often runners want to replace the inner from their running shoe with a custom orthotic but its normally very difficult because of the trend towards extreme motion control and undersize profile design trends in running shoes.
ASICS (removable) memory foam in these Kinsei 4 shoes can be easily swapped with an EVA custom milled orthotic (providing it is the type which can be ground to fit the shoe exactly), and the close to actual shoe size and conservative motion control – being mostly on the underside and in the heel) not only makes the shoe more ‘compatible’ with an orthotic but actually works together in symbiosis… A softer EVA orthotic that takes you right up to the neutral position has a similar intention to the malleable memory foam they put in there to begin with, but without any compromise.
I found this page after encountering this shoe in my London clinic (on the feet of runners coming for orthotics), and having read the reviews on here and the US amazon, and watching the ASICS promotional flash demo I can see why this works so well. One of the only -ve reviews mentions that it is ‘too big’ for the shoe size.. this is because they have bucked the industry trend of undersizing, especially in the middle of the foot.
The alternative lacing arrangement looks like it will be particularly beneficial for ex. pronation in stance. Its a good innovation, and again works with an orthotic to keep your foot in position.
In future when patients say they prefer some motion control in the shoe PLUS an orthotic and they ask me to recommend a shoe, I’m going to recommend this one. In fact I’m going to suggest getting 2 or 3 now in case they change the design next season.
I’m not a runner but having come across this shoe on the feet of runners and having seen how well it can work with an orthotic I’m v impressed.