Size and fit

Asics rolls in a more accommodating fit in the Kayano Trainer Knit MT because of the flexible upper. For midfoot hold and support, the TPU cage is simply essential. Users who like enhanced comfort with a tad more support should find the mid-cut design to their liking. A lace-up closure keeps the fit secure. The men’s sizing is from 4 to 13 while the women’s is from 5.5 to 14.5.

Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit MT Style

The classic silhouette of the Kayano is brought to a smashing height in the mid-top Gel Kayano Trainer Knit MT. It offers a more current and refreshing style that should suit the tastes of teens and young adults. The sneakers keep the wearer’s style on point and trendy.

Notable Features

Asics dabbles in the Knit technology and makes the upper of the Kayano Trainer Knit MT its most outstanding feature. Combining comfort and flexibility the upper gives a snug fit that is almost glove-like in conforming to the user’s foot.

The unsung hero of this design is the TPU cage that serves as the perfect contrast to the flexible Knit. This TPU cage is thick while still being malleable. It brings a nice mix of flexibility and support to the upper.

Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit MT History

The year was 1993 when Asics first introduced a mid-distance runner in the form of the Asics Gel Kayano. Fans of the Kayano series will easily point out that the shoe got its name from the shoe’s creator, Toshizaku Kayano. Besides the unique name, the silhouette of the shoe is also rather distinctive as the designer based it on the exoskeleton of a stag beetle.

Kayano believed that by basing his creation on this beetle, he could bring to life a shoe that has adequate stability without compromising the kind of flexibility desired by runners. The shoe’s undying popularity is proof enough that the concept and design were readily accepted by runners.

Since its release more than two decades ago, the Kayano Trainer has seen more than its fair share of iterations and collaborations. It has become a platform where art can be expressed in an even more imaginative and functional way.

In 2017, Asics revamped the Gel Kayano Trainer by bringing a Knit upper into the equation. Other than providing a refreshing take on this popular shoe, Asics was also trying to prove its mettle that they can also play with the big boys where knit uppers go.

The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit MT is the mid-top version of the Kayano Trainer Knit and is distinguished by the sock-like fit that reaches to the ankle. Besides the increased comfort and support, the shoe also oozes with a sophisticated style that delivers an invigorating outlook to an iconic silhouette.

Additional Info

  • The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit MT comes in a black and white and all-white colorways.
  • Asics replaced the Stripe logo overlay with a TPU cage for better lockdown and support.
  • The silicon-based Gel Cushioning system continues to offer exceptional shock-absorbing properties.


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