ASICS stands for "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano," a Latin maxim meaning "a sound mind in a sound body." This principle has been the cornerstone of ASICS since its inception as Onitsuka Tiger in 1949, propelling it to the forefront of global athletic footwear. However, it's not just their performance attributes that capture attention; the style aspect of ASICS' designs is equally noteworthy. In our view, ASICS crafts some of the finest lifestyle sneakers available, further distinguished by their cutting-edge technology for unmatched comfort.
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Asics Gel Kayano 14

Let’s face it, sneaker retros can be kinda boring. After all, how many times can you get us excited about the same loaf of bread sliced different ways? This sneaker retro right here, however, is anything but boring. Meet the ASICS Gel-Kayano 14, a late-2000s performance running shoe that somehow looks way cooler in 2021 than it did in its own day. The Gel-Kayano 14 wears its functionality on its sleeve, showing off its silvery skeleton, breathable mesh upper, shield-like heel counter, and GEL midsole in a flashy display of retrofuturism. This was a state-of-the-art running shoe when it was released in 2008, even winning International Editor’s Choice at the Runner’s World Awards. As a stability shoe, the Gel-Kayano 14 is meant to provide extra support for runners who overpronate, hence the firm heel counter and silver overlays which help lock in the runner’s foot. On the bottom, the GEL midsole provides cushioning and energy return for a smooth ride. Make no mistake: this beauty was a pure running shoe in 2008.

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Asics Gel-1130

The GEL-1130™ sneaker represents a journey through decades of design innovation, celebrating the legacy of the ninth model in the GEL-1000™ series. Drawing inspiration from the 2008 stability running shoe, which itself was influenced by the design of the GEL-KAYANO® 14, this sneaker shares the iconic look of its predecessor. Updated for a contemporary appeal, it now incorporates synthetic leather panels, enhancing its traditional construction. Furthermore, the classic comfort of this retro running shoe has been adapted for everyday wear, with GEL® technology in the heel providing continuous cushioning.