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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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do 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 need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$150
Weight
Men: 13.5oz
Women: 11.4oz
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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 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The Asics Gel Fortify is a superb motion control shoe.
  • A sizeable portion of reviews praised the incredible support that the shoe affords.
  • The cushioning is excellent, according a majority of the runners who have used the shoe.
  • The Asics Gel Fortify is perfect when it comes to size and width.
  • A couple of testers appreciated the low profile design of the Gel Fortify.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Asics Gel Fortify sacrificed weight to accommodate all the stability and support features.
  • It runs a little clunky due to the Gel Fortify’s weight.
  • Several runners felt the shoe was too stiff.

Bottom line

Testers and runners have remarked that the shoe is a prototype of a motion control footwear. It delivers maximum arch support and other overpronation control measures. The cushioning and stability features put more weight on the shoe. This is an unbelievable option, though, for those with really excessive inward rolling movements.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 347 ratings

5 star
70%
4 star
19%
3 star
7%
2 star
3%
1 star
1%

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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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82 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    If you are of a larger build and are on the very severe side of overpronation, the logical choice would the to choose the ASICS GEL-Fortify.

  • 87 / 100 by Running Village • Running Village • Level 3 expert

    While some may complain that this is a heavy shoe – this is the trade-off for such a comfortable and supportive running shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by Very Well • Very Well • Level 1 expert

    It has maximum cushioning, which makes it a good choice for heavier-weight users and for those who put in long distance training miles.

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Updates to Asics Gel Fortify

  • The Asics Gel Fortify features an improved upper. It comes with the new maximum support last that accommodates runners who wear orthotics and those who have high foot volume. Another update is the BioMorphic Fit Upper that is made from stretchable material, reducing irritation and blisters.
  • It also features the new FluidRide midsole that delivers maximum underfoot comfort and protection. It attenuates shock efficiently and offers a solid rebound for a more responsive ride.

Asics Gel Fortify size and fit

The Gel Fortify is available in standard running shoe length. The heel, midfoot and forefoot are of standard measurements, providing a snug fit to those with medium or slightly-wide foot. This shoe is available in standard B width for women and D for men.


Outsole

The outer sole of this shoe uses the brand’s notable outsole technology. It utilizes the Asics High Abrasion Rubber in the heel area for maximum durability and in the forefoot is the DuraSponge that is made from durable blown AHAR compound. The DuraSponge delivers flexibility and responsive cushioning.


Midsole

The Gel Fortify uses the FluidRide midsole that offers maximum blend of energy-return and solid rebound. It delivers reliable cushioning with added durability without adding weight.

It also uses the brand’s notable forefoot and rearfoot gel cushioning that attenuates shock during impact and delivers efficient energy-return for a more responsive ride.

The Dynamic DuoMax is another Asics technology that reduces overpronation by controlling the foot’s movement for a smoother heel-to-toe transition. The Guidance Trusstic System and Guidance Line gives necessary support and flexibility for an enhanced gait efficiency.


Upper

The upper of the Asics Gel Fortify uses an open mesh for maximum breathable coverage. It features the biomorphic fit upper that reduces buckling and reduces irritation. The ComfoDry sockliner is anti-bacterial in nature, keeping the foot free from moisture and odor. Lastly, the heel clutching system provides added support and enhanced heel fitting. The maximum support last provides more width and depth to the midfoot and forefoot, comfortably accommodating those with high volume feet and those who wear orthotics.