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The Monkey Time x Asics Gel-Lyte V is available in men’s sizing from US 5 to 14, including half sizes, in D Standard width.
Based on a running shoe silhouette, this Asics low-top sneaker has sufficient hold and support with adequate reinforcements on the upper. The unique mono-tongue fit system and the traditional lace closure provide a snug and customized fit. The collar is well-padded for additional comfort.
The Monkey Time x Asics Gel-Lyte V follows the silhouette of the iconic Gel-Lyte V. These running-inspired collaboration sneakers are available in colorways with athletic and clean looks that can take you anywhere from day-to-night. The “Dress Up” colorway, in particular, is dressy and stylish enough to be used with formal outfits.
The Gel-Lyte V is one of the most recognized sneaker silhouettes of Asics. But the design details and added touches to the shoe's overall aesthetics make this Monkey Time collaboration different from the regular Gel-Lyte Vs. Regardless of colorway, the Monkey Time x Asics Gel-Lyte V features speckled detail on the heel, sock-like fit provided by the unique mono-tongue fit system, and, of course, the Gel cushioning system.
The upper materials, including shoelaces, vary depending on the colorway. The "Lights and Shadows" and "Sand Layer" colorways both have a noticeable perforated toe box for breathability, which is replaced by leather in the “Dress Up” colorway for a formal aesthetic.
One of the most popular sneaker silhouettes from Japanese shoe brand Asics is the Gel-Lyte V, the fifth model (there was never a Gel-Lyte IV because Japan considers the number four unlucky) in the Gel-Lyte series that released initially in 1993 and re-introduced in October 2013. It features a mono-tongue fit system, GEL padding around the heel, P-GEL at the forefoot, and a sleeker and more form-fitting silhouette than its predecessor – the Asics Gel-Lyte III. Since it launched 25 years ago, the Gel-Lyte V continuously receives several releases in different colorways and collaborations.
Asics first hold its collaborative project with United Arrows’ sub-line Monkey Time, a Japanese streetwear retailer, back in 2015 for the Gel-Lyte V running silhouette. On May 9, 2015, the Monkey Time x Asics Gel Lyte V “Lights and Shadows” in a black and white premium leather upper with speckle details in the midsole was released at BEAUTY&YOUTH United Arrows locations in Japan and select global Asics retailers. It was later on made available in the US on June 13, 2015.
In celebration of Japan Day, Asics again collaborated with Monkey Time for the second colorway of the Monkey Time x Asics Gel-Lyte V silhouette. Released in January 2016 at $130 was the Monkey Time x Asics Gel-Lyte V “Sand Layer” featuring a solid sand colorway as inspired by the sand dunes.
In November 2016, the two again released a new colorway of the Gel-Lyte V – the Monkey Time x Asics Gel-Lyte V "Dress Up." This colorway features an all-black colorway that suits even formal attire. It features black leather, waxed laces, and a speckled heel.
- Asics branding are presented on the tongue and the heel.
- The heel counter of the “Sand Layer” colorway is accented with hairy suede for added aesthetics.