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


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.


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.


We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer has generous cushioning which keeps the feet comfortable throughout the day.
  • Having these kicks allows the wearer to tap into the casual style of the 90s.
  • These kicks have constantly been recreated so there are multiple colorways sold by various retailers.
  • The neutral colorways can match a lot of outfits.
  • The rubber midsole functions as a shock absorber with every step.
  • The Gel Kayano Trainer features a flexible, rubber outsole that provides foot stability. A couple of owners were impressed by the stability of this shoe.
  • A few wearers said that these kicks fit great on their feet.

4 reasons not to buy

  • These shoes are slightly expensive.
  • The materials of the Asics Gel Kayano Trainer aren’t top-notch, a sneaker enthusiast commented.
  • There are a handful of complaints about the shoe being narrow.
  • The shoe deteriorated quickly as observed by a tester.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer is a heritage-inspired sneaker with a style that still appeals to modern-day sneaker wearers. The looks are still the same as the original model, but it has received material upgrades to fit contemporary fashion. The Asics designers did great at combining materials to create an interesting shoe. From its running roots, it’s ready to rock the streets with plush comfort. All of these features come at a slightly expensive price.



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Asics Gel Kayano Trainer History

The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer is a classic silhouette first released in 1993. It was designed with the needs of high-performance runners in mind. It was named after its designer, Toshizaku Kayano. According to the Japanese footwear designer, he was sent to the USA after the company rejected 30 sketches.

Asics wanted him to work with the Product Marketing team. The shoe’s final design was drawn on a napkin during a late dinner with his team. The model was inspired by the stag beetle’s sturdy armor shell. It manifested in the form molded upper side panels that improve stability and the rare horn designs that can be found on the outsole. To further improve the support and comfort of the shoe, it had a mono sockliner and a rearfoot protector.

Even in the modern times, the legacy of the Gel Kayano Trainer thrives continuously. The original version has achieved iconic status with its ageless appeal. Various iterations of the shoe have been made, all thanks to new technologies and multitudes of material and color combinations. All Asics Gel-Kayano Trainer models provide shock absorption through its gel-cushioning, protection from the armored shell upper and improved ankle support with its mono sock.

The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer was also used as a canvas for collaborations. One of them is the collaboration with Porter—a bag manufacturer in Japan. The collab was inspired by a military bomber jacket.

Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Style

The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer is a shoe that fuses classic design with modern upgrades. Basing the same tooling from the original model, the shoes are constructed with high-quality pigskin suede with an outer rubber shell reinforcement and molded midsole for a genuine streetstyle vibe. This sporty pair works well with shorts and jeans.

Fit & Sizing

Asics Gel Kayano Trainer is a shoe available in men and women’s sizing. The men’s version is offered in sizes 4 to size 14 while the women’s version is sold in sizes 5.5 to 15.5. They generally run true to size. With a lace up closure, the shoe has a snug fit. Asics uses the True Fit platform which allows buyers to use other brands’ sizing as their reference to ensure that the pair they’ll order has a good fit.

Notable Features

Sneaker reviewers were particularly fond of the comfort brought by the Asics Gel Kayano Trainer. The combination of mono sock and a reasonable amount of cushioning gives the wearer all-day comfort.

Additional Info

  • The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer can be seen in colorways that are eye-catching. One example is the “Flash” Pack, which are accented purple and aqua colorways.
  • Asics paid tribute to the Gel Kayano Trainer on its 20th year by offering the Gel Kayano 20th Anniversary Pack. It includes the retro of the 1993 version and a brand new Gel Kayano 20 in a special colorway.
  • Other versions of these shoes include the Gel Kayano Trainer EVO and Gel Kayano Trainer Knit.