Who should buy the Asics Japan S

The Japan S from Asics is a sure buy for those who want a: 

  • simple and straightforward design that doesn't break the bank
  • cushy ride that's perfect for prolonged use
  • lightweight and breathable kick for everyday wear

Asics Japan S asics

Who should NOT buy it

If you crave support, the Asics Japan S is not it. Go for the renowned Asics Gel Kayano 14 or the Asics Gel Lyte instead. 

Asics Japan S midsole

A simple stunner

Most of the reviewers praise the Asics Japan S for its stylish look. According to them, it makes them stand out from the crowd because of its tiger stripes that have a hint of color, complementing the plain design of the shoe.

Asics Japan S lockdown 

On top of this, many appreciate the shoe's colorways which they describe as "simple" and "clean." 

So cozy

The Japan S from Asics does NOT need a break-in period. The leather upper is smooth, and the midsole has enough give. It's comfortable straight out the box; there are NO reports of strained feet. 

Asics Japan S toe box

The Asics Japan S doesn't tip the scale

It barely has any bulk, droves of testers say it's "one of the lightest" sneakers they've ever tried. They even go as far as saying that it's the "perfect" pick for all-day wear.

Asics Japan S padded heel collar

This shoe is able to keep its featherlight design, thanks to its stripped-down sole. However, in exchange for this, impact protection is limited.

Ready to beat the heat

Sporting a perforated toe box and side panels, the Japan S from Asics is well-ventilated. It sufficiently lets in the air; it feels cool even under hot conditions. 

Asics Japan S breathability

The Asics Japan S is a penny-pincher

It only retails for $70, making it one of the most affordable sneakers on the market. 

Lacks support

The insole is "very thin;" critics say that this kick is a letdown when it comes to arch support. 

Asics Japan S forefoot

The story behind the Asics Japan S

In 1949, Kihachiro Onitsuka established ONITSUKA in Kobe, Japan. Later on, it was changed to ASICS, an acronym for the Latin expression “Anima Sana In Corpore Sano,” which means “You should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body."

Asics Japan S fit

In 1950, the brand’s first athletic shoe, a basketball shoe, was made. This shoe was repeatedly tested and refined before releasing the first model.

Asics Japan S tongue

This model is being improved continuously to achieve a shoe that can accommodate the necessary characteristics of a performance basketball shoe.

Asics Japan S outsole

The inspiration of the Japan S is based on one of the brand’s throwback sneakers from 1981. It has a vintage basketball aesthetic that is complemented with court-specific details, like the court-inspired toe box.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Cup Sole
Season: Spring, Summer
Colorways: Black / White / Grey / Pink / Beige / Blue / Green / Orange / Brown

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