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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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.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 10.3ozWomen: 8.3oz
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.
Heel heightMen: 28mmWomen: 27mm
Forefoot heightMen: 18mmWomen: 17mm
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
- The updates of the Phoenix 7 are made to make the running shoe more breathable and to give the upper a slightly more forgiving fit than the past version. At first glance, what stands out in the new model is the mesh that has significantly bigger holes for a guaranteed improvement in breathability.
- The upper offers a higher degree of stretch than the previous model. Although there are basically the same number of overlays in practically the same places, the midfoot overlays are no longer connected to the eyelets or the laces directly. The aim is to lessen the pressure in the midfoot without taking away the precious locked in fit in this area.
- Part of the improvement in the fit is the new tongue, which is no longer as meaty as before. The molded tongue almost acts like an inner sleeve that wraps the foot in comfort.
- Asics has also revamped the outsole of the 7th installment of the Phoenix. It now uses a very big midfoot cut that is directly connected to bigger and wider forefoot overlays. The updates give the shoe a new element of flexibility that complements the stable midsole of the shoe.
The Gel Phoenix 7 has a generous fit like the version before it. Asics offers sufficient space in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot that does not feel sloppy at all. It results in a very luxurious ride for runners of usual to above average foot dimensions. Medium is the available width of this shoe. Sizes are standard with options 6 to 15 for the men’s and 4 to 11 for the women’s.
The outsole is made of large pods of rubber that are separated by a large midfoot cut and deep flex grooves in the forefoot. And just like the popular Asics Gel Kayano 25, the Gel Phoenix 8 uses the Asics’ proprietary AHAR+ rubber which blankets the outsole for excellent durability and traction.
A dual-density foam called the Duomax provide excellent cushioning and stability to the Gel Phoenix 7 and also its latest version, the Gel Phoenix 8. It gradually becomes denser as the foam goes to the medial side to support the arch better. Helping with the stable ride and the structural integrity is the company-signature Trusstic System just below the arch that extends from the lateral to the medial side. The full-length SpEVA, which is lighter than standard EVA and has more responsiveness and durability gives runners a dynamic run. Lastly, the award-winning Gel Cushioning System is located in the heel and the forefoot for proven shock-absorbing and cushioning features.
Large holes dot the entire mesh for a definite upgrade in breathability. There are overlays in the heel and midfoot that add structure and support to the shoe. A removable sockliner adds cushioning and enhances fit. It can be replaced with custom orthotics as well. The ankle collar is very well-padded for more comfort while the moderately-padded tongue is molded for better fit and comfort.