Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Some reviewers say the Asics Gel Diablo gives them a retro feel.
  • A handful said that it could easily be styled with the 1990s chunky sole look that has been trending in style circles recently.
  • Many users say the simple design and pigskin suede and leather overlays make this retro sneaker easy to mix and match with clothes.
  • The GEL cushioning used in the retro running shoe is comfortable with plenty of cushioning at the ankles and bottom of the foot.
  • Some commented that the low-top shoe has decent arch support for a classic sneaker.
  • Several commenters noted that the suede and leather materials are durable and constructed with the most exceptional quality.
  • The perforated leather on the sides and toe box and the mesh material on the tongue are useful in keeping interiors ventilated, one commenter mentioned.
  • A couple of observers noticed that aside from the GEL cushioning, the sneaker has well-padded interiors that help in providing a comfortable fit and feel.
  • One video blogger noted that the materials used on these shoes are of high quality and are constructed neatly without disturbing details.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few commenters say the chunky low-top design looks old for their fashion tastes.
  • A couple of reviewers say that the Asics Gel Diablo bothers them regarding fitting as it is too short and feels tight most of the time.
  • Other commenters call them ‘Dad’ shoes because of its white soles and retro looks.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel Diablo is a testament that recurring fashion styles are a boon to the footwear market. The lightweight low-top runner that features the GEL cushioning technology makes a comeback in its exciting new shades and original colorway.

This beautifully constructed low-top sneaker aims to please a wide range of audience that while its $130 price seems a few dollars higher than other retro runners, the nostalgic vibes are reasons enough to cop a pair.

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Good to know

The Asics Gel Diablo as in any nineties running shoe comes well cushioned and padded for a snug fit. Coming in medium width, the footwear has reliable arch support and a mesh tongue for a comfortable and breathable interior.

Available in sizes 5.5 to 15 for men and 4 to 14 for women, this heritage running sneaker has remained true to size and fit to form making it an enduring silhouette worthy of a comeback.

As the fashion trend skews favorably towards chunky soled retro sneakers, the Asics Gel Diablo is the perfect nostalgia piece to complement the style of the 1990s. The smooth white leather with perforated details and suede overlays sums up the overall look of this iconic low-top sneaker.

Reissued in the Superior Birch and then the Black OG colorway, the heritage running shoe comes perfectly fitting today’s trendy nineties look with baggy pants, track pants and jackets or denim jackets and pants. Wear them with loose black pants or slim fit jeans with a grey top or a plain off-white tee and get that nostalgic vibe of the age of analog gadgets, MTV, and Generation X feels. With speckled midsoles for an updated look, this low-top sneaker is a fusion of the old and new trends for a sporty look that crosses over from one generation to another.

The retro silhouette of the Asics El Diablo is its main style feature from the unique color blocking to the chunky EVA midsole. But it is the GEL cushioning system that makes this iconic low-top sneaker stand out as it absorbs impact, keeps the sneaker lightweight, and provides lasting comfort for an all day of walking or light running around the busy metropolis.

The Asics Gel Diablo was an almost forgotten style after it had reached popularity in the mid-1990s. Released in 1995, the low-top sneaker with perforated details on the smooth leather and chunky white soles was a respected running silhouette as many athletes at the time had embraced GEL cushioning technology popularized by Asics. The Gel technology has been attributed to improved running experience among athletes who have used it for its promise of impact or shock absorption, incredibly comfortable cushioning, and lightweight design.

A renewed interest on the retro runner was revived only when renowned shoe designer Ronnie Fieg took notice of the Gel Diablo as part of his Legends Day collection. The famous Kith top honcho renewed sneakerheads’ interest in the chunky silhouette with a Superior Birch colorway as a KITHstrike release.

If you’re not yet familiar with the Gel Diablo silhouette, think of the Yeezy Wave Runner or the Raf Simons Ozweego Bunny with an Asics treatment through a chunky soled design with signature stripe detail and suede overlays.

In 2017, the Asics Gel Diablo was reissued by the Japanese brand in Superior Birch, OG Black/White, and Grey colorways. The design involves an updated look with colorful overlays and speckled midsoles in some models.

  • Smooth leather with perforated details is styled with suede overlays for that retro runner look.
  • Asics stripe in often contrasting color and signature branding at back heel and tongue.
  • A signature GEL rubber detailing is neatly placed at the lower midsole with some models decked with speckled midsoles.
  • Shaft measures usually low-top from the footwear arch.


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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.