Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Some purchasers commented that the Asics Gel Epirus is lightweight.  
  • This Asics shoe is overall comfortable on foot, especially with the right size on, according to lots of reviewers. It is a great everyday shoe.
  • Some buyers said that the Gel Epirus, like most low-top sneakers from Asics, is great looking and stylish.
  • Few wearers commend the top-notch quality of this low-top.
  • Some reviewers said that the Asics Gel Epirus provides excellent support.
  • Many said that this Asics Gel shoe fits true to size in length.
  • Several buyers said that with an affordable price, they consider this shoe a great buy.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers noted that the Asics Gel Epirus fits too tight and narrow and not for wide-footed wearers.
  • At least one reviewer highlighted that the tongue tends to rub on foot and causes a bit of discomfort.

Bottom line

Asics reissue the Asics Gel Epirus lace-up sneakers from its lineup of classic shoe models from the ‘90s leaving true-blue Asics followers beyond pleased. For some buyers, the Gel Epirus may have flaws like a narrow fit. But just like other Asics shoes, its pros outnumber its cons.  

Once broken-in, the level of comfort that the Asics Gel Epirus provides is unparalleled. It flaunts an easy-to-wear aesthetic that evidently gives the nod to its classic roots. Also, it is lightweight and offers excellent support.

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Good to know

The Asics Gel Epirus comes in a low-top profile with a lace-up closure that secures the foot for a comfortable and supportive fit. Sizes are available for men from US 4 to 14, with half sizes in between, in D Standard (Medium) width.

The Asics Gel Epirus shoes exemplify what old-school classic runners from the early ‘90s are. Retro could be one way to describe it, considering its sort of bulky appearance due to the heavily reinforced and padded upper that’s made attractive by various street-ready color combinations. Wearing Asics Gel Epirus is easy-peasy. One can pair it with shorts, jeans, or pants for a casual look.

Those old school-looking shoe from Asics is re-released for the modern market but retained its classic running heritage. Being part of the Asics GEL series, it is known for its GEL cushioned sole that provides lightweight and comfortable cushioning. It also features a quadrate eyelet stay with nylon that helps in giving a secure fit.

Asics first released the Asics Gel Epirus shoe in 1989 as a running shoe for mid and high runners. Always considered a cult classic, the Gel Epirus has made its existence significant in the running community for being the shoe that provides superior cushioning and stability.

After a long hiatus in the shoe market, the classic runner was reissued for the first time in 2013 in two colorways – one in blue and another in brown. Several more colorways followed through the following year, and it has been brought back in production up to this day.

The Asics Gel Epirus features reinforced lace loops, GEL sole unit, rubber outsole, padded tongue and collar, and often with a color-blocked upper. Some of its popular colorways include Mint Green/Purple, White/Black-Red, Aztec, Hanon, Black/Orange, and more.

  • The Asics Gel Epirus is made of suede and mesh uppers.
  • Also featured are EVA Foam midsole and rubber outsole.


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