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When it comes to running shoes, I’m not brand-loyal. Over the years I’ve tried all different types of running shoes: Adidas, Asics, Brooks, Mizuno, Nike, you name it. For me, it’s not about the brand (or the look, no matter how tempting) but rather the fit of a shoe and how well it helps me run. While I’ve run both marathons in Asics and am a big fan of the brand, I’ve always hated how heavy the shoes are. I under-pronate and need support, but I’ve hated the feeling of wearing bricks on my feet. Asics answered my prayers by sending me the GEL-Lyte 33 to try.

Asics Gel Lyte
Tank: Nike (similar here) | Shorts: Nike (on sale!) | Socks: Feetures | Shoes: Asics

The Asics GEL-Lyte 33 are…

Light weight yet supportive. The first time I put on the GEL-Lyte I cooed. They instantly felt good on my feet and I could tell that they were lighter. The GEL-Lyte 33 are nearly two ounces lighter than the average pair of Asics. While I can’t tell you how much two ounces REALLY is, the difference was noticeable. We runners are always looking for a way to shed weight so we can run faster. These two ounces nearly felt like two pounds to my feet.

I ran two really good six mile test runs and came close to my personal record. Could I be getting stronger? Of course. But I truly believe that having less weight on my feet, allowed my legs to lift easier and, therefore, faster.

I was worried that the appearance of less cushioning would mean less support, but it did not. In fact, the cushioning was comparable to past running shoes and absorbed the shock surprisingly well. The cushioning is visibly not as thick. I thought I would maybe feel the impact of the run afterwards because my feet were closer to the ground, but I experienced no abnormal pain or tightness from the run.

Asics Gel Lyte

Asics Gel Lyte

The Asics GEL-Lyte 33 are…

Flexible and breathable. The shoes are designed with a seamless material, so they wrapped comfortably around my feet and helped them move optimally with every step. I was able to feel the ground underneath me, roll my feet unlike before, and push off the ground to project me forward. There was no chance of my feet slipping and sliding around in the shoes. The feet were locked in. However, I do see this changing with time as my mileage increases and the tautness of the materials wear out like every other shoe.

The design is similar to the Nike Free but the GEL-Lyte mesh is made from what appears to be a more durable, synthetic fiber. These are a great warmer weather shoe. I can’t imagine wearing them in the winter as the materials let a lot of air flow. My feet didn’t get hot or sweaty, even in this muggy weather.

Asics Gel Lyte

The Asics GEL-Lyte 33 are…

Affordable. The GEL-Lyte 33 are $90. While $90 is nothing to joke about, it’s quite a bargain compared to other serious running shoes that can cost you anywhere from $150 to $200. Saving money is a big pro for me. It leaves room for more road races, workout clothes, or workout classes.

Lastly, I LOVE how pretty these shoes are. I didn’t pick these shoes because of the colors. Actually, the Asics website doesn’t do these shoes justice – they’re quite dull. I was pleasantly surprised to open the box to find these bright beauties. You should NEVER select your running shoes on style, but it doesn’t hurts when your perfect fit just happens to be fun to look at. When you’re looking down at your feet and see these shoes glowing on your feet, they almost look like my super powers were glowing. They instantly brightened up my day, made me feel light on my feet, and helped me power through six miles. You would have thought I really was wearing Super Shoes.

What do you look for in a running shoe? What is more important to you, support or weight? Do you like bright shoes?

Photos by: MJ


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