Exploring the best colorways and versions of the Asics Gel Lyte III Suede
We look at the best editions of a legendary runner. Born of performance but living on in sneaker culture, this shoe is an important part of runners history. Check out our list of the top colorways of the Asics Gel Lyte III Suede.
Asics Gel Lyte III Grey Suede
Whenever you’re thinking about suede sneakers, it’s hard to go without some Grey. The usually somber color choice just seems to work so naturally with the texture of the soft suede overlays.
Asics Gel Lyte III Black Suede
With darker colors, it can be hard to see the softer texture of the Asics Gel Lyte III Suede. Nonetheless, this tonal look for the upper makes for an impressive neutral tone.
On top of that, we see the addition of a Gum outsole for a touch of old-school design.
Asics Gel Lyte III Red Suede
For a bright burst of color, this boisterous Red iteration will do nicely. One of the subtle pieces of design on the Asics Gel Lyte III Suede comes to us via its stitch details.
The suede overlays come together thanks to this trait. On colorways like this, those same stitches really stand out, adding to the overall look. There are a few shoes that look as good with some light denim.
Asics Gel Lyte III Suede Pack
The Suede Pack is a pretty fantastic release of this shoe. In general, pack releases take a certain design and often try to push its visual limits. In this case, the Asics Gel Lyte III Suede features in three tonal looks.
Available in Red, Blue, and Green, it makes for an eye-popping addition to any collection. Though the uppers are mostly tonal, each comes with White lateral Tiger branding. The midsoles also feature a mix of White and Grey, which we see often on Gel Lyte III models.
Asics Gel Lyte III Blue Suede
Much like Grey, suede shoes take Blue shades on quite nicely. Historically, the Asics Gel Lyte III suede sees some of its best iterations bringing together both colors.
Here, we get a look at a particular rendition of a Blue colorway on a runner. This bold hue is Asics Blue and it covers the overwhelming majority of the shoe. The result is a look that is nearly monochromatic were it not for the White accents.
Still, the inclusion of those contrasts helps to add depth to the Blue base color on this edition.
Asics Gel Lyte III Mens Blue Orange Suede
2013 is the first time we see this distinctive colorway debut. Specifically, this Blue/ Orange Asics Gel Lyte III Suede drops during the Spring. The idea is to take a more somber Blue shade and throw something extra on it.
The Springtime is about adding bright accents wherever possible. Here, we see this happen via bright cuts of Orange. Though most of the shoe is in a suede base, the contrasting accents are extra bright thanks to a synthetic build.
The linings around the ankle collar come with the same Orange hue, serving as the perfect finisher to this Springtime release.
Asics Gel Lyte III Easter Suede Pack
The Easter Pack is yet another example of how versatile this shoe can be when it comes to its looks. The visuals see no limits in terms of color palette. As it turns out, shades of pastel are also no trouble for the Asics Gel Lyte III Suede.
The Easter Pack shows us a set of different executions of that recognizable suede upper. It’s a good thing they are available in a pack because it would be hard to cop just one of these.
Asics Gel Lyte III Birch Suede
Tonal perfection. This iteration takes a simple, clean colorway and shows well it fits with the Asics Gel Lyte III Suede. The Birch hue is a natural tone that gives off the same sort of vibe as an egg-shell White or an Off-White colorway.
It’s also an iteration that helps bring out the material choice on this model. The nubuck accents don’t quite jump out and scream for attention. But, placing them near the suede overlays makes it an interesting combination.
We see the inclusion of a White midsole, as per usual, and some other subtle details. For one, the plush ankle collar comes with perforations to add some more complexity to this aesthetic.
Asics Gel Lyte III LC EVO Suede
When this pack originally releases, it’s a special occasion for Asics. Specifically, the Asics Gel Lyte III celebrates its 25th anniversary back during this pack’s 2015 debut. As such, you can imagine some big celebrations are in order at the time.
This special release features two different versions of the Asics Gel Lyte III Suede, sporting Blue and Red. Each comes with a one-piece upper that sees some details via a laser etching process. Along with this, there is ample use of perforations throughout.
Celebrating this iconic runner, this release brings back OG details through some more modern means. For our purposes, it makes for a unique piece of footwear with a great story behind it.
Asics Gel Lyte III Mens Blue Suede
Here’s another solid option for those of you looking for a Blue pair of this gorgeous runner. Again, this is one of those colors that is essential for any fan of suede uppers. Luckily, Asics has plenty of variety when it comes to this color scheme.
We’re arguably saving the best for last here. Reigning Champ absolutely crushed this one. The Gel Lyte III Suede’s usual crisp upper gets even more of the premium treatment here via the services of even thicker cuts of overlays.
The result is a Navy shade on a shoe that simultaneously darkens the aesthetic while adding texture and depth.
Some Background on the Asics Gel Lyte III
The Asics Gel Lyte III has a whole lot of history behind it. Like many Asics iconic runners, this shoe is not a sudden spark. Years and years of development went into the final design of this shoe.
For one, the Gel Lyte III isn’t always the cultural staple it is today. It originally starts off as a performance experiment. Shigeyuki Mitsui, the head designer of Asics, brings about a challenge: how does the brand improve its performance running category?
By the late 1980s, Mitsui already carries a reputation for helping to develop the aGEL system. His next act? He takes a dual-density foam design and beefs it up. This is where we get the tri-density foam on the Asics Gel Lyte III – it’s also part of the backstory behind the shoe’s name.
Since it’s release, iterations such as the Gel Lyte II suede take this legendary shoe to the next level – from performance piece to sneaker culture icon.