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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do 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 need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

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
$100
Weight
Men: 11.3oz
Women: 9.3oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The cloth-like disposition of the upper unit allowed the foot to move naturally, according to some runners.
  • The vibrant color options were appreciated by many.
  • The toe box received some recognition from testers who felt that it was wide enough to accommodate natural toe-splaying.
  • ‘Comfortable’ was a word that’s frequently used by users to define their running sessions while wearing this shoe.
  • The Gel® Cushioning System gained renown among testers because it responsibly delivered cushioning and shock absorption.
  • The mid-foot stability unit was able to correct over-pronated foot motion, wrote a number of testers who needed pronation control.
  • A runner was pleased that it was versatile; it worked well for moderate distance running and trainings.
  • A great number of consumers were impressed by its lightweight nature, saying that they didn’t feel as if the shoe dragged them down.
  • A number of testers commented that the outsole’s traction capability was reliable.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The toes of some testers tended to hit the upper fabrics frequently, causing holes to form on the shoe’s façade.
  • The rubber material on the bottom started to peel off on some runners, significantly reducing traction.
  • Several runners noted that this shoe wasn’t very comfortable for their feet; they claimed to experience discomfort in their heels and knees while wearing it.

Bottom line

The Asics GT 1000 4 was a reliable stability shoe for many runners. Many stated that they were able to feel the mid-foot support unit as it stabilized their gait. It’s even adequately lightweight, allowing them to use it for their daily running sessions of the pavement. On the other hand, there were those who commented that the durability of this shoe wasn’t on point. The cushioning system left a lot to be desired for a number of consumers, as well.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 900 ratings

5 star
73%
4 star
18%
3 star
5%
2 star
2%
1 star
2%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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89 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The new upper combines two layers of mesh to provide support and breathability.

  • 93 / 100 by RunRepeat • Frank DuCett • Level 4 expert

    Typical Asics construction is the highest quality! Improved in this version with a more durable upper that has not allowed my toes to wear, as with several earlier offerings of the GT-1000.

  • 82 / 100 by Heavy • Kate Halse • Level 4 expert

    The sole is lighter than ever before, but the structural integrity remains strong.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Theo Clyatt • Level 3 expert

    A reasonably priced shoe that ticks all the boxes for a runner who needs support from their footwear.

  • 88 / 100 by Competitor Running • Adam Chase • Level 3 expert

    Loads of reassuring structure that you won’t feel during a run.

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Updates to Asics GT 1000 4

  • The 4th version of the Asics GT 1000 is a daily trainer that is optimized for the support of runners who have a moderately over-pronated foot motion. It features some reliable mid-sole mechanisms that guide the foot towards a more stable position when running and when standing idly. It’s made to support the runner at all times.
  • The upper unit of the GT 1000 4 uses materials that deliver flexible, breathable and comfortable coverage. The engineered mesh looks like a woven cloth; it’s soft and it constantly encourages air to enter the shoe. The stitched-on Asics logo provides security and structure to the medial and lateral sides.
  • The mid-sole unit employs reliable cushioning systems that offer bounce-back mechanics and impact protection. These components are high in quality, so they do not break down easily or lose integrity, even after many uses.
  • A mid-foot support system is added to make sure that the foot is getting the balance that it needs when running on the roads. The stability mechanics prevent injury or discomfort brought about by the uncommon pronation of the foot.
  • The outsole uses two rubber compounds to deliver protection and responsiveness to the runner’s performance. The rear of the shoe uses a tougher rubber that shields the sole unit from wear and abrasion while the forefoot section utilizes a softer rubber gives additional cushioning to each toe-off.

Asics GT 1000 4 size and fit

The Asics GT 1000 4 is slightly larger than the regular measurements. It is recommended for runners to purchase ½ size smaller to get the right length. It is available in a medium width version, so it can accommodate runners with medium-sized feet. Its semi-curved shape allows the foot to acclimate naturally to it.


Outsole

The AHAR® or the Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber is a compound that’s placed in the heel section. Made from carbon rubber, it’s a very durable layer of protection that shields the sole unit from abrasion, wear, and the impact forces from the ground. It’s also able to deliver reliable traction over the roads.

The DuraSponge® is a material that’s placed in the forefoot section of the Asics GT 1000 4. Made from the blown AHAR®, it has a more responsive nature as it gives additional cushioning to the runner, especially when executing a toe-off.


Midsole

The Gel® Cushioning System is a silicon-based mid-sole component that’s located separately in the heel and forefoot sections of the Asics GT 1000 4. It delivers impact protection when landing the foot on the ground, so each step is much more comfortable.

The SpEVA® is a full-length cushioning foam that gives bounce-back characteristics. It’s made from a top-quality compound, so it doesn’t break down or lose structure easily.

The Trusstic System® is a thermal plastic in the mid-foot that maintains the integrity of the shoe’s structure. It also reduces the overall weight of the shoe.

The DuoMax® Support System is a dual-density material that’s meant to support the mid-foot to assume a more neutral stance when running and when standing idly. It carries the arch well and doesn’t let it roll inward, fully giving it structural support that’s helpful in preventing injury.


Upper

The Engineered mesh is a lightweight, soft, yet durable material that resembles a woven fabric. It has an open construction, so it gives the runner consistent ventilation. It doesn’t compromise the natural flexibility of the foot because it moves like normal cloth.

The inner sleeve is made from a soft material that lets the foot acclimate well to it when inside the shoe. It has a seamless construction, so it significantly reduces irritation and hot spots, which may cause blistering.

The Asics logo is stitched onto the upper. Treated with a reflective coating, it heightens the visibility of the shoe, making it easier for the runner to trail in low-light conditions. It also provides structure to the upper unit while wrapping the foot securely.

Additional cushioning is afforded by a Standard Sock Liner. It keeps the immediate underfoot platform as comfortable as possible for the runner.