Facts

Discontinued
Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$110
Weight
M: 377g | W: 306g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 28mm | W: 28mm
Forefoot height
M: 18mm | W: 18mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E, Extra wide - 4E | W: Normal - B, Wide - D, Extra wide - 2E
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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 5.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A large number of severe overpronators have fallen in love with the Asics Forte.

  • The cushioning is adequate for shoe built with fortified motion control features, according to several runners.

  • The Gel Forte is available in extra wide fit.

  • 3M reflective materials are incorporated into the shoe.

  • Durability is guaranteed in this shoe, based on the observation of many runners.

  • Comfort is incredible, noted a sizeable number of runners.

  • Severe overpronators appreciated the dose of flexibility from the Forte.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The weight of the Gel Forte may be too much for some.

  • It can be a bit bulky for those who are not used to wearing motion control shoes.

  • Some runners saw the need to put the shoe through a break-in period.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel Forte is a serious beast that is fortified with the best possible reinforcement to curb maximum inward rolling motion. It is a no-hassle kind of shoe that can last for a reasonably long time and delivers a reliable performance every time the runner takes the road.



World wide, Gel Forte is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 2nd most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 967 shoes


Ratings

3.5 / 5 based on 240 ratings

5 star
34%
4 star
33%
3 star
5%
2 star
3%
1 star
25%

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 85
    Linda WilsonLevel 1 expert
    by Flat Feet Running Shoes
    Great for runners with overpronation issues.
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Updates to Gel Forte

The Asics Gel Forte features the brand’s Personal Heel Fit (P.H.F.) wherein an increased amount of memory foam is strategically placed in the heel and on the sides of the collar to improve durability and give added comfort and cushioning.

It also features the heel clutching system that delivers an improved support and creates an enhanced heel fitting environment for a more comfortable fit and enjoyable ride.

Gel Forte size and fit

The Asics Gel Forte is true to its size. It has a snug fit on the heel and midfoot area while the forefoot is a bit wider, giving more rooms for the toes to move comfortably. This shoe fits well to those with normal foot measurements and those with slightly wider foot. The Gel Forte is available in different widths – standard, wide and extra wide.

Outsole

The outer sole uses the ASICS High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) that gives maximum durability on high wear areas. The DuraSponge Outsole in the forefoot gives added durability and cushioning when necessary.

Midsole

The shoe uses the brand’s Rearfoot and Forefoot gel cushioning that attenuates shock on impact and delivers a more responsive ride. It works perfectly with the Solyte midsole that provides a lightweight and soft underfoot cushioning.

The Dynamic DuoMax and the Impact Guidance System controls the movement of the foot and reduces overpronation, delivering a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

Upper

The Asics Gel Forte has an open mesh upper that delivers maximum comfort and breathable coverage. It matches well to the Personal Heel Fit system that offers foam lining in the heel collar for a more customized fit.

The shoe has a heel clutching system that wraps the heel comfortably for a secure fit. The discrete eyelets are engineered to disperse lace tension and give added comfort and secure fit.


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