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To Cop Or Not To Cop, That Is The Sneaker Question- Asics Gel-Lyte MT

Imagine if Shakespeare was a sneakerhead. Wait don’t do that, regular folk might think you are weird. Would Shakespeare have written a reflective sneakerhead soliloquy debating the merits and tragedies of potentially purchasing new footwear?

To cop or not to cop, that is the sneaker question.

As we delve into Shakespeare’s rhetorical response, it’s always intriguing to know the story of why a sneaker enthusiast has purchased a particular pair of footwear. Eugene from The Sneakerphiles podcast arguably said it best, “If I have a dope pair of shoes and you have a dope pair of shoes, that’s awesome. But what’s more awesome is how different our journeys were in acquiring the same pair of sneakers.” Click here to read more about Eugene’s sneaker thoughts from our recent interview.

So what is your rationale for buying (or copping as the youth say) new sneaks?

Do you have a thought process? If so, what is it?

For me, and probably unlike Shakespeare, I have four basic categories that I look for when looking to purchase a new pair of footwear. If 3 out of 4 categories are met, then you’ll probably be seeing me strut in a new pair of foot chariots.

Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my 4 Cop Or Not categories.

Story/History Does the sneaker have a significant story/history?
Performance Is it comfortable? Can it be worn all day? Is there any new technology being offered?
Appearance Hot silhouette or not?   Unique? Visually appealing? Umm, we’re talking about sneakers right?
Price Would Bob Barker agree if the price is right?

Let’s have a look at the above 4 categories and further examine the Asics Gel-Lyte MT.

Story/History The Asics Gel-Lyte MT is heavily influenced aesthetically from the Gel-Lyte III. The Gel-Lyte III dates back to the early 1990’s and continues to be rocked as a retro sneaker today. So yeah, it’s definitely got lineage.
Performance While I wouldn’t run a marathon in them, the Asics Gel-Lyte MT is pretty comfortable as an all day sneaker. It offers a firm, yet supportive fit. A half size up is a must if you want your Cinderella feet to fit into these Gel slippers.

The Gel cushioning in this specific sneaker is adequate, but no comparison against modern technology like Boost. So realistically, the on-foot performance is decent, but not great given the current offerings at the same retail price.

Appearance Beauty is in the eye of the beholder person wearing the shoe. And in my eyes, the Asics Gel-Lyte MT is the perfect blend of utilitarian style and comfort. Wearing the Asics Gel-Lyte MT speaks to an acknowledgement of sneaker roots whilst arguably being the antithesis of a pair of hypebeast Yeezys.
Price At full retail price, the Asics Gel-Lyte MT has some steep competition in the retro-sneaker market.   But on a sale purchase price, which is what I paid, it’s definitely a great value for a unique sneaker silhouette.

I’m not sure Shakespeare would write a soliloquy about the Asics Gel-Lyte MT, but with 3 of 4 Cop Or Not categories met, this sneaker blog entry does not end in tragedy, but rather an Asics Gel-Lyte MT purchase.

To cop or not to cop, now that is a sneaker question I would love to hear you answer.  No soliloquy required.

Stay Solefullylaced,

Kev Zool

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  1. ralph zool ralph zool

    my criteria:
    1) does it look cool?
    a) not super bulky
    b) good cw – will it become super dirty/do i look like a billboard ?

    2) is there a function for it ?
    a) ball/hiking/other sports/multiple purposes
    indoor badminton requires white soles
    b) will the material breathe in hot weather? will it smell like skunk?

    3) is there ankle support ?
    us older guys have to worry about having ankles/knees/feet made out of paper

    • kev zool kev zool

      You’re probably one of the most consistent sneakerheads that I know.
      You are really good with sticking to your sneaker ideals.
      I like how you always keep your collection small, tidy, useful, with a regular rotation.

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