Who should buy the Asics Gel Kayano

This casually-styled sneaker is a great fit for you if:

  • You are looking for a low-top shoe that perfectly fits any retro or sporty style
  • You are into sneakers with a casual 90’s appearance

Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Logo

Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Style

The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer is a shoe that fuses classic design with modern upgrades. Basing the same tooling from the original model, the shoes are constructed with high-quality pigskin suede with an outer rubber shell reinforcement and molded midsole for a genuine street-style vibe. This sporty pair works well with shorts and jeans. 

Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Midsole

Notable Features

Sneaker reviewers were particularly fond of the comfort brought by the Asics Gel Kayano Trainer. The combination of mono sock and a reasonable amount of cushioning gives the wearer all-day comfort.

Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Mono sock

Asics Gel Kayano Trainer History

The Asics Gel Kayano Trainer is a classic silhouette first released in 1993. It was designed with the needs of high-performance runners in mind. It was named after its designer, Toshizaku Kayano. According to the Japanese footwear designer, he was sent to the USA after the company rejected 30 sketches.

Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Laces

Asics wanted him to work with the Product Marketing team. The shoe’s final design was drawn on a napkin during a late dinner with his team. The model was inspired by the stag beetle’s sturdy armor shell. It manifested in the form of molded upper side panels that improve stability and the rare horn designs that can be found on the outsole.

Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Outsole

Even in modern times, the legacy of the Gel Kayano Trainer thrives continuously. The original version has achieved iconic status with its ageless appeal. Various Kayano iterations have been made, all thanks to new technologies and multitudes of material and color combinations. 

Asics Gel Kayano Trainer Toe box

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Asics Gel, Asics Gel Kayano
Closure: Laces
Designed by: Toshikazu Kayano
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA, Suede

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Danny McLoughlin
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.