A lightweight, neutral shoe that nudges you to pick up the pace, the Asics Gel Lyte33 2 offers a fast ride and some seriously good running.
Asics’ Gel Lyte33 undergoes a complete redesign in its second version. If you heard that the first generation missed the mark, you need to set that aside and consider this shoe afresh. Though the personality of a lightweight and fast feeling neutral shoe remains, the Gel Lyte33 2 is essentially a brand new offering from Asics that is worth a serious look.
Borrowing from similar designs in Asics’ support line, the Gel Lyte33 2 features a dual layered midsole, consisting of a soft compound cradled by a firmer layer underneath. Testers were pleasantly surprised by the bouncy underfoot feel that gave a sensation of propulsion with every step.
Our testers agreed that the snug fit gives the Gel Lyte33 2 a performance feel, while the flexible upper forms nicely around the foot and never feels too tight. An internal sleeve wraps around the mid and forefoot, delivering a seamless, sock-like fit for wear-all-day comfort.
This shoe is a versatile option slotting between a daily trainer and a racing flat. Best suited for tempo and speedwork, the Gel Lyte33 2 simply encourages a great feeling run.
“This shoe doesn’t feel all that special when you lace it up, but once running – wow! This must be one of the best riding shoes I’ve tried in recent memory. It just makes you want to run faster.”
“My favorite part of this shoe is the upper. The toebox offers a soft, socklike feel while the midfoot and heel hold your foot snugly and securely.”
“There is a sweet spot right under the ball of the foot that offers a bouncy feel. So for me, this shoe feels most at home with a mid to forefoot landing.”