Verdict from 1 expert and +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Comfort: Because of the Contend 7's soft cushion and impact-absorbing Gel technology, long-distance runners say that the shoe is very enjoyable to run in and their feet are free from any discomfort.  
  • Lockdown: The shoe "fits like a glove," according to reviewers. 
  • Heel comfort: There are no reports of sore achilles. Athletes attribute this to the generous padding on the back. 
  • Durability: Thanks to the sturdy rubber, road runners still don't see any wear even after logging several miles. 
  • Lightness: The Contend is very featherweight, it feels "like air." 
  • Versatile: Whether it's for daily runs, jogging, aerobics, or walking, the shoe is a suitable option. 
  • Toe box: Wide-footed runners find the toe room very accommodating like the Nimbus series

1 reasons not to buy

  • Lack of arch support: Contrary to how it's marketed, the shoe doesn't have sufficient underfoot support. Runners had to buy themselves orthotic insoles to ensure stability.

Bottom line

Another budget-friendly option from Asics, the Gel Contend 7 does a lot for its price. It's a daily trainer that can double as your walking, gym, or jogging shoe.

The Asics Gel Contend 7 promises both comfort and support, but it doesn't seem to be the case here. Sure, it shines as a comfortable running shoe, but in terms of support, it just lags behind.

Tip: see the best running shoes.

Asics Gel Contend 7: Who and what is it for? 

The Asics Gel Contend 7 is primarily designed for neutral runners and those who supinate (the heel tends to roll outward). But just like most Asics running shoes, it has ample space for orthotic inserts, so those with Plantar Fasciitis can benefit from it as well.

Because of the "whole-day" comfort provided by the shoe and its lightness, it's very suitable as a daily trainer and can be a long-distance running shoe as well. For activities outside running, it can also be your casual walking shoe or gym shoe. 

The Gel Contend 7: A conscientious step towards sustainability 

Asics, just like Adidas, is becoming more and more mindful in their shoe-making process to be more eco-friendly. With the Gel Contend 7, the brand made sure to use "fewer resources" to color the shoe's sockliner. 

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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