• Discontinued
  • 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: 8.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 23mm
    Women: 25mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 13mm
    Women: 13mm
  • Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: narrow, normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jan 2017
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • A significant number of reviewers were impressed by the comfortable ride of the Nimbus 19.
  • Several loyal Gel Nimbus fans remarked that the latest version of this line offers its trademark cushioning and stability.
  • More than a couple of heavier runners appreciated the support and cushioning of this shoe.
  • Asics introduces its innovative FlyteFoam midsole technology in the 19th edition of the Gel Nimbus for better protection and responsiveness in an ultra-light foam.
  • The shoe is substantially lighter than the earlier model.
  • The gender-specific cushioning works to the distinctive advantage for both gender versions.
  • There are already several color options to choose from.
  • A handful of runners consider the shoe as very worth its price.
  • The shoe does not require any break-in period, according to a few runners.
  • Reflective elements for low-visibility running.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A good number of Asics Gel Nimbus fans were very disappointed that the new version is very tight around the toe box.
  • A handful of runners noted how small and narrow, the latest iteration of the Nimbus is.
  • A handful of runners were very disappointed by the shoe’s outsole durability.

Bottom line

Asics’ flagship neutral shoe gets a ton of changes in the Nimbus 19. The shoe continues to be very well-cushioned with an added emphasis in midsole protection and responsiveness. Most of the reviewers were generally impressed by the comfortable feel, good arch support, the drastic drop in weight, and bang for the value price. It remains to be one of the shoes that runners are very excited about from Asics as the year opens—and with sufficient reason to be.


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Updates to Asics Gel Nimbus 19

  • 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 Gel Nimbus 19 size and fit

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. It 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 Gel Nimbus 19 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.