Who should buy the ASICS Gel Lyte V

The ASICS Gel Lyte V is the perfect go-to for: 

  • sneaker fans who are suckers for anything classic
  • those who want a lightweight shoe
  • those who want steady steps on the pavement

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Who should NOT buy it

If you have wide feet, you can pass up on the Gel Lyte V from ASICS. And if you want a budget shoe, you can skip it too. 

ASICS Gel Lyte V rearfoot

Instead, you can go for the ASICS Tiger Runner or the ASICS Gel 1090. They're affordable and they're definitely friendly to large feet.

A couch for the foot

"Extremely comfortable" is how reviewers describe the ASICS Gel Lyte V's cushioning system. It's so "soft" and "easy on the foot;" they can wear it all day. 

ASICS Gel Lyte V comfort

Unlike any other

The majority agree that this low-top, running-inspired kick is one-of-a-kind. According to them, it's cool, stylish, and sleek; it catches the attention of many onlookers. 

ASICS Gel Lyte V style

Stability is a surefire killer

It has ample padding and support underfoot; there's no need for additional cushioning. 

ASICS Gel Lyte V midsole cushion

Those with flat feet nod to this, saying they have NOT experienced any slips or missteps in the Ge Lyte V. 

The ASICS Gel Lyte V won't bring you down

And we mean this literally. Multiple testers claim that it barely has any weight; it disappears on foot. 

ASICS Gel Lyte V padding


After months of constant use, long-time owners of the shoe state that it's "durable." From the outsole to the upper, there's barely any dent or scratch.

ASICS Gel Lyte V sole

Sweaty feet no more

When used in humid conditions, the upper lets in a lot of air; there are NO reports of hot or sweaty feet. 

ASICS Gel Lyte V ventilation

Welcomes orthotics

Several have tried using orthotics with this sneaker as the insoles are removable and replaceable. 

The Gel Lyte V's easy upkeep

A couple of users observe that the ASICS Gel Lyte V remains clean for a long time. 

ASICS Gel Lyte V maintenance

A big no-no for wide-footed sneakerheads

There's not much width and height in the forefoot; it restrains the toes. Worse, it rubs the skin, causing abrasion.

ASICS Gel Lyte V accomodating fit

Looks can be deceiving

The ASICS Gel Lyte V doesn't look exactly how it does online. Critics have pointed out that it's too bulky in person. 

ASICS Gel Lyte V shoe design

Nice to know about the Gel Lyte V from ASICS

  • Depending on price and colorway, the shoe’s upper can be made of mesh, synthetic suede, nylon, and others or a combination of various materials.
  • Plush comfort is achieved with the Gel Lyte V’s airy neoprene lining and cushioned footbed.
  • Some colorways feature a reflective “V” on the shoe’s heel. This is added for better visibility at night.
  • The sneaker’s traditional lace-up closure helps improve the ASICS Gel Lyte V’s fit.
  • The insoles are removable.
  • These kicks come with extra laces.
  • Common to this model, the ASICS branding can be found on the shoe’s tongue and heel. The Gel Lyte V callout can also be located on the lateral side of the sneaker.

Facts / Specs

Style: Classic, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: ASICS Gel Lyte, ASICS Gel
Closure: Laces
Material: Suede, Mesh, Rubber Sole / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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.