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ASICS Gel-Kinsei® 5 Reviews

49 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

76%Rated 5 stars

16%Rated 4 stars

8%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

84% "Felt true to size"

90% "Felt true to width"

69% "Moderate arch support"

30 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 6/2/14
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I seriously love these shoes. I am a nurse in a busy emergency department, and I wear these 36+ hours every week while doing various activities. I haven't had any problem with the fabric over the toes, and I feel that these shoes are well-made. Yes, they are expensive, but I'd rather shell out this much for shoes than $10,000 for surgery to correct my plantar fasciitis. Plus, look how great they look! I get compliments almost every day.

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19 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 1/5/14
Overall Rated:1 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I am a loyal Asics wearer and rarely have problems with them,however, this model was very disappointing, especially considering the high price tag. After only a few weeks of running average mileage (10-20 miles per week) the treads were gone on these shoes which lead to pain across the balls of my feet. I poked my big toe through the upper and the laces slip, causing numbness through my toes. Shocked at the lack of durability! Going back to my Kayanos ASAP!

Additional 29 Gel-Kinsei® 5 ASICS Reviews

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January 19, 2015

Rosanne T

from Cheshire, CT

I love ASICS! And this sneaker did not disappoint! I was a bit hesitant based on the price, but they are the most comfortable asics I own! I love the purple color too, nice and bright. I received a lot of compliments on them! A bit heavier than my other gel asics, but I am still able to run in them!

Brands I'd also recommend: ASICS

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 26, 2014

Anonymous

 

I was so disappointed in these sneakers I have been an Asics wearer for years usually Cumulus. Last pair of Cumulus the tops wore thin on the one pair causing my side to rip out so I opted for the Kinsei 5. I always buy two pairs so I can switch my sneakers daily. These sneakers both pairs ripped out all through the toe well and non stop pain in my feet and shins. I have never been so disappointed with the quality of Asics. Zappos though was fantastic and excellent with returning and refunding my money! I will be finding a new brand of running shoes as Asics has not stood to their standards but I will forever shop from Zappos the customer service is 100% awesome and no hassle! Couldn't have asked for a smoother transaction!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 3, 2014

Barbara S

from california

I give this shoe a 5 star. Some of the other reviews suggested to go up a 1/2 size. By doing this, the shoe was too big, so they will be returned.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 16, 2014

Non d

from San Francisco

I was addicted to the Nike Air Pegasus for the longest time and I happened to stumble across these in a shoe store and decided to try them on. Well, needless to say, I have since divorced my Nike Air Pegasus and moved on to the Asics Gel Kensei 5. They are absolutely the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn! I wear these running, walking, on my way to and from work -- and any other occasion where I can get away with wearing them! not only are they the cutest shoe ever - they feel absolutely amazing on the feet. HIGHLY recommend. I am returning two pair of Nike's I had stocked up on over the past few months as I have since moved on and am planning my next 10000 runs with the Asics! Click "Purchase" -- you will not be disappointed.

Brands I'd also recommend: Nike, Donald Pliner, Mizuno

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 26, 2014

Renee T

from Indianapolis, Indiana

Absolutely love everything about these shoes! I love the colors, styling and most of all, the comfort! I get comments on these shoes daily! Very glad I purchased! I did have to get a half size bigger. I always wear 7.5's, but with this brand I definitely had to get 8's and the worked great!

Brands I'd also recommend: New Balance

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 8, 2014

Darren G

from Daphne Alabama

These shoes are awesome! 3rd pair I have owned. Only thing I'd tell Asics, if these are the upper echelon of your line...I should be able to run a half/full marathon in them. I could run a 10 in these at most. But the look of them and the walking comfort are the main reason I come back to the Kinsei. I will do long runs in the Nimbus.

Brands I'd also recommend: Kinsie 4's

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 27, 2014

Linda R

from San Francisco, California

Great shoes and second pair! I have problem feet and these are so comfy and look good - I would order them in every color if I could!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 16, 2014

Anonymous

 

Love this shoe. I have trouble with shoes rubbing bones on my feet but these don't. They also have good cushion. I'm just having to order a larger size.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 31, 2014

Anonymous

from Chicago, IL

I LOVE these shoes. They feel like you are walking on a cloud, but without the high heel drop of most neutral running shoes. I felt they run about a 1/2 size small. I am a true 6(36) in just about every shoe. For the Kensei 5 I needed a 6.5. I have an exceptionally high arch, with a medium width foot, and there is plenty of room in the toe box. I use these to run, and train with my trainer. When I run, I don't get any pain in my knees, hips or ankles, and they did not require any break-in period. I do a lot of high impact cross-training, and they protect me very well. Now, let's talk quality. I purchased my first pair in January 2014, and they get a decent amount of wear. They are beginning to show signs of deterioration mostly in the thin mesh in the toe box. Other than that, the treads are still ok, and the cushioning is still good. Would the bit of breakdown deter me from purchasing 3 more pairs before they change the model. ABSOLUTELY NOT! They are currently in my shopping cart!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 28, 2014

Anonymous

from New York City

Not for a wider foot. Exceptionally comfortable. Stays tied as you put it. Good cushion for the heel. Good looking, too! Doesn't make your foot look bigger than it is. I wear a ten so that matters.

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 21, 2014

Jen K

from Dearborn, MI

OMG - these are like wearing pillows on my feet! I own a fitness studio, so I workout for a living and my feet take a real pounding. I am an Asics girl through and through, and honestly am beyond pleased with these shoes. Great cushion, great support, love the style (but even if I didn't I'd recommend them anyway)... pillows I tell you! The price is steep, but I plan on using my feet for at least 40+ more years, so it's worth the investment. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 23, 2014

Susan A

from Houston

ASICS Gel-Kensei trainers have been my go to sneaker for years for gym training. While this color combo seemed a touch masculine to me at first but I've adjusted to it. Support, cushioning is excellent. Others have noted that the mesh front tore quickly but a month in my trainers are fine.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 4, 2014

Anonymous

from Iowa

These are truly the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. In fact, this is my second pair. I didn't want a multi-colored shoe and this one is just what I wanted. The gel sole is the most comfortable shoe you can imagine. You can't go wrong with these.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 23, 2014

Kat K

from Cohoes, NY

I love these sneakers! I do a cross fit type of workout 4-5 days a week and they provide me the perfect amount of arch support, cushion and comfort. I usually wear a size 6 1/2 in shoes, but I find most sneakers run small so I bought a 7 1/2 in these and they fit perfectly. My last two pairs of these were very colorful so this time I went more neutral, but the metallic tones give them a little edge to make them fun.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 6, 2014

Anonymous

from Virginia

Very stylish yet comfortable shoes. Excellent for long walks or runs. They fit my feet perfectly! Highly recommend.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 27, 2013

Anonymous

 

I started wearing Asics after I had plantar fasciitis. The Kinsei 5 and Kayano are by far the best shoes I have worn that support my arches and are comfortable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 13, 2013

Morgan F

from United States

These shoes are amazing! I run in them 3-4 times per week and they are incredibly comfortable. Great support and fun to wear! They are by far my more favorite running shoes to date.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 21, 2013

Anonymous

from San Francisco

These athletic shoes are fabulous. They feel great and look nice, too! My only issue is the cost. I think the price is a bit steep for the product, but it was highly recommended to me by a friend so I made the purchase.

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks, Nike

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 13, 2013

Anonymous

from Orange County, CA

I am not runner but got these shoes to use on the treadmill at the gym. I'm normally a size 9.5, but in these a 10 fit better. They are one of the most comfortable athletic shoes I have ever worn. I'm very concerned with cushioning in the forefoot and these exceeded my expectations.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 28, 2014

Maureen K

from Atlanta, GA

Great running shoe, as all Asics are, but jury is out as to whether or not they are worth more than the other Asics gel running shoes that are priced much less - as I have only had them a month now We shall see So far, so good - but unless you are a marathon runner, I'd probably save the money and get a less expensive gel Asics running shoe. I feel no difference in these versus my old pair, which cost a lot less to be honest. I'm hoping these expensive ones last a little longer is all. I run about 3 times a week - 3 miles or so and do boot camp classes in these shoes. Hope that helps!

Brands I'd also recommend: ASICS SHOES ONLY for running

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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April 24, 2014

Lisa B

from Seattle, WA

Love my shoes! Very comfortable and also look cute. I use them for gym workouts, strength training classes, and stairs. A bit expensive and not sure they are any better than my previous Asics that were a lower price point.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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January 27, 2014

Anonymous

 

These are hands down the best shoes I have purchased to date. No break in period necessary. Honestly if they weren't so expensive I would have bought multiple pairs to keep one as my "running only" shoes, but they are so darn comfortable i want to wear them all the time! The colors are a little bold, but not too offensive if you wear plain colors with them.

Brands I'd also recommend: brooks, mizuno

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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November 18, 2013

Anonymous

from Westchester

I always buy ASICS. I work out every day and go through them every 3-4 months. I decided to try the highest end ASICS to see if I could add to that timetable. I'm not sure about that, but they stretched a lot and its hard to get them tight. Will still stick with ASICS and they are the best but not worth the extra money to get top of the line.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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April 12, 2015

Elizabeth w

from missouriu

This shoe is very comfortable, but the way the pink is molded on the front causes the top layer of shoe to rip out.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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February 13, 2015

E M

from Omaha NE

I love Asics, which is why I decided to drop this much on a shoe and what a disappointment! First of all, they are not nearly as comfortable as their other shoes with very little support. My biggest complaint it that they started falling after a few days. I like to get a good 6-8 months out of my running shoes and 4 months in my big toe was sticking out of the horrible mesh fabric and the back plastic on the heel was broken. No idea why they charge so much for such a cheap, poor quality shoe. Get your act together Asics!

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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