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- Textile and Synthetic
- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately Low-Top" from arch
- Rear foot GEL Cushioning System: Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to instance.
- speva Midsole Material: Improves bounce back characteristics and decreases midsole breakdown.
- DuoMax Support System: A dual density midsole system positioned to enhance support and stability, positioned sport specifically.
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Known for durability, stability, and its rugged style, the gel-kahana 8 shoe offers our gel cushioning system for comfort and performance where the rubber meets the road or trail.
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.
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B01FZKTQPO
- Item model number: GEL-Kahana 8-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 17, 2009
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Now this, in itself, is an awfully strange thing to say. Typically you would expect Amazon (who know so much about everything, with all the data they keep) to know whether the package was lost or not. And most of us, in that situation, would simply check to see whether we knew where the package was: if we do, then it's not lost, and if we don't then it is. One could be in the strange position of not knowing whether one knows where the package is, but this would be so strange for Amazon that I immediately discarded it. Far more likely, it seems to me, that Amazon is familiar with my interest in modal logic and were attempting to convey to me that their ambitions have expanded beyond mere affairs in the actual world, but now have interests in other possible worlds as well; if this were the case then it would only be natural for them to want to inform me that in some possible worlds my package was lost, and for them to ask me to review a pair of shoes I have never seen in the actual world, but may have tried on in other possible worlds.
It is in the spirit of this strange request that I pen my current review. As the reader may undoubtedly be aware, I am at an obvious disadvantage in this task since I have no sensory information about other possible worlds (by definition, if one follows David Lewis, which most do on this small point at least). Nonetheless, the context of the request provides some information about the notion of possibility that is of interest, so I will start by laying out my assumptions which will serve to narrow down the range of possible worlds of interest and thereby determine what we can infer about these shoes.
To start with, the notion of possibility in question will be strictly stronger than physical possibility. It is assumed that the range of worlds to be considered will be worlds with some counterpart to myself with a similar history, which will require similar laws of nature to the actual world as well as a fairly narrow range of initial conditions sufficient to produce that counterpart. It is further assumed that we will only consider possible worlds in which there exist some counterpart to my shoes; I shall *not* assume that these shoes are size 10.5, but I will assume that they will nominally be the same size as the feet of my counterpart in that world, on the assumption that the counterpart may have different sized feet but will have ordered shoes matching the size of their own feet.
Here complications arise. In some of these possible worlds, the shoes were delivered to someone other than me - the package "may be lost" - and for that matter they may be delivered to nobody at all, or launched into space. In that case, could the shoes be said to "fit" if they fit the person they were delivered to? Could shoes that were never worn by anyone in the history of the universe be said to "fit", or to "not fit", at all? On this point I am guided by simplicity: the shoes will be said to "fit" if and only if they could be comfortably worn by the counterpart of myself that ordered those shoes. While this introduces an additional layer of modality, I do not find this to be problematic for my review.
Given these assumptions, the crucial question is whether the shoe factory in each possible world has sufficient quality control to ensure that a shoe of the nominal size specified by my counterpart will comfortably fit that counterpart. And, on introspection, I do not think that Amazon could possibly have expected me (in my actual circumstances) to make any presumption on this point, since I have not seen the shoes nor have I inspected the shoe factory. Accordingly I must take the possible worlds in question to range from ones where the factory and its quality control are excellent to ones where the factory and its quality control are poor. And this, finally, allows me to render my judgment on the shoes that Amazon desires.
Since there will be some possible worlds where the shoes fit well and some possible worlds where the shoes fit poorly, I am unable to make any judgments of necessity; and since I have no information about the relative numbers of such worlds, I cannot make judgments of probability either. I can only say that the shoes may fit well, and in fact may fit extremely well. They may also fit poorly, and there will be at least one possible world in which the shoes are the worst-fitting shoes I have ever worn in my life. Given these circumstances, I give these shoes three stars, but I am unable to answer the original question (how they fit) with confidence. Given that there are more different ways that the shoes could be too large than there are ways they could be too small (or that they could fit as expected) I have thus provisionally assessed them as too large.
Edit1: An anonymous referee has pointed out that in saying that there are more ways that the shoes could be too large than there are that it could be too small is at best misleading, since there are an infinite number of ways that the shoes could be either. My original thinking on this matter was that this was not really the case: there is only a finite range of sizes that the shoes could actually be, and size increments for any shoe-making apparatus are bound to be finite as well, given the limitations of our world and its physical laws. That said, I take the referee's point that even if this were the case, since the finite size-increment isn't really fixed by physical law we cannot make assumptions about it to be compelling. There is no way to rule out a shoe-making apparatus that has finer increments of size for smaller shoes but that only has a couple of different ways of making larger shoes. As such I have revised my answer to "Fit as expected". Also, the shoes arrived in the actual world today and they did fit.
First Review - I actually tried 3 different sizes before I got the correct fit. Usually wearing 10.5 in Vasque Juxt and a different pair of Asics road shoes. 11 is what it took with these. I used them on rocky trails in Phoenix, AZ, and liked the grip and traction. Lasting power was not great. The toe cap started coming off early, though didn't come off all the way. I just also lost a section of the tread from the bottom of the shoe. Seems like the tread is glued on in sections to the actual sole plate. I did use them hard and for the price I am going to get another pair. If they were more expensive, it may not be worth it.
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