BEST FOR: Neutral midfoot strikers with a speed jones.
THE TEST: The Gel-Lyte33 is a sweet little category straddler, combining the high-gear turnover of a race shoe with the soft and easy landings of a laid-back trainer. Pared to the basics—with barely any outsole rubber, a mushy heel counter, and minimal padding—it’s the rare shoe that makes your foot do the work (as a minimalist should) without slowing you down. The heel foam is soft but shallow, so heavy landers may feel it bottom out.
THE VERDICT: For those with a perfectly neutral foot strike, this is the speediest, best-fitting minimalist design we’ve seen from ASICS. 7.8 oz; 6-mm heel-to-toe drop.