When it comes to running shoes (and life in general), I like stability. This is why the ASICS Gel-Kayano has long been my favourite shoe for those big mileage runs. They offer incredible support and have got me through many a marathon. With the London Marathon fast approaching, I was dying to try out the latest upgraded version – the ASICS Gel Kayano-29

So what’s new?

ASICS has made a number of subtle improvements aimed at making this popular road shoe its best release yet. Lighter than its predecessor the ASICS Gel Kayano-29 offers a more responsive underfoot and a more stable running experience thanks to its LITERUSS™ construction.

FF BLAST PLUS foam (ASICS softest foam yet) has been added to the shoe’s midsole to give more cushioning than ever before. The latest version also offers improved rearfoot support and a low-profile external heel counter.

Box Fresh

First impressions – I love the colour, especially the flash of purple. ASICS continues to modernize the design with each release and straight away these appear less bulky with more of a ‘premium’ aesthetic look. I love darker coloured shoes, especially in winter (hide the dirt). But my absolute favourite colour from the Kayano-29 range is the Soothing Sea/Misty Pine colourway!

The shoe upper retains its familiar look but is now made from 75% recycled material, making them even more sustainable.

The women’s shoe spec:

  • Weight – 270g
  • Midsole height – 24-14mm
  • Drop – 10mm
  • Midsole Material – FF Blast Plus / Flytefoam
  • Gel– Rearfoot Visible
  • Ground Contact – Full ground contact
  • Contact Upper – Engineered Stretch Knit Upper


On the run

The difference in the midsole was noticeable as soon as I tried them on. Now, these do weigh less than their predecessor, but I will be honest, I have been wearing the Kayano lite 2 a lot recently so it was hard for me to tell. What I can confirm: the support the shoes provide hasn’t been compromised.

Theres is a downside – these did feel slightly tighter on my right foot than the 28 – so bear that in mind when choosing your size*. There is also a Wide Fit version of the Kayano 29 available for those with wider feet.


  • Look great – wide choice of colourways
  • Comfortable and responsive
  • Lighter than the previous versions without compromising on support
  • More sustainable due to the use of recycled material


  • Higher-end price tag (if you are after a cheaper shoe that still offers plenty of support try the GT2000 – I really rate those too)
  • As with most ASICS shoes, I find they fit more on the smaller size (I go up a full size from my regular shoe size).
  • There are lighter shoes on the market

Final thoughts

I’ve been wearing the Gel- Kayano 29 for just over a month now on runs of varying lengths and speeds to give them a thorough and fair test. I’ve had no issues, no blisters/rubbing anywhere – a big thumbs up from me.
If like me, you’re a pronator and you’re looking for a reliable, supportive shoe then the Gel-Kayano 29 could be the shoe for you! It’s left me with a tough decision – do I wear these or the Kayano Lite for the London Marathon?


*Shoes kindly gifted from ASICS Frontrunner