Verdict from +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Many of the reviewers have said that the Asics GEL Kayano Trainer EVO is among the most comfortable shoes that they have ever worn.
  • A few have claimed that the GEL Kayano Trainer EVO of Asics is durable.
  • This model is reasonably priced.
  • Some reviewers have noted that their pairs of GEL Kayano Trainer EVO shoes are lightweight, like most mesh sneakers.
  • A good percentage of reviewers have mentioned that they recommend this to their friends.
  • There is a considerable number of reviewers love that this pair easily goes with any outfit.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There are reviewers who say that the GEL Kayano Trainer EVO does not fit their feet as expected.
  • A reviewer expresses dismay over the fact that the tongue is integrated with the upper.
  • There are quite a few who have 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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Good to know

The Asics GEL Kayano Trainer EVO comes in standard widths for both men and women. Like many lace-up sneakers, this sneaker can be adjusted using the front laces. The collar, meanwhile, is generously padded to deliver superb comfort and high level of next to skin protection.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.


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