Size and fit

The Asics Shaw Runner runs true to size and provides a comfortable fit with mesh padded sock liners and collar. The unisex running sneakers run in medium width. Available sizes for this low-top runner starts at US size 4 to 13 with half-sizes for more fitting options. The sneaker also has a thick one-inch sole from the heel is secured by standard flat laces.

Asics Shaw Runner Style

Run around town with a reliable lifestyle sneaker like the Asics Shaw Runner. With a strategically engineered design to equip you with sturdy shoes for various uses, this retro running shoe helps you in any activity you wish to pursue. From running, walking, jogging, hanging out or just relaxing on the park, the modern silhouette and durable features of this sneaker is as impressive as it looks outside as it feels good on the inside.

The Shaw Runner has been an in-demand shoe for the Parkour community including some break dancers who love to do their acts in this ultra-lightweight shoe with reliable grip and traction for jumps and stunts. Pair these impressive runners with a loose shirt, stretchy joggers, or track pants and jacket and your style will be on point every time you wear it at work, play, travel, and even on special occasions.

The unique sole design features accents and details inspired by traditional Japanese Tabi socks and a Tiger pattern. It also comes in numerous colorways often with contrasting hues on the Asics signature stripes and overlays for a more vibrant finish.

Notable Features

Among the reasons that hooked so many fans and followers to the Asics Shaw Runner is its GEL infused midsole that sits atop the SoLyte midsole giving the sneaker dependable impact and shock absorption capabilities. The GEL technology promises energy return and shock absorption while keeping the feet cushioned all day. The lightweight SoLyte outsole is also responsible for making the shoe lightweight that means you can go walking or light running while wearing them on vacation.

Asics Shaw Runner History

First released in time for Spring/Summer of 2014, the Asics Shaw Runner was then known as the Onitsuka Tiger by Asics Shaw Runner, the sneaker keeps on the legacy of the Japanese brand as a major player in the manufacturing of running shoes.

Asics was established as Onitsuka Co., Ltd in Japan by its founder Kihachiro Onitsuka in Kobe on September 1, 1949. The Japanese company first produced running and then basketball footwear but soon delivered shoes for other sports like volleyball, boxing, soccer, among others.

The word Asics is an acronym that came from the Latin phrase “anima sana in corpore sano” which if translated means “If you pray to God, pray for a sound mind in a healthy body." The same guiding principle would, later on, be the name of the Asics brand.

The chunky profile of the Asics Shaw Runner takes inspiration from the roots of the Onitsuka Tiger legacy with modern touches and styling. The accents are inspired by traditional Japanese Tabi socks and Tiger pattern and are made with Solyte and GEL in the midsole and outsole for lightweight cushioning.

The silhouette also had several makeovers from its usual colorways as Asics made significant collaborations for dapper looking Shaw Runners to include the Offspring x Asics Shaw Runner Desert Pack and Sneakersnstuff x Asics Shaw Runner Tailor Pack. The shoe also gained popularity with the parkour and breakdancing community who were drawn by its lightweight design, durability, and high-traction soles for their jumps and stunts.

Additional Info

  • Nylon mesh and suede upper combination.
  • Micro mesh-lined padded sock liners, collar, and tongue for breathability and comfort.
  • Metal speed laces for a secure lockdown.
  • Asics branding detail stitched at tongue and back heel.
  • Asics stripes in contrasting color at side panels.
  • One-inch heel at the heel that tapers down to the front.

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Colorways: Blue / Grey / Black / Orange
SKUs: D405N0901 / D405N1416 / D405N5089 / D405N9067 / D447L9090 / H539L1313 / H539L4444 / H5R1N9016 / H6F0N1349 / H6F0N5001

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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.