Closer Look: GEL-LYTE III

Closer Look: GEL-LYTE III

The ASICS GEL-LYTE 3 is a shoe that was first released in 1990. It is known for its split tongue design, which was created to improve the fit of the shoe and to allow for more flexibility and movement in the foot. The split tongue is a piece of fabric that runs down the middle of the tongue of the shoe and is divided into two separate sections. This design allows the tongue to move more freely and to conform to the shape of the wearer's foot, which can help to improve comfort and stability.




The GEL-LYTE III was designed by a team of ASICS engineers and designers, who aimed to create a shoe that would provide optimal support and cushioning for runners. The shoe features a number of innovative technologies, including ASICS' Gel cushioning system, which helps to absorb shock and reduce impact on the joints. The GEL-LYTE III also has a split tongue design, which helps to improve fit and comfort, and a Trusstic System that helps to stabilize the midfoot  and prevent overpronation.



In recent years, ASICS has released a number of limited edition GEL-LYTE III collaborations with various brands and artists. These collaborations often feature unique colorways and design elements, and are often highly sought after by sneaker collectors and ASICS fans. Some of the most notable GEL-LYTE III collaborations include those with KITH, ALIFE, and atmos.


Here are a few examples of ASICS GEL-LYTE III collaborations:

  • ASICS x KIKO KOSTADINOV: In 2021, ASICS teamed up with Bulgarian designer Kiko Kostadinov to release a collection of GEL-LYTE III sneakers inspired by the designer's minimalist aesthetic. The collaboration featured a sleek, streamlined design, and was released in three colorways: black, white, and grey.
  • ASICS x KITH: ASICS has collaborated with New York-based streetwear retailer KITH on a number of occasions, including the release of a limited edition GEL-LYTE III shoe in 2016. The collaboration featured a split tongue design inspired by the ASICS GEL-LYTE III shoe from the 1990s, and was released in three colorways: white, black, and red.
  • ASICS x atmos: ASICS has also collaborated with Japanese streetwear brand atmos on several occasions, including the release of a GEL-LYTE III shoe in 2016. The collaboration featured a bold, graphic design inspired by the city of Tokyo, and was released in three colorways: black, white, and red.


Explore the entire ASICS GEL-LYTE III Collection here.

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