Before sportswear and athleisure dominated street style and high fashion runways nowadays, there was a time when athletic gear was all about its functionality. Innovative designs and detailed engineering brought to life models that helped athletes achieved their full potential, while ordinary customers got to pursue their own sports endeavors. Today, these revolutionary shoes are still offered by the prominent brands but are now designed with more sophistication and refinement. Just look at Asics Gel Lyte V sneakers.
Release Date and Price
Release date: 1987
Price when reviewed: $50 – $200
For three decades, the Gel Lyte V sneakers have been some of Asics’ most beloved shoes in their range. Although they’ve seen countless iterations through the years, its groundbreaking technology never failed. Today, its price ranges from $50 to $200 a pair, depending on the design. Some are actually collaborations from other fashion brands, shedding more light on the prestige of the shoe.
Despite its infinite amount of makeovers through the years, the core design of Asics’ Gel Lyte V sneakers have relatively remained the same. Sleek and stylish, the shoe has seen several colorways, some with color-blocking, others with monochrome yet still striking hues. The lightness is also a huge selling point, as it already is found in the name, but also since the shoe is so heavily-design that the airiness is a pleasant surprise. One of the sneakers’ biggest pros is also that it’s quite easy to clean, which is always a major plus for running shoes.
Despite its light feeling, comfort seems to be the shoes’ major problem. Several customers through the years have noted that the sneakers tend to be too tight. It’s been thought of that the sneakers’ size is often smaller than their aforementioned size, which may be the effect of its unique design. Flat-footed customers are even highly advised not to buy the shoe as they’re the most prone to discomfort. Oftentimes, the shoes can appear bulky as well, especially when worn, which deteriorates their sleek designs a bit.
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