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.
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WeightMen: 9.5ozWomen: 8.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 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.
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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Updates to Asics Gel Impression 8
- Asics brings minimal changes in the 8th iteration of the Impression. The first change is the introduction of a lighter mesh with better breathability. It helps with the weight reduction and enhances the breathability of the shoe.
- The overall construction of the upper is more minimal than ever. There are lesser overlays that are strategically placed. These overlays deliver enough support and structure without the cost of adding weight.
- The outsole undergoes a change as well. There are more numerous and substantial flex grooves for exceptional flexibility. The enhancement also means easier take offs as the midfoot to the forefoot can flex with ease.
Asics Gel Impression 8 size and fit
The signature fit of the Impression line is very evident in the 8th version. Runners who want a plush interior can get what they want in the spacious room in the heel to the forefoot. While the footprint is slightly wider, the midfoot remains securely locked down. Regular or medium is the offered width of this shoe. Sizing is accurate in these options: 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.
Just like the popular Asics Gel Cumulus 20, the shoe's full-contact outsole is mostly covered by durable AHAR rubber. As mentioned, there are substantial flex grooves for superb flexibility. Asics decouples the heel to isolate shock in the Gel Impression 8. A midfoot shank keeps torsion naturally rigid and helps with the stability of the shoe.
Providing shock-absorbing assets is the Rearfoot Gel Cushioning System. Asics’ iconic silicon-based material remains to be one of the best in the business in taking on the impact of every landing. A standard EVA runs the whole length of the midsole, this is incorporated with the flex grooves for optimal responsiveness and flexibility. Asics’ Trusstic midfoot insert holds the shoe together and improves transition from heel to toe.
Asics utilizes a new open mesh upper that ensures a very cool run. Providing support to the flexible mesh is a network of synthetic overlays that are minimal in nature. The comfort level of the shoe is greatly enhanced by the substantial padding in the ankle collar and the tongue while an EVA sockliner adds cushioning and foot-hugging feel.