This post has been sponsored by ASICS and I have been provided with a complimentary pair of shoes. All opinions are my own.


ASICS recently released the GEL-Kayano 21, which  is the lightest version of the Kayano yet and features the latest in ASICS technical innovation.

I’ve been wearing the Kayano since I ran on my high school’s cross country team in 2005. So when ASICS reached out to me about the release of the Kayano 21, I had to get my hands on them! For such a lightweight shoe, it has excellent cushioning in the mid and forefoot – actually the entire foot! Let’s just say, the 21’s delivers when it comes to cushioning! They’re great for short and long runs, and I didn’t feel any fatigue in my feet or calves or any discomfort in my knees or heels.

They are a responsive shoe and give a little bounce that makes them an absolute pleasure to run in. For me, they fit true to size with a decent amount of width in the toe box so there is no pinching or discomfort.

I wanted to wear these shoes for a full month before posting a review on my blog so that I could give you an honest opinion, and after running in them for a month, they’ve been fantastic. I’ve had zero discomfort and as always with my ASICS, I’m impressed with the quality. The Kayano insoles haven’t compressed down at all, and the outer material stands up well to off pavement running.

I’m really honored and proud that ASICS thought of me to review this shoe. It’s kind of strange, but it made me emotional. I just cannot believe how far my little blog has come sometimes. I’m so grateful for these opportunities that it has given me, and I’m so excited for the many more miles that I will run in these shoes and the memories I will create with them!

I am loving my Onyx/Black/Silver pair for fall, but there are tons of color options for the Womens and Mens Kayano 21s!

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5 Comments on ASICS GEL-Kayano 21 Review

  1. Keri
    December 8, 2014 at 6:33 am (9 years ago)

    Hi! Love your blog!!! Im not really a runner but i love walking (speed walking really) do these shoes work for that as well? Thanks!!!:)

    • Catherine
      December 8, 2014 at 11:27 am (9 years ago)

      Hi Keri! They are GREAT for speed walking! They have so much bounce and cushioning they are great overall for walking, jogging, and running!

      • Keri
        December 8, 2014 at 12:39 pm (9 years ago)

        Yay! Thank you so much for replying:) That is great to hear about the shoes…i have a pair of Nike free runs and they are just so uncomfortable! I am currently obsessed with your blog, your weight loss journey and struggles sound soo similar to mine and its comforting to know you have managed to come through it, lose weight snd keep it off. I need to eat more rabbit food now 🙂 Thanks again!

  2. Jo Louis
    April 16, 2015 at 11:09 am (9 years ago)

    Hi! Thank you for the review and its information!
    Actually now I’m considering about the color between your black one or a yellow one.
    Which color would you recommend to an 20s man? Thank you!

  3. Katie
    February 23, 2018 at 7:04 pm (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the review. Beautiful photos.
    I’m a fan of the Kayanos. I have bought Kayano models 19, 21, 22 and now 23. Really comfortable running shoe and great for flat feet.


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