Verdict from 5 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Cushioned: Asics Gel Kyrios is much appreciated for its forgiving underfoot feel. Being “bouncy” is out of the question. 
  • All-rounder: It’s one of the running-inspired Asics kicks that’s useful for work and leisure.  
  • Stylish: It rolls out a variety of chic colors that many adore. Some had no doubts about grabbing an extra pair in a different shade. 
  • Snug: The blend of mesh and synthetics creates a cozy world for the feet.
  • Non-restrictive forefoot: There’s adequate room in the front that allows the toes to splay freely. 
  • Well-assembled: It won’t easily give up on you as the upper layers are neatly put together.
  • Grippy: Underside grooves keep the foot from slipping.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Rigid: The shoe feels like a tough nut to crack on day one.
  • Clunky: It can feel awkwardly heavy.

Bottom line

Asics pitches in the Gel Kyrios, another of its lifestyle kicks with a cushioning tech borrowed from its performance runners. If you’re smitten by the colors offered for this style, you’ll love this sneaker even more, the longer you use it as it provides that ahh sensation. Simply put, it’s nearly like sporting an Asics Gel runner all for a reasonable price. 

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Asics Gel Kyrios: Classic runner meets modern streetwear style

When it comes to retro fashion, Asics has lots to offer. To add up to its growing Gel family, this Japanese sportswear giant company brings out the Asics Gel Kyrios, a modified version of the Asics Gel Helios from 2005 designed by Kenichi Kawano. His love for designer labels like Balenciaga, Prada, and the likes is very much evident in the premium touches on his masterpieces, including those infused into this shoe. 

Like its Gel siblings, the Asics Gel Kyrios embraces the heritage running aesthetic using synthetic leather and mesh layers. But unlike the performance-based runners, Kawano transformed this modernized kick with street style elements while incorporating the following plus factors. 

  • Breathable mesh fabric 
  • Rearfoot gel unit which minimizes impact on the heel 
  • Lightweight Flytefoam propel system for enhanced spring back and toe-off 
  • An aggressive outsole tread in a circular pattern to prevent slippage even when moving in different directions

Asics Gel Kyrios alongside other famous Gel siblings

  • Asics Gel Lyte III offers a retro vibe much like the Gel Kyrios. But among the throwback Asics sneakers, this is one of the well-loved ones known for its split-tongue application, which offers a foot-hugging feel. The carved-out wave pattern on the Kyrios that wraps up to the rear side gives it a more fluid-like form versus the block of synthetic overlays on the Gel Lyte III.
  • Asics Gel Kayano 5 OG stands out with the heel's visible Gel unit, which offers the same shock-absorbing benefits as the Gel Kyrios. If you fancy chunky soles, this shoe might suit you more than the Gel Kyrios. 

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.