Facts

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
$120
Weight
Men: 11oz
Women: 8.9oz
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.

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

7 reasons to buy

  • Most of the reviewers appreciated the comfortable sole of the GT 2000 5.
  • A handful of runners loved the shock-absorbing cushioning of the 5th version of the GT 2000.
  • The structured Heel Clutch System and the Duomax Support System combine to provide excellent support and stability.
  • The new mesh upper offers better foot-hugging support in this model.
  • The deep vertical flex groove enhance transitions and helps with the flexibility of this well-cushioned shoe.
  • Additional midfoot overlays deliver a wraparound feel in the midfoot, particularly in the arch.
  • Gender specific cushioning gives a slightly softer feel for the women for more comfort.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few wished for substantial weight reduction in the Asics GT 2000 5.
  • It is a bit expensive.
  • A handful of runners needed a break-in period to be very comfortable in this shoe.

Bottom line

The GT 2000 series is one of those shoes from Asics that has slowly, but surely gained a solid following from runners who require a shoe that blends a well-cushioned run and a supportive ride. In the GT 2000 5, Asics continues this line’s tradition of excellent cushioning, superb arch support, with improved security in the midfoot and the heel. For heel strikers, the 10mm heel offset and the Gel Cushioning system combine to soften the impact with every strike.


Rankings


Ratings

3.9 / 5 based on 327 ratings

5 star
42%
4 star
20%
3 star
11%
2 star
9%
1 star
9%

My Rating

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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88 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 by RunRepeat • Frank DuCett • Level 4 expert

    The workmanship is near perfect with no excess glue anywhere. It's not sloppy or hurriedly assembled, the stitching under the sock liner is well done and the entire shoe is put together perfectly.

  • 94 / 100 by RunRepeat • Frank DuCett • Level 4 expert

    These are both great shoes with the highest quality materials and workmanship and with the same strengths of durability, comfort, and performance.

  • 85 / 100 by RunRepeat • Theresa Norman • Level 2 expert

    The Asics GT 2000 6 is a running shoe that features durability and lightweight design. Performance and stability wise, the shoe is not as impressive as the other stability shoes from Asics and Brooks.

  • 85 / 100 by RunRepeat • Vlad Malashnyak • Level 1 expert

    Forget about fixing your shoe laces again, about overheated feet, unbalanced ride and about changing your mind and go shorter today. No way! You will be willing to put them on again and again and again unless… you like to run faster.

  • 81 / 100 by Runabees • Runabees • Level 3 expert

    These sneakers are wide enough to provide a comfortable fit for ladies with painful bunions, and will help reduce the risk of friction between the foot deformity and the inner part of the shoes even during intensive running. 

  • 80 / 100 by Below The Knee Shoes • Mike • Level 3 expert

    This iteration, the GT-2000 5, is a bit different from the 2000 4’s but the difference is good, and it’s mostly in the uppers. 

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Updates to Asics GT 2000 5

  • Not much has changed in the Asics GT 2000 5 compared to the last model. In the latest edition, what is most apparent is the new seamless upper. The no-sew construction provides a more adaptable fit that also reduces the risk of irritation or hot spots.
  • Asics added a sturdy toe cap in this model for more durability and enhance toe protection. While a prominent toe protection is added, the very thick and stitched eyelet support has been removed. The new welded eyelet support provides decent support without adding weight to the shoe.
  • The new mesh gives more support and comfort to the user in the GT 2000 5. It does not have the large holes of the earlier version, but it makes up for it with its countless holes to maintain the shoe’s breathability.
  • Finally, a more structured Heel Clutch System locks down the foot.

Asics GT 2000 5 size and fit

The fit of the newest instalment of the Asics GT 2000 5 mirrors that of the prior model. There is a decent space in the forefoot to accommodate even those with flat feet while the heel and midfoot have superb security and support that is not restrictive. Runners with medium to slightly wider feet are naturally built for this kind of fit. It runs true to size.


Outsole

The outsole is a classic Asics underfoot design. It features a very deep vertical flex groove called the Guidance Line that helps with the transition from landing to take off. This vertical flex groove merge with horizontal grooves in the forefoot for increased flexibility, which is badly-needed in a shoe that has more than enough cushioning and support features. In the forefoot a blown AHAR rubber, the Durasponge, delivers good traction and durability. The heel and other high-wear areas continues to use the very durable AHAR rubber for durability.


Midsole

Asics utilizes its proprietary FluidRide construction in the GT 2000 5 for that optimal combination of shock-absorbing and responsive features. By putting its brand-exclusive SpEVA on top of its Solyte foam, the shoe delivers top of the line cushioning that does not take away the needed bounce back features. As these cover the entire length of the shoe, the movement from landing to toe-off are also improved. The forefoot and the heel use the award-winning, silicon-based Gel Cushioning System for more shock-absorbing and cushioning abilities. Shoe integrity and support are enhanced by the TPU material in the midfoot known in the Asics lingo as the Trusstic System.


Upper

The seamless upper of the 5th model of the GT 2000 starts with a very breathable and comfortable form-fitting mesh. It basically wraps the entire shoe to ensure breathability. Asics incorporates new overlays in the midfoot to form a network of support with the Asics logo for better midfoot security and support. The tongue and ankle collar have moderate padding for comfort. A traditional lace-up closure keeps the fit snug and supportive throughout.