• 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: 9.2oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    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: 33mm
    Women: 33mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 21mm
    Women: 21mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
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We spent 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Sonoma 2 GTX offers an extremely comfortable ride, noted several runners.
  • Most runners ranked the shoe’s durability as very good.
  • It is an excellent investment for trail runners.
  • The numerous flex grooves provide indispensable flexibility in a well-cushioned shoe.
  • The 2nd version of the Sonoma GTX is versatile enough to take the runner from road to trail, according to some reviews.
  • Running from 10Ks to ultra-long distances is doable in this shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The elevated stack height may disappoint more than several runners.
  • Some runners were not able to enjoy their technical runs in this shoe.

Bottom line

The Gel Sonoma 2 GTX is a muscled trainer that can still take on ultra-long miles. With this in mind, Asics provides more than adequate arch support that still allows neutral runners to pile on the miles. The shoe is made for recreational or novice runners, but remains to be a good option for seasoned ones who are looking for a reliable and no-fuss training partner.


Updates to Asics Gel Sonoma 2 GTX

  • The Sonoma 2 GTX comes up with a new upper that is more breathable and durable. Asics maximizes its own logo to act as the main midfoot overlay in this version. Additionally, a leather-like material provides support in the heel and protection in the forefoot.
  • Asics also redefines the rubber configuration in the upper. While the lugs remain moderately aggressive, they ring the perimeter of the shoe for quick turns and effortless transition to road running. The introduction of the AHAR+ rubber guarantees enhanced durability in this shoe.

Asics Gel Sonoma 2 GTX size and fit

The signature fit of Asics trainers is significant in the Sonoma 2 GTX. There is generous spacing in the heel to the forefoot that is not sloppy. Runners who love volume and width in the toe box can get their wishes in the fit provided by this shoe. Asics offers the standard D for men’s and B for women’s as the width. Sizes are accurate in options 6 to 15 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Horizontal and vertical Flex grooves as well as moderately-sized lugs characterize the outsole. These lugs also dot the perimeter for an exceptional bite during quick turns or a change in directions. Providing cover for the Trail Specific Outsole is the AHAR+ blown rubber, which is designed for enhanced durability and a little more cushioning.


Running from the heel to the forefoot is the SpEVA midsole, this is an upgrade over the standard EVA and provides decent responsiveness and cushioning in a really durable foam. The full-length set up helps with the transition from the heel to the forefoot.


The upper is very basic, consisting largely of more durable and breathable mesh. Another evident part of the upper are the synthetic overlays that provide structure and support. Protection for the toes is provided by a synthetic toe cap. The padded tongue and collar make the run plush and cozy while the removable and cushioned insole can be replaced with custom orthotics. Present below the mesh is the GTX membrane. This is a waterproofing technology that provides an all-encompassing upper protection from wetness. Night running is safely enhanced by the presence of 3M reflective materials.