ASICS was founded by Kihachiro Onitsuka in 1949 following his return from World War 2 and established itself by manufacturing basketball shoes in his hometown of Kobe, Japan. The brand soon expanded into other sports, becoming a leading running shoe manufacturer and distributor. Anyone who has read Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog will know that Nike — then known as Blue Ribbon Sports — started as an importer of ASICS sneakers before splitting off and going in-house with its design and manufacturing.

Since expanding globally in the ’60s, ASICS has risen to become one of the world’s leading sportswear brands alongside Nike, adidas, and New Balance, specializing primarily in running shoes but also selling equipment and apparel for a wide range of sports. Now, while ASICS footwear is still some of the best in class across sports such as running, athletics, and volleyball, the Japanese sportswear brand has carved out a highly-reputable following in the lifestyle sector.

Thanks in large part to its revolutionary GEL midsole cushioning technology, and strategic collaborations with the likes of Ronnie Fieg, Kiko Kostadinov, and other leading designers and brands, ’90s and ’00s ASICS sneakers have been welcomed with open arms by sneakerheads who are more interested in aesthetics and comfort than how far and fast they can run wearing the shoes.

Over the years, ASICS has brought back some of its most popular sneaker silhouettes. These are the GEL-Lyte 3 and 5, the GEL-Kayano 5 oG, and hybrid models such as the GEL-Kayano 5 360 and GEL-Nandi 360 that combine a retro upper with ASICS’ all-new, 360-degree GEL cushioning system. In addition, newer versions of said sneakers, such as the GEL-Kayano 25 and GEL-Nimbus 22, have proven popular with both the performance and the lifestyle crowds.

Naturally, keeping up with all of the fire releases ASICS is dropping can be a little hard, especially with so much to offer. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best ASICS sneakers to have been released over the past few years. Scroll through below.

ASICS UB3-S GEL-Nimbus 9

UB3-S Gel-Nimbus 9

UB3-S Gel-Nimbus 9

$195

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Brand: ASICS

Model: UB3-S GEL-Nimbus 9

Key Features: Mesh and synthetic leather upper. GEL technology cushioning for superior shock absorption. TRUSSTIC support system that reduces the weight of the sole. Canvas tongue tabs. ASICS branding on the side, tongue, heel, and insole.

Release Date: April 2022

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Editor’s Notes: Arriving at Highsnobiety Shop in four landscape-inspired colorways, the UB3-S GEL-Nimbus 9 is one of the brand’s sneakers that personifies Kiko Kostadinov and his team’s move in-house at ASICS. The Nimbus 9 features more than 30% recycled material and the signature Gel cushioning is sure to keep your soles at ease through the summer.

UB3-S Gel-Nimbus 9

UB3-S Gel-Nimbus 9

$170

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UB3-S Gel-Nimbus 9

UB3-S Gel-Nimbus 9

$195

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UB3-S Gel-Nimbus 9

UB3-S Gel-Nimbus 9

$195

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ASICS UB2-S GEL-1130

Gel-1130

$130

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Brand: ASICS

Model: UB2-S GEL-1130

Key Features: Mesh and synthetic leather upper. GEL technology cushioning for superior shock absorption. TRUSSTIC support system that reduces the weight of the sole. Canvas tongue tabs. ASICS branding on the side, tongue, and insole.

Release Date: April 2022

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Editor’s Notes: The UB2-S GEL-1130 is a reimagined take on the 1130, a classic ASICS running sneaker. Synthetic overlays and breathable mesh encase this 2000’s inspired sneaker in a colorway that’s great for a casual workout or leisure.

ASICS HN2-S Protoblast

HN2-S Protoblast

$160

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Brand: ASICS

Model: HN2-S Protoblast

Key Features: Mesh and synthetic leather upper. FF Blast cushioning. Novablast 2 inspired midsole. ASICS branding on the side, tongue, heel, and insole.

Release Date: February 2022

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Editor’s Notes: Another energized sneaker from Kiko Kostadinov and crew with an emphasis on movement. The eye-catching HN2-S upper borrows elements from the GEL-100™ Series while the midsole’s shape mirrors the Novablast 2. Combined with FF BLAST™ cushioning, this sneaker is ready for any occasion.

HN2-S Protoblast

HN2-S Protoblast

$160

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ASICS Novablast 2 SPS/headline]

Novablast 2 SPS

$160

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Brand: ASICS

Model: Novablast 2 SPS

Key Features: Jacquard mesh upper. AHAR® Plus Outsole. FF Blast cushioning. Ortholite® Lasting insole. ASICS branding on the side, tongue, heel, and insole.

Release Date: October 2021

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Editor’s Notes: Who says a running shoe can’t dabble in streetwear? The Novablast 2 SPS is celebrated amongst seasoned runners and style enthusiast alike. The no-sew mesh upper allows for true flexibility and the Ortholite® Lasting insoles is sure to meet your exercise and lifestyle needs. Not to mention the smoke grey colorway will make a great addition to any wardrobe.

ASICS Gel-Venture 6

Gel-Venture 6

$100

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Brand: ASICS

Model: Gel-Venture 6

Key Features: Mesh and synthetic leather upper. GEL technology cushioning for superior shock absorption. Removable sockliner. ASICS branding on the side, tongue, heel, and insole.

Release Date: August 2021

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Editor’s Notes: The redesigned Gel-Venture 6 is truly built for all terrains. It features ASICS High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR® Outsole) and a removable sockliner to insert custom orthotics for a cozier fit.

Gel-Venture 6

$80

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ASICS GEL-Nandi 360

Brand: ASICS

Model: GEL-Nandi 360

Key Features: The GEL-NANDI 360 is a hybrid that fuses a retro-inspired upper with the GEL-Quantum 360 tooling seen on some of ASICS’ most advanced sneakers.

Release Date: November 2019

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Editor’s Notes: After dropping exclusively at Highsnobiety Shop in early November 2019, the GEL-Nandi 360 was available at select retailers on November 22, as well as at ASICS later on. The GEL-NANDI 360 added a 360-degree GEL sole to a classic upper, creating a hybrid much in the mold of the GEL-Kayano 5 360 that ASICS recently introduced.

The GEL-Nandi 360 follows the trend of retro, archival models being spruced up with modern tech, giving them a decidedly contemporary spin.

ASICS x Kiko Kostadinov GEL-KORIKA

Brand: ASICS x Kiko Kostadinov

Model: GEL-KORIKA

Key Features: The GEL-KORIKA silhouette features a double stacked FlyteFoam sole that merges the GEL-NIMBUS base with the GELBURST RS upper.

Release Date: November 2019

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Editor’s Notes: The low-top silhouette comes decorated in four colorways, two of which feature vivid color-blocking in women’s sizes, while more pared-back black-on-black and grey colorways constitute the men’s offerings. Juergen Teller was enlisted for the campaign, taking the silhouette with him on his travels for a fittingly eccentric shoot.

ASICS x Kiko Kostadino Gessirit

Brand: ASICS x Kiko Kostadinov

Model: Gessirit

Key Features: The ASICS x Kiko Kostadinov Gessirit features an upper made from suede and micro-mesh, in addition to metallic overlays and silver rings that facilitate a triple-strap fastening.

Release Date: September 2019

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Editor’s Notes: The ASICS x Kiko Kostadinov Gessirit debuted as part of Kiko Kostadinov’s FW19 womenswear show.

The collaborative Gessirit drew from the legendary bandidas of Central America, a group of brave women from the 19th century who rebelled against the establishment. Designers Laura and Deanna Fanning created the Gessirit silhouette by referencing performance-wear from the ASICS archives. The upper resembles a vintage track and field shoe, while the sole is a nod to the technical encasing of a wrestling shoe.

ASICS GlideRide

Brand: ASICS

Model: GlideRide

Key Features: The GlideRide sneaker is ASICS’ first to feature the eponymous midsole technology, which was developed to reduce energy loss and provide a base for runners of all levels to go further and run longer.

Release Date: September 2019

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Editor’s Notes: ASICS unveiled the GlideRide by inviting several current and former athletes to test it during a run on the Utah Salt Flats. Runners were tasked with running as long as they could at their calculated moderate run pace.

ASICS describes it as the little brother to its high-performance energy returning sneaker, the MetaRide. While the MetaRide is made for top level athletes, the GlideRide is for runners of all levels that want the same energy-saving technology in a more comfortable ride.

ASICS x Affix Works GEL-Kinsei OG “GORE-TEX”

Brand: ASICS x Affix Works

Model: GEL-Kinsei OG “GORE-TEX”

Key Features: The upper’s biomorphic fit was outfitted with GORE-TEX weather-proofing technology, giving the GEL-Kinsei OG a robust update. The sole unit combines ASICS’ trademark Impact Guidance System, as well as the weight-reducing Trusstic System technology. The GEL-Kinsei was originally inspired by samurai armor, with designer Hisanori Fujita wanting to replicate the way the ancient armor protects the body while still allowing it to move freely.

Release Date: October 2019

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Editor’s Notes: Affix Works and ASICS joined forces for their second collaborative GEL-Kinsei OG of the year. This time, ASICS and Affix Works outfitted the mid-’00s runner with GORE-TEX weather-proofing, making the already technical sneaker even more high-tech. The sneaker was one of the most advanced runners when it first released in 2006 and fits perfectly into the zeitgeist of overly-complicated and techy retro performance sneakers.

Affix Works is a design collective founded by Kiko Kostadinov, stylist Stephen Mann, artist Taro Ray and Gimme Five founder Michael Kopelman.

ASICS x Vivienne Westwood GEL-Saga

Brand: ASICS x Vivienne Westwood

Model: GEL-Saga

Key Features: The GEL-Saga features an all-white upper save for Vivienne Westwood branding and the same painting graphic on the bottom of the translucent outsole.

Release Date: August 2019

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Editor’s Notes: Having teamed up with ASICS on the GEL-Mai and GEL-Kayano 5 OG, legendary punk designer Vivienne Westwood took on a trio of ASICS retro models: the GEL-Saga, GEL-DS, and Hyper GEL-Lyte in Fall 2019.

In contrast to the busier GEL-Mai and GEL-Kayano 5 OG collabs, Westwood kept things simple with the GEL-Saga, opting for an all-white leather look with contrast branding on the heel. The final detail is a translucent outsole featuring a Renaissance-style image on the bottom, as well as a tag that reads “CHAOS” on the medial side of the heel.

ASICS x Kiko Kostadinov GEL-Delva 1

Brand: ASICS x Kiko Kostadinov

Model: GEL-Delva 1

Key Features: The sneaker features a performance low-top silhouette boasting FlyteFoam cushioning and GEL technology. The Dynamic Duomax mixed-material upper inspired by the GEL-Fujitrabuco 7 hides the ASICS stripes beneath a slatted pattern. A GEL-Kayano 24 back counter completes the look.

Release Date: February 2019

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Editor’s Notes: Kiko Kostadinov and ASICS continued their partnership with three colorways of the Bulgarian designer’s GEL-Delva 1 sneaker, first unveiled in a feature by Vogue France.

The silhouette previously dropped in fall-appropriate “Pine Green,” “Rosewood Brown,” and “Cement Black” in late 2018. The colorways from this release are the much livelier and spring-ready “Cool Mist/Forest Green,” “Murasaki/Performance Black,” and “Tai-Chi Yellow/Taupe Grey.”

The release followed Kostadinov and ASICS’ previous GEL-Burz 2 drop, which consisted of a pack of three pottery-inspired kicks. Kostadinov is known to sneakerheads for the instantly recognizable design cues that make his ASICS collaborations some of the most interesting out there. Each of his past sneaker projects has featured premium materials and distinctive looks for a tastefully elevated dad-shoe look.

ASICS x atmos Gel-Lyte 3 “World Map”

Brand: ASICS x atmos

Model: Gel-Lyte 3 “World Map”

Key Features: Premium leather construction punctuated with a world map printed across its entirety. The ocean’s light blue tone makes up the base color, while the colorful countries and distinct black text provide both detailing and bold contrast. Patterned rope-style laces and full-length rubber tooling solidifies the build.

Release Date: December 2018

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Editor’s Notes: In addition to the neon-colored GEL-Inst.180, Tokyo’s atmos also reinterpreted ASICS’ popular Gel-Lyte 3 silhouette.

ASICS x Afew x BEAMS GEL-Lyte 3 “Orange Koi”

Brand: ASICS x Afew x BEAMS

Model: GEL-Lyte 3 “Orange Koi”

Key Features: The sneaker’s upper features suede construction and orange color-blocking on the toe, heel, and sock liner. Gray paneling can be found on the sides, while the ASICS side stripes are done up in a rich navy blue. The sides of the heels feature BEAMS and Afew branding, and the backs of the heels feature a world map and the Japanese word for friendship. Two special insoles and a multi-colored outsole complete the look.

Release Date: November 2018

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Editor’s Notes: Afew and BEAMS threw it back to the early-to-mid ’10s with this release, which essentially was a remastered, recolored version of Afew’s popular “Koi” ASICS GEL-Lyte 3 from 2012.

It has all of the hallmarks of those special runner collaborations that dominated the market from 2010 to 2015, with color-blocked toe boxes being a signature of those releases. This time, though, the two retailers flipped the standout colors from red to orange for a slightly different look.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are ASICS sneakers made?

According to their accumulated 2018 supplier list, ASICS has footwear suppliers in Brazil, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Italy and Vietnam.

Are ASICS good sneakers?

Working with the renowned Institute of Sports Science in Kobe, Japan, ASICS produces some of the best sneakers on the market for professional and amateur athletes, in addition to producing plenty of great products for lifestyle customers.

Where can I buy ASICS sneakers?

ASICS sneakers are widely available at ASICS.com, flagship ASICS stores worldwide and plenty of third-party retailers like Foot Locker and JD Sports.

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