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ASICS Gel-Kayano® 20 Reviews

178 reviews
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Overall Rating:

84%Rated 5 stars

0%Rated 4 stars

4%Rated 3 stars

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12%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

80% "Felt true to size"

88% "Felt true to width"

54% "Excellent arch support"

169 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 3/10/14
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

These are the best shoes. I have always worn Asics GT's but switched to the Kayano Gel 20 this year as the 20 has the best pronation control. The color choices really need to improve, however. I bought black only because the vivid bright multi-color shoes look garish and ridiculous. I hope that Asics color choices have some normalcy next year.

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9 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 2/6/14
Overall Rated:1 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:1 stars!

I do not like these. Less cushion for my feet. I miss the gel kayano 16, 17, and 18. Those were the best. I don't understand changing a good thing. If I would have known they were going to drastically change this shoe, I would have bought all I could in my size before the gel kayano 19 came out.

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3 people found this review helpful  

June 4, 2014

Misty M

from Athens, OH

Extremely comfortable. I buy these based upon my podiatrist's recommendation of Asics for my plantar fasciitis. I tried going down to the Nimbus line but the Kayano provides much more support & comfort, the price difference is worth it. This is my 2nd pair of Kayano & I love them!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 6, 2014

Anonymous

 

I do not like these. Less cushion for my feet. I miss the gel kayano 16, 17, and 18. Those were the best. I don't understand changing a good thing. If I would have known they were going to drastically change this shoe, I would have bought all I could in my size before the gel kayano 19 came out.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

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2 people found this review helpful  

August 27, 2014

Anonymous

 

Love this shoe. A doctor destroyed my left foot so some toe bones go straight up and down and other toes bend far to the left. I have a terrible time with shoes..and pressure points are hard to ignore. I can only wear some sneakers and some merrells...This sneaker is the best sneaker I have ever walked in...Wonderful cushioning and the fabric stretch allows me to walk without pain... and plenty of toe room with no hard places to cause pressure points... I bought the black and get compliments every time I wear them... I also bought the white/tan to go with beige clothing...I would love to see more color options in this shoe...and please Asics don't change it...

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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June 19, 2014

Anonymous

 

Love this shoe! Not crazy about the color or appearance but a perfect fit. I realize that it is a running shoe however I use it for a work shoe because I am on my feet all day, sometimes up to 12 hours. Every since I started wearing them my knees no longer hurt and my bunions no longer hurt. They are not a wide shoe but because of the gel base they seem to mold right to my feet and at the same time provide exceptional support. The cost is high but the payoff for my feet and knees no longer hurting make it worth the price.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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May 2, 2014

Anonymous

 

I have been wearing the ASICS Gel-Kayano for a few years (after sampling many other brands) and the Gel-Kayano 20 are by far my favorite. The updated changes make all the difference in additional cushioning and comfort for a much more enjoyable ride.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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September 16, 2014

Anonymous

 

Amazing running shoe. The support in the heel is spectacular. I have planter fascia and normally need inserts, but with this sneaker I can run a few miles without pain. Best running shoe!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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August 26, 2014

Anonymous

 

These are the best athletic shoes I have owned in years. I walked all day in these at the amusement park in hot weather, at least 5 miles. No breaking in really. My significant other was extremely impressed with the performance of these shoes. I usually complain and have to stop walking hours before. I have bad bunions and flat feet all of my life. The gel cushioning was really impressive. The arch supports could have been better, but the cushioning was the true magic component in this shoe, I thought. I felt like I could have walked another 2 miles possibly. These shoes are lightweight and airy. My feet did not get overly heated. I am not athletic and carry extra body weight. I am usually a New Balance person, but these Kayanos were so worth it! Highly recommend this shoe model!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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May 29, 2014

Anonymous

 

Love this shoe! Bought version 18 a few years back and am glad I stuck with the model!!! Fantastic for runners with wide feet. Happy!!!!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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1 person found this review helpful  

May 22, 2014

Lisa

from United States

Good support and I love the pink neon style! I was jogging with last year's Gel Keyano model before and after a year it was time to replace them. These are the perfect replacement. I bought a 1/2 size up from my normal shoe size because I've been told that your feet spread while running.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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May 20, 2014

Katherine M

from Los Angeles, CA

I bought my first pair of ASICS last year -- comfy! When I decided to alternate them with a new pair of ASICS, I wanted black for a change. Zappos was the most accessible place I could find Gel-Kayano 20s in black. They are extremely comfortable and supportive, perhaps more than the first pair (a Gel Kayano 15). This style was described by a salesperson at an athletic shoe store as "having all the bells and whistles". I wear them every day with my custom orthotics, and wear them everywhere (except to church on Sunday). I have plantar fasciitis, no fat pads, and a toe fracture that didn't heal quite right. My painful problem feet are now happy, thanks to Zappos.

Brands I'd also recommend: Alegria, Birkenstock

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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May 3, 2014

Anonymous

from Peabody, MA

I've been wearing this shoe (and its earlier inceptions) for 4 years now. It is the nirvana of comfort and stability, and with my custom orthopedic insert, this shoe is perfection for my flat instep and serious bunions. I find the shoe is perfect for all day wear, and I have a second pair for the treadmill. Love the black. Looks like a sneaker, but offers serious support.

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks Transcendance

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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April 24, 2014

Anonymous

from Melbourne, Florida

These are an excellent transition from the Kayano-19 model. I overpronate when I walk, which means my feet are slightly flat-footed (thanks to running in poorly designed Nikes). The Kayano-20 is designed to correct moderate overpronation, so the foot rolls from the outer heel edge diagonally towards the large toe. These shoes do their job nicely. I go to the gym 4/5 days a week, and the treadmill is always part of my workout. These shoes stabilize my feet and gait, and also have extra shock absorbing gel inserts for comfort. They are also well ventilated and keep my feet very comfortable. I went back and bought another color, so I highly recommend these!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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1 person found this review helpful  

March 15, 2014

Anonymous

 

I love these shoes. In the past I have worn Saucony because they seemed to fit my narrow foot and very narrow heel the best, but I am so glad I tried these Asics Gel-K 20. I bought them in a narrow (hard to find in a running shoe) and for the first time in years, my arches do not hurt after exercising or wearing the shoe for an extended period of time. I also wore them around Sea World and Universal Studios for 3 full days of walking and my feet were not sore or in pain at all! I usually wear a 8 1/2 N in regular shoes and I bought a 9 N in these and they are just right. They were perfect out of the box, there was not a "break in" period for my feet to get used to them.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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May 27, 2014

Anonymous

 

Unfortunately the Asics Gel Kayano 20 shoe I purchased through Zappos are NOT as comfortable as the pair I purchased through Foot Locker. At this cost a pair I wish I had not worn them 3 times before making this discovery! Oh well.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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March 18, 2014

Krissy

from United States

I have had plantar fasciitis for years, and have only gotten relief shortly when I wore the Asics 2160s and since then nothing helps my feet. I figured since these shoes have the supposedly best arch support and are so expensive that they must be awesome, wrong. I only wore them for a few hours and I got a horrible blister on the arch of my foot because this new thing, that makes them tight around the middle of your foot is there. This never happened with any other shoes before and at this price I am very upset. I wrote to Asics and hoping to get my money back or a new pair. There is no arch support and the heels are not tight like the old Asics shoes have been. They are much too cushiony to be supportive, maybe that is because I'm overweight though, I do not know, but I am very disappointed in these. I even ordered 2 pair of them one in wide width and one regular, the wide is too wide and the regular seems too tight. Just horrible fit, and horrible for plantar fasciitis, my feet were all over the place in these shoes. I need support and these definitely do not give any. I overpronate slightly and have narrow heels and slightly wider forefoot. I am now ordering the cheap Asics which have great reviews too but as I've tried the 2170s the Kayano 18s these, I am not optimistic, the reviews seem to be all wrong for some reason or maybe I just need better support I know I don't need motion control as I have bought those type of shoes before and they made my feet end up under pronating, so I know I need stability shoes. I hope someone else has better luck, if you have Plantar Fasciitis do not get these shoes if you need support.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

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March 7, 2014

Krissy

from United States

I am very upset. I bought two pairs of these shoes because I thought they'd have excellent arch support as they are the most expensive Asics there are. Boy, was I wrong. They are horrible. They feel more like neutral shoes to me. They are very cushiony which is usually how neutral shoes are, they are marked stability, and I don't know how these are stable, my feet were all over the place and the heels feel bigger then usual Asics too that is why I bought Asics brand because they used to be the only shoes that cupped my heels and kept them stable, but not these at all. I am very upset. I need shoes so I decided since I like how they look I'll just keep one pair and get orthotics, so I wore them out and I got a big burn or blister type thing on my inner arch of my foot due to the material and rubbing, I guess, as these are not stable and my feet were sliding all over the place. I am in a ton of pain today and I am sure I am now stuck with these. Crazy. I do not think I will try another pair of Asics again after this. I used to wear the 2160s and loved them except the little toe part ripped within a few months, but ever since then none of them are good. I have tried the 2170 and those are horrible too. Wish I could find some shoes to relieve this plantar fasciitis pain already. I have had it for years with barely any relief.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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March 29, 2015

Genny q

from san francisco, ca

Love Asics, use them with my custom orthodontics. Second pair of Asics since my doctor recommended, not going back to a different brand! I wished Zappos had more color options for the Gel Kayano 20 though. the pink I ordered were hyper pink.

Brands I'd also recommend: merrell, cole hann

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 26, 2015

Shannon

from Iowa

These are the first pair of Asics I have owned and worn and I LOVE them. After years of having foot trouble when trying to exercise these have made a world of difference for me. I will definitely be buying more in the near future. I loved the color choices. The pink, orange and purple were perfect for me! I have had many compliments.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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January 22, 2015

Rae G

from Epworth

This is my 2nd pair from this series. I use these as everyday wear, including being on concrete all day at my workplace. They support my gait and I don't go home with acheing and tired legs or feet. The first pair lasted me 5 years until they developed holes over the toes and around the heel, and now they have been retired to indoor shoes I use on exercise equipment and these worn shoes are still good for using.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 22, 2015

Jennifer L

from Dayton

My second purchase of ASICS GEL-Kayano - Love them. They are top shelf and the price is so much less than the running store. Enclosed was an extra pair of shoe laces....in a contrasting color - Zappos is ALWAYS my first go to when shopping!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 15, 2015

Nancy

 

I think I'm in love! This is my first pair of Gel Kayanos and they feel amazing. Sadly, I've been wearing the same pair of Saucony Hurricanes for the past four years. One day I looked at the soles and realized they were on death's door. The new Hurricane is nothing like the old. So I decided to try the ASIC Kayanos. The Kayano 20 is light, supportive and comfortable. I'm home from the gym, but don't want to take them off. I tried the 21s on, but the toe box is not as roomy. I will probably buy a second pair of the 20s to put away.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 13, 2015

India u

from New Jersey

Great shoe! I do a lot of cross training and have an issue with my feet burning from high impact jumps or lunges. These offer a very cushy feel and so far have been great! I have always been a nike girl, but my last two sneaker purchases have been asics and I love them!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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January 12, 2015

Anonymous

from Florida

I was very pleased with Zappos my Asics came within 2 days even had a spare shoe lace's in the box. They were less than buying them at the mall.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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January 8, 2015

Ashley S

from SC

These are simply the best! I have plantar fasciitis in my left heel and these shoes feel like heaven on my feet. Couldn't recommend them more highly!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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December 17, 2014

Anonymous

 

I wish I could rate this shoe with more than 5 stars. This is absolutely hands down a great shoe, I work 12 hour shifts in the health care field and this is true to form, I definitely would recommend buying this shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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