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  • Terrain
    Terrain

    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.

  • Arch support
    Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use
    Use

    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.

  • Price
    Price
    $90
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9oz
    Women: 7.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 14mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 9mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • A seamless construction does away with stitching and seams, keeping irritation and discomfort at bay.
  • Most reviewers mentioned that the moisture wicking lasting of this shoe was capable enough.
  • The Solyte mid-sole material is a lightweight platform and it’s added with a softer foam called the AmpliFoam.
  • The FluidAxis flex grooves are anatomically shaped naturally to the runner’s foot, making each step more natural.
  • The Asics High Abrasion Rubber or AHAR+ is featured in the outsole unit of the 33-DFA 2 and it’s durable and capable of providing traction.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners didn’t like the mostly squishy mid-sole material because it didn’t offer a lot of structural support to fully provide a natural stride.
  • Others noticed that the toe box was a bit too small that it clumped their toes together.
  • A few thought that it was one size smaller than their regular ones.

Bottom line

The 33-DFA 2 from Asics is a cool-looking running shoe that has a lot of features for comfort, stability and support. It can be used daily for many types of activities, from trainings to casual walks.

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Expert Reviews

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Updates to Asics 33-DFA 2

  • Asics comes up with a new seamless upper construction in the 33-DFA 2. Besides giving personalized fit and comfort a boost, the soft interior and the new upper makes sockless running a very nice option in this shoe. This is now easily an all-day everyday shoe.
  • Still with the upper, the 2nd iteration of the 33-DFA features lesser overlays and slightly bigger holes in the mesh. The lesser overlays mean a bit of reduction while the new mesh will improve even more the breathability of this shoe.
  • A no-sew toe protection made of durable, but flexible material provides adequate protection without adding weight or cramping the toe box.

Asics 33-DFA 2 size and fit

Asics continues to use an anatomically-based last in this shoe that provides an average fit in the heel, midfoot, and a generous toe box. This is exactly the same last used in the original version. Runners with regular measurements and with a preference for adequate room in the toe box for the toes to splay will be very comfortable in this shoe. Asics offers the shoe under medium widths. The size is standard like the prior version and is available in 6-15 for the men’s and 5-12 for the women’s.


Outsole

This is an almost full-contact outsole made up largely of regular-sized treads. There are substantial grooves in the outsole as a way of supporting the 33 joints of the foot, for flexibility, and enhanced transition. AHAR, which is very durable, is located in the heel to fight off durability issues.


Midsole

Two of Asics’ top midsole technologies are located in the midsole. There is the extremely light and durable Solyte, which sits just on top of the outsole. This is a slightly firm midsole that is mainly responsible for responsive cushioning. On top of this layer is the Amplifoam, which is also very light and resilient. It is a bit softer foam compared to the Solyte that really cushions the foot upon landing. The midsole is where Asics takes the name DFA or Deep Fluid Axis. This technology means the deep grooves that are located in the midsole, which helps promote flexibility and a natural running movement.


Upper

The upper is a very simple combination of an extremely breathable mesh and welded overlays. Asics is now using a seamless construction in the upper for a foot-wrapping coverage that moves very well with the foot.