Facts

  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - 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.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $130
  • Weight
    Men: 11.2oz
    Women: 11.2oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 23mm
    Women: 23mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
  • Special editions
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  • 83 / 100 | RunSociety

    I land like a pro on the rear foot gel cushion of a shoe that I see as the wave of the future...

  • First look / Unboxing | Asics

  • First look / Unboxing | YRC TV

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  • Originating from the base model, Asics Gel Kenun comes the Asics Gel Kenun Shinkai is a limited edition running shoe that’s created for the neutral pronator. The term Kenun is Japanese for Cirrus, a type of cloud; Asics has a proclivity for naming their shoes after clouds. The term Shinkai translates to ‘deep sea.’ It features a unique upper design and color scheme, taking inspiration from the Megalodon, an ancient shark that was believed to be gigantic.
  • The underfoot cushioning system of this product makes use of the technologies that help in heightening the performance of the foot. A lightweight foam carries the foot throughout the gait cycle. Engulfing the heel part is a GEL unit which attenuates impact shock generated by the foot-strike. Rubber protects the forefoot area and provides traction.

The Asics Gel Kenun Shinkai is sold as a unisex shoe, but it uses men’s measurements as the blueprint. The available width is D – Medium. It has a semi-curved shape, which means that it follows the natural curve of the human foot.

Durable rubber is placed in the forefoot section of the outsole. It shields the foam midsole from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It also ensures surface traction, which is a vital trait of many performance shoes.

A Pad GEL unit covers the heel portion of the sole unit. It is fundamentally a sheath that blankets the base and sides of the foam platform. The purpose of this material is to provide cushioning and shock-attenuation, potentially easing the striking phrase of the gait cycle.

Similar to the popular Asics Gel Cumulus 20, the shoe uses the Solyte® cushioning unit that’s touted to be lighter than standard EVA and SpEVA. It’s also made to last long, so runners won’t have to worry about early midsole breakdowns or sagging.

The Guidance Line® is a single vertical flex groove that leads the foot towards a smoother and more agreeable step.

The Impact Guidance System is a design philosophy that ensures all midsole components are utilized throughout the running session. It potentially unlocks the potential of the foot to achieve confident strides.

The ComforDry X-40 Sockliner adds a bit more cushioning for the underfoot. Additionally, it is springy, and it has an anti-moisture capability to keep sweat from accumulating in the foot-chamber.

The upper unit of the Asics Gel Kenun Shinkai makes use of a single-layer engineered mesh. It softly covers the foot while accommodating air to maintain a cool and dry environment.

Seamless materials make the coverage less prone to irritating the foot. They evoke a sock-like fit that’s smooth and agreeable.

Thin overlays are printed onto the fabrics. They bolster the façade while helping in the delivery of a snug and secure fit.

A pull tab is added to the heel part of the collar. It allows the wearer to put on or remove this shoe with ease.

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