective shock absorption and high-impact protection. It has the elastic band with the brand embroidered on it that ensures a secured fit while the rubber outsole provides reliable traction. It is available in colorways including Stone Grey/Stone Grey and Black/Black.
Asics Gel Lyte casual shoes collaborations
For over 60 years, Asics has continually provided comfortable and stylish sneakers to their loyal followers. The brand has been partnering with clothing brands, rappers, and boutiques as they unceasingly develop cool footwear, helping the company to draw more customers and a new audience that wants their Asics Gel Lyte sneakers to look unique and be limited.
Patta x Asics Gel Lyte III
In collaboration with the Amsterdam-based sneaker shop, the Patta x Asics Gel Lyte III was released in 2007. It is among the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers that are the most iconic. It features a combination of premium nubuck leather and suede upper with a perforated toe box. The 3M reflective logo can be seen on the heel and underlay. This sneaker comes with a Patta rubber keychain as well.
To add on its impressive look, the Patta logo can be seen on the tongue tags and lace dubrae. It is among the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers that were released in an impeccable colorway. Extra laces are also provided.
Limited Edt x Asics "Vanda Kuro" Pack
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Asics partnered with Limited Edt, a premier sneaker shop in Singapore, to come up with another revolutionary kick to offer loyal followers in the spring of 2017. Like most of the collaborations for Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, this pack features the silhouette of Gel Lyte III and V. With elegant floral looks, this edition has an on-point style which is inspired by an orchid named the Vanda Miss Joaquim. The hybrid orchid represents cultural diversity and individuality.
In the black colorway, the Asics Gel Lyte III’s silhouette has the “Kuro” floral pattern lasered into the upper, accented by the metallic gold and dark yellow hues. Accented with lavender, turquoise, and yellow hues, the Asics Gel Lyte V’s silhouette has a more colorful upper with the “Murasaki” purple jacquard floral print embossed on it. The box comes with leather conditioner, shoe brush and an extra pair of waxed shoelaces. Although with a floral design, this lace-up sneaker still provides a robust masculine edge.
La MJC x Asics Gel Lyte III
The La MJC x Asics Gel Lyte III was initially released for only 100 pairs in 2008. This version is one of the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers with premium materials that give the nod to the late ‘90s running shoes. It is approximately priced at $290.
Re-launched in September 8, 2018, this shoe’s upper is accented with different colors such as mint, bold burgundy and pink detailing. The split-tongued silhouette has an upper made of a combination of mesh and nylon materials. It also comes with an extra two insoles and three sets of shoelaces.
Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte III “Miami Beach”
Like most of the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers that Ronnie Fieg had collaborated with the brand, this shoe offers comfort and an on-point style. Covered in dolphin-inspired orange and aqua palettes, the upper of the Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte III “Miami Beach” utilizes a combination of mesh and nubuck leather materials with micro perforations, offering sufficient breathability. This shoe was released in 2013.
Hanon x ASICS Gel Lyte III "Wildcats"
Inspired by a local running club, the Hanon x Asics Gel Lyte III “Wildcats” is among the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers most coveted collaborations. Released in 2011, this shoe comes with three sets of shoelaces and a dust bag.
The sneaker has a great combination of yellow and red colors. It has a luxurious suede upper with the double woven labels on the tongue and tonal 3M Tiger Stripes emblem. The toe box area is perforated, giving sufficient air circulation. With the symbol for something flammable, the Hanon logo is on the heel for an added nice touch.
Colette x La MJC x ASICS Gel Lyte III "Sold Out"
Among the collaborated releases for Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, the Colette x La MJC x Asics Gel Lyte III “Sold Out” was made available for only 100 pairs in 2008. It featured inspirations that paid tribute the late ‘80s and early ‘90s running performance models.
The upper masterfully captured the pre-internet sneaker boom with a combination of purple, white and pink colors, as well as splattered hues on the side panels. For an added presentation, this sneaker came in a white duffel bag.
Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte "Cove"
Released in 2010, this iteration utilized the Asics Gel Lyte III’s silhouette. It had a minimalistic design yet displayed an effective color blocking. It was among the designs of the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers that were able to catch everyone’s attention. With a nickname that came from the pristine beaches in the Bahamas, the Cove had a blue upper and gray midsole.
In April 2014, the retro of this colorway utilized the Gel Lyte V’s silhouette. It has an upper with a combination of nubuck and suede. The Tiger Stripes are backed by white 3M while the midsole was in light gray. It came with three extra sets of laces.
Zillion x ASICS Gel Lyte III
Another iteration of the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers debuted in May 2011. The Japanese-based shoelace company named Zillion teamed up with Asics to release a shoe design inspired by a traditional ceremonial kimono. The sneaker came with an extra pair of Zillion laces as well as wooden hang tags.
Zillion made a subtle approach on the sneaker’s design by utilizing the cream-like suede upper that contrasted with hits of Japanese Chirimen mesh fabric. The Zillion logo is found on the heel for an added style. The Zillion x Asics Gel Lyte III exudes elegance with its clean and straightforward colorway.
Saint Alfred x Asics Gel Lyte V
Released in 2015, this sneaker is the fruit of the Asics’ collaboration with the Chicago-based boutique, Saint Alfred. Saint Alfred x Asics Gel Lyte V is among the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers that are equipped with a nubuck leather upper that is resistant to water.
This iteration is one of the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers that are inspired by Chinatown’s architecture. It has a waterproof Gore-Tex lining and durable ripstop nylon.
BAIT x Asics Gel Lyte III “Nightmare”
Among the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, the BAIT x Asics Gel Lyte III “Nightmare” has a premium leather upper that adorned with a snakeskin-like suede and metallic silver mesh. The midsole is speckled. It features translucent gum soles with the texts “Asics” and “BAIT” on them.
Another collaborative version of the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, this edition is released for the 25th anniversary of the Asics Gel Lyte III. It comes with two pairs of waxed flat and rope 3M shoelaces. The BAIT branding is also seen on the upper.
Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte III "Salmon Toe 2.0"
With the Navy/Salmon colorway, the Ronni Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte III “Salmon Toe 2.0” was released on November 28, 2016. The shoe was equipped with a special edition box that came with additional 3 sets of extra laces in color gray, orange and white as well as an exclusive pin, Kith x Stance Crew socks and fish-shaped stress ball, commemorating KITH’s 5th anniversary. Made in Japan, this sneaker boasts a premium pigskin suede and nubuck uppers with the leather Tiger Stripes. It also has custom-printed insoles and the tonal Gel midsole.
Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte III "Militia"
The Japan-made Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Lyte III “Militia” was launched in November 2016 in an Olive/Chocolate/Orange colorway. Like other Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, this version not only offers a fashion-trend silhouette but also a comfortable experience in every stride.
The olive green upper is made of nubuck and suede upper with the leather Tiger Stripes, contrasting the chocolate midsole and orange outsole. This sneaker came in a custom package with the Kith X Stance Crew socks, an exclusive pin set, compass and three additional pairs of flat shoelaces.
Slam Jam x ASICS Gel Lyte III "Fifth Dimension”
The Slam Jam partnered with Asics in putting one of the finest designs of the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers. Released in May 2010, the Slam Jam x Asics Gel Lyte III “Fifth Dimension” had a colorway that was an inverted version of the original, looking familiar to longtime runner heads.
It is one of the most sought Asics Gel Lyte sneakers that resulted from the first-ever collaborative effort of Asics with the Italian retailer. The limited edition sneaker was packaged with a pair of socks, a satchel and a CD with a soundtrack from Fifth Dimension.
Monkey Time x Asics Gel Lyte V “Dress Up”
Inspired by the Black Tie look, this pair of Asics Gel Lyte sneakers was made possible with the collaborative effort of Asics with Japan’s Monkey Time. With an exclusive release, the Monkey Time x Asics Gel Lyte V “Dress Up” featured an all-black colorway that is suitable for formal attire.
The upper was built with a combination of nubuck and leather materials. It also had waxed shoelaces as well as a marble-patterned heel. Released in November 2016, this sneaker was designed to be rocked for elegant occasions.
HAL x Asics Gel Lyte V “Medic”
The HAL x Asics Gel Lyte V “Medic,” inspired by the uniform of the Australian doctors in the war history, was another version of the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers resulted from the brilliant partnership of Asics with the Australian-based streetwear brand Highs and Lows. It was released on May 23, 2015.
With inspiration from the olive drab fatigues, this sneaker had a black leather upper with olive suede side panels, contrasting the midsole that glows in the dark. Like other Asics Gel sneakers, this shoe also featured the Tiger Stripes using the 3M material. The upper also had a splattered print detailing.
HAL x Monkey Time x Asics Gel Lyte V “Ichimatsu”
This version is among the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers that a collab crosses the equator. The Australian sneaker store Highs and Lows, Japan’s Monkey Time and Asics teamed up to release a design that inspired by the traditional arts of Japan. This iteration was named after Sanokawa Ichimatsu who used a checkerboard pattern on his trousers.
The silhouette of the Asics Gel Lyte V was applied with the checkerboard pattern, exuding a subtle appeal. With a mixture of black, light grey and white, the upper featured premium nubuck and suede materials. It also has a mesh tongue and clear rubber outsoles with checkerboard detailing all throughout.
Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III “Koi”
Released on May 2, 2015, the Afew x Asics Gel Lyte III “Koi” featured a lot of details that told a particular story, representing the history of Japan Day. This limited release came with a special wooden Bento box containing additional red and white extra laces, resembling soy sauce and wasabi. The box also included a booklet, dust bag, and chopsticks.
Part of the silhouette's 25th-anniversary celebration, this shoe edition was among the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers that are remastered from the original which was released back in 2012. It had a plush suede upper accented by gold eyelets and red linings, white midsole and multicolored outsole. The black Tiger Stripes emblem was contrasting the upper.
End. x Asics Gel Lyte III “Wasabi”
Asics teamed up with UK-based sneaker and fashion boutique END to launch another iteration using the Gel Lyte III’s silhouette. Released on March 8, 2018, the End. x Asics Gel Lyte III “Wasabi” is crafted as a tribute to the Japanese cuisine. This fashion-food collaboration has a fresh take on the iconic silhouette. It comes with three sets of laces, wasabi bowl, and chopsticks in a Bento box packaging.
Same with other Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, it has the padded split-tongue signature and cushioned footbed to ensure comfort all day. The upper is made of pigskin nubuck upper resembling the green color of wasabi while the stripes are in a gunmetal grey depicting the herb origin in the rocky regions. The END. branding is on the heel counter while the Japanese character patch is found on the tongue.
Asics x Disney Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
A tribute to the Snow White movie’s 80th anniversary, Disney partnered with Asics to create one of the meticulously designed Asics Gel Lyte sneakers which were released in December 2017. This collaboration released nine colorways and designs that are inspired by the main characters from the iconic film. The Snow White colorway has a premium upper, accenting velvet overlays, red bow, and apple print sockliner.
Similarly, the Evil Queen colorway incorporates the wicked queen’s details, displaying a mischievous street style. It utilizes premium materials and color palettes including the crown-designed tongue and purple pop as well as the gold-glittering outsoles about the Evil Queen’s clothes.
The other seven editions and colorways are inspired by the seven dwarfs’ bedframes and outfit color palettes, bringing to life their own unique way. These Asics Gel Lyte sneakers have black laces that provide a secure lockdown and adjustable fit. It also has a fleece lining and dwarf-printed insoles. For extra visibility, it has reflective forefoot panels.
This lightweight sneaker also has Nyla-sheen synthetic fabric and DuraSkin reinforcement. Like other Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, it has a solitary Gel unit and tri-density midsole. Its rubber outsole with a gum heel plug offers reliable traction.
Price ranges & colorways of some of the Asics Gel Lyte shoes
$50 to 99.99
Asics Gel Lyte V RB
$100 to 149.99
Asics Gel Lyte
Soft Lavender/Lilac Hint
Asics Gel Lyte III
Plein Air/Plein Air
Apricot Ice/Apricot Ice
Patina Green/Patina Green
Plein Air/Plein Air
Asics Gel Lyte III NS
Asics Gel Lyte NS Reflective
Asics Gel Lyte III Camo
Asics Gel Lyte III Ranru
Asics Gel Lyte III Stingray
Asics Gel Lyte III Japanese Denim
Asics Gel Lyte V Sanze TR
Mid Grey/Mid Grey
Dark Taupe/Dark Taupe
Dark Ocean/Dark Ocean
Asics Gel Lyte V Sanze
Lavender Grey/Lavender Grey
Glacier Grey/Glacier Grey
Asics Gel Lyte V Suminagashi
Asics Gel Lyte V Sanze Knit
Mid Grey/Mid Grey
Asics Gel Lyte V NS
Dark Grey/Dark Grey
Brief History of Asics Gel Lyte Sneakers
1949 - With a capital of ¥300,000, Kihachiro Onitsuka founded the Onitsuka Co., Ltd. and hired four employees. The brand was early known as Onitsuka Tiger.
1977 – Onitsuka Tiger, GTO (sportswear and net manufacturer) and Jelenk (a knitwear manufacturer united and thus Asics was born.
1986 – Initially introduced and utilized in the Freaks silhouette, the Gel technology was built for impact injury reduction. It was embedded into the EVA midsole to dissipate vibration and absorb shock.
1987 – The original Asics Gel Lyte was launched which set the standard for a series that remains the forefront offering of the brand. The shoe weighed less than a pound and built to liberate the athlete’s run.
1989 – With a silhouette similar to its predecessor, the Asics Gel Lyte II was launched which had an internal molded PVC heel counter. It had a vibrant color at the collar that gave its visual edge.
1990 – Created by Shigeyuki Mitsui, the Asics Gel Lyte III was introduced and attracted sneaker fans because of its streetwear style. It was among the Asics Gel Lyte sneakers that were taken on by fashion-fans and athletes alike. This shoe’s key selling point was its innovative split tongue as well as the reflective heel panel.
1992 – The number four is considered not lucky in Japan, so they launched and named the next series as the Asics Gel Lyte Ultra. Its upper was built with a new panel that gave its silhouette a more dramatic design. Like other previous Asics Gel Lyte sneakers, it offered great cushioning and shock absorption. It also got relatively new and flexible outsoles.
1993 – With subtler updates, the Asics Gel Lyte V was released in the market which had a similar design with the Ultra version. The updated silhouette had new mesh inserts on the toe box area as well as the side panels for increased breathability, making it a favorite long-distance sneaker.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Onitsuka Tiger same as Asics?
Yes, Asics was born in 1977 when the three companies namely Jelenk, GTO and Onitsuka Tiger merged together. The brand name Asics was derived from a Latin phrase “Anima Sana In Corpore Sano. This statement means “A healthy mind in a healthy body.”
Where are Asics Gel Lyte sneakers made?
Most of them are made in Japan.
Where can I buy a pair of Asics Gel Lyte shoes?
A variety of Asics Gel Lyte sneakers can be purchased at Asics’ main website well as from different retailers such as:
How much do Asics Gel Lyte casual sneakers cost?
Depending on the colorways and designs, Asics Gel Lyte sneakers cost ranges from $50 to over $200.
Do Asics Gel Lyte shoes hold up?
Yes, Asics Gel Lyte sneakers are made from premium materials to ensure durability.
How do you properly care for Asics Gel Lyte sneakers?
Asics Gel Lyte sneakers should be clean with a soft cloth or brush and shoe cleaner using cold water and mild detergent.
Avoid storing Asics Gel Lyte sneakers under extreme or in an extremely hot environment.
Do not use a dryer or washing machine.
Are Asics Gel Lyte lifestyle shoes vegan-friendly?
Not all, but there are iterations of Asics Gel Lyte sneakers that are vegans such as Asics Gel Lyte V Vegan Pack and Asics Gel Lyte III Vegan.
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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.