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.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 11.1oz | Women: 10.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 10mm | Women: 10mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 23mm | Women: 22mm
Forefoot height: Men: 13mm | Women: 12mm
Brand: Asics
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $85
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Pink
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  • 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 neutral running 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.

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 which is also the same reliable outsole used in the popular Asics Gel Nimbus 21.

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.


Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.