Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Competition
Price
$100
Weight
M: 238g | W: 206g
Heel to toe drop
M: 4mm | W: 4mm
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 5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

The good

  • A shoe with minimalist features that offers excellent comfort in the soft and glove-like upper is available to runners in the Natural-80.

  • It is a very flexible shoe.

  • The Natural-80 is very light.

  • Some runners use the shoe for racing or for speed training.

  • The internal sleeve is plush and hugs the foot really well.

  • Runners can exchange the removable sockliner for customized orthotics.

The bad

  • The minimalist upper shows signs of wear and tear earlier than usual.

  • A handful of runners rue the shoe’s lack of durability as not worth the investment.

  • Traction should be better, according to some comments.

Bottom line

Based on their natural running concept, Asics introduces the Natural-80 as a versatile shoe that can be used during race day or speed workouts. The minimalist design includes a barely there upper, a 4mm heel offset, and minimal arch support. This is perfect for those who are looking to mimic barefoot running without drastically using something with ultra-less cushioning and support.



World wide, Natural-80 is in the bottom 10% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 2nd most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 921 shoes


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 6 ratings

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Updates to Natural-80

The natural running concept, which Asics uses in many of its most popular and expensive shoes, continues in versions that are generally built for recreational runners. With the introduction of the Natual-80 runners have another option in a shoe that has minimalist features with enough cushioning and support that will not require too much of an investment.

The Natural-80 incorporates a 4mm offset in a low-cut design with plenty of flexibility to bring about the most natural strides of runners. It mimics barefoot running to some degree, but still enough buffer between the road and the feet.

Asics uses a sock-like upper to mold the shoe to the runner’s foot. It even uses an inner sleeve that takes the place of a regular tongue to produce the second-skin effect in the upper.

Natural-80 size and fit

The fit of the Natural-80 is snug in a good way. This is perfectly suited to those who have narrow to average feet. The shoe also offers a natural space for the toes to splay. It offers a bit more room in the forefoot that cramping does not happen during mid-run. Runners will get the standard medium as the available width of this shoe. Sizing is standard in the options 7 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.

Outsole

The full-contact outsole is covered with AHAR+ rubber for excellent durability and traction. A full-length outsole helps with the movement from the rear to the front. There are horizontal flex grooves that give the shoe great flexibility for natural running.

Midsole

The midsole is a no-hassle environment consisting of a full-length EVA. It delivers the required cushioning and responsiveness for speed sessions or during race day. The upper is directly attached to the midsole through the California Slip Lasting for added cushioning and structure in a very minimal shoe.

Upper

The upper is even simpler than the midsole. It features a really breathable and flexible mesh. There are synthetic overlays that help hold the shoe together. Asics uses its patented logo as part of the midfoot hold. The seamless construction of the upper reduces risks of blisters. As mentioned, the Mono-Sock fit system that replaces the usual tongue provides the sock-like fit and wraparound comfort. Runners can have a more personalized fit and cushioning by replacing the removable sockliner for customized orthotics.


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