Facts

  • Top
    Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from
    Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection
    Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    Price
    $150
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the reviewers shared that the Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit is very comfortable.
  • A handful of buyers liked the lightness of this pair.
  • The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit is a very versatile pair, said many users. From walking in the park to light trainings.
  • Most users disclosed that this pair has a fantastic cushioning.
  • A number of users noted that this pair stretches and supports areas that need it the most.
  • Several buyers applauded the comfortable sock-like fit of this shoe.
  • Available in multiple colorways.
  • This pair generally runs true to size.
  • A couple of users liked the sock-like collar that fits perfectly on the ankle.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Few buyers griped about the slightly expensive price of the Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit.
  • One user did not like that the knit upper of this pair is similar to the Adidas NMD.

Bottom line

The Knit bug has finally bitten Asics. The Gel Kayano Trainer Knit was released in 2017 just in time for the warmer days.  This low-cut profile with sock-like fit is backed up with the TPU caging system for a lockdown fit. Comfort is not an issue because of the presence of the cozy Gel-Cushioning midsole. With its stylish, breathable and lightweight comfort, the Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit is worth a space in everyone’s closet.

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Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit History

During the 1940s, Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka crafted a shoe for basketball in his home in Japan. In 1977, he established his shoe company and named it ASICS, which is an acronym for the Latin phrase “Anima Ana in Corpore Sano” which means “A Sound Minds in a Sound Body”.

Fast forward to the current days, ASICS still offers footwear, apparel and accessories to cater various buyers and wearers. They stayed faithful in dedicating their products in promoting harmonious body and mind.

Shoe innovation is constant to cater the incessant needs of consumers. Asics developed the Gel cushioning system which is placed in the forefoot and heel of the shoe. It is a soft material that absorbs the landing force, thus reduces the impact of each step.

Back in 1990, the Gel Trendy was the first shoe design that used the gel technology. It is a stability running shoe that has typical aesthetics which, ironically, made it more interesting for consumers. Various models with gel technology were released after the Gel Trendy.

Gel-Kayano was released in 1993 and released for long distance running. The design was inspired by beetle’s exoskeleton strength, with a hornlike sole and coolmax-lined mesh upper. This has theta Gel cushioning in the rearfoot and P-Gel in the forefoot.

In the 2017, Asics revamped their iconic Gel-Kayano running shoe to fit the modern day aesthetics. This lifestyle shoe must-have still uses the same tooling as the original release except for the upper. They added the Knit material in the upper for a glove like fit. The bold cage overlay is also present for a superior lockdown fit.

Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit Style

The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit has the traditional trainer profile made with innovative material. This inventive fusion of the classic style with advanced technology makes this pair suitable for the on-trend fashion. All-day wearing is not a problem with this pair because of its lightness and comfort. Some users sport this with lace-up while some users can pretty much run away with unlaced shoe.  Wearers can use this pair with their joggers, skinny jeans, shorts or with their active wear.  The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit can go with almost any casual attire the wearers wish to strut. 

Fit & Sizing

The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit has a traditional lacing system for a personalized secure fit. Laces are ran through the TPU caged overlays and also through the knit to provide a lockdown fit. The TPU heel counter is present to provide the wearer with little support. It has a removable insole which wearers have all the liberty to change it with orthotics.  The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit generally runs true to size and is offered in medium width.   Men can choose from sizes 4 to 14 while women have size 5.5 to 15.5 US.

Notable Features

The most notable feature of the Asics gel Kayano Trainer Knit is its monochromatic look. From the shoelace to the outsole, the Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit showcases a unicolor theme. Many buyers liked this as it contributes to its simple and clean overall look.

Some buyer also noted about the similarities between the Gel Kayano Trainer Knit and the Adidas NMD Primeknit. Both shoes exhibit a sock-like collar. This kind of collar provides a snug and supportive feel to the wearers.

Additional Info

  • The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit was launched through the short film “Together We Rise”. This film highlights the Knit material and suggests that we are all woven from the same thread.
  • It weighs 10 oz.
  • The EVA midsole of the Gel Kayano Trainer Knit is a heritage-inspired which provides support and optimum responsive cushioning.
  • It has a durable rubber outsole with superb traction.
  • The Asics branding can be found on the lateral side of the midsole, rubber outsole and on the insole.