Summary

We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the reviewers applaud the superb comfort that the Asics Gel Mai provided.
  • A significant number of sneaker fans admire the kick's unusual style and found it very appealing.
  • The Asics Gel Mai has a lightweight yet durable construction, which users appreciate.
  • One video reviewer mentions that he likes that this sneaker is not hyped or popular as it makes him stand out from the rest.
  • Some wearers have commended the shoe's gel technology as it efficiently provides excellent cushioning and ease.
  • The shoe is breathable, based on some reviews.
  • Most shoe users found the Asics Gel Mai to fit true to size.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few buyers think that the kick’s unconventional style is not for everyone.

Bottom line

Resurrected from Asics' archives, the Gel Mai fully embodies the 90s blended with modern technology. Although some were taken aback by its eccentric style, the shoe has garnered a fan base who are looking for different from what's popular in the market today.

Apart from its unique appeal, this sneaker's superb comfort continues to impress. Ultimately, the Asics Gel Mai is a future-forward blast from the past that has all the essential features of a standout everyday kick.

Facts

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A top rated sneaker
A top rated Asics sneaker
Top 4% most popular sneakers

The Asics Gel Mai's nylon mesh upper with suede overlays provides a lightweight and breathable comfort, while the shoe's unique asymmetrical lacing system tightens not only the forefoot but also around the ankle for a secure and lockdown fit. The Asics Gel Mai is available in both men's and women's sizes.

With its futuristic and head-turning design, the Asics Gel Mai has gone beyond sportswear and is reintroduced as a trendy lifestyle sneaker that could inject a standout look to every outfit. The kick's bulky midsole with a wave-like design coupled with an asymmetrical lacing system fits right in with today's dad/chunky sneaker trend. It exudes a retro running vibe with an effortlessly cool demeanor, which caught the attention of multiple brands for collaborations.

The sneaker would look great paired with cropped pants to showcase the shoe's unique style and at the same time balancing out the shoe's busy silhouette. Finish your look with a t-shirt and a jacket for a streetwear-inspired ensemble or opt for a pair of joggers and a sweatshirt for the ultimate athleisure look.

With such an unorthodox design, everything about the Asics Gel Mai is notable. It starts with the most apparent and most unconventional feature of the kick that is its asymmetrical lacing system. This system features elasticated laces with attached piping that weaves around the ankle, which fastens not only the forefoot but also the shoe's collar area for a further lockdown fit.

The kick's mixed-material upper also stands out as it features cage-like leather overlays for reinforcements and added visual appeal. Lastly, the typical Asics Tiger stripe logo is relocated in the rear part of its chunky midsole and displays a two-dimensional design crafted from a semi-translucent material.

A tech-inspired design by Asics from the 90s, the Gel Mai was introduced to the public as a relatively lighter alternative to the running mainstays of the brand during that time. With its boldly unique silhouette, the Asics Gel Mai was a notable departure from recognizable Asics classics such as the Gel Lyte III and Gel Lyte V. The shoe is the brand's first model with a one-piece upper with the Stripe logo relocated in the rear part of the midsole.

The shoe was once popular amongst serious athletes for its excellent support and cushioning, while early sneakerheads prefer it for its one of a kind style that exhibited the 90's infatuation for bold and flashy designs.

With the brand's continued technological advancements and steadfast dedication to their classic silhouettes, Asics reintroduced the Gel Mai in 2017 through a collaborative shoe with Ronnie Fieg. This reissue started a slew of other brands to put their own interpretation on the shoe. Today the Gel Mai is available in numerous colorways and materials.

  • The shoe features the brand's fuzeGEL technology for enhanced comfort and cushioning.
  • The Asics Gel Mai is also available in the following versions: knit, carbon, and mid-top versions.
  • Brands who have put their twist on the shoe include the likes of Highs and Lows, Patta, Bodega, and Slam Jam.
  • Its insoles are detachable.
Author
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.

daniel@runrepeat.com