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ASICS Gel-Kinsei® 5 Reviews

24 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

37%Rated 5 stars

16%Rated 4 stars

5%Rated 3 stars

11%Rated 2 stars

32%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

83% "Felt true to size"

83% "Felt true to width"

58% "Moderate arch support"

15 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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9 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 4 Gel-Kinsei® 5 ASICS Reviews

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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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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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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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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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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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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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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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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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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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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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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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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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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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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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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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Excellent arch support

 

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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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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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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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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt wider than marked

 

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July 22, 2014

Anonymous

from Kinnelon NJ

After owning these shoes for about 6 months at best I am so disappointed in them. I street run maybe 10-12 miles a week. These shoes have fallen apart on me. They have torn where my big toe hits and about another inch below as well as along the inside seam.

Brands I'd also recommend: Salomons

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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June 22, 2014

Shannon

 

These shoes are super comfortable and super cute. Unfortunately, I'm on my third pair in 4 months. The mesh keeps tearing. I've been using them for light jogging (I'm not a runner) and working out. I haven't even worn them outside. Zappos has been great in exchanging them, however, my third pair is now starting to tear as well. For the price, I'd purchase another pair.

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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January 3, 2014

Sara O

from Nebraska

Asics are my go to shoe. This is my second pair of Gel-Kinsei, the first pair lasted a long time and were comfortable. This pair I have worn 2 months and they are comfortable, but they are not holding up....they are both ripping/tearing on the outside of the shoe by the little toes....for the money I am VERY disappointed!

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt wider than marked

 

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July 2, 2014

Anonymous

 

I bought these shoes based on their looks. They are so cute however after having my first pair for a month the stitching in the tongue of the shoe started to come undone and the netting started to tear apart. I contacted Zappos and they were awesome about sending me a new pair out. I have now had this pair for a little over a month and the netting on them are starting to tear also. I am going to be contacting Zappos and returning these shoes all together. I will hopefully have better luck with a different shoe this time.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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May 21, 2014

Tanya

 

I bought my Asics Gel Kinsei5 about 7 months ago. I didn't use them very often and now I noticed that the fabric of the shoes began to tear. I'm disappointed with the poor quality, even because it is not a cheap shoes. Would have like to return them but it is too late. I feel a shoe that you pay just about a lot for. Should last at least a year.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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May 7, 2014

Lisa M

from Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Do not buy these shoes! I am a very loyal Asics customer. I wear Kinsei's and Kayano's. This was by far the worst purchase I have ever made. After 3 months these shoes began falling apart. Holes all over them. Cracks in the logos. I have a closet of my old Asics in pretty good condition that I have been trading out. These are expensive shoes. They appear to be worth more like $20. I recommend they be taken off the market.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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No arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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March 31, 2014

Deb o

from Pacific Palisades, CA

Shockingly poor performer. So many things wrong... where to begin. I am a long-time user of the shoe and fan of the company. After the first test run (4.5 mi.), the skin on the knuckles below my big toes is rubbed off even though I wore my usual runner's socks. I knew I was in trouble half-way home. I still have my Kinsei 4s, so was able to compare the two. All the cushioning of the Kinsei 4 is gone from the stitched bar across the top of the ties. The uncushioned stitches and hard faux leather irritated then rubbed my skin right off. Also gone from the 5s are the side stability overlays. Replaced by painted stripes adding to the very cheap look and feel of the shoe. I think the lack of stability and the overly stretchy mesh upper caused extra movement across the toe box while I was running, making the rubbing even worse. And they have reduced the toe protection by 50% so it no longer covers my toes. I had to return my ASICS dance shoes last year because of their shockingly poor construction. Now I worry the problem may be company-wide. This is my fifth and LAST pair of Kinseis. Likely my last pair of ASICS. I gave them two stars for comfort because when I first put them on I found them comfortable for walking, but these are expensive running shoes. I also found the very stretchy upper allowed for a nice breeze across the top of my feet. But really, that is not the part of the foot that gets over-heated so, big deal. I need stability more than stretch. Big disappointment at a high price.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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January 25, 2014

Anonymous

from Louisiana

Poor quality material used to manufacturer these shoes. After moderate wear for 8 weeks mesh tore open over big toe. Very dissatisfied with Asics.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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December 16, 2013

Anonymous

 

Very comfortable and fun bright colors. I wear them every day. The fabric over the big toe is thin and tore within a month of wearing them.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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