Best ASICS Running Shoes

Asics make a really great running shoe.  They’ve been in the business of making footwear from as far back as 1950, specialising very early on in shoes for sports and fitness.  And they’ve been producing newer innovative varieties on almost a yearly basis ever since.  To this day they continue to dominate the charts for best selling running shoes.  (This is really quite evident on the Amazon bestseller page for the category.)

Today’s Asics running shoes are as stylish as they are practical.  Sporting great looks and offering all the comfort and spring you need for when you want to go for a good run.  Their superior comfort is made possible by their use of their trademark GEL® cushioning, and their lightweight and breathable uppers.

We have some great, handpicked Asics running shoes to show that we think are some of the best running shoes out on the market today.  To be honest with you, it was quite hard to pick out the best, since there’s so many great options available.  We’ve tried to keep the product selection quite broad rather than just showing you a men’s shoe, followed by the women’s version of the exact same shoe and so on.  And we’ve tried to concentrate on the newer models.

We have men’s and some women’s ones to talk you through, (just skip the sections you don’t need) and after that we have a handy little buying guide for you which explains how the shoes differ from each other, so that you’re well placed to decide which might be the right ones for you.  We also feature a handy FAQ section where we answer some of your most frequently asked questions.

Although we’ve tried to put plenty of detail into the reviews, we would say that you should also go on to read the buying guide for some fuller explanations, especially if you’re unfamiliar with pronation.  This is a significant factor in determining the best shoe for you.

Best Asics Running Shoes

OUR TOP PICK

ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 7 Running Shoes, 7M, Black/Classic RED

Asics’ Gel-Venture series has proved to be hugely popular.  Their Gel-Venture 5 model sold well over 12,000 pairs from the men’s range alone.  Then Asics went on to improve it for the Gel-Venture 6, and have now improved on that one to produce the Gel-Venture 7.

The Men's Gel-Venture 7 are best suited for those with neutral or underpronation.  (More on pronation in our Buying Guide.)  To this end, there’s an internal heel counter which gently helps your foot remain in its natural line of motion as you stride.

This shoe is particularly good for those who do their running in the great outdoors, on nature’s uneven terrain.  This is because it features a high abrasion rubber outsole for superior durability.

Asics’ GEL technology in the rearfoot area provides great shock absorption where you need it most and allows for a smooth transition following the initial foot to ground impact.

It also comes with a premium Ortholite sockliner, which provides an additional layer of cushioning under your foot, and gives a better rebound, while at the same time being breathable and wicking any sweat away.

There are 14 color options available, with most of them featuring black or grey.  The styles are pretty much typical of a standard running shoe, but there’s a shoe in this range that stands out a little more and that’s the Metropolis/Safety Yellow which features high visibility elements that help make the wearer more visible in low light.

Pros:

  • Upgrade on the Gel-Venture 5 & 6

  • Great for neutral or underpronation

  • Great for uneven terrain

  • Shock absorption

  • Smooth transitions

  • Ortholite sockliner

  • Moisture management

  • Conservative color options

  • High visibility color option

Cons:

  • No good for those with overpronation

ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 7 Running Shoes, 7M, Black/Classic RED
  • Ortholite X-40 Sockliner - This premium sockliner features higher rebound properties while providing excellent moisture management and a high-level of breathability (Ortholite is a registered...

EDITOR'S CHOICE

ASICS Women's Gel-Kayano 27 Running Shoes, 8.5M, Sheet Rock/Pure Silver

The ASICS Women's Gel-Kayano 27 is a great choice of running shoe for those who suffer with overpronation.  (More on pronation in our Buying Guide.)  To this end, the shoe allows movement in multiple planes as the foot moves through each stride.

But there’s a lot more tech gone into them besides.  Including the Dynamic DuoMax Support System, which provides greater stability and support, which is important for heavier runners.  

Then there’s the GEL Technology Cushioning System in both the rearfoot and forefoot which helps with shock absorption and disperses the shock evenly throughout the shoe.

Then there’s the SPACE TRUSSTIC technology, which helps promote a smoother transition from foot strike to toe-off, whilst also making the shoe more lightweight.

We also love it’s first class bounce back and responsiveness which is thanks to the FlyteFoam technology in the midsole.  

Asics improved on their earlier versions in the series by redesigning the mesh upper to help keep the foot cool, creating more space between the fibres.

There may only be 7 color options available - but they rock!  We especially like the Sheet Rock/Pure Silver and the Techno Cyan/Sunrise Red.  And there are color options that will go with just about any outfit, such as the plain white and the plain black ones.

Pros:

  • Perfect for those with overpronation 

  • Great stability and support

  • Good shock absorption and dispersion

  • Smooth transitions

  • Plenty of bounce

  • Cool mesh upper

  • Fantastic colour options 

Cons:

  • Absolutely no good for those who suffer with underpronation

ASICS Women's Gel-Kayano 27 Running Shoes, 8.5M, Sheet Rock/Pure Silver
  • Rearfoot and Forefoot GEL Technology Cushioning System - Attenuates shock during impact and toe-off phases, and allows movement in multiple planes as the foot transitions through the gait cycle.
  • FlyteFoam Midsole Technology - Our FlyteFoam technology provides exceptional bounce back and responsiveness no matter the distance, utilizing organic super fibers to help reduce packing out that...
  • FlyteFoam Propel Technology - ASICS energetic foam formulation that provides supreme bounce thanks to a unique elastomer compound.

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ASICS Women's Gel-Contend 6 Running Shoes, 8M, Grand Shark/Pink GLO

Here’s another great running shoe from Asics.  

This one is best for those with neutral or underpronation.  (More on pronation in our Buying Guide.)  This support comes from an internal heel counter and overlays to help hold the foot in place.

What makes this shoe stand out against some of the others, is it’s AMPLIFOAM™ midsole.  This is designed to maintain durability and provide better flexibility and comfort.

You also get the trademark ample cushioning which comes from GEL® technology in the rearfoot area.  This is what helps with shock absorption when the foot hits the ground, and helps form a smooth transition following the impact.

Like with the Gel-Venture 7, this shoe has a premium Ortholite sockliner.  This provides an additional layer of cushioning under your foot, and gives a better rebound, while at the same time being breathable and wicking any sweat away.

With regards to the various color options, there are 14 different styles in total.  They’re all pretty funky.  We particularly like the Black/Pink Glo though.  And when it comes to getting a pair that will go with any outfit, you should check out the plain black and the Sheet Rock/White.

Pros:

  • Great for neutral and underpronation

  • AMPLIFOAM™ midsole

  • Durable

  • Comfortable 

  • Shock absorption

  • Smooth transitions

  • Ortholite sockliner

  • Moisture management 

  • Various funky color options

  • Some more discreet color options

Cons:

  • No good for those with overpronation

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ASICS Women's Gel-Contend 6 Running Shoes, 8M, Grand Shark/Pink GLO
  • AmpliFoam Midsole - Engineered to maintain durability at softer densities, providing better flexibility, comfort, and platform adaptability ideal for natural running.ul>Rearfoot GEL technology...

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ASICS Women's Gel-Quantum 90 Running Shoes, 9M, Roselle/Roselle

This running shoe is specifically designed for those who suffer with neutral pronation.  (More on pronation in our Buying Guide.)

There are two main factors that separate this shoe from the others.  There’s the color options, which we’ll come onto shortly, and there’s the EVA midsole material for a light, bouncy feeling underfoot.

You also get the trademark ample cushioning which comes from GEL® technology in the rearfoot area.  This is what helps with shock absorption when the foot hits the ground, and helps form a smooth transition following the impact.

Like many other Asics running shoes, it features a premium Ortholite sockliner, which provides an additional layer of cushioning under your foot, and gives a better rebound, while at the same time being breathable and wicking any sweat away.

Also the materials in the upper ensure reduced irritation and friction as you move.

This shoe is available in some stunning new color options, like the Roselle, the Bakedpink, the Light Tea, the Sun Coral/Black and the Dusty Purple/Silver.  Some are designed to have the signature pattern really stand out, while others have the pattern blending into the shoe’s upper background.  All in all there are color options to please every taste. 

These color options also help make them a great casual shoe rather than a shoe just for running in.  So much more versatile, you don’t have to change your shoes after your shower at the gym.

Pros:

  • Good for neutral pronation

  • Bouncy EVA midsole

  • Shock absorption

  • Smooth transitions

  • Ortholite sockliner

  • Moisture management 

  • Reduced friction in the upper

  • Stunning color options available

  • Great casual as well as running shoe

Cons:

  • No wide or extra wide sizes available

  • Not so good for those who suffer with overpronation or underpronation

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ASICS Women's Gel-Quantum 90 Running Shoes, 9M, Roselle/Roselle
  • Rearfoot GEL technology cushioning system - Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
  • EVA Midsole -
  • Ortholite Sockliner - Moisture management (Ortholite is a registered trademark of ATP Manufacturing LLC).

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ASICS Men's Gel-Cumulus 21 Running Shoes, 9.5M, Metropolis/White

Now this is a shoe that really has a lot going for it.

This shoe is made for those with neutral or underpronation.  And to that end there’s a special impact guidance system (IGS) to enhance the foot's natural gait from heel strike to toe-off.

But there’s a lot more tech that’s gone into it besides.  There’s the trademark ample cushioning which comes from GEL® technology in the rearfoot area.  This is what helps with shock absorption when the foot hits the ground, and helps form a smooth transition following the impact.

And like many other Asics running shoes, it also features a premium Ortholite sockliner, which provides an additional layer of cushioning under your foot, and gives a better rebound, while at the same time being breathable and wicking any sweat away.

And of course, there are some things which make this shoe stand apart from some of the other Asics running shoes.  It’s a great shoe for trail running and the outdoors, thanks to it’s High Abrasion Rubber outsole, designed for abrasive terrain.

Then there’s also the FlyteFoam technology which provides exceptional bounce back and responsiveness as you run.

With regards to the different color options, there are 15 different varieties available altogether.  There are some quite striking options there, including a Safety Yellow/Electric Blue option which will give you high visibility in low light.

Pros:

  • Good for neutral or underpronation

  • Shock absorption

  • Smooth transitions

  • Ortholite sockliner

  • Moisture management

  • Striking color options

  • High visibility color option

  • Available in wide and extra wide

Cons:

  • No good for those who suffer with overpronation

ASICS Men's Gel-Cumulus 21 Running Shoes, 9.5M, Metropolis/White
  • DuraSponge Outsole - A blown AHAR rubber compound for enhanced cushioning and durability in the forefoot.
  • I.G.S (Impact Guidance System) Technology - ASICS design philosophy that employs linked componentry to enhance the foot's natural gait from heel strike to toe-off.
  • Ortholite Sockliner - Moisture management (Ortholite is a registered trademark of ATP Manufacturing LLC).

Best Asics Running Shoes - Buying Guide

If you were reading the above reviews carefully, you may have noticed that there’s some significant similarities and some significant differences between the different types of Asics running shoes you can get.  But in case you missed it or need a recap, we’ll lay it all out here for you now.  

What Asics are known for

Asics are known for their sports and fitness clothing and accessories, but particularly their footwear.  And rather than produce a generic fitness shoe, they have specialized in producing shoes specifically tailored to different sports.  Their running shoes are perhaps their most popular.

Most running shoes these days are produced wholesale for those with neutral pronation.  But where Asics really stand out is in how they cater for people with different sorts of pronation.  They cater for those with underpronation, overpronation, and of course those who are neutral.

Your pronation is the single most important factor you should use to determine which Asics shoe is the best one for you.  If you’re unfamiliar with the term pronation or are unsure as to your level of pronation, please scroll down and check out our FAQ section which explains this matter in more detail.

Similarities in Asics running shoes

One thing you’ll find across all the different series of Asics’ running shoes is their trademark ample cushioning which comes from GEL® technology in the rearfoot area.  This is what helps with shock absorption when the foot hits the ground, and helps form a smooth transition following the impact.

Differences in Asics running shoes

The Asics’ brand brings a great deal of tech know how and innovation into making such great shoes.

Besides the GEL® technology, there’s also another tech that comes up again and again in their shoes, though is not wholly used throughout their entire range.  It’s the Ortholite sockliner, which provides an additional layer of cushioning under your foot.  The insertion of this sockliner also provides a moisture management system which allows moisture and sweat to be lifted from your foot and dispersed outwards.  Great if you’re going on a long run.

The other technologies that Asics have come up with include: a high abrasion rubber outsole for better durability, Space Trusstic technology for smoother transitions, FlyteFoam technology for more bounce, special midsoles and cooling uppers.

In addition to differences in technology you’ll also find differences in color options and sizes.  Whilst all Asics running shoes are available in half sizes, they are not always available in wide or extra wide sizes, so it pays to check.

With regards to the different color options, the high visibility options are more prevalently available in the men’s shoes compared to the women’s shoes for some reason.  (We can see no reason why a woman can’t wear a men’s shoe though to be honest.)

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is Pronation and what does it mean for which shoe I buy?

This is the single most important factor you should use to determine which Asics shoe is the best one for you.

Asics running shoes differ from your standard running shoe in that they’re specifically designed for people with different levels of pronation.  But before we go any further, let’s better explain what we’re talking about.

Overpronation is when you tend to flatten your foot as you run and your foot rolls excessively inward as you move, transferring weight to the inner edge instead of the ball of the foot.  If you have low arches you’re more likely to overpronate.

Underpronation on the other hand, is when the foot doesn’t roll inward enough when you run, and impact on the ground causes a greater transmission of shock through the lower leg.  Underpronation is more common with people with high arches.

Neutral pronation, as the word suggests, is when there is even distribution from the front of the foot and a more natural inward roll to better absorb the shock of impact and better support the body weight.  If you have normal arches you are most likely neutral in your running gait.

For those who suffer with overpronation, we can highly recommend our Number 2 pick, the Gel-Kayano 27.

If however you suffer from underpronation, you may be interested in trying the Gel-Venture 7, the Gel-Contend 6, or the Gel-Cumulus 21.

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