Facts

  • Top
    Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from
    Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collaboration
    Collaboration
    Porter

    Good to know

    A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.

  • Collection
    Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    Price
    $175
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Summary

We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A handful of buyers were impressed with the orange color placement which makes the shoes stand out.
  • The cushioned midsole provides enhanced comfort.
  • A reviewer likes the overall look of the Porter x Asics Gel Kayano Trainer.
  • The synthetic panels add durability to the shoe.
  • The Gel technology makes the shoe lightweight.
  • The rubber outsole features flex grooves that provide comfort to the wearer.
  • A few sneaker sites noted that it is one of the best collabs pertaining to the Kayano Trainer in recent history.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Porter x Asics Gel Kayano Trainer is expensive.
  • It is difficult to purchase a pair right away, according to a few reviewers.

Bottom line

The Porter x Asics Gel Kayano Trainer exhibits comfort and style. The strategically placed orange accents are truly eye-catching. For people who are willing to spend extra bucks on a nice-looking pair, the Porter x Asics Gel Kayano Trainer is an excellent choice.

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Porter x Asics Gel Kayano Trainer History

The Porter x Asics Gel Kayano Trainer is originally from the silhouette of the ASICS GEL Kayano Trainer, (TN310) which was first released in 1993. The model is constantly being reworked since its conception. Named after shoe designer Toshizaku Kayano—who started working on the product a year before its launch—the trainer penetrated the running shoe scene as a flagship product created for individuals who are serious about high-mileage running.

The Porter x Asics Gel Kayano Trainer debuted on February 25, 2017 via Yoshida & Co. Ltd. and on March 4 via Asics. A wider global launch was set on March 11, 2017.

Porter is the main label of Yoshida & Co., Ltd., a Japanese bag and accessories manufacturer based in Tokyo.

Porter x Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Style

The Porter x Asics Gel-Kayano Trainer carries the signature colors of Porter. The idea behind the material and color placement was borrowed from Japanese bag label’s military-influenced TANKER line. The inspiration emerged through the shoe’s black nylon upper in combination with the branding and lining in orange color.

The collaboration sneaker embodies a minimalist design that has an equal essence of the two brands which greatly charms fashion-conscious individuals. It is great with jeans and shorts.

Fit & Sizing

The Porter x Asics Gel Kayano Trainer is available from 7.5 to 12 in men’s sizing. The model generally runs true to size. It features a lace up closure which can be adjusted to achieve a snug fit. The heel also feels snug. The pair is based on a performance running shoe so along the instep, wearers will feel a secure fit.

Notable Features

Travel fans who have heard of Porter are surely to realize that the company’s classic colors are lavishly used in the Porter x Asics Gel Kayano Trainer. As this is the two company’s first collaborative work, the luggage giant made sure to really come up with a colorway that greatly distinguishes it from past models of this shoe.

Additional Info

  • Porter x Asics Gel Kayano Trainer has a monosock structure that integrates very supple textile tongue and an ankle opening at the upper.
  • The shoe has a jumbo heel protector.
  • The exterior of the upper is a combination of nylon twill and nubuck. The former is the same fabric material used for TANKER bags. The Porter tag is found on the sides while the lining and sole unit has the Japanese bag retailer’s trademark orange color.
  • The flat black shoelaces are the default. There’s an extra drawstring cord that comes with the shoe package.
  • The Porter x Asics Gel Kayano Trainer bought from Yoshida & Co. Ltd. comes with an orange dust bag which can fit the pair.