Verdict from +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Most of the reviewers praise the Asics Japan S for its stylish look.
  • According to a large percentage of wearers, Asics is able to release another comfortable sneaker.
  • Several buyers are happy that they do not need to break in the shoe before it gets cozy.
  • The Japan S by Asics makes it wearers stand out from the crowd because of the tiger stripes that have a hint of color, which complements the plain design of the shoe.
  • Some purchasers praise the simple and clean colorways of the shoe.
  • A couple of customers notice that this model is lightweight, which makes it enjoyable to wear all day.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of reviewers find the thin insole of the Asics Japan S disappointing.
  • Few mention that they need insoles when they wear this Asics casual sneaker because it is not supportive.

Bottom line

Asics releases an all-around sneaker, the Asics Japan S. This model has modern tweaks in addition to its classic look, which provides comfort to its wearers.

The Japan S is able to live up to the saying that simplicity is beauty because despite having straightforward designs with basic color on its leather upper, it captures the attention of many.

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Good to know

The traditional lacing system that the Asics Japan S features provides a secure fit on foot. Additionally, it allows its wearers to adjust the fit of the shoe according to their preference.

 It also has a durable leather upper that helps in holding the foot better and providing support. Like all of the other low top sneakers, the silhouette of this shoe allows the ankle to move freely.

Bring the Asics Japan S from the office to the streets with its classic design. It is available in several colorways, including a monochrome white and black, and those with a hint of colors. The monochrome shoe is a solid basic shoe that never gets old. On the other hand, the shoe with a touch of color stands out because of the colored lining detail at the side. However, no matter what the colorway is, the overall silhouette gives off a clean look that makes it easy to wear on different occasions.

This Asics sneaker stands out the most because of its basic look. It has a smooth leather upper with perforated toe box and side panels, which makes it ventilated. The branding of Asics, like the tiger stripes on the quarter panel and “ASICS” lettering at the heel, complements the simple look of the sneaker well.

In 1949, Kihachiro Onitsuka established ONITSUKA in Kobe, Japan. Later on, it was changed to ASICS, an acronym for the Latin expression “Anima Sana In Corpore Sano,” which means “You should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body”.

In 1950, the brand’s first athletic shoe, a basketball shoe, was made. This shoe was repeatedly tested and refined before releasing the first model. This model is being improved continuously to achieve a shoe that can accommodate the necessary characteristics of a performance basketball shoe.

The inspiration of the Japan S is based on one of the brand’s throwback sneakers from 1981. It has a vintage basketball aesthetic that is complemented with court-specific details, like the court-inspired toe box.

  • The Asics Japan S is made for those with neutral pronation.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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.