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In 1949, Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka began his athletic footwear company (Onitsuka Co., Ltd.) by manufacturing basketball shoes out of his living room in Kobe, Japan. He chose the name ASICS for his company in 1977, based on a famous Latin phrase "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano," which, when translated, expresses the ancient ideal of "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body." Taking the acronym of this phrase, ASICS was founded on the belief that the best way to create a healthy and happy lifestyle is to promote total health and fitness. Today, ASICS offers a full line of performance-driven athletic shoes and technical active sports apparel and accessories dedicated to bringing harmony to the body and soul.
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 4 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Origin: China
- ASIN: B00IEVU4WQ
- Item model number: GEL-Kayano 21-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 17, 2009
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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From the Manufacturer
Run Longer in the GEL-Kayano 21
Are you ready for the lightest Kayano ever? The GEL-Kayano 21 retains its long legacy of unparalleled support and stability, but thanks to a new FluidFit Upper, a new FluidRide midsole, and a new Dynamic Duomax Support System, the lightest Kayano is also the most plush, stable, and comfortable Kayano as well! Designed for a wide variety of running gaits, the stability, support, and expansive GEL Cushioning material is especially helpful to the overpronator, offering a biomechanically beneficial platform that helps the runner maintain a more neutral step.
Benefits of the GEL-Kayano 21
- Enhanced safety in low-light conditions.
- Perfect distance shoe for mild/moderate overpronators.
- Intense stability and support
Tech: What's Inside the GEL-Kayano 21 Running Shoe?
Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Cushioning:
ASICS GEL-Cushioning provides the ultimate in shock absorption - easing the blow of every step upon impact.
Ultimately, running shoes are about fit, and our FluidFit upper technology utilizes a combination of multi-directional stretch mesh and stretch reinforcements to create a glove-like fit.
Dynamic DuoMax Support System:
Improving on the incredible and dependable support of DuoMax, Dyanmic Duomax, increases stability and support while reducing overall weight.
ASICS: History and Heritage
After the second world war, ASICS founder Kihachiro Onitsuka observed children wandering the streets barefoot, and decided to help the youth of his country. By promoting the values of Sport, and providing them with high quality athletic shoes to help them perform their best, he believed he could help the children of Japan build a better future with the philosophy of Anima Sana In Corpore Sano: “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body.” In 1949, Onitsuka Co. was born, and soon after, the first ever footwear was released from the fledgling brand: a basketball shoe called the “Tiger.” In the years that followed, Onitsuka Co. (re-named “ASICS” in 1977) designed a myriad of scientifically sound, sport-specific shoes for athletes. Mr. Onitsuka’s emphasis on the spirit of Sport and a focus on the needs of the athlete continue today with ASICS, Onitsuka Tiger, And ASICS Tiger shoes, clothing, and accessories. Our dedication to never stop bettering our best reflects our desire to help you, the athlete, to always Better Your Best.
Top Customer Reviews
These Asics are everything that other reviewers described. It's like running on clouds and my overpronation is a non issue now. The fit is the same as other running shoes I have purchased. Not big or small either one. I would highly recommend these shoes for runners with flat feet as the arch in the shoe does not dig in to the bottom of your foot and the gel on the outside heel acts like a super "shock absorber" when you land on the outside and roll in. This is a great running shoe and well worth the price. BTW I paid $160 for a pair of Brooks that were not any different than a pair of running shoes you could get at any discount store.
Asics has hit a home run with these Gel Kayano 21's and I love them!
Expertly wrapped up in attractive package that to me is going to be hard to improve. Clearly, if they do hold up, these make obsolete any other pair of Kayano ASICS I have tried. The bottom-end design on these is just superb and a much needed improvement from last year. Of course fit and taste varies so be sure to try them out unless you are confident. I am pretty sure these are meant for people that value some comfort above all in their runs. They are not firm and some runners may not want this softer design for their type of shoe.
The 21 basically fits my normal 11 size foot perfectly, as opposed to some other brands where I must size up 1/2. Other people seem to vary here, but my foot measures very close to an actual 11 and most 11s fit my foot perfectly, without much room to sacrifice either way. It comes down to personal preference. I prefer a snug fit with no toe touching at all even on hard runs. Too much bigger, say an 11.5, and the whole shoe starts to fall apart for me with too much heel movement, which makes you slide forward easier.
These are about as tight as normal running shoes are. Possibly too tight for some in the mid-section. They feel like extensions of my foot. I wear 1/4 Thorlos or the like with these and I love them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great shoes. My third pair. I always purchase Asics one size larger. Last two pair came from Amazon.Published 10 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Overall I'm a huge fan of the shoe. They provide great support and fit very well. The only downfall is the fact that the inside heal started wearing within a month of use. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Russell
Bought these for a trip to NYC because I knew I'd be walking a lot. My feet never got tired and I'm sure it was because of these shoes.Published 1 day ago by Sugardaddy2
I ordered the same standard width as my other Gel-Kayano 21 and this shoe is definitely a bit narrower but overall still a good shoe.Published 2 days ago by Philip Rothfeld