By Ron McCulloch
The London Podiatry Centre has recently assessed the Asics Gel Kayano 17. The Centre has been recommending this particular shoe for a number of years. The shoe has been a consistently excellent running trainer for those who need mild to moderate pronation control with optimal shock absorption. As with previous models, the lacing system of the shoe is off-set and Asics have introduced a guidance line, a groove running along the midsole.
Interestingly, this line is similar to the alignment of the optimal centre-of-pressure curve, which we analyse at the Centre as part of the criteria to determine biomechanical efficiency. The value of the guidance line is yet to be determined by the Centre in terms of biomechanical performance, but it certainly appears to have no detrimental effect to the shoe's function.
The London Podiatry Centre continues to recommend the Asics Kayano as an excellent shoe for mild to moderate pronation runners. The trainer can be used with orthoses depending on the magnitude of pronation.