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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
    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: 11.1oz
    Women: 10.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 23mm
    Women: 22mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 12mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
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We spent 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Asics introduces moisture-wicking and anti-microbial features in the Galaxy 8.
  • The Gel Galaxy 8 oozes with comfort based on the majority of comments from runners.
  • There is very consistent plush cushioning in the shoe as noted by a handful of users.
  • The Asics Galaxy 8 comes in standard sizes.
  • Many runners appreciated its affordable price.
  • Reliable durability is evident in the individual parts of this shoe.
  • The great support provided by the shoe’s fit is something many runners valued.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The high heel offset may not appeal to everyone.
  • A few noted that it looked really bulky and feels heavy.

Bottom line

Asics continues to promote the old school type of running in the Gel Galaxy 8. It has the design and structure of a traditional shoe, which limits its appeal to those who are looking for average or low drop shoes and with lesser weight. Overall, the Galaxy 8 is a durable trainer with good arch support and plush cushioning.


Updates to Asics Gel Galaxy 8

  • Asics’ durable and reliable line for entry level runners introduces a few changes in the Galaxy 8. Breathability is sure to go up a notch in this shoe as the mesh is more open and have bigger holes than the past version.
  • A new moisture-wicking interior is utilized for the first time in this series. Runners, especially the novice ones, are definitely going to love this new feature as it makes the run more comfortable and lessens the chances of getting blisters.
  • The numerous forefoot overlays have been lessened to a great degree. It also means that there are fewer stitches with the removal of those extra overlays. With one stroke, Asics made the upper lighter, more flexible, and reduced the risk of irritation in the toe box.

Asics Gel Galaxy 8 size and fit

The Galaxy series continues to accommodate runners of different foot types. Hence, the 8th version of the Asics Galaxy has a generous heel and forefoot rooms. A snug midfoot and superb toe box volume are added benefits of this shoe like the past version. It has a standard fit and sizing. Available widths are D, B, and wide. Sizes are 7 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.


The outsole is very basic featuring adequate rubber treads. Asics includes the really tough AHAR carbon rubber in the areas prone to wear and tear.


A full-length EVA gives the shoe sufficient cushioning and protection. The heel gets superior shock-attenuation features as the most popular Asics technology-the GEL cushioning system, is fitted in this section. For better torsional stability without adding weight, the popular Trusstic or plastic shank is located in the midfoot.


The upper construction of the Asics Gel Galaxy 8 is focused mainly on support and comfort. The mesh upper is supported by synthetic overlays to provide a close wrap on the shoe. Inside, there is a removable sock liner that adds to the underfoot comfort. A technology called Inner Layered Material by Asics wicks moisture away in the interior. There is a basic lacing system, padded tongue, heel collar and reflective elements to improve low- light visibility.