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Sport Podiatry Shoe Review: Asics Gel Kayano 23
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Sport Podiatry Shoe Review: Asics Gel Kayano 23

September 20, 2017

The Perth Sports Podiatry Blog Asics Gel Kayano 23 Review:

When Serious Runners and Athletes come into my Perth Podiatry Clinic asking for Advice on Running shoes it’s hard NOT to be a Brand Loyalist.

However when it boils down to it the features of a good shoe aren’t brand dependant. Hell – shoe manufacturers will often change their ‘secret sauce’ much to a faithful wearers dismay. But when this happens it’s often the perfect time to remember there are lots of brilliant shoes on the market that tick all the boxes – and no they don’t need to cost the earth!

It’s important to remember every foot is unique so the shoe that’s perfect for one person, won’t be great for another.

When a patient comes into clinic, as university trained Perth podiatrists – we know how to evaluate your foot and leg characteristics, so we’ll be able to steer you towards making the right shoe choices. When an injury such as plantar fasciitis or more commonly shin splints presents it’s often a combination of contributing factors however a common theme is footwear. Fundamentally lacking footwear. So without further delay let’s talk about my favourite shoe to run and workout in so far in 2017 – the Asics Gel Kayano version 23.

Welcome back to blog #2 on what has to be my 2nd favourite pair of shoes of 2017. The Asics Gel Kayano 23.

The reason I say it’s my 2nd favourite is because whenever I put these on, I know pain will follow – not a bad pain, but the pain that develops from being able to push yourself further. See I often run much further then I should and gym harder then I need to in these shoes. You’ve heard the saying “pain is weakness leaving the body” well that’s the sort of pain I’m referencing here.

Remember my full disclosure: This is not a personal recommendation of a shoe/product/activity plan for YOUR feet and any advice on this blog is general in nature. It’s simply a reference of shoes I like and their features to look out for that may benefit your desired activity aspirations.

Speaking of features, in these blogs I’ll be reviewing a few key metrics of the shoes I discuss to serve as a reference. These features should highlight and help you understand what I – a Perth Podiatrist, look for when buying shoes.

These metrics typically fall into 7 categories:

  1. Is it comfortable (to me)?
  2. Does it look good (to me)?
  3. Does it bend in the arch?
  4. How light or heavy is it?
  5. Does it have a heel raise?
  6. Does it grip the ground?
  7. How much does it cost?

So what’s so good about the Kayano 23?

Well for one it’s got my favourite characteristic to look out for in ‘good’ shoes – it doesn’t bend in the arch… Unless you’re Arnold Schwarzenegger or have amazing foot arches – which would likely mean you have no need to read this blog.

Let’s see how the key metrics of the Asics Gel Kayano 23 stack up:

  1. (Comfort)
    1. They’re not as comfortable as my Nike Zoom Structure 20’s but they’re pretty darn close. I think it’s their prevailing feature – arch stiffness. This feature does lower their comfort but on long runs this feature actually helps a lot by allowing your deep muscles to work that little bit longer.
  2. (Looks)
    1. Again my partner would be proud of me – their colour is mainly black! But my personal brightly coloured preference is also able to spill through in the fluro-orange accents my shoes have. Business on top, party underneath…?
  3. (Arch Bend)
    1. You could straighten the leaning tower of Pisa with this shoe. It’s that stiff. Ok maybe not THAT stiff but definitely much harder to bend then 80% of sport shoes – which is a major factor in why I like the shoe. It also means that if you wear an orthotic – it’s got a firm foundation to work from which can only lead to better outcomes.
  4. (Light or Heavy)
    1. Light – It’s a bit tubby vs the Nike structure 20 but coming in at 326g it’s still super lightweight by my standards. Unless you’re a sprinter, you won’t notice the extra weight but you will notice the extra support.
  5. (Heel Raise)
    1. 10mm – Not a high heel so I’m fine with this, not ‘barefoot’ (0mm) but again I can survive a little lift in my life – especially when it’s my sports shoe and I have tight calves.
  6. (Grip)
    1. Surprisingly good, I don’t know why but I feel it’s grippier then my Nike’s. I’ve actually been hiking up hills in these shoes on dirt trails and felt perfectly in control of the pebbly surface. I’m sure there are better shoes out there for grip but this suits my running and gym grip requirements.
  7. (Cost)
    1. Ok so cost typically isn’t this shoe’s strong point – coming in @ $220 – and yes I did pull my “I’m a podiatrist” trick to get a discount which means they’re probably even more expensive in the wild. To be fair I did buy it as soon as it came out (being a Perth Podiatrist – I’m quite geeky when it comes to shoes). But when you put it into perspective it’s an investment. The better the shoe, the better your feet feel, and the less you spend seeing health practitioners.

Having worn these shoes for the better part of a year I am very confident whenever I put them on that they’ll help me run further and push harder in the gym. Be it going for 10km runs or Squatting 100kgs, so far they’ve held up well. The only thing is I do find I need to tighten the laces a little after my first rep but that’s just those super heavy weights pushing the weakness from my body…Jokes aside, I can’t really imagine too many activities I wouldn’t want to wear these for. Potentially water sports as no-one likes wet feet (next shoe blog perhaps). The Asics Gel Kayano 23 is a really nice runner’s all-rounder shoe and I’d go as far to say a really great gym shoe – they’re my gym/running shoe for 2017 and you can check them out by going to a reputable shoe store in your area or buying online. I found them on Amazon at a price that’s even cheaper then what I could get in store so do yourself a favour – try them on, get your size and buy them online or find a pair using the link below.

Amazon Shoe Purchase Information.

Bonus Topic:

How Many Shoes Should I Own?

If you’re wanting to decrease your risk of a running related injury by 39% – 2 pairs + should be your answer. Women rejoice – as a Perth Podiatrist I now recommend and have medical evidence that supports buying more then 1 shoe to wear in a week. The study conducted by L. Malioux et al actually recommends that if you partake in regular running you need a minimum of 2 pairs of running shoes to decrease your risk of a running related injury by the above stated 39% figure. The theory being that by wearing different shoes you’re using different leg muscles and hence you’re not overloading the same muscles leading to a lower injury rate. Who knew wearing more then 1 shoe could make such a dramatic difference in injury prevention?!

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