Dr. Helen

The New Gel-Keyanos Make You Want to Run

It’s that time of year again, the beginning of June when ASICS comes out with their new running shoe. This year it’s the ASICS Womens Gel-Kayano 25.

Each June, I go out and check out the latest pair hoping that it will be better than the year before. Last year, the Gel-Kayano 24 Running Shoe was so good, I bought three pairs because I was sure this year’s shoe would not be as good; I was wrong. It’s better.

First of all, the color selection is much nicer. I bought this pair of black ones with a light blue stripe which gives some color but keeps the shoe neutral so you can wear it with anything and not have a loud pair of running shoes that can be seen from miles away.

Second, it has more support in the heels (and also makes you taller!) with the added height. The shoe is much more comfortable (at least to me) as a result.

And finally, even with the extra support, it is lighter so that it feels better on your feet and makes you want to run (not that I do, I mostly walk). Overall, it’s a great shoe if you tend to be a pronator and need a lot of stability for your feet. ASICS, of course, has a men’s version too.

If you want to know more, here is a a description of the shoe::

The legendary smooth ride of the GEL-Kayano® 25 running shoe will keep you supported, balanced, and performing at your best. Predecessor: Gel-Kayano 24. Support Type: Overpronation/Stability. Cushioning: High energizing cushioning. Surface: Road. Differential: 13 mm. Heel/ Toe: 24 mm / 11 mm. Jacquard mesh upper with FluidFit™ technology combines multi-directional stretch mesh and synthetic reinforcements that adapt to the foot, providing an exceptional fit. Traditional lace-up closure for a secure, comfortable fit. Plush tongue and collar. Breathable fabric lining. Ortholite® X-40 sockliner provides excellent underfoot support, comfort, and moisture management. I.G.S® employs linked componentry to enhance the foot’s natural gait from heel strike through toe-off. Women’s style features a lower-density top layer in the midsole, allowing female athletes to better enjoy the benefits of midsole compression. FluidRide® midsole piece provides the ultimate combination of bounce back, cushioning, and lasting durability at a reduced weight. Rearfoot and forefoot GEL® cushioning systems attenuate impacting shock and allow for a smooth transition to midstance. Dynamic DuoMax® Support System boosts stability and supports without the added weight. Combination of GEL and FlyteFoam™ technologies promotes a lighter weight and build. Meta Clutch™ Technology features an exoskeletal heel counter that provides improved support and creates an improved heel-fitting environment. AHAR® rubber outsole material is strategically placed in high-wear areas. 3mm of additional height on women’s models helps relieve Achilles tension. Guidance Line® vertical flex groove decouples the tooling along the line of progression for a smoother ride. Guidance Trusstic System® integrates Guidance Line construction to enhance gait efficiency and promote mid-foot structural integrity.