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9 reasons to buy

  • A runner used the Asics GT 2000 4 for a half-marathon and he wrote that it kept him comfortable and safe from knee aches.
  • The vibrant colorways for this model were lauded by consumers.
  • The underfoot cushioning system was responsive, noted many testers.
  • The shock absorption capability of the Gel® Cushioning System became a highlight for runners.
  • Several testers took note of the efficient mid-foot stability mechanics, which didn’t allow their feet to roll inwards unnaturally.
  • A number of runners commented that this shoe remained strong and durable, even after many uses.
  • Some users said that the upper fabrics were able to hug their feet securely, just like a glove.
  • A runner claimed that wearing the Asics GT 2000 4 significantly diminished ankle pain when running.
  • There were consumers who stated that this shoe was great not only for running, but also for casual use.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners noted that the sole unit was so jam-packed with features that it limited the flexibility of their feet.
  • The exoskeletal heel counter caused the inner fabric to rub uncomfortably against the skin of some runners, resulting in some blisters.
  • A few of the testers felt that this this shoe’s toe box was uncomfortably narrow.

Bottom line

The Asics GT 2000 4 gained a lot of fans because of its comfortable features and stability mechanics. Those with over-pronated foot motion felt that it supported them well. Many said that it was constructed well, that it remained durable even after many uses. Inversely, some complained that it was unpleasingly narrow; others claimed to suffer from blisters because of the fabric rubbing against their heels.


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  • 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

    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: 11.3oz
    Women: 8.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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
    Men: 22mm
    Women: 21mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 11mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Jan 2016
  • Special editions
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Expert Reviews

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88 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 | Frank DuCett

    Asics GT 2000 4 - A well done classic

    The ASICS GT 2000-4 inspires confidence.

    When looking at these shoes, you can see the quality construction in every area from materials, stitching, padding and reflective strips.

    This shoe has been a long time in the evolutionary process, changing a little every year and getting better with each new version.



    These are the shoes you pack when space is limited to only one pair. I ran in Tanzania for 3 weeks in January.

    Around and around the orphanage not wanting to stray too far, on earth ground almost to fine dust by civilization dating way, way back in time and yet these shoes are still sure-footed on every surface and vented well for the African summertime heat.

    I often look forward to upgrading my present shoes for an even better experience but with the Asics GT 2000, there seems to be no place to go from here. The ASICS GT 2000 shoes are much better than the GT 1000 while being just as good as the much more expensive Kayano.

    A bit stiff, a little heavy, but at the end of a half marathon I am still standing and walking around without obvious distress or looking like something awful just happened to me.

    The GT 2000 is well suited for 148 pounders like myself to perhaps anyone well over 200 pounds

    In preparation for the recent half marathon, I replaced the standard inserts with the more cushioned inserts from an older pair of ASICS Nimbus, changing the GT2000-4 into something more of a cruiser or long-distance model.



    Due to a lack of reflective material on so many shoes these days, I usually use 3M reflective material and reflective laces.

    The standard ASICS shoelaces are more stretchy and better suited for an actual race. Nothing is more important than safety when running in the darkness!


    A clean, good looking and well-designed workhorse of a shoe that is perhaps the best designed go-to shoe for most types of runners.

    The Asics GT models are great shoes but not as quiet as the Asics Nimbus or Flux models. These are an excellent value even at the full retail price.
    Changes are so subtle each year than last year's model could be the best deal of the year!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 89 / 100 | TF XC Running Shoe Reviews

    So, this is definitely a great update; it's one of my favorite shoes.

  • 81 / 100 | The Runner's Flat

    The lightest 2000 ever made by Asics took a couple runs to break in and then it felt smoother than any previous 2000 I've tested. Just like a sports car. Sizing seems to run just a tad short.

  • 87 / 100 | Sportskeeda

    Asics GT-2000 4 offers consistent support during short runs and is very stable during workouts. 

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Updates to Asics GT 2000 4

  • Support, protection and cushioning are part of the hallmarks of the GT 2000 4 from Asics. This running shoe gives the runner more opportunity to run in a well-balanced and well-supported way, thanks to very efficient components that make sure each step is as comfortable as possible. Its multiple colorful designs are visually appealing, as well.
  • The upper unit uses a mesh material that is responsive and comfortable. It has a more open construction, so it naturally lets air into the shoe in order to keep the foot cool and dry. The overlay system isn’t stitched onto the upper, thus reducing the overall weight and allowing the foot to move more naturally.
  • A chock-full of mid-sole technologies are placed in the platform. They work together in providing a well-cushioned and stable underfoot experience for those who need greater comfort and additional support. Gait efficiency is also part of this mid-sole’s service as it has specific components that guide the runner through the gait cycle.
  • The outsole unit utilizes two different rubber compounds, which protect the mid-sole unit from the harsh and unpleasant effects of wear and abrasion. One compound gives additional cushioning, though, thus making each toe-off a bit bouncy and more responsive.

Asics GT 2000 4 size and fit

The Asics GT 2000 4 is true to its size. It comes in men and women’s sizes that adhere to the regular measurements when it comes to length. Its available widths are medium and wide, so runners can actually choose the fit that suits them according to the dimensions of their feet. Its semi-curved shape lets the natural curved shape of the foot acclimate well when wearing it.


The Asics High Abrasion Resistant Rubber or the AHAR® is made from durable carbon rubber. It’s placed primarily in the heel area. It protects the external sole from wear and abrasion, thus preserving the integrity of the unit. It can handle impact and it doesn’t peel off easily.

The DuraSponge® is a blown version of the AHAR®. It’s durable, responsive, and it even gives enhanced cushioning to make each forefoot strike or toe-off more comfortable and efficient.


The FluidRide® is a mid-sole technology that’s responsive and durable. It offers a mix of springiness and lightweight cushioning to each step, so the runner actually stays comfortable while landing on the ground and lifting the foot.

The Dynamic DuoMax™ Support System is a dual-density foam that helps in correcting the stance of the runner. It acts as a foundation that will lift the arch in order for the foot to assume a more neutral position when standing or when running.

The Gel® Cushioning System is a silicon-based gel that’s placed separately in the heel and forefoot sections of the Asics GT 2000 4. It’s there to attenuate shock and make each transition from the heel to the forefoot easier and more comfortable.

The Impact Guidance System®, Guidance Trusstic System® and the Guidance Line® assist the foot through the gait cycle. They make sure that the process of going through the heel strike to the toe-off is much smoother and more agreeable.


The upper utilizes the Open Mesh, which is a material that delivers high levels of breathability in order to maintain a well-ventilated environment in which the foot can relax. Holes or spaces permeate this material and these act as portals of entry for air to keep the upper and the foot dry and cool at all times.

The overlay system has been fused onto the upper unit. They bring structure to the upper material, though they do not limit the natural movement of the foot because they’re not stitched on. These overlays work with the lacing system, giving a customized fit for the wearer.

The Heel Clutching System™ is an exoskeletal structure that’s meant to lock the rear of the foot in place. It holds onto the heel and prevents slippage or accidental shoe-removal.

The ComforDry ™ Sock Liner is a removable and replaceable insole that delivers additional cushioning to the runner. It can manage moisture well and its anti-microbial capability gives the runner a healthier and cleaner environment that’s free from odor.