Looking back to its early days, ASICS has released a “Classic Retro Tokyo” colorway of the Lyte silhouette. Although the Lyte may bear some similarities in both moniker and style to the well-known GEL-LYTE III, this model boasts two notable differences: a standard tongue replaces the III’s signature split design and the midsole is sightly wider and flatter on the Lyte.
As the colorway’s name, “Classic Retro Tokyo,” implies, the colorway is festive in nature. A light “Cream” nylon base is contained within tan leather overlays that sport a weathered print. The quarter panel’s logo is doused in a bright “Classic Red,” while small pops of cool blue appear on select eyestays and the heel’s branded hit. Up top, natural leather patches on the tongue feature debossed detailing in a cartoon-style font. Finally, the lower half elects to keep things simple, using a sail midsole with a tonal ASICS graphic, all set atop clean gum outsoles.
The ASICS Lyte “Classic Retro Tokyo” is available now at stockists like Sneaker Politics, complete with a retail price of $90 USD.
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