Arch support
Daily running
M: 303g | W: 271g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 22mm | W: 21mm
Forefoot height
M: 12mm | W: 11mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E, Extra wide - 4E | W: Normal - B, Wide - D
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.


We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • An engineered mesh makes up the upper unit of the Pursue 2.

  • Most reviewers appreciated the seamless construction and the Heel Clutching System, which deliver a sock-like fit that’s secure and efficient.

  • The FluidRide mid-sole mixes springiness, responsible cushioning and durability in one layer, according to several expert reviews.

  • In the forefoot and heel area of the mid-sole is the Gel Cushioning System, which dissipates shock during landing and lets the foot fall into a safer underside platform.

  • Stability and balance are achieved with the Guidance Trusstic System and the Guidance Line in the mid-sole.

  • Durable rubber offers traction and protection from wear noted many runners.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The weight of the Gel Pursue 2 is moderately heavy.

  • There were testers who didn’t like the included insole as it made their feet feel uncomfortable.

  • A few noted that it was a bit stiff, limiting the natural movement of the foot.

Bottom line

The Gel Pursue 2 from Asics is a reliable running shoe that offers protection, moderate stability and responsible cushioning for many types of activities. It’s a great-looking model that any runner can enjoy.

World wide, Gel Pursue 2 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 2nd most popular.

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Expert reviews

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83 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 82
    The Running CentreLevel 3 expert
    by The Running Centre
    The Pursue 2 is a relatively new addition to the ASICS line up that aims to provide a unique, mild supporting aspect that caters specifically for the mid foot.
  • 85
    Rafer DannenhauerLevel 1 expert
    by Marathon Sports
    After about 50 miles of running, including a 5K road race, a major improvement of note has been the introduction of an engineered mesh upper, with the removal of some seamed overlays, making for a much simpler, more trimmed-down fit.
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Updates to Gel Pursue 2

The 2nd version of the Asics Gel Pursue gives the runner responsive cushioning through a more robust mid-sole material that’s springy and durable. The upper unit becomes much smoother and more comfortable with the use of a mesh that feels like a woven cloth. The seamless construction also maintains a sock-like fit that’s non-irritating to the skin.

The upper unit essentially delivers an all-encompassing fit that’s very comfortable and easy on the skin. An exoskeletal heel security system keeps the rear of the foot in place, while stitched overlays hug the mid-foot responsibly. The upper systems lock the foot down and prevents any slippage.

Reliable cushioning is afforded by the responsive and comfortable FluidRide® Midsole. It works with the Gel® Cushioning System in providing a durable platform that gives protection from impact shock. It’s even tuned to give the runner a more efficient stride.

The outsole unit of the Asics Gel Pursue 2 utilizes rubber technologies that give protection and traction over the surfaces. One compound even adds more cushioning, so that each toe-off becomes more comfortable and well-supported.

Gel Pursue 2 size and fit

The 2nd version of the Gel Pursue is true to its size. Men and women can get the right size as it follows the standard measurements when it comes to length. The women’s Gel Pursue 2 is available in a medium-width version, while the men’s version also has a wide version. Depending on the measurements chosen for this shoe, it can accommodate a variety of foot-types. It’s semi-curved shape even follows the natural curvature of the foot.


The AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber is a strong material that’s placed in certain sections of the external sole unit where wear and abrasion are most common. It efficiently protects the platform from the harmful effects of friction and being exposed to road debris. It’s also able to give reliable traction.

The DuraSponge® is a blown rubber compound that’s mainly placed in the forefoot section. It delivers more cushioning, so that each step and lift becomes well-supported and more comfortable. It’s also able to hold onto the surface well.


The FluidRide® is a mid-sole material that gives the runner a combination of cushioning and springiness. It is able to dissipate shock, thus keeping the foot safe from discomfort. It has a lightweight nature, yet it has high levels of durability.

The Gel® Cushioning System is placed in the heel and forefoot areas. It’s able to provide shock attenuation during heel landings and forefoot lifts, thus bringing an easier and more comfortable transition through the running cycle.

The Guidance Line® is a flex groove that runs vertically across the length of the mid-sole. It assists the foot in getting a more efficient stride. It works with the Guidance Trusstic System, which gives structural stability to the mid-foot section.


The upper unit of the Asics Gel Pursue 2 uses an Engineered Mesh. It’s a material that’s soft and comfortable, and it doesn’t restrict the natural movement of the foot. It encourages air to enter the shoe and keep the foot cool and dry.

The seamless construction allows sock-less wearing. The inner sleeve doesn’t have seams or unnecessary stitched sections, so the inner wall remains smooth and non-irritating to the skin.

A Heel Clutching System™ keeps the heel in place by locking onto it and preventing it from slipping out. It allows the mid-sole unit to deliver well-balanced & consistent cushioning to the entire length of the runner’s foot.


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