Verdict from +100 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Comfortable: The Asics Gel 1090 provides superb comfort, according to many buyers.
  • Durable: Several buyers have shared that this model is very sturdy.
  • Stylish: Some reviewers mention that this sneaker looks nice when worn on feet.
  • Breathable: This sneaker from Asics is well ventilated, according to some wearers.
  • True to size: The fit of this sneaker is consistent with its sizing.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Chunky: One buyer dislikes that the Asics Gel 1090 is too bulky for her feet.
  • Heavy: As compared to other mesh sneakers, a couple of buyers mention that this model is a bit weighty.

Bottom line

After 15 years of being off the market, Asics Sportstyle reworked the Gel 1090 with modern details. This striking sneaker kept its original running aesthetics, suitable for the dad sneaker trend. 

The brand reworked the technical details, adding more comfort and cushioning to its wearers. Among the latest Gel releases of Asics, this model quickly gained followers for its stylish retro appeal, superb comfort, and reasonable price range.

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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.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.