ASICS International Lyte: Revival of one of the greatest all-time classic wrestling shoes

The ASICS International Lyte Wrestling Shoe is the ultimate blast from the past that so many wrestling sneaker heads have been waiting for. It was consistently one of the most popular competition shoes all through the 80’s and 90’s, particularly among elite collegiate and international level athletes. Even after going out of production, it remained a bit of a cult classic, thus prompting the re-release. This high-performance, classic throwback is one of the most comfortable wrestling shoes we’ve ever come across. When you put your feet in them, it just feels right. Thanks to ASICS’ Mono-Sock Fit System, it will feel like you’re wearing…well…socks. Although, hopefully you’re also wearing real socks as well or your feet will get more nasty than they already are. There is plenty of padding in all the right places, especially around the ankle.

As is typical for any ASICS wrestling shoe, the International Lyte was designed with quality, attention to detail, and style in mind. While it has a fairly minimalist and retro looking style, each aspect of the shape, fit, and materials were carefully designed for superior performance, durability, and comfort. The upper is made almost entirely of a super suede Escaine material that is both highly durably and ultra-lightweight. On the side, you’ll notice the “old school” style ASICS logo. The split outsole of the International Lyte is entirely unique to this shoe. It features a split sole which allows for the perfect balance of grip and flexibility, so you can move quickly to evade attacks and be ready to counter in an instant. To the untrained eye, it doesn’t appear to be very grippy, but anyone who’s worn them will tell you otherwise. If you look closely, you can see that the surface of the rubber grip area is almost like sandpaper, giving you air-tight traction on the mat. As the name implies, this shoe was originally designed for international style mats, like you see in the Olympics, which have a much different surface from typical mats you see in the U.S. and requires different features for top performance.

Any wrestling shoe sneaker head will know that there have been several different versions, colorways, and iterations of this model over the years. This re-release comes as close as possible to the very first version that ASICS made, with a few upgrades on the materials, using more advanced shoe making technology.

This rare unicorn of a wrestling shoe is considered part of ASICS’ Tiger line of premium sports footwear. ASICS Tiger is a lifestyle brand that came about between 1986 and 1991 when Japan had a resurgence and became the 2nd most powerful economy in the world. In 1986 they introduced alpha gel in their high-performance sports models, making this technological advancement an instant classic. The Tiger brand represents the interaction of Japanese heritage and modern flair, with an emphasis on infusing artistry, culture and innovation into their shoe designs. Only a few wrestling shoes have made the cut to be part of this exclusive and high-end Tiger brand, and the International Lyte is one of them.
 

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  • 09 Jan, 2018 Wrestler
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    The shoes were good. When I put them on, they fit better than the wrestling shoes I have now.

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  • 02 Jan, 2018 Wrestler
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    These shoes are LIT! Trust me, like actually trust me... I don't lie when I say these shoes are LIT. The shoes are the most comfortable shoes in the world! I almost slept in them one time. Just kidding, who does that? But they are very good shoes and they're perfect for your matches!

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  • 07 Aug, 2017 Wrestler
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    Cool color! Total classic shoe. Durable leather and suede, yet lightweight. Had more grip than expected.

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  • Question byVova
    on 27 Oct, 2018

    Hello. I am writing to you from Siberia. I would like to know whether this product is white or blue. Do you have a store in California left in your presence? Please answer me, I live so far away and I dream of these wrestling shoes since childhood thank you , my shoe size is 8.5 , shoes international Lyte white or grey

    The International Lyte colors are blue/red, grey/teal and the black/grey. We do have a store located in California.

    Answered by Products on 29 Oct, 2018

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  • Question byElijawan
    on 30 Jun, 2018

    I need them in a 6.5 when will they be in stock

    Did you know which color you are referring to? Asics are no longer to be bringing in the Royal Blue or the Grey International Lyte.

    Answered by Products on 02 Jul, 2018

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  • Question byCharlie
    on 03 Nov, 2017

    Are the international lyte’s available in a smaller size?

    Joey P.'s picture

    These shoes only begin in the sizes stated on the website.

    Answered by Joey P. on 06 Nov, 2017

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  • Question byRJ152
    on 03 Nov, 2017

    Are these more durable than past lytes?

    Joey P.'s picture

    At this point in time we have not received any bad news regarding these International Lytes. They seem to be holdilng up pretty well.

    Answered by Joey P. on 06 Nov, 2017

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  • Question byAlec M
    on 29 Sep, 2017

    Does this shoe have enough grip or do you think to wrestle better you need more

    This shoe does not have as much grip as an Aggressor or a JB Elite but it can get the job done. The shoe doesn't make the wrestler. Hard work and practice will make you a better wrestler.

    Answered by Products on 29 Sep, 2017

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  • Question byAdrian
    on 10 Jun, 2017

    Do you think companies will start to re release shoes

    Joey P.'s picture

    It really depends on the companies to see if they are going to be re-releasing any old shoes. I know last year they released the Cael V1 and this summer the International Lyte.

    Answered by Joey P. on 13 Jun, 2017

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  • Question byEddie
    on 05 Jun, 2017

    Will this be the only color available or will they be coming with the black and red or the green and yellow?

    At the moment this is the only color that Asics will be releasing.

    Answered by Products on 05 Jun, 2017

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  • Question bythe Danator
    on 01 May, 2017

    When will these be back in stock?

    Joey P.'s picture

    These shoes are pre-order at the moment and we should be receiving these late July.

    Answered by Joey P. on 01 May, 2017

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