The ASICS Gel Kinsei 5 is a premium, daily running, neutral shoe designed for a neutral or supinated foot motion.


Important Shipping Note: U.S. sales only.


Run with innovation on your side with the ASICS Gel Kinsei 5. Engineered to provide maximum protection from the road, this premium neutral shoe features large gel units in the heel and forefoot to soak up impact and provide a smooth ride from heel to toe. Plush materials in the upper keep you cozy and comfortable, while seamless overlays wrap around your foot to provide a secure and personalized fit.

Model Number:

Weight: 11.9 oz (size 9)

Stack HeightHeel (27mm), Forefoot (17mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium to high volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to wide
  • Toebox Height: Medium to high
  • Arch Structure: Medium to low
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


  • Gel Discrete Heel unit is comprised entirely of a silicone-based gel for responsive shock absorption on impact.
  • Forefoot Gel cushioning system uses a silicone based gel that attenuates shock during toe-off.
  • FluidRide provides responsive cushioning with reduced weight and increased durability.
  • Guidance Line is a vertical flex groove in the forefoot for improved gait efficiency.
  • Propulsion Trusstic System utilizes a thermal plastic unit that connects the lateral heel to the medial forefoot. This unit works to release stored energy and propel you forward during toe-off.
  • Impact Guidance System (IGS) design creates a smooth and balanced heel-to-toe transition.


  • ASICS High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) in the heel is made of carbon rubber for exceptional durability.


  • Open mesh in the upper keeps feet cool.
  • FluidFit consists of multi-directional stretch mesh that provides a personalized, glove-like fit.
  • Seamless Upper Construction allows for irritation-free sockless wear.
  • Heel Clutching System uses an exoskeletal structure that wraps the heel for a secure fit.
  • Personal Heel Fit (PHF) uses a two layer memory foam lining in the heel collar to provide a individualized fit.
  • ComforDry Sockliner is made with anti-bacterial material to reduce odor and moisture and provide additional cushioning.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to Solyte 45 Foam, for enhanced cushioning and a soft underfoot feel.

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: I have 2 pairs of the Kinsei and have been extremely pleased with them. I haven't experienced any issues at all and am currently seeking out my third pair. I find them comfortable and a great support to my feet on long runs
From: Adam, South Australia. July 18th 2015

Comments: Mesh is poor quality and tears at the toes, too bad because they are a very comfortable soft shoe. Lasted less than 4 months running 6-8 miles 2 times per week.
From: Anonymous. April 8th 2015

Comments: Same thing happened to me. Upper mesh tears right away ( almost literally 'right away '). Web is full of reviews who are testifying to the same experience with this "premium' shoe, which simply is not functional. Do not buy this show at any price . It will not last .
From: HKStef. March 27th 2015

Comments: I have five (5) pair of the same shoe in different colors to wear at work - I do not wear these running. Three of the five pair split right where it says "Fluidfit" after a few months The first pair to fail were returned with a different color that was acceptable Sent two in [to Asics] last week, and they only sent one back. I specifically said that I did not want black or white, so guess what color they sent me? Black & white Really Asics? Can't you be like Nike and just send us a voucher to get a pair that I like? Ones that will last? or a color that I choose? You selecting the color is so anti customer friendly At this point, I am out a cool $400!!! I will have to donate the new black & white ones
From: Tony, Cerritos, CA, USA. December 16th 2014