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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$160
Weight
Men: 11.5oz
Women: 9.2oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Asics’ trademark cushioning and seamless construction create a comfy ride, according to several reviews.
  • The Kayano 23 continues to be Asics’ flagship stability shoe, based on most comments.
  • It is lighter than the earlier model.
  • The cushioning is a pleasure to run-in as noted by some.
  • Out of the box plushness of the interior is almost always mentioned in reviews.
  • A new engineered mesh helps with foot support and security, even without the forefoot overlays.
  • There are already many different color combinations to choose from.
  • The upper of the 23rd edition of the Gel Kayano conformed much better to the foot compared to the previous model.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The 23rd ride of the Kayano is still a bit pricey for most.
  • Most of the negative comments from fans of the Kayanos mentioned how narrow the toe box is in the latest model.
  • A handful of Kayano loyalists noted that it is clearly stiffer than any of the past models.
  • The latest instalment of the Kayanos have early durability issues, which should be a no-no particularly because of its expensive price tag.

Bottom line

The Kayano 23 continues to live up to the lofty standards set by its predecessors. An influx of some technologies makes it lighter and more durable while it remains to be very well-cushioned and stable. Despite being always on the more expensive side of things, the Kayano is an established name where cushioning and stability are needed by runners.


Rankings


Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 1351 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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3 star
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2 star
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1 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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80 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews

  • 55 / 100 by RunRepeat • Frank DuCett • Level 4 expert

    Every once in a while a company will make an attempt at making something better. The sad truth is sometimes they become very unsuccessful while trying, sadly leaving behind what worked well for so long, a proud legacy gone.

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's High • Craig • Level 3 expert

    It's actually a lot lighter than the previous models, which is nice because… traditionally speaking it was a heavier shoe.

  • 84 / 100 by RIZKNOWS • Matt Ross • Level 2 expert

    No major game-changers here with the 23s, just the same solid running shoes we've come to expect from the Kayano series. They're great for both short and long distance running.

  • 87 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    In tests at the RW Shoe Lab, the cushioning proves slightly firmer than in the previous version, but wear-testers still loved the soft feeling upon immediate step-in and all-day comfort.

  • 78 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    However, what you may loose in cushioning in the ASICS GEL-Kayano 23, you might gain back in the durability of the shoe due to more durable midsole material.

  • 74 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The Kayano 23 has a substantial number of updates, and they all distil down to two things. The midsole ride is much firmer, which makes the Kayano 23 more supportive in nature than the 22.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Jon Ober • Level 4 expert

    While on the pricey side, the shoe gives a great, cushioned ride.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Jon Ober • Level 4 expert

    The ASICS Gel Kayano 23 continues to be the flagship of ASICS robust stability line. While on the pricey side, the shoe gives a great, cushioned ride.

  • 86 / 100 by Gear Institute • Cory Smith • Level 3 expert

    After those first few “break-in” runs, the Kayano 23 proves to be one of smoothest stability shoes tested. 

  • 82 / 100 by Holabird Sports • Cathy Kerns • Level 3 expert

    The Kayano is a running shoe that has been noted as somewhat heavy in the past, so this new technology is welcomed and much appreciated by runners with mild to moderate overpronation.

  • 81 / 100 by Best 10 For Everything • Best 10 For Everything • Level 2 expert

    It’s is also on a slightly newer last a little bit more snug in the heel has a little bit more added toe spring at the forefoot -to really bounce you off that front step.

  • 87 / 100 by Shoes Feet Gear Podiatrists Brisbane • Peter • Level 1 expert

    Overall, (a) little bit more performance compared with the (Kayano) 22… lighter weight, a little bit more responisve, a little bit faster feel. And again, still a cracking shoe, the Kayano 23.

  • 83 / 100 by The Stro Bro • Bahwoo • Level 1 expert

    So far, so good. They are a little on the pricier side, but it's worth it, so that my feet feel good when I run.

  • 65 / 100 by Average Guy Running • Rob • Level 1 expert

    I felt as if I was getting an unstable platform to push off. I felt like it was very low in my heel… I'd sink on the step, and I felt like I was compensating with my foot to keep going in my gait.

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Updates to Asics Gel Kayano 23

  • Asics offers considerable updates in the 23rd iteration of the Kayano. The biggest modification in this model is the introduction of the FlyteFoam, which Asics trumpets as amazingly 55% lighter than standard EVA. Besides being more responsive and durable, it greatly helps with the shoe’s weight reduction.
  • The upper also features the New Adaptive System or network of overlays in the midfoot on the medial side to curb overpronation. It works hand in hand with the new engineered mesh to support the foot in the right areas. Because of the new engineered mesh, Asics was able to remove the forefoot overlays without doing away support and security.
  • Another update that should be highlighted is the new external heel counter. Asics made the heel support a bit narrower than before to really hold the foot in place for added stability.

Asics Gel Kayano 23 size and fit

The fit of the Kayano 23 is mostly the same as the original model. There is excellent security from the heel to the forefoot. The fit is quite snug that those who are sitting on the edge of their foot sizes may need to go half a size up. It is a new design that should greatly help runners with narrow to medium width dimensions.

Outsole

The outsole of the Kayano 23 is a mainstream Asics design with a heavy dose of AHAR rubber in the heel and other high impact areas, whereas the forefoot is made up mostly of blown rubber. Present in the outsole is a very prominent Guidance Line or a cut that stretches from the heel to the forefoot to help with the transition from landing to take-off. This Guidance Line converges with several forefoot flex grooves for added flexibility.

Midsole

The midsole is where Asics packs most of its technology in the 23rd ride of the Kayano. Most significant in the midsole is the use of the Flytefoam for continuous cushioning responsive cushioning and durability despite being extremely light. Found in the heel going towards the midfoot is a dual-layered foam. It is a bit soft in the heel and gradually becomes denser as it moves near the midfoot to deliver excellent stability to overpronators. Asics’ Gel cushioning system is also located beneath the heel and the forefoot for shock attenuation and added cushioning. Finally, a TPU material in beneath the arch enhances stability and torsional rigidity for runners.

Upper

The new engineered mesh delivers support and flexibility where the runners need it. It continues to be very breathable and holds the foot in place. This seamless construction of engineered mesh and overlays is what Asics calls as the FluidFit System and is designed to cradle the foot in support and comfort. Inside, runners will find the Comfordry X-40 sockliner for its moisture-wicking properties, comfort, and breathability.