Asics KanMei MX
This neutral shoe features a minimalistic design with its low-profile silhouette and lack of unnecessary bells and whistles. It is designed for people with neutral pronation and does not have a lot of support and stability features that may be necessary for some runners. With that said, it is still a great sneaker. The seamless, one-piece construction of the upper eliminates hot spots and skin irritation and results in a comfortable option in footwear.
A synthetic mesh overlay extends over the upper and is designed to help support the foot as well as keep in nice and snug within the shoe. One of the most notable features on the Asics Kanmei MX is the breathability of the upper. The large porous mesh that makes up the upper allows your foot to breath easily and effectively. These sneakers are aesthetically pleasing, easy on the wallet, and comfortable.
They may not be the best shoes for running long distances, but they may suit your needs if you are looking for a comfortable everyday sneaker or for a shoe for light running or workouts.
- Lightweight and breathable mesh upper
- Single-piece construction eliminates rubbing and irritation
- Synthetic overlays hold the foot snugly in place
- Underfoot cushioning midsole is very comfortable
- Attractive, toned-down colorway
- Tend to run small and narrow
- May not offer enough support for avid runners
You will find crisscross flex grooves that form a diamond pattern on the whole of the outsole which helps permit the foots' natural flexibility. These shallow grooves aid in adding traction and grip throughout touch down and lift off.
There isn’t a whole lot of material to the outsole other than this rubber layer, but it is enough to protect the foam midsole as well as jagged underfoot terrain.
Although it is not a minimalist sneaker, the Asics Kanmei MX does resemble a minimalist kind of shoe due to its smaller midsole. The midsole also contains a removable foam insert right above the central mitigating platform to add support.
This insert can be removed and replaced with a custom insert if you would like a little more support.
Because it is one solid piece of mesh, your feet will feel very comfortable inside of the foot chamber, and you will not experience any rubbing irritation. The breathable mesh boasts larger pores to allow air to enter and exit the shoe, creating a cool and dry foot environment. The upper also has thin overlays that are printed on top of the mesh.
These overlays help the shoe to fit your foot snugly and add some support. The tongue and heel collar of the Kanmei MX is lightly padded and helps to keep your foot comfortable and aids in preventing the wobbling or exiting of your foot from the sneaker. You will also find a pull tab on the heel portion to help you easily put on and remove the shoe.
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The larger holes in the mesh allow for air to enter and exit the foot chamber with ease which will result in a cool and dry shoe experience. Whether you are tackling a couple of miles on the road or tackling the grocery store in these, your feet will surely remain dry.
They contain a removable insole that aids in additional support and comfort and the foam midsole will feel soft under your foot. The padded tongue and heel collar will help keep your foot in place with soft comfort while the stitch-free upper design will prevent any irritation.
It should be noted, however, that many users have said that these shoes tend to run small and narrow. This means they may be better suited for people with narrow feet.
Both the men's and women's versions only come in one colorway each: men's come in black while the women's come in a dusty rose pink. Both of these colorways are toned-down in terms of brightness and, therefore, can be worn with almost any outfit for that polished look.
They should hold up for a few miles at a time, but because they have minimal outsole and a smaller midsole, you may find that the foam in the shoe will tend to crunch down over time. Many running shoes offer more in terms of support, stability, and traction so if those are important to you, you may want to consider other shoes for running.
But if you purchase these shoes for the purpose of everyday things, they should last you for quite a while.
The shoe’s seamless mesh upper will protect you by keeping your feet cool and dry and aids in preventing blisters with the snug-fitting mesh overlays. Other than that, your feet may be subject to water if it is rainy and sharper objects may rip the upper if you wear them in more extreme conditions.
There is also a removable insert placed directly over the central mitigating platform with the sneaker and this will help support your foot as well. The heel collar is padded and relatively stiff so you should feel nice and secure within the shoe.
The diamond-shapes have a rough surface to them, adding additional traction. They may not be suited for running in the rain, but if you are wearing them in dry conditions, you should be fine.
The heel collar and padded tongue also help to keep the foot stable and are designed to prevent your feet from leaving the foot chamber. All in all, if you are looking for a super-stable and very supportive running sneaker, these may not be the right shoes for you.
- Synthetic printed-on overlays
- Outsole has flex grooves and lightweight design
- Padded tongue and collar
- Removable insole
They are very lightweight, flexible, and extremely breathable, making them an excellent option as an everyday sneaker. They have a full-length foam midsole that serves as a cushioning system as well as a comfort feature. They have a low-profile silhouette and will look good with almost any outfit.
In conclusion, these are comfortable and attractive sneakers that are probably best suited to be worn as casual shoes. However, if you have narrow feet and are not looking to run very long distances, they may suit your purposes well. Because these sneakers don’t hit your wallet too harshly, it doesn’t hurt to purchase them to try them out.