Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$140
Weight
M: 314g | W: 258g
Heel to toe drop
M: 4mm | W: 4mm
Heel height
M: 24mm | W: 23mm
Forefoot height
M: 20mm | W: 19mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 4.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • A seamless upper ensures a non-irritating cover for the foot.

  • Many reviewers appreciated the ComforDry lasting and the ComforDry Sock Liner that offers an interior environment that has anti-microbial properties.

  • The AmpliFoam technology gives consistent and improved cushioning based on the comments of a small number of testers.

  • The mid-sole of the 33-M 2 feels soft despite its bulky look, remarked several users.

  • The outsole unit features a durable material that’s made to protect the sole unit from wear and abrasion.

  • The color choices for this running shoe are impressive.

The bad

  • The 33-M 2 has a very bulky look.

  • The high quality components found in this shoe equal a very high price.

  • Some runners felt that the fabrics didn’t wick off moisture and even absorb water during wet conditions.

Bottom line

Many runners have found great service and performance from the 33-M 2 from Asics. It has supportive components, a breathable coverage and durable parts. It’s a solid option for daily running.



World wide, 33-M 2 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 3rd most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 914 shoes


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 63 ratings

5 star
67%
4 star
23%
3 star
5%
2 star
1%
1 star
4%

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Expert reviews

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90 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 90
    Lynn ClarkLevel 2 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    With the exception of speed work I would recommend this shoe for almost any run in your weekly rotation.
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Updates to 33-M 2

Known among Asics fans as the most cushioned shoe in the 33 series, the 2nd version of the 33-M features softer cushioning as Asics opts to give runners enhanced natural running motion, flexibility, and comfort.

Asics also took away a substantial portion of the overlays of the past model. The Asics logo practically functions as the main support, especially in the midfoot. It helps the shoe keep a very low weight despite the maximum cushioning. One very simple overlay holds the heel in place as opposed to the heavy support in the original model. This overlay provides decent support while giving the heel a more flexible and comfortable fit.

The mesh is made of bigger holes in the 33-M 2, particularly in the midfoot and the forefoot. This makes running very breathable.

There are also new cuts in the outsole’s midfoot. The new cuts run sidewise or from the medial to the lateral side. This update naturally increases flexibility and transition from the rear to the front.

33-M 2 size and fit

A last Asics calls as the Natural33 gives adequate fit in the heel and midfoot with a generous toe box. Since it mimics the foot’s natural shape, most runners will find the fit very comfortable. This is the same fit used in the last version and in every version under the 33 line. Available widths are medium while sizes are standard. The men’s options are from 6 to 15 while the women’s are from 4 to 12.

Outsole

Asics utilizes the brand-exclusive DuraSponge Outsole in the forefoot for a bit of flexibility, cushioning, and traction. The heel features the tougher AHAR carbon rubber for better protection against wear and tear. There are flex grooves designed to work with the foot’s natural movements in the outsole as well.

Midsole

Asics’ top of the line midsole foam in the Solyte performs the responsive cushioning features of the shoe. As this is slightly firmer, it gives a very nice platform for takeoffs. A foam that is a little softer than the Solyte is the Amplifoam. This is a full-length and more cushioned foam sitting on top of the Solyte. This gives the midsole a very nice blend of durability and responsiveness in an extremely light package.

Upper

A combination of open mesh for excellent breathability and synthetic overlays for support and adaptive fit makes up a large portion of the upper. The seamless construction of the upper creates a very smooth interior that reduces rubbing or irritation. Asics includes the anti-bacterial properties of the ComforDry Sockliner in the shoe’s features. It adds a bit of cushioning to the shoe as well. Finally, the Natural 33 Last is designed to follow the human footprint for a more natural and comfortable fit.


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