Asics Gel Lyte III Trainers – All You Need to Know

asics gel lyte 3

No brand represents running quite like Asics. We’re taking a closer look at the running trainer with split tongues, it’s the Asics Gel Lyte III.

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There are few trainers that inspire confidence in runners like Asics do, their Gel Lyte 3 range shows that there’s no need for trainers to be bulky and covered in neon strips. If you’re considering getting yourself a pair, here’s everything you need to know.

Asics Gel Lyte III

This is not simply a running trainer, the Gel Lyte 3s come with a hard midsole that balances stability and comfort throughout the design. The sole is known for its cushioning so runners get a trainer that looks good and performs under pressure.


  • Gel cushioned midsole for shock absorption and comfort.
  • A padded split tongue.
  • Leather/ suede and mesh upper.
  • Triple density sole.


The brand’s been going since 1949 but it wasn’t until 1990 that these trainers were released, trying to solve a seemingly simple problem. There’s nothing more frustrating for trainer lovers than having to constantly readjust the tongue on your kicks, Asics solution? They developed their iconic split tongue design.


£45 – £100

Original Release Date


Original Model Name

Gel Lyte III



Key Drop Variations

Asics Gel Lyte III Black

These all black kicks have the chunky sole, a mesh/ leather upper and the trademark split tongue. If you’re the practical type and don’t fancy cleaning mud off your trainers after every run then these are a great choice.

asics gel lyte black

Asics Gel Lyte III Black Tan

An aesthetically pleasing shoe, the colourway on this works really well with the speckled outsole. A great choice for someone who wants to add a little bit of colour to their running gear.

asics gel trainers black tan

Asics Gel Lyte III Black & White

There are few colour combinations that consistently work as well together as black & white. The speckled outsole adds something new to a classic look.

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Asics Gel Lyte III Red

Red trainers aren’t the easiest to match but with running trainers there’s a little more freedom to wear something you normally wouldn’t.

asics gel lyte red

Asics Gel Lyte III Black Red

Another classic colourway and on the Lyte IIIs it’s pretty striking. The split tongue shows off hints of a grey inner that brings the whole sneaker together.

asics gel lyte black red

Asics Gel Lyte III Blue

For many people, blue is their go to colour for trainers and the Gel Lyte 3s should be no different. The sneakers below have a leather, suede and mesh upper that combine to create a dual purpose trainer, ideal for fitness and casual wear.

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Asics Gel Lyte III Purple

A perk of running trainers is that you don’t have to stick with the standard colourways you’re used to. This is your chance to try something a little brighter and the purple Gel Lyte 3s are a great choice.

asics gel lyte 3 Purple

Asics Gel Lyte III Urban Camo

The Urban Camo below comes in ‘Light Grey’ and ‘Captain Blue. It definitely works and the blue camo insole brings the whole look together.

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Asics Gel Lyte III Future Camo

Leather and mesh combine on the upper to give a shoe that feels sturdy. The Gel Lyte 3s are very durable and you can expect these to last a long time.

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Asics Gel Lyte III Aztec

Rekindle your childhood Crystal Maze memories and grab a pair of Aztec trainers. The colourway works well in suede and the breathable mesh toe cap is a lifesaver on long runs.

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Asics Gel Lyte III Ronnie Fieg

Only 700 pairs were made of the Ronnie Fieg collaboration with Asics. For those lucky enough to cop a pair you can enjoy the comfort of Asics with Ronnie Fieg’s design.

ronnie fieg x asics gel lyte iii

Asics Gel Lyte III Haters

These were released as a valentines special edition in 2014 and there’s no doubting that the red and black is a great addition to the Gel Lyte 3 collection.

asics gel lyte black Haters
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Asics Gel Lyte III Vanquish

Alongside the speckled sole, the upper consists of black suede and camo mesh with round laces setting these apart from the standard Gel Lyte 3 look.

bait asics gel lyte iii Vanquish

Asics Gel Lyte III Bait

The Bait collaboration is, we think, one of their best. The trainers below are the ‘Nightmares’ and you can see why! The black suede upper creates a very ominous look.

bait asics gel lyte iii Nightmare
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