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

ASICS Gel 1090 who should buy

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.

ASICS Gel 1090 heavy

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.

ASICS Gel 1090 running inspired

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.

ASICS Gel 1090 ASICS gel

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 breathability

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.

ASICS Gel 1090 style

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.

ASICS Gel 1090 rubber outsole

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.

Facts / Specs

Style: Dad, Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: ASICS Gel
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring

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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.