Verdict from 14 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • A handful of buyers were very impressed by the comfort provided by the Gel Kayano Trainer Knit MT. These buyers swore that they could wear the shoe all-day long.
  • According to a few reviewers, the shoe offers a very personalized fit.
  • The sock-like upper delivers a snug fit that has more than adequate flexibility.
  • Asics uses a mid-top construction to give wearers added support around the ankle.
  • A small number of purchasers loved the unique TPU cage as it brings hold and support to a rather flexible knit upper.
  • Some reviewers concluded that the price of the Asics Kayano Trainer Knit MT is quite reasonable.
  • A few observers were quick to notice the midsole, which is still the same cushioning used in the Kayano runners.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of buyers noticed that the knit material near the ankle tends to sag a bit after a few months of use.
  • The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit MT would have been more versatile had there been more color options available.

Bottom line

Asics continues to revolutionize one of its most popular models—the Kayano. The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Knit MT is Asics’ grand entry into mid-top shoes with a woven upper that is the craze these days.

While still having the same midsole that has made the Kayano famous, the updated upper offers a more accommodating fit and vibrant aesthetics that make it a solid choice for those who need more sophistication in their style. The reasonable price point and fantastic lifestyle appeal should quickly get the attention of sneaker lovers.

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Good to know

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.