Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Lightweight and breathable coverage is provided by the Engineered mesh in the upper.
  • The 12th version of the Gel Foundation features the ComforDry Sockliner, which provides additional cushioning while reducing moisture and odor.
  • Synthetic Overlays offer an improved fit while the Seamless Upper Construction ensures a non-irritating sleeve for sockless wearing.
  • It has SpEVA in the mid-sole for efficient energy return and the Gel Cushioning System in the heel and forefoot areas for shock absorption.
  • Stability is afforded by effective mid-sole components, such as the DuoMax Support System and the Guidance Trusstic System.
  • Most runners took note that the Gel Foundation 12 is a well-cushioned shoe that is also flexible.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt this version needed more depth in the toe box because they felt their toes rub uncomfortably against the upper fabric of the shoe.
  • There were complaints stating that the underfoot stability mechanics were not efficient as it rendered the foot stiff and unable to move naturally.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel Foundation 12 is a motion control shoe that gives responsive and comfortable cushioning for both short and long running sessions. The layered stability and full guidance system help runners experience a smoother ride. The shoe gathers mixed reviews from users but overall, the Foundation 12 is considered by some as a successful update.

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Good to know

  • The Asics Gel Foundation 12 comes with an enhanced midsole. It delivers an improved support and stability the features while reducing the weight. The updated midsole also enhances gait efficiency while delivering midfoot structural integrity.
  • The 12 version of the Gel Foundation also has a new upper. It is constructed to deliver maximum comfort and breathability. It accommodated orthotics and has a new sockliner, keeping the foot cool and dry while giving additional cushioning.

The Gel Foundation 12 is very similar to the past version regarding sizing and fit. It is of medium build from the heel to the forefoot, comfortably accommodating runners with average widths. Available widths are the standard D for the men’s and B for the women’s.

Just like the popular Asics GT 2000 7, the Gel Foundation 12 uses the ASICS High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) in the shoe’s heel which delivers exceptional durability. It works perfectly with the brand’s DuraSponge Outsole that does not only give enhanced forefoot durability but also gives added cushioning. The shoe also uses the DuoMax Support System to reduce overpronation. It increases support and stability without adding weight to the shoe. The Guidance Trusstic System and the Guidance Line midsole technology delivers gait efficiency.  

The shoe has a full-length SpEVA midsole that has efficient bounce back attributes and energy return. It is paired with the rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning that delivers improved shock absorption for a more responsive ride.  This midsole technology is also present in the shoe's updated version, the Gel Foundation 13.

The Asics Gel Foundation 12 features a seamless upper that gives a breathable and comfortable environment for the foot. It is designed to keep the foot free from irritation and blisters. It also uses a ComforDry Sockliner that is anti-bacterial in nature, keeping foot odorless and moisture-free.


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