Size and fit

The Asics Gel Lyte Runner offers decent support because of its running roots. The tongues and collars are padded for a more comfortable feel, and the mesh material keeps things cool inside the shoe.

The lace-up closure system uses a combination of eyelets and lace loops for securing the feet. Tongue and heel pull tabs make it convenient for the user to put the sneaker on and off.

Asics Gel Lyte Runner Style

Sporty is the word when wearing the Asics Gel Lyte Runner. Take it with you to the gym and wear this sneaker with shorts, yoga pants, joggers, or leggings. Pair with a tank top or a tee.

Notable Features

The Asics Gel Lyte Runner is a summer-ready sneaker that gives lots of comfort and breathability. This running-inspired shoe contains the famous Gel midsole which absorbs vibrations and shock for a smoother ride. Adding to its appeal is the classic retro look that is all clean and fresh.

Asics Gel Lyte Runner History

The Asics Gel Lyte was the model that started it all for the Gel Lyte series. It debuted in 1987 with the tagline, “Speed freaks, we’ve got your number…It’s 9.9” referring to the shoe’s weight, which was a feather-light 9.9 ounces only. This model featured the Alpha Gel technology under its heel, a color-blocked upper, reflective panel, and nylon mesh insert. It also contained carefully thought-out tech details such as the tri-density midsole for smooth energy transfer and the anti-torque stability system.

The shoe was a huge success. It helped runners go faster, and they simply couldn’t get enough. The brand followed it up two years after with the Gel Lyte II, and the famous Gel Lyte III came in 1990. From then on, it’s been reissues, collabs, and new releases one after another.

The Asics Gel Lyte Runner combines the best of the 90s runner design with subtle accents and tech detailing for a sleeker and more streamlined look. It has perf details around the collar with mesh material around the vamp and a tonal shade.

Additional Info

  • The Asics Gel Lyte Runner has been the subject of a collaboration with German retailer Solebox. The Solebox x Asics Gel Lyte Runner collab is a part of the Blue Carpenter Bee collection and was released on July 16, 2016. 


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.