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Guide To What Makes A Good Running Shoe

Nov 15, 2016
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ASICS speed running shoes are tailored for different long-distance races. But each one is influenced by the same principles, construction and technologies. Here’s a quick running shoes buying guide to what goes into our speed running range and what to look for in running shoes…


Our range of speed running shoes is designed with 2 things in mind: ride and weight.


The overall construction of the shoe and how it feels when you run. Different designs affect the speed of your gait cycle transition and the position of your foot when it’s on the ground.


It takes a lot of energy to keep lifting your foot from the ground throughout a marathon. The low weight of our speed running shoes makes it a bit easier.


How our shoes are constructed is crucial to their performance. The way they’re put together is especially designed to help you go faster.

Midsole height

The midsole in our speed running shoes is lower to the ground. Your foot gets better feedback from the ground and that improves your energy transfer.

Heel gradient (pictured below)

It’s the difference in height between a shoe’s forefoot and rearfoot. A low heel gradient promotes faster foot movement and gives you a more dynamic running style.


Our speed running shoes are built with 2 technologies that improve the shoe’s performance and is what makes a good running shoe.


The midsoles in speed running shoes are made of this very light and durable material. Lower weight gives you an improved ride – that cushions the impact forces and minimises excessive muscle activity.

Propulsion Trusstic (pictured below)

This special element is placed in the forefoot to stabilise the shoe and improve your mid-stance. It gives you an improved push-off since energy is transferred to the front of the foot more efficiently.

Push your running to the next level with these running shoe models from ASICS: