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ASICS’ classic GEL-Kayano 5 provides the upper’s layered style, while the midsole tooling arrives courtesy of the modern-day GEL-Quantum 90. Much like a thoughtful gift, the attention to detail is evident on every inch of the design. The top half uses a synthetic base with overlays split between soft white crushed velvet and shaggy tan suede. Shades of gold are present on the sockliner, midfoot branding and various graphic hits for a little high-end flair. There’s even a small touch of corduroy towards the forefoot.
Down below, the aforementioned GEL-Quantum 90 midsole — a takedown of the full-foot GEL unit on the GEL-Quantum 360 — uses sharply shaped foam and visible GEL cushioning to provide style and substance in equal measures. Bone white outsoles complete the look.
The ASICS GEL-Kayano V KZN “Box of Chocolates” is available now at retailers like Sneaker Politics for $120 USD.