Size and fit

The Asics Gel Diablo as in any nineties running shoe comes well cushioned and padded for a snug fit. Coming in medium width, the footwear has reliable arch support and a mesh tongue for a comfortable and breathable interior.

Available in sizes 5.5 to 15 for men and 4 to 14 for women, this heritage running sneaker has remained true to size and fit to form making it an enduring silhouette worthy of a comeback.

Asics Gel Diablo Style

As the fashion trend skews favorably towards chunky soled retro sneakers, the Asics Gel Diablo is the perfect nostalgia piece to complement the style of the 1990s. The smooth white leather with perforated details and suede overlays sums up the overall look of this iconic low-top sneaker.

Reissued in the Superior Birch and then the Black OG colorway, the heritage running shoe comes perfectly fitting today’s trendy nineties look with baggy pants, track pants and jackets or denim jackets and pants. Wear them with loose black pants or slim fit jeans with a grey top or a plain off-white tee and get that nostalgic vibe of the age of analog gadgets, MTV, and Generation X feels. With speckled midsoles for an updated look, this low-top sneaker is a fusion of the old and new trends for a sporty look that crosses over from one generation to another.

Notable Features

The retro silhouette of the Asics El Diablo is its main style feature from the unique color blocking to the chunky EVA midsole. But it is the GEL cushioning system that makes this iconic low-top sneaker stand out as it absorbs impact, keeps the sneaker lightweight, and provides lasting comfort for an all day of walking or light running around the busy metropolis.

Asics Gel Diablo History

The Asics Gel Diablo was an almost forgotten style after it had reached popularity in the mid-1990s. Released in 1995, the low-top sneaker with perforated details on the smooth leather and chunky white soles was a respected running silhouette as many athletes at the time had embraced GEL cushioning technology popularized by Asics. The Gel technology has been attributed to improved running experience among athletes who have used it for its promise of impact or shock absorption, incredibly comfortable cushioning, and lightweight design.

A renewed interest on the retro runner was revived only when renowned shoe designer Ronnie Fieg took notice of the Gel Diablo as part of his Legends Day collection. The famous Kith top honcho renewed sneakerheads’ interest in the chunky silhouette with a Superior Birch colorway as a KITHstrike release.

If you’re not yet familiar with the Gel Diablo silhouette, think of the Yeezy Wave Runner or the Raf Simons Ozweego Bunny with an Asics treatment through a chunky soled design with signature stripe detail and suede overlays.

In 2017, the Asics Gel Diablo was reissued by the Japanese brand in Superior Birch, OG Black/White, and Grey colorways. The design involves an updated look with colorful overlays and speckled midsoles in some models.

Additional Info

  • Smooth leather with perforated details is styled with suede overlays for that retro runner look.
  • Asics stripe in often contrasting color and signature branding at back heel and tongue.
  • A signature GEL rubber detailing is neatly placed at the lower midsole with some models decked with speckled midsoles.
  • Shaft measures usually low-top from the footwear arch.


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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.