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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
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
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We spent 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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.

3 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.
  • Others thought that the Foundation 12 was ½ size too big for them.

Bottom line

The Asics Gel Foundation 12 is a motion control shoe that gives responsible cushioning. The layered stability and full guidance system help runners experience a smoother ride. This shoe is best for both short and long running sessions.


Expert Reviews

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80 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

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    On the other hand, if your overpronation is not that severe, but you still want a great deal of stability and support from a running shoe that is not too expensive, then the ASICS GEL-Foundation 12 could be an option.

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Updates to Asics Gel Foundation 12

  • 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.

Asics Gel Foundation 12 size and fit

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.


The ASICS High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) in the shoe’s heel delivers exceptional durability. It works perfectly with 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.


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.