Choose the Best Running Shoes Every Time
ASICS was founded on the belief that the best way to create a healthy and happy lifestyle is to promote sports. In fact, ASICS is an acronym from the famous Latin phrase “Anima Sana In Corpore Sano,” which translates, “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body.” You will also find that Asics are some of the most common running shoes on the road, take a look around next time you are out. The flagship shoe in their lineup is the Asics Gel Kayano 15 that won Editor’s Choice from Runners World in Spring 2009.
For $200, you expect impeccable technology, incredible comfort and exceptional durability. The Asics Gel-Kinsei 5 delivers, for the most part ─ but in a shoe this expensive, any question marks are alarming. Everything from the midsole to the heel to the vertical flex groove to the overall gait-efficiency system works together to make the Asics Gel-Kinsei 5 a really effective high-mileage trainer. The modern yet tasteful design ─ a welcomed departure from the Kinsei 4’s overly complex look ─ is really cool, too.
ASICS speaks loudly and proudly about the goal of its GT-2000 2 stability running shoe, for hoofers with average arches and medium pronation. Not with words, though. The company’s commitment to dreamy cushioning and top-of-the-line stride performance shine through in every finely tuned feature. For $20 more, the ASICS GT 2000 series provides deeper cushioning and better-quality mesh and overlays than the GT 1000. Both are excellent stability shoes, so it’s really a matter of whether you think these minor differences warrant the $120 suggested retail price.
With its second edition, the Asics GEL-Lyte33 series didn’t change much — and for good reason. It has the type of technology and structure that doesn’t need much improvement. For $90, it’s an excellent value for high-arched runners who want a more natural running experience without straying too far from the traditional running shoe style.
The emerging 33 collection by Asics is named for the 33 joints in the foot — an homage to the natural efficiency facilitated a minimalist running shoe such as this one. The GEL-Lyte 33 is a neutral shoe specifically designed for high-arched underpronators.
Bringing home the Runner’s World Editors Choice for Summer 2013 wasn’t much of a shock for the Asics GEL-Cumulus 15, it has always been a solid neutral running shoe, but this year it even won it over it’s more expensive big brother the Asics GEL-Nimbus 15.
The Asics GEL-Cumulus 14 wasn’t changed much and remains a great value neutral running shoe. Characteristics of this running shoe are very well-rounded, which results in a great versatile shoe that appeals to a lot of neutral runners.
The Asics GEL-Nimbus 15 gained some weight this year with the new FluidRide midsole, but that added even more cushioning to up the comfort factor even beyond what we’ve been used to in the Nimbus series of neutral running shoes.
If you’re looking for a high-mileage neutral trainer with the utmost dependability, the Asics Gel Cumulus 13 is a great choice. The Cumulus series has a continuing reputation for high-level cushioning — aimed at high-arched underpronators.
The Asics GEL-Kayano series is highly regarded, which makes you think it would be difficult to improve upon. Difficult, but not impossible, as proved by the 18th installment — a plush, a surprisingly light stability shoe for those with medium arches. Comfort, performance and reliability help make the Asics Gel-Kayano 18 one of the best stability shoes that money can buy.
The Asics GT-2170, a stability shoe for normal-arched average pronators, keeps superficial frills to a minimum and comfort-conducive essentials at the forefront. Adding to the GT-2170′s efficiency is its impressive, long-heralded durability. That’s one reason so many runners rely on it as their daily trainer.
The Asics Gel Kayano 17 is a high quality stability shoe with cushioning to the max, always one of the most popular Asics stability running shoes because of that. If you run in Kayano’s right now, you won’t find a reason to try anything else with the Kayano 17′s, no huge changes in fit with this year’s shoe, yet managed to shave off 0.5 ounces because of a change in midsole construction.
Editor’s choice again, no surprise for the Asics GT-2160 stability running shoe and its award winning heritage, this time bringing in the Runners World 2010 Winter editor’s choice award. Last year’s Asics GT-2150 also won editor’s choice, but you will notice a definite different in this version of the shoe, improving on several of the weaknesses that runners found with the 2150.