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The Kayano 16 starts with a great fit thanks to it's unique asymmetrical lacing system, seamless heel construction and memory foam. Duomax and IGS combine to deliver support for moderate to severe over-pronation. Large amounts of Asics Gel provide durable shock absorption. The shoe transfers a good feel for the road resulting in a combination of sport and luxury performance.

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How It Fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium; Width 2E=Wide; Width 4E=Extra Wide

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Mid-foot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Medium height

Weight: 12.8 oz (size 9)

Midsole Height: Heel (22mm), Forefoot (12mm)

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: November 2009
  • Model discontinued: December 2010
  • Model update: January 2011, Gel Kayano 17
  • Heritage: Gel Kayano 15


The Gel-Kayano 16 is a maximum feature, maximum support shoe designed for daily training and high mileage. It is built with a semi-curved shape.


  • Rearfoot Gel cushioning system is a large silicone based gel that attenuates shock during impact.
  • Discrete Heel unit is Asics' highest degree of shock absorption unit in the heel and is currently the most advanced component of IGS.
  • Forefoot Gel cushioning system is a silicone based gel that attenuates shock during toe-off.
  • Solyte is Asics' top of the line cushioned and responsive midsole. Solyte is very light for the level of cushioning and durability it delivers.
  • Guidance Line is a vertical flex groove component of IGS and is primarily articulated in the forefoot to improve gait efficiency.
  • DuoMax Support System is located in the medial midfoot and is a dual density midsole that is designed to reduce excess pronation.
  • Space Trusstic System is located at the bottom of the midsole and is made out of thermal plastic. This gender specific midfoot unit controls midsole deformation which allows for natural foot movement while stabilizing the midfoot of the shoe.
  • Impact Guidance System (IGS) is Asics' design philosophy that enhances the foot's natural gait.
  • Open mesh encompasses the majority of the upper and offers breathability to keep the foot cool.
  • Asics logo is located at both the medial and lateral sides of the upper to keep the shoe snug to the foot.
  • Personal Heel Fit (PHF) is a two layer memory foam lining in the heel collar which creates a personalized fit.
  • Asymmetrical Lacing Design better follows the shape of the foot for an improved fit experience.
  • ComforDry Sockliner is made from an anti-bacterial material that not only reduces odor and moisture but also provides additional cushioning.
  • Solyte 55 Last is located in the rear portion of the shoe and has a medium density to deliver a moderately soft feel under the foot. Traditional strobel last completes the forefoot of the shoe.
  • Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) is located in the heel and is a carbon rubber that offers exceptional durability.
  • DuraSponge is located in the forefoot and is a blown AHAR compound that delivers cushioning, responsiveness, and flexibility.
  • Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) is located in the heel and is a carbon rubber that offers exceptional durability.
  • DuraSponge is located in the forefoot and is a blown AHAR compound that delivers cushioning, responsiveness, and flexibility.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: Great service, great shoe! Fits like a glove. Feels like one of the first Kayano's that I ran in.
From: Daylon, Norman, OK, USA

Comments: I have been running with the Nike Zoom for years and after a friend invited me to Asics (a brand I had never heard of before) I started at the bottom of the line Asics shoe and worked my way up through the line of shoes that Asics had to offer me, and once I had heard of the Kayano 16 I nearly craped myself finding out how much it cost but I was pretty determind to buy this shoe and once I had had enough money to buy this shoe I bought it instantly. Makeing this goal of buying this shoe was the best decision of my life I have put about 300 miles on it allready and this shoe probually has about another 400 to go, to get me through the winter. This shoe has amazing support and fits my foot like no other. I love the laceing that asics invented (to follow the bone structor of your foot) BRILLIANT! These shoes fit my feet better than any shoe I have worn before, and soon I am going to have enough money to buy the Keisei 3 so keep an eye out for my report on thoes if your interested in that shoe yourself! I'd like to thank the Asics company and Running Warehouse for doing all that they do and for makeing this shoe possible and changeing the future of running!
From: Aaron, Longview, WA, USA

Comments: I'm 6'1", 177, w/low arches.  After using motion-control shoes for a while, I've been transitioning to less support.  Bought these based on the fit of the 15 and their reputation as strongly stable but not overly so.  Great shoe!  Enough support to keep me from being nervous about injury, but definitely freer feeling and lighter than my old MC shoes.  The asymmetric lacing didn't seem to do anything for my feet, good or bad.  Only blisters after my longest runs (on the ends of two toes) kept me from marathoning in these.
From: Clive, Charlotte, NC, USA

Comments: Started running about 12 weeks ago with my asic 1150 slightly worn from wear. It was time to replace them. Because I love my feet and want to be comfortable I bought the asic Asics Gel Kayano 16. I was disappointed at first, it felt like I had logs on my feet... they seem (or) I seem to be adjusting to them but I prefer my 1150's.
From: Alan, Tampa, FL, USA

Comments: Purchased a pair from RW based on Asics reputation and it was a huge disappointment. The shoe feels bulky and chunky, more of a motion control shoe than stability shoe.  The asymmetrical lacing feels awkward and I just can't find a comfortable knot with this gimmick. Sent the shoes back yesterday after 5 miles usage.
From: Yonge, Oak Hill, VA, USA

Comments: These took some getting used to after upgrading from the Kayano 15's. I'm still not fully satisfied that the 16's are as good as the 15's, but hoping that they'll feel better as I get some more miles on them.The new forefoot uppers don't wrap as snugly as the 15's, which, as far as fit and finish went, were close to perfect. (Is it just me or are the 16's noticeably wider across the ball?) Heel to toe transition not nearly as smooth in the 16's as it was in the 15's. Offset lacing doesn't drive me crazy, but I'm not 100% on what it actually achieves. Some might say the differences between the 15's and 16s are subtle, but I'd have preferred a lot more similarities.
From: EJ, New York, NY, USA

Comments:  For me, another great Kayano update. Very plush, comfortable for those long runs of 10+ miles.
From: Brian, Sacramento, CA, USA

Comments:  I've run in Kayano's for 10 years. Purchased 16's one month ago.  I agree with Scott from Atlanta. I'm very disappointed in this shoe.  Plan to return them for another shoe. They should have left well enough alone.
From: Ron G., Cookeville, TN, USA

Comments:  I had two pairs of 15s and trained/ran a marathon in them. Great shoes. My brief experience with the 16, not so good. Yes it is lighter, but the forefoot wrap feels flimsy where they used new material and removed one of the overlays. The asymmetrical lacing was a harmless novelty in the 15 but it's exaggerated in the 16 and just seems bizarro. And what's up with the thin, cheesy laces?? Finally, to me the heel-to-toe roll is not nearly as smooth -- on my first run I felt like my forefeet were slapping the pavement the whole time, and I had new knee pain afterward. I think Asics went off course with this one.
From: Scott, Atlanta, GA, USA

Comments: I just purchased the Kayano 16 on recommendation. I just started running again after 6 weeks rest due to a stress fracture in my shin. After  two runs in the new Kayano I have not experienced any calf or leg pain or tightness. These Kayano 16's are light and very comfortable. I am very happy.
From: Scott, Unknown

Comments: Just purchased today. Recommended to me for moderate over-pronation. Then I went for a 7 mile run on road, dirt and path. They performed OUTSTANDINGLY. My feet feel great and knees only slightly sore. Looking forward to using these shoes as I train for the LA Marathon.
From: Patrick, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Comments: These babies are great. Comfortable. Pricey, but they look great and you can run all day long in them. 
From: Bobby, Boise, ID, USA