Who should buy the ASICS Gel 1090
You are likely to appreciate this old-school silhouette from ASICS on your feet if:
- you want a throwback running shoe style from the early 2000s
- you would love a "clean" dad shoe that doesn't look pathetic
- you prefer plush and bouncy cushioning for all-day wear
Who should NOT buy this sneaker
If you are after a lightweight pair of shoes, the 1090 style is not for you. Consider the ASICS Gel PTG or ASICS GT II instead.
From a performance running shoe to a retro sneaker
ASICS launched the Gel 1090 in 2004 as an alternative model to the popular ASICS Gel Kayano series. After 15 long years, the brand relaunched the sneaker with updated details.
This retro running sneaker has a streamlined build inspired by the shape of a race car, reflecting the notion of speed.
After 15 years, the ASICS Gel still got it
The reviewers can't believe that the brand's Gel cushioning technology has been around for well over a decade and yet still feels contemporary.
They take note of its plush and responsive nature, which offers a lot of bounce and comfort for long hours on the feet. As one wearer puts it, "the more you wear them the more they become just buttery on feet."
Some of them adore the fact that there is some exposed Gel in the heel which can be touched and played with.
Heavy-set upper is actually breathable
The shoe's sleek upper is made of Asics' classic mesh and rugged leather overlays. According to the reviewers, you get a lot of breathability through the mesh. In fact, an expert who pumped smoke through the upper shows how much of it passes through the fabric.
ASICS Gel 1090's influential styling
The ASICS Gel-1090 became many people's favorite for being a slick dad shoe. It even convinced some skeptics that a dad shoe from decades ago can still be hot. It "can pull off a lot of fits," as one expert says.
Durable and well-made ASICS shoe
Nearly all of the wearers report that the 1090 is a shoe that's going to last you a while. From its tough overlays on the upper to the hard-wearing rubber on the outsole, this shoe is ready for some wear and tear.
The 1090 has its roots in Asics' advanced running footwear which has an excellent reputation for its durability. It is also a nod to the brand's enduring Kayano series.