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

5 reasons to buy

  • The majority of runners appreciated the color of the upper.
  • Many were impressed with the overall design of the shoe.
  • One tester ran a race using the shoe with no problems or difficulties.
  • A good number of users were glad that they were able to use the shoe for different activities – running, walking, going to the gym, for example.
  • Most agreed that the price was reasonable.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Mostly, women testers observed that the width felt narrow. More specifically, the fit felt tight across the front of the forefoot, they said.

Bottom line

The Asics GT 1000 7 SP is a stability running shoe that comes with an affordable price tag. Most reviewers appreciated its unique upper design which was made to look like the Northern Lights. Although most female runners commented that the fit felt tight across the front of the forefoot, the shoe still proved to be useful and versatile to plenty of users.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Weight: Men: 10.2oz | Women: 8.4oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 21mm | Women: 20mm
Forefoot height: Men: 13mm | Women: 12mm
Brand: Asics
Type: Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $90
Colorways: Blue, Green, Grey, Purple
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  • The Northern Lights inspired the silhouette of the Asics GT 1000 7 SP. The pattern is similar with all colorways. The color of the toe box fades into black towards the back of the heel, mimicking the movement of the Aurora Borealis.
  • The upper’s material was updated into a mesh that’s stretchier than the upper material on the previous version. The toe box was also made wider. The combination of these two updates allows the shoe to cater to different foot shapes.

The Asics GT 1000 7 SP just like its base model, the GT 1000 7, this shoe comes in standard running shoe sizes. Runners who wish to procure a pair can make use of their usual running shoe measurements. The same goes for this shoe’s width. It is available in medium measurements – B – medium and D – medium for women and men respectively.

Similar to the well known Asics GT 2000 7, featured on this shoe's outsole is the AHAR rubber. It’s an abbreviation for Asics High Abrasion Rubber. From its name, it has a durable characteristic, making the bottom of the shoe more resistant to early signs of wear and tear.

Because the AHAR outsole is sturdy, it’s going to need some flex grooves and lines to make it moveable. The tread of the outsole is composed of such shapes and flex lines. The pattern promotes natural movement of the foot while running.

The midsole has been designed with the I.G.S or Impact Guidance System Technology. It is a design philosophy that links components together to allow a more natural gait transition throughout the running phase. It’s not just one feature functioning, but a link between interdependent parts to produce optimal movement.

When it comes to foams, the midsole is composed of a variety, for cushioning, support and impact dispersion. The first one is the DuoMax Support, which is a firm sponge that reduces the stress on the foot. The platform of this shoe was similarly designed to a wedge – higher on one side, then tapering into a side that’s thinner. The higher part of the platform is the DuoMax.

The next foam is the FlyteFoam Technology which provides a bounce back to the runner’s every stride. With the use of organic fibers that bounce back to its original shape in the space of each stride, this Asics technology delivers cushioning that’s adaptive throughout the run.

Next is the SpEVA Foam material which improves the bounce of the midsole platform. It is a specially blended formulation of Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) and rubber ball material. According to Asics, this material improves the runner’s bounce by 20%.

Also on the midsole is a Trusstic System. The Asics GT 10007 SP is a stability shoe which means that it controls or minimizes overpronation. Aside from the DuoMax Support, it also has this system which is located in the middle part of the platform. It prevents the foot from twisting by providing rigidity and structural integrity.

On the rearfoot is a gel cushioning technology. It’s like a pod that attenuates shock and aids in providing that comfortable feel on the heel part of the shoe.

There’s also the Guidance Line Technology which helps with promoting the optimal movement of the foot. It also enhances the performance of the runner by reducing the imbalance caused by the shift in a runner’s center of pressure.

The shoe was made with a lasting called SpEVA Foam 45. With a density of 45, it provides a soft platform feel, better cushioning, plus an improved feel from within the shoe.

The upper was made to be reflective for better visibility during low-light conditions. When runners run at night or during a gloomy day, the shoe will appear as if it is lighting up.

The material the upper is made of is called mesh. It delivers proper ventilation, plus it has a stretchable characteristic that caters to all kinds of foot shapes. There aren’t a lot of overlays on the upper except for the ones on the sides of the shoe, serving an aesthetic purpose.

The lacing that the Asics GT 1000 7 SP comes with is standard. If runners wish to have a tighter fit across the midfoot, the laces should be tightened.


Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.