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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.

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- 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.

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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.

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

8 reasons to buy

  • Many of the reviewers said that the Asics GEL Kayano Trainer EVO is among the most comfortable shoes that they have ever worn.
  • There are a horde of colorways to choose from, so they are good for those who like to experiment with their outfits.
  • Some reviewers noted that their pairs of GEL Kayano Trainer EVO shoes are light, putting much less strain on their feet especially during periods of activity.
  • There were those who took note of the attractiveness of this model, adding that they usually get compliments when they go out while in it.
  • A good percentage of those who left reviews mentioned that they are definitely going to recommend the Asics GEL Kayano Trainer EVO to their friends.
  • This model is reasonably priced.
  • There is a considerable number of reviewers who loved the fact that this pair easily goes with any outfit that they are comfortable with.
  • There were those who claim that the GEL Kayano Trainer EVO fairly delivers when it comes to durability.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were reviewers who say that the Asics GEL Kayano Trainer EVO does not fit their feet as expected.
  • A self-confessed old-fashioned reviewer expressed dismay over the fact that the tongue is integrated with the upper.
  • There were quite a few who noticed that the model does not provide good arch support.

Bottom line

When it was first dropped in the early 90s, the Asics GEL Kayano did not take long to prove that it was a shoe that many love to train in. The current version of this timeless classic won’t tarnish that amazing record. The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer EVO has an attractive silhouette. It also has a mesh upper that provides high levels of comfort and a snug fit. This pair is indeed worth every penny.


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Asics Gel Kayano Trainer EVO History

The original GEL Kayano was released by Asics in 1993. It bore its designer’s name, Toshikazu Kayano, who remembers working closely with their American marketers to perfect the shoe’s design. He also remembers making at least thirty sketches before actually coming up with the final one.

Though it already sported the well-received gel technology from 1986, the original model’s appeal was enhanced by its bolstered overlays. The model’s immediate success inaugurated the now already decades-old era of continuous innovation and consequent GEL Kayano dominance.

The Asics GEL Kayano Trainer EVO, one of the original model’s contemporaries, continues the gel legacy. It, however, shed off much of the voluminous overlays to reveal a much sleeker appearance, which resonates well with the fashion sense of today’s market.

Asics Gel Kayano Trainer EVO Style

The sleek appearance of the Asics GEL Kayano Trainer EVO artfully provides that neat throwback look that has apparently influenced today’s fashion trends. It comes in a variety of colors, so there will most likely be a pair for every discerning personality. It looks great when paired with denim pants and even shorts.

Fit & Sizing

The Asics GEL Kayano Trainer EVO comes in standard widths for both men and women. Men’s sizes range from 3 to 13. Women’s sizes range from 6 to 11. The pair is reportedly true to size.

Notable Features

While the gel technology is still the most defining feature of this model, what makes the Asics GEL Kayano Trainer EVO truly revolutionary at this time is its much sleeker appearance. Such look is achieved by removing much of the bulky overlays that characterize the previous and some simultaneous versions, leaving only a woven upper that snugly hugs each foot like a sock. It still, however, uses enough overlays to support the form of the shoe and give it its brand identity. The midfoot has synthetic overlays that cleverly follow the shape and orientation of the company’s logo stripes.

Additional Info

  • The upper of the Asics GEL Kayano Trainer EVO is constructed from neoprene mesh. It has a monosock structure, which means that the textile tongue is fully integrated with the upper.
  • To provide support during motion, the model relies on a uniquely designed heel cage that is made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU).
  • The outsole of this model is made of rubber that enhances traction.
  • The collar is generously padded to ensure high levels of next-to-skin protection.