Asics Gel 1090: From a fearless trainer to a retro sneaker

Asics launched the Gel 1090 in 2004 as an alternative model to the popular Asics Gel Kayano series. After 15 long years, the brand decided to rework this iteration while keeping its signature running details suitable for the modern lens.

This retro performance sneaker has a streamlined built inspired by the shape of a race car, to recreate the notion of speed. The sleek upper is made of mesh base and leather overlays for breathability and durability. It also has the Gel cushioning tech, a soft material inserted on the midsole, which offers a lot of bounce and comfort to its wearers.

Asics Gel 1090's influential details

The Asics Gel-1090 became a firm favorite for the presence of several remarkable elements, such as:

  • Tige claw marks found on the heel counter and toe overlays.
  • On its midsole, a sweeping line is found to signify the movement of the flag.
  • A visible Gel cushioning on the heel for better shock absorption.
  • Seen on some colorways are the shiny details with fading colors on its Asics Stripes.


The current trend of Asics Gel 1090.
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