Choosing the Right Running Shoe

ASICS Running Shoes

A Guide to ASICS Best Running Shoes

For over 60 years, ASICS has been developing, designing and producing performance running shoes for runners around the world ‒ from professional marathoners to everyday joggers.

At the core of the ASICS brand is a commitment to developing the very best in performance sportswear and footwear technology.

By using innovative design, cutting-edge technology and high-quality materials, we’re continuing to develop the best running shoes that meet the needs of all types of runners ‒ improving support, performance and the overall running experience.

We understand that every runner has different needs, whether it be your pronation style, foot type, or training method. To help you choose the best running shoe for you, we’ve put together a helpful guide to our most popular ASICS running shoes and trail shoes for tougher terrain.

GEL-KAYANO

ASICS flagship shoe model, the GEL-Kayano utilises the best of ASICS shoe technology and design. The GEL-Kayano is built with the latest performance technology. The incorporation of FlyteFoam materials gives the GEL-Kayano an ultra-lightweight and supportive feel with exceptional cushioning to give you ultimate comfort and performance.  

Designed for: Runners who are looking for support and cushioning with a light-weight feel.

Gait cycle: Heel striker, low cadence, over strikes, lands heavily.

GEL-KAYANO ASICS Running Shoe
GEL-Kayano Lite ASICS Running Shoe

GEL-KAYANO LITE

Packed with Flytfoam technology the Kayano Lite provides ultimate lightweight underfoot comfort with a softer midsole and cushioning. A wider base provides more surface area for a stable landing and toe-off while the flared geometry of the midsole offers added support. This shoe is also eco-friendly with a mix of sustainable and recycled materials used to create the upper mesh.
Designed for:
Runners who value a lightweight, soft, but stable ride.
Gait Cycle:
Midfoot/forefoot striker, quick efficient cadence, lands smoothly and closer to their centre of mass.

GT-4000

The GT-4000 incorporates two legendary support ASICS shoes into one (GT-3000 and Gel-Foundation). This updated model provides a highly stable and supportive ride with new tooling that carries SpEVA foam and Flytefoam. The support is extended in the midfoot to provide a supportive platform throughout the entirety of the gait cycle. The upper has been refined to further improve the fit and overall running experience.

Designed for: Runners who need extra support throughout the gait cycle

Gait cycle: Heel striker, low cadence, lands heavily, hypermobile foot through gait cycle.

GT-4000 ASICS Running Shoe
GT-2000 SX ASICS Walking Shoe

GT-2000 SX

Designed specifically with the fitness walker in mind, the GT-2000 SX features forefoot and rearfoot GEL along with softer density Flytefoam for a more buoyant feel. The mesh upper provides breathable four-way strength and a full rubber outer sole adds better durability for walking than a standard running shoe.

Designed for: Walkers who appreciate responsive support and stability.

Gait cycle: Heel striker, low/medium cadence, efficient stride, lands quietly.

GT-2000

An iconic running shoe, the GT-2000 offers a light-weight and responsive running shoe to support your movement. In the GT-2000 FlyteFoam and SpEVA Foam technology provides a lightweight feel, while the upper offers a better heel fit and spring for a smoother transition whilst keeping you supported through the entire gait cycle.

Designed for: Runners who are looking for support and responsiveness in their shoe.

Gait cycle: Heel striker, quick cadence, efficient stride, lands quietly.

GT-2000 ASICS Running Shoe
GT-1000 ASICS Running Shoe

GT-1000

Designed for the runner with an active lifestyle seeking a lightweight everyday trainer with excellent cushioning. Functional for those who require more room in their footwear, the width in this model is wider to provide a more accommodating fit. The overpronated foot type need maximum support, structured cushioning, and stability. The GT-1000 is an ideal shoe for this type of runner.

Designed for: The runner who prioritises support and cushioning.

Gait cycle: Heel striker, low cadence, over strides, lands heavily.

GEL-NIMBUS

Known as the shoe made for every runner, the GEL-Nimbus has been an ASICS favourite for the past 20 years and the GEL-Nimbus is the most lightweight model yet. Designed mainly for neutral runners and under-pronators, the GEL-Nimbus offers the latest and greatest in GEL technology while incorporating more room in the toe area and flex and support in the midsole.

Designed for: Runners who want extra cushioning and support.

Gait cycle: Heel striker, low cadence, over strides, lands heavily.

Gel-Nimbus ASICS Running Shoe
GEL-Nimbus Lite ASICS Running Shoe

GEL-NIMBUS LITE

Made with recycled materials for a more eco-friendly shoe along with making it lightweight, breathable, and durable. Internal rear and forefoot gel add improved shock absorption while providing a fluent and comfortable ride. An increased surface area in contact with the ground provides a smoother footstrike to toe-off transition.
Designed for:
Runners seeking a lightweight cushioned ride.
Gait Cycle:
Midfoot/forefoot striker, quick cadence, efficient stride, lands smoothly.

GEL-DS TRAINER

Part of the ASICS Running Expert collection the DS Trainer is designed to help you run fast. The latest model has been refined to reduce weight and improve support, while maintaining all the signature performance offerings, such as Propulsion Trussic technology. DuoSole features reduce weight and enhances flexibility, while FlyteFoam midsole offers excellent bounce-back, cushioning and energy return between strides.

Designed for: Runners who appreciate responsiveness.

Gait cycle: Forefoot/midfoot striker, quick cadence, efficient stride, lands quietly.

GEL-DS Trainer ASICS Running Shoe
Noosa ASICS Running Shoe

NOOSA

Built for triathletes, but they're not the only ones who can appreciate this model. Lightweight comfort with functional technologies, this shoe is now designed for a wide range of runners. The curved sole design lessens the overall load placed on lower limbs and aids running efficiency. It also helps to propel the runner forward for a faster run.
Designed for:
Runners that want to run faster with an effortless cushioned feel underfoot.
Gait Cycle:
Forefoot/midfoot striker, quick cadence, efficient stride, lands smoothly.

GEL-PURSUE

A favourite in the ASICS Running Expert collection, the GEL-Pursue is designed for the neutral runner looking for a responsive yet supportive ride. An updated upper helps reduce weight, while a newly designed midsole utilises FlyteFoam and SpEVA Foam for better bounce back and cushioning. 

Designed for: Runners who are looking for support later in the run and improved responsiveness.

Gait cycle: Heel striker, quick cadence, efficient stride, lands quietly.

Gel-Pursue ASICS Running Shoe
GEL-CUMULUS ASICS Running Shoe

GEL-CUMULUS

The GEL-Cumulus is a reimagining of the much-loved model, with an emphasis on weight reduction whilst maintaining performance and ride. Featuring a two-layered midsole, runners get a smooth transition no matter where they land. Adding to that, ASICS signature FlyteFoam Propel provides enhanced bounce and rebound underfoot.

Designed for: Runners looking for enhanced cushioning.

Gait cycle: Heel/midfoot striker, quick cadence, efficient stride, lands smoothly.

EVORIDE

Run longer while using less energy with the new EVORIDE. With a curved, rocker outsole the EVORIDE is designed for the runner who prioritises a responsive forefoot. The EVORIDE is comfortable, lightweight, and provides a soft, smooth ride with FLYTEFOAM PROPEL in the midsole. 

Designed for: Runners that want to run faster with an effortless cushioned feel underfoot.

Gait cycle: Forefoot/midfoot striker, quick cadence, efficient stride, lands smoothly.

EVORIDE ASICS Running Shoe
Glideride ASICS Running Shoe

GLIDERIDE

The uniquely curved sole of the Glideride features Guidesole Technology providing a smooth supportive rocking motion, which means less fatigue—and more kilometres. Lightweight mesh provides excellent airflow and moves with the foot's natural motion.
Designed for:
Neutral runners wanting a responsive forefoot for fast, short runs or who seeks to save energy during longer distances.
Gait Cycle:
Heel/midfoot striker, medium cadence, efficient stride, lands smoothly.

TRAIL RUNNING SHOES

GEL-TRABUCO

Designed for the recreational trail runner who appreciates cushioning and support the GEL-TRABUCO is suitable for a range of distances and trail surfaces. The high-density extreme lugs on the outsole enhance stability and traction to keep you protected on any terrain. Rearfoot GEL provides improved shock absorption aiding in a more fluid and comfortable run. 

Designed for: Runners looking to conquer a range of terrain and who appreciate support and responsiveness.

Gait cycle: Heel striker, low cadence, efficient stride, lands smoothly.

GEL-TRABUCO ASICS Trail Running Shoe
TRABUCO MAX ASICS Trail Running Shoe

TRABUCO MAX

This all-purpose trail shoe provides comfort, support, and protection for every distance and natural terrain. Grip technology in the outsole boosts traction over loose dirt, wet rocks, or varying surfaces. A midsole with High Stack Flytefoam makes for improved shock absorption on rocks and roots whilst remaining lightweight.
Designed for:
Runners that want maximum cushioning that still provides an easy-rolling motion for the short or long off-road runs.
Gait Cycle:
Heel/midfoot striker, low cadence, efficient stride, lands smoothly.

Trabuco Lyte

This performance trail shoe is lightweight and flexible for feeling fast and agile on challenging terrain. The soft and comfortable upper features added reinforcements for fit, feel, and protection. Multidirectional lugs provide great uphill and downhill traction.
Designed for:
A performance trail shoe that’s lightweight and flexible to feel fast and agile on the trail. Appreciates a cushioned, responsive ride.
Gait Cycle
: Forefoot/midfoot striker, quick cadence, efficient stride, lands smoothly.

Trabuco Lyte ASICS Trail Running Shoe
GT-2000 G-TX ASICS Trail Running Shoe

GT-2000 G-TX

Strategically constructed to handle the unexpected conditions of trails, the GT-2000 G-TX running shoe is equipped with a Gore-Tex waterproof upper, premier cushioning and traction features to navigate the road less travelled in comfort. Lugged outsole surface area improves the stability and traction of the platform for increased grip on loose and slippery surfaces while providing a smooth feel underfoot on the trail. 

Designed for: Runners who appreciate support and responsiveness with traction. 

Gait cycle: Heel/midfoot striker, quick cadence, efficient stride, lands quietly.


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