ASICS Gel Lyte 33

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The Gel-Lyte 33 harkens back, if only philosophically, to one of the most popular models in ASICS’ history, the Gel-Lyte. The thin, synthetic mesh upper is supported by welded overlays that provide just enough structure to keep the foot positioned properly. While spare, it doesn’t feel skimpy under the tongue or in the ankle collar. The resilient, single density Solyte midsole flexes well and cushions without hindering motion. The new sidewall sculpting aids in the flexibility. The narrow waist (where the midfoot narrows into the arch) provides lateral support to the fifth metatarsal bone, noticeable but not uncomfortable. The outersole is carbon rubber, but only where needed for durability (nearly half the sole goes without). Its light weight, sleek design, and excellent cushioning were responsible for the Gel-Lyte 33 receiving our award for Best New Shoe.

Testers: “They fit very well. I’m happy they have reduced pressure points with a smooth interior that feels great on my feet. They have better cushioning than expected. The best thing is they are really light and really fast!”

New ShoePrice: $100 • Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics for faster-paced running • Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15 (D); Women 5–11,12 (B) • Weight: Men 9.8 oz. (size 11); Women 7.9 oz. (size 8) • Shape: semi-curved • Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board