Asics have been big players in the sport shoe industry for over seventy years now, from their early beginnings making basketball sneakers, to their expansion across the rest of the sporting world (even working with Bruce Lee). Basically, if you need a solid pair of shoes to play sport in, Asics will always have you covered.
In particular, the Japanese brand’s running shoes are among the crème de la crème, in a massively saturated market, when it comes to creating high performance trainers on the road or on the track. Unsurprisingly, their latest model, the GT-2000 9, continues that hot-streak convincingly.
First off, it’s a stability shoe, and for more than 30 years the GT-2000 range has been Asic’s go-to stability shoe, so it’s got pedigree. It's designed to protect the inside of your foot, helping to stop your ankle from collapsing inward, which basically means it’s ideal for anyone who overpronates when they run.
Now, usually stability shoes might put some off as they tend to be heavier and a little clunkier than the more streamlined running shoes on the market but these feel incredibly lightweight thanks in no small part to Asic’s patented FlyFoam and Gel technology which helps keep the shoe so light, but is designed for shock absorption, making it a solid choice if you’re new to running, coming back from injury or if you just want a bit more padding on your feet. On top of that, it’s ridiculously comfortable thanks to the one-piece mesh material it uses. It never feels too tight or too loose.
There's a lot of choice out there, but the GT-2000 9 is as reliable a running shoe you’ll find this year. They come in a variety of colourways including Black/White, Black/Directoire and Mako Blue/Grey Floss.
The Asics GT-2000 9 release on October 15 for £120 at Asics.com.