Arch support
Daily running
M: 303g | W: 247g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 31mm | W: 29mm
Forefoot height
M: 21mm | W: 19mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, 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 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Many runners felt that the Asics Gel Venture 5 delivered a precise fit.

  • The different color schemes were lauded by a lot of testers.

  • The sturdiness and general durability of this shoe were lauded by those who have purchased it.

  • The toe box was roomy enough to accommodate natural toe splaying, according to some testers.

  • Those who needed some arch support were able to feel it in the mid-sole unit of this running shoe; it was able to correct supinated foot motion.

  • The grip of the outsole was noticed by many and they said that it was efficient.

  • Though optimized for the trails, there were runners who wrote that they were able to enjoy the outsole tread’s traction capabilities on the pavement.

  • Some users commented that the Gel® Cushioning System responsibly absorbed the landing impact; they didn’t feel any discomfort when striking the foot on the ground.

  • The full-length mid-sole foam carried the foot well and it didn’t break down easily, runners observed.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A tester complained that the stitched sections of the upper started falling apart after a month of intermittent use.

  • The outsole rubber separated from the platform, and it placed a lot of concern for a number of runners.

  • The Gel Venture 5 is a bit narrow for some runners.

Bottom line

A lot of runners wrote that they were able to use the Asics Gel Venture 5 on both the trails and the roads. For them, it was versatile when used on a variety of surfaces. They praised its cushioning units, which responsibly carried their feet well and even provided some arch support. But there were those who doubted the general durability of this trail shoe because some parts started to fall apart on them.

World wide, Gel Venture 5 is in the top 5% most popular running shoes. The brand, Asics, is the 2nd most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 1010 shoes


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Expert reviews

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86 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 95
    JamesLevel 1 expert
    by Project Still Beating
    Overall, these are very great shoes. They do come in extra-wide, the 4E width. So, that's one of the main reasons why I got those to try on.
  • 89
    Ms OsabearLevel 1 expert
    by Ms Osabear
    These ones are actually… really comfortable. It’s almost like, basically, walking and running on pillows.
  • 85
    Top Ten Shoes of SportsLevel 3 expert
    by Top Ten Shoes of Sports
    Its AHAR outsole rubber is trail specific and has reversed traction lugs and rubber in the critical high-wear areas to ensure durability.
  • 86
    Amatop10Level 2 expert
    by Amatop10
    Whether you are involved with athletic training or in the course of your daily activities you need to stand or walk about for extended periods, this is the shoe you need in your closet.
  • 84
    Weal FeetLevel 2 expert
    by Weal Feet
    These sneakers are so comfortable that you will want to wear them all day long.
  • 90
    Best Running Shoes for Flat Feet StoreLevel 1 expert
    by Best Running Shoes for Flat Feet Store
    The ASICS Women’s GEL-Venture 5 running shoe is not only comfortable, but a great all-around shoe for running, working out, off-road running, and more.
  • 88
    MarkLevel 1 expert
    by Runners Choice
    If you are serious about running, then you really need to add this running shoe to your arsenal of running gear.
  • 86
    AndyLevel 1 expert
    by Andy's Fitness Hub
    The cushioning makes the impact seems unnoticeable and my feet doesn’t feel tired after a elliptical or running session.
  • 86
    Pick the Best ShoesLevel 1 expert
    by Pick the Best Shoes
    This shoe is popularly known for its versatility, excellent traction, durability, and comfortable feel.
  • 85
    Diet AccentLevel 1 expert
    by Diet Accent
    The Asics shoes offer the perfect blend of durability and style for an affordable price.
  • 83
    Ryan JohnsonLevel 1 expert
    by Debonk
    ASICS Gel cushioning on the rear foot make downhill runs (and sharp stones)  less jarring.
  • 76
    LomtezLevel 1 expert
    by Lomtez
    I understand that this is one of the most effectively-designed and cost-friendly running shoe you can get, but the quality of the sole is a little wanting. 
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  • Heather Peltz Shoes
    A perfect fit for everyday wear, it features a man-made upper; has a front lace-up closure for a secure fit; with a padded collar and tongue for additional support.
  • Heather Peltz Shoes
    It features the rearfoot Gel cushioning system, which helps absorb shock. And it all sits on a textured Asics High Abrasion Rubber outsole for traction on various terrains and durability.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    On the bottom, we have a really durable AHAR Asics High Abrasion Rubber outsole that is trail-specific to help keep you nice and steady over a variety of terrain.
  • April Shop Zappos
    With a durable mesh and synthetic upper, it's breathable and built to last.

Updates to Gel Venture 5

Durable protection and sure performance are part of the service given by the 5th version of the Gel Venture from Asics. Featuring a trail-specific outsole, a plush underfoot cushioning system, and an upper unit that’s meant to fully secure & protect the foot when running on the trails, this shoe is sure to deliver a comfortable running experience during those outdoor adventures.

The upper unit makes use of durable materials that, when combined, protect the foot when traversing the trails. These materials don’t wear off or tear up easily, thus maintaining a great standard of service even after multiple uses.

A great in-shoe feel is afforded by a breathable and comfortable inner lining. It keeps the foot cool and dry at all times, and even prevents pressure points that might result in irritation or blistering. The collar and tongue lock the foot in place.

The mid-sole unit uses the industry-standard EVA foam. It’s durable, responsive and comfortable when stepped on. The heel even has an additional cushioning system, which delivers shock absorption and impact protection, especially when heel striking.

Gel Venture 5 size and fit

The Asics Gel Venture 5 has a standard running shoe length. It follows the regular measurements when it comes to length. The semi-curved shape allows the natural curved shape of the foot to acclimate well to it. It’s available in medium/standard width, which accommodates those with medium-sized feet.


The outsole unit of the Asics Gel Venture 5 was created to function specifically and optimally on the trails. It features gripping lugs that face multiple directions. These outsole lugs hold onto the surfaces well, making each uphill climb and descent more controlled and supported.

The AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber is made from materials that are able to resist wear and abrasion. It essentially protects the sole unit and the runner from the hazards of the trails, such as rough surfaces and debris.

The horizontal and vertical flex grooves provide a smoother stride and a flexible platform. It lets the foot move more naturally, thus making each step more natural and efficient.


Molded Ethylene vinyl acetate is a cushioning system that’s lightweight and responsive. It’s comfortable for the underside of the foot. It’s also capable of absorbing shock, thus making each landing easier to the foot.

The Gel® Cushioning System is placed in the rear section of this running shoe. It makes heel striking less strenuous by absorbing the impact shock and giving additional cushioning. It’s a helpful system for heel strikers.


The upper unit of the Gel Venture 5 uses a breathable mesh material. It provides a well-ventilated coverage at all times. It has been woven in a secure manner, so it doesn’t tear off or lose structural integrity easily.

Synthetic overlays that are stitched onto the upper gives structured support. These overlays are prominent in this shoe, so they wrap the foot snugly, while also protecting the upper from the harsh conditions of the trails.

A Synthetic toe and heel cap shields these sections from any debris that might come in contact with them. They keep the toes and the rear of the foot protection at all times. A pull-tab assists the runner when it comes to wearing and removing the shoe.

The inner sleeve of this shoe makes use of a breathable fabric that is soft and smooth. It doesn’t cause any skin irritation, so it’s possible to wear this shoe without any socks.


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