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  • Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    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 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

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    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
  • Weight
    Men: 12.2oz
    Women: 10.2oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 21mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 11mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal, Wide, X-Wide
    Women: Normal, Wide
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  • 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.