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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: 11.1oz
    Women: 8.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 12mm

    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: 23mm
    Women: 25mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal, Wide, X-Wide
    Women: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-Wide
  • Release date
    Jan 2017
  • Special editions
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  • 82 / 100 | Nicole Pritikin

    Asics Nimbus 19: A Great Shoe with One BIG Problem

    I tried to love this shoe. Parts of this shoe are pure heaven. And yet, there is one huge flaw. Why Asics? Why?

    This was my first pair of Asics Nimbus. I run 25-35 miles a week and have a severe heel strike.

    I have been running for years in Hoka Clifton 2 which unfortunately were discontinued long ago and replaced by Clifton 3 (not a fan) and the  Clifton 4 (unaffordable at the moment).

    So after buying the last pair of Clifton 2 in my size about a year ago, I had to find a new everyday training shoe. I wound up with the Nimbus 19.

    What this shoe does right?

    The Asics Nimbus 19 has TONS of cushioning. 

    As soon as you slip your foot in, it feels wonderful. The tongue is soft and cushy. The footbed is cushy. I love it.

    My Nimbus 19 has 200 miles on them now and still feels as cushioned and soft as on day one.



    This is compared to the Hoka Clifton 2 where you can definitely feel a distinct decline in plushness as you put on the miles.

    I have not had a single pair of Clifton that I can wear for more than 250 miles.

    I expect I will be able to get at least another 100 - 150 miles (for a total of 300-350) on my Nimbus 19.

    What this shoe does wrong?

    OMG, the toe box! The toe box! The toe box! The toe box! 

    In case you haven't heard it anywhere else, the toe box on this shoe is horrible.

    Honestly, the rest of the shoe is fine, great even, but the toe box RUINS it. It is cramped and tiny. 



    Your foot will feel like the top of the shoe is pressing down oddly on it. It will feel like your foot can't move a millimeter.

    No wiggling of the toes, no movement at all. It's like a tiny toe prison.

    Oh, and it runs 1/2 to a full size small. But even if you size up, the toe box will just feel unpleasant, bruised toes unpleasant, wanting to cut the toe box open with scissors unpleasant.

    Other than the toe box issue (which again is huge and turns my toes black), the rest of the shoe is fine, if not great.

    I wear these for long distance runs and have no weird pains in my knees, back or legs after I run, as I've had in less cushioned shoes. My forefoot doesn't go numb. My heel feels great. 

    I can't feel the road when I wear them, which I consider a huge plus. And they have enough traction feel stable on the dirt roads here.

    Shoe Performance

    The Nimbus 19 is a maximal cushioned shoe with a plush heel and forefoot for protection upon impact.

    This is not a lightweight trainer but it doesn’t feel like bricks on your feet either. One of those shoes that you forget that you are wearing when you are running. It is a neutral shoe

    The seamless upper has no places that rub or pinch. It is a shoe that needs no breaking in, it feels great right out of the box. It has a 13 mm heel to toe drop. 

    It is a springy shoe that works great for both short tempo runs and long endurance training. 

    Would I recommend the Nimbus 19?

    Yes, but with strong reservations. Definitely buy a 1/2 to a whole size bigger. 

    And do not consider these if you have wide feet. If you tend to get toe blisters or can't stand a tight toe box, avoid these. If you are looking for a maximalist shoe that will hold up for 200+ miles, give them a try. 

    I have a love/hate relationship with my Asics Nimbus 19.

    I get mad at these shoes for hurting my toes, throw them in the back of the closet then a few days later, pull them out and do my long runs in them and remember why I love them. 

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 95 / 100 | Keilum Griffin

    Why the Asics Gel Nimbus 19 works so well for me

    When I first started running over a year ago, I didn’t know how important it was to have the right shoe.

    After trying on different shoes I finally came across the Asics Gel Nimbus 19. As soon as I put it on, it was like having a Cadillac on my feet.



    I finally realized why people spent good money on running shoes and why they were so different than just fancy boy shoes.

    With me starting to have the miles add up in training, I needed a shoe that would help my feet go the distance, and the Asics Nimbus 19 delivered. With them being my first pair of purposely bought for running shoes, I was ready to become a runner.


    Looks & Comfortability

    What drew me to the Nimbus 19 is how they fit my feet the first time I put them on.

    Yes, the toe box and forefoot is narrow but that’s just another thing I love about it. When trying on the Nimbus 19, I also compared it to its predecessor the Nimbus 18.



    The Nimbus 19 had a snugger feel on my foot, adequate cushion, and felt firmer which won me over.

    For me, I didn’t have to break in these shoes. I was able to start logging long distance runs immediately. What I also liked about these shoes is that they are very breathable, my feet don’t feel as hot and sweaty when finishing up a long run as they do with some of the other shoes I have. 

    As for looks, the Nimbus 19 come in a few colors. I opted for the Carbon white and silver which goes better with most of my running gear. I personally don’t like my shoes with wild flashy colors.


    The Nimbus 19 has held up pretty good for the 320 miles I have put on them. The upper and lower have not had any issues with splits or tears. Out of the 300 plus miles, they have varied from long easy runs to 5k fast pace race days.

    The cushion has held up fair and after around 240 miles, I could tell it was starting to fade. Normally on average, people have seen around 350 miles out of a pair of Nimbus 19. After buying another new pair of Nimbus 19, I realized how much the cushion had faded.


    What I like

    • Firm cushion
    • Narrow fit
    • Breathable
    • Color options

    What I do not like

    • How quick the cushion faded


    The Asics Nimbus 19 has a narrow fit and firm feel, which is not for everyone.

    After long training runs on pavement, my feet do not feel sore. I have a few different pairs of running shoes I swap out for my different training routines, and these are probably my favorite.

    The grip on them has worked well for me even in the rain, I was able to do a 10k without any issues. I have done a few trail runs with them but I wouldn’t recommend it for trails.

    Also, because of the material of the cushion, the shoe itself can feel a little heavy. Normally on my speed work days, I have to leave them on the floor.

    Lastly, because the Nimbus is discontinued and is now last year’s model, you can pick them up cheap. Because I have had good results using them for my long distance runs, I'm going to pick up a few extra pairs. I have yet to try on the Nimbus 20, but for me, Asics did a great job on these shoes and I look forward to future models.    

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  • 92 / 100 | HRDLPN | Level 2 expert

    The Nimbus is quite nice for me. It's a neutral shoe. It's a long-distance shoe. It's comfortable and the 19 has become more comfortable.

  • 86 / 100 | Wiggle | Level 1 expert

    Simply put, this shoe is proof [that] even the best get better.

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  • The Asics Gel Nimbus 19 features the new FlyteFoam Midsole technology that provides more cushioning without adding too much weight. Aside from the adaptive cushioning, this technology also delivers enhanced durability.
  • The upper of the shoe was also updated. It utilizes a gradation jacquard mesh upper that provides a personalized glove-like fit and multi-directional stretch.
  • With the updated last, the Asics Gel Nimbus 19 offers an enhanced and snugger fit in the heel area. The toe box is also more spacious than the previous model with added toe spring.

Asics is offering the Nimbus 19 in both medium and wide widths for men’s and for women’s the shoe is available in narrow, medium and wide widths. It provides a comfortable fit and accommodates a wide range of foot measurements. Sizes available are 6 to 16 for men’s and 5 to 13 for women’s.

The outsole unit of the shoe uses the Asics High-Abrasion Rubber that is strategically placed in the heel for durability. On the forefoot is the DuraSponge outsole that is also made from durable carbon rubber. Just like the Nimbus 21, this outsole material provides added flexibility and responsiveness while giving added durability.

The Asics Gel Nimbus 19 has an improved midsole. It uses the new FlyteFoam Midsole technology that is designed to deliver an adaptive cushioning without adding weight. Aside from giving a responsive ride, this midsole technology also gives added shoe durability. The shoe also features the notable Asics Rearfoot and Forefoot Gel cushioning system that attenuates shock for a more responsive ride. This works perfectly with shoe’s FluidRide midsole technology that also promotes a resilient ride. The Nimbus 19 also uses the remarkable Guidance Trusstic System Technology that is designed to improve gait efficiency while giving structural integrity in the midfoot.

The upper of the Asics running shoe features a breathable mesh upper with a seamless construction that reduces the possibility of irritation and blistering. It also delivers customized glove-like fit and multi-directional stretch. The shoe also features the ComforDry X-40 Sockliner that is anti-bacterial in nature and helps reduce odor. The sockliner also gives added underfoot protection. To provide a snugger fit in the heel and roomier toe box, the Gel Nimbus 19 utilizes a new updated last that also provides more toe spring for an enhanced running experience.