Asics’ Newest Version of the Gel-Kayano Trainer Gets a Stylish Knit Makeover

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Asics is stepping up its game with its newest interpretation of the Gel-Kayano Trainer.

The original Gel-Kayano Trainer made its debut in 1993, but Asics’ latest version has been redesigned with a fresh new silhouette and trendy sock-like, knit upper for ankle support. The sneaker game has become an arms race between perennial powers like Nike, Adidas, and New Balance with its latest “247” release, but the Gel-Kayano knit makeover is evidence that Asics is throwing their hat into the race as well.

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The Asics Gel-Kayano Trainer Knit dropped in mid-January in a Yin-Yang pack in two colorways – white on white sole and black on white sole.


The new, knit upper around the ankle is the feature that gives this sneaker a fashion-forward look that makes it street ready. The knit material is extended from the ankle to the toe of the shoe, and the traditional Asics GEL-Cushioning sole gives the shoe added comfort. There is also white Asics branding on the sole, tongue, and back tab of each colorway.

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It is similar to that of Adidas’ Tubular Doom sneaker, but don’t right this one off as a “copycat”. It’s a highly original look for the Asics brand that is totally worth the $150 investment.

If a good pair of sneakers are your guilty pleasure, the Asics Gel-Kayano Trainer knit is worthy of a spot in your collection. It’s an example of Asics stepping outside of the box and creating something that goes beyond our expectations of the brand.

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It’s gym-ready, street-ready, and fashion-forward enough for fashion enthusiasts like ourselves. They’re great to wear with joggers, track pants, or your favorite pair of denim. Overcoats, sweatshirts, or just plain or printed tees compliment them nicely by giving you a unique street look. You can’t find the new Gel-Kayano knit on the Asics website, but you can get yourself a pair through online retailers such as Sneaker Politics and Extra Butter. They retail at an affordable price of $150, but, to no surprise – they’re selling fast. They’re a hot commodity in the sneaker community, so cop yourself a pair while they last.