A reader asks: Asics Gel Kayano & Brooks Adrenaline – are these a good choice for me?

Question

I recently bought the new Asics gel kayanos and a pair of Brooks Adrenaline and am a moderate supination runner. I noticed neither shoe is recommended at all or very little. Are these a good choice for me? I also struggle with some hip pain. I’ll be training again for my second half-marathon. Thanks! Luci

Answer

According to Asics pronation chart, Gel Kayanos don’t have support for supination: they’re built for overpronation. Brooks Adrenaline GTS is a stability shoe with Rollbar technology and it’s also best for low to flat arches. Since these shoes are not ideal for supination, there’s a great possibility that if you use them for running, you’ll experience pain in your lower leg muscles (and hip pain) because your body couldn’t be properly guided to its correct alignment.

The best shoes for supination are neutral shoes. According to Asics, the following running shoes have full support for supination up to neutral pronation: Gel-Nimbus 18, Gel-Flux 3, Gel-Cumulus 17, Gel-Sendai 3, Gel-Kinsei 6, and 33-M 2. If you like Brooks, go for the most cushioned neutral running shoes, like Glycerin 13, Ghost 8, and Dyad 8.

A Follow Up

Not sure what to do now because both shoes are pretty new and costly! That would explain the hip pain recently. Thank you for your reply. Luci

Our Response

If you have no choice but to use one of these shoes, use Brooks Adrenaline because it has flexible midsole. This running shoe has an added technology in the midsole, called Omega Flex Grooves, which provide adequate flexibility without compromising the cushioning of a stability shoe. Some critics say Brooks Adrenaline feels like a neutral shoe.