One of the best things about finishing a grueling race was having a reason to treat yourself and getting away with a little splurging. Since I’m in the market for a new pair of solemates and I can get away with going a little overboard I finally decided to give in and get myself a fresh pair—adidas Supernova is already nearing its expected lifespan. Luckily one of the premier malls in the Metro was having its mall-wide sale and that gave me the opportunity to get my shoes at a better price. I honestly don’t have any candidates and there are so many choices out there—the discounts even made choosing more confusing.
Since I was on a mall sale my shopping was “sale-oriented.” It had been a habit of mine that “when in a sale, buy only items that are on sale.” If the items I wanted weren’t on sale it’d be better to buy it on a regular day sparing me the hassle of not being given the right attention. This “rule” helped a lot in filtering my options: my popular choices adidas and Nike weren’t convincingly on sale so I didn’t bother spending too much time in their stores. My favorite shoe store in this mall (where I also bought my NB 811) was definitely on sale so here I spent most of my time browsing through the wide selections on sale. The choices got narrowed down to two: NB and Asics. After several minutes of narrowing my”finalist” shoes from NB I scooted over to Asics’ side and I think my jaws dropped—Asics has a significant discount offered on their shoes, although Asics were still much more costly (even with the discount) than NBs. When I think of Asics I can only think of one shoe (that I’ve always drooled about):
Yeah! This shoe was on sale! A pair of these costs absurdly expensive here in the Philippines and with the discount applied its final price becomes “manageable,” although this pair would still be the priciest ones I bought to date (you can still buy two “entry-level” pairs of shoes with the reduced price). I had to invoke my “self-reward” reasoning to make myself not think about the “damage” it would cost on my already battered budget but on the long run I think the investment was worth it. It won’t be this popular and pricey if it didn’t deliver. Perhaps the only thing better than a Gel-Kayano 13 is a Gel-Kayano 14 (or 15)! I can’t wait to test this baby out on the road!
- Midsole Material: Solyte™—A super lightweight material with superior responsiveness and durability.
- Cushioning Technology: GEL® Cushioning System—GEL® cushioning system offers enhanced stability and shock absorption.
- Pronation: DuoMax®–Combines 2 or more different density midsole materials to help correct the degree and velocity of pronation.
- Heel Technology: ASICS® High Abrasion Resistant (AHAR®) Heel Plug—AHAR® provides durability at the impact zone.
- Outsole: DuoSole®—DuoSole® proprietary ASICS® outsole technology offers extraordinary flexibility, lightweight and traction
The GEL-Kayano® 13 running shoe for men from ASICS® offers the ultimate blend of support and cushioning. The GEL® cushioning system provides enhanced stability and shock absorption, while DuoMax® combines 2 or more different density midsole materials to help correct the degree and velocity of pronation. Additionally, the Biomorphic Fit™ upper maintains a dynamic glove-like fit in all foot positions.