Out of 320-odd pairs of trainers, there are only a handful of Asics in my inventory. There’s no real reason for this, other than they were never really that available when I was growing up. Local shops didn’t have them and this was before the internet existed, so unless I was flicking through a running magazine, Asics didn’t really register that much.
But in the past decade, they’ve shown up a lot more. I bought the Proper GT-IIs a few years back, which I still really like, and I’ve got one pair from the Alife Rivington Club co-lab from a couple of years ago, but my Asics game is weak. I was undecided on the split-tongue business (sometimes it looks a little too much like a… well… you look and see for yourself), but as long as the lacing’s on-point, you don’t really see that bit much and it’s as comfortable as hell.
When these Gel Lyte IIIs came out in September 2010, I liked them straight away. The Slam Jam store in Italy dropped 96 pairs of these, along with a few bonus bits and pieces, and I missed ’em. Five minutes after the release time and they were gone.
Lucky for me, I managed to pick up a couple of pairs via some trades and other business, so I was pretty pleased. The shoe is the usual comfortable Lyte model, but I really liked the colour scheme. For no reason at all, it reminds me of wanting trainers when I was a little kid.
The spare pair are on ice at the moment, but I have no doubt they’ll either go to a close friend – or I’ll be wearing them myself once this pair are hammered.