Our verdict


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 something different from what's popular in the market today. Apart from its unique appeal, this sneaker's superb comfort is deemed impressive by kicksters. Ultimately, the ASICS Gel Mai is a future-forward blast from the past that has all the essential features of a standout everyday kick.


  • Superb comfort
  • Unique style
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent cushioning
  • Breathable
  • Easy on-off


  • Unconventional design

Who should buy the ASICS Gel Mai

With the brand's continued technological advancements and steadfast dedication to its classic silhouettes, ASICS reintroduced the Gel Mai in 2017.  This is definitely a must-have if you want:

  • A shoe that provides excellent comfort.
  • A lifestyle sneaker with a standout look to every casual outfit.

ASICS Gel Mai material

ASICS Gel Mai Style

With its futuristic and head-turning design, the ASICS Gel Mai has gone beyond sportswear and is reintroduced as a trendy lifestyle sneaker that injects a standout look into 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 looks great paired with cropped pants that showcase the shoe's unique style and at the same time balance 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.

ASICS Gel Mai midsole

Breathable nylon mesh upper

The ASICS Gel Mai's nylon mesh upper with suede overlays provides lightweight and breathable comfort.

ASICS Gel Mai upper

Unique asymmetrical lacing system

The shoe's unique asymmetrical lacing system tightens not only the forefoot but also around the ankle for a secure and lockdown fit.

ASICS Gel Mai lacing system

Cushioned with fuzeGEL technology

The shoe features the brand's fuzeGEL technology that provides enhanced comfort and cushioning.

ASICS Gel Mai lining

ASICS Gel Mai History

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.

ASICS Gel Mai outsole

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 its 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 of the shoe. Today the Gel Mai is available in numerous colorways and materials.

ASICS Gel Mai collar