Verdict from +100 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Sneaker aficionados emphasize that the Asics Gel Citrek is a visually appealing sneaker that also delivers superb comfort.
  • The materials look and feel of excellent quality, like many of Asics sneakers, share some testers.
  • Numerous wearers highlight that the comfort level is above average on the Gel Citrek.
  • Plenty of reviewers mention that this athletic sneaker runs true to size.
  • Several sneaker collectors note that the color selections on this trainer are very nice-looking, similar to most of the Gel collection.
  • Some working people who stand long hours cite that this shoe provides the utmost comfort, avoiding sore feet at the end of the day.
  • Most of the people declare that they can use this with many activities like light running, walking, etc.
  • This low-cut comes at a very affordable price point for the amount of comfort and style it affords the wearer.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users state that they find the cushioning rather lackluster to their liking.
  • Some individuals opine that the material feels a tad bit stiff.
  • According to a few testers, the forefoot runs on the wider side.

Bottom line

The hodgepodge of overlays and materials that construct the Gel Citrek takes inspiration from Asic’s trail-running line making it a performance-inspired kick and splashed with some color blocking to appeal to the modern urban explorer.

Asics’ dependable Gel technology, visibly ensconced in the heel, keeps the wearer’s feet from cushioned and protected from the impact on hard pavements.

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Good to know

The Asics Gel Citrek is available in both men’s and women’s sizing. It is vital to keep in mind one’s snug preference, and as to whether one opts to wear this with socks or not regularly.

While the EVA sock liner is undetachable, it can mold to the shape of the wearer’s feet for a more customized fit.

Just like with every mesh-covered Asics footwear, the Gel Citrek’s flexible mesh-leather upper allows for ventilation. Giving an added breathability is the mesh lined-insole.

Whether one’s use for putting on the Gel City Trek athletic sneaker is for outdoor adventures or just a daily metropolitan bustle, earthy tones or pops of color afford the wearer some flexibility when it comes to picking out pieces of clothing to go with this trainer.

  • Showcase a slick rugged-looking wardrobe by putting on an olive green cargo pocket trousers, salmon peach shirt, and the Asics Gel Citrek in blue/grey/black or black/grey with some hits of neon yellow.
  • Look casually cool running errands in skinny jeans, a simple tee, and a white/black/sea green pair of Gel Citrek.

In the same vein with some of Asics’ running-inspired range, the Gel Citrek is predominantly enveloped in durable ripstop mesh and leather upper, giving it that outdoorsy appeal. Leather overlays on the eyestay and toe bump provide added reinforcements where most of the brunt takes place.

Sandwiched between the textile and sock liner is an internal heel counter that provides stability and movement support.

In the eighties, shoe manufacturers were busy developing various technologies that can be incorporated into its shoe designs. Nike had its air technology. Asics had GEL® technology.

As an alternative to the impact-minimizing air systems, which Nike already did with its Nike Air Max 1, Asics tapped Japanese company, Taica, for its silicone-based gel for its running shoes. The substance, named Alpha Gel, was successfully used in ballpoint pens and rocket technology. 

Asics injected the Alpha Gel into the EVA midsoles of its running shoes and released its pioneering gel-infused in 1986 through the Asics GT-II and was an instant hit.

Venturing into the lifestyle sneaker niche, Asics continued injecting the Gel cushioning. A cross between running and casual culture is the Gel City Trek. Taking essential details from its heritage trail-running line and modernizing it to suit the present-time practical sneaker wearers.

  • A winterized version of the Gel Citrek is available that features a molded rubber outsole for extra grip and durability.
  • Also available is an exclusive collaboration with British sneaker retailer size? released last October 2019.

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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.