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
$250
Weight
Men: 10.9oz
Women: 9.3oz
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 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Comfort ranks as one of the best assets of the Asics Metarun due to the plush fabric of the interior and the well-padded midsole.
  • Breathability is guaranteed by the new jacquard mesh.
  • Asics introduces a new stability system that gives it a much stable run than their flagship stability shoe.
  • The new midsole is amazingly 55% lighter than standard EVA for lightweight and responsive cushioning.
  • Delivering great heel support is an external heel counter that does not feel too stiff, according to numerous comments.
  • A huge majority of runners are enamored by the cool and ultra-sophisticated design.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Metarun is an ultra-expensive shoe.
  • It comes in very limited edition.

Bottom line

Asics introduces a “concept shoe” that will feature for the first time several never-before -released technologies in its arsenal. Without sparing the cost, the Metarun has ultra-superior quality, comfort, support, and stability that is not jarring. The sky-high cost is matched only by the performance as it is substantially better than any of Asics’ most expensive and popular shoes.


Rankings


Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 17 ratings

5 star
41%
4 star
0%
3 star
6%
2 star
6%
1 star
6%

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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86 / 100 based on 26 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 by RunRepeat • Dan Biagi • Level 2 expert

    MetaRun are made from the best material that Asics uses for their shoes and have been developed following extensive research. Comfort and cushioning but not at expenses of speed and weight.

  • 85 / 100 by Shoes Feet Gear Podiatrists Brisbane • Peter • Level 1 expert

    Perfect shoe for those guys doing high miles, but also wanting the performance in the shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

     If money is no object to you and want to try the latest and greatest give it a shot.

  • 88 / 100 by The Running Centre • The Running Centre • Level 3 expert

     It will give you the durability and cushioning required to cover your high volume runs, but does have more of a performance feel than concurrent volume trainers. 

  • 82 / 100 by Running Commentary • Derek Li • Level 3 expert

     Despite it being designed as a support shoe, I did not find that this impeded my running style in any way and I think this shoe could work for neutral runners, much like the Brooks Ravenna.

  • 100 / 100 by The Running Bug • The Running Bug • Level 2 expert

    The only downside is the price. Packed with so much technology I completely understand why they’re such a high-priced running shoe but it’s a shame they’re not affordable for the everyday runner – they really are a game changer!

  • 91 / 100 by Dirty Old Sneakers • Dirty Old Sneakers • Level 2 expert

    And the less I have to think about each foot strike over the course of a run the more I can think about other things like form, breathing, my calendar, my son, my job, my wife, basically anything other than “why don’t these shoes feel good on my feet.

  • 90 / 100 by Sport 360˙ • Sport 360˙ • Level 2 expert

    It took three years to create but it was certainly worth the wait.

  • 83 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Derek Li • Level 2 expert

    It probably suits midfoot strikers best as this landing pattern really accentuates the properties of the Flytefoam and gives a nice smooth transition and toe-off.

  • 81 / 100 by Run Society • Priscelia Chin • Level 2 expert

    Regardless of an impressive pedigree, if you have issues running on a high volume heel—no matter how comfy and plush it might be—all of the other features that come with this shoe may not matter to you.

  • 95 / 100 by Men's Health • Kenneth Wee • Level 1 expert

    Asics' finest hour, and quite possibly the new benchmark trainer for running shoes in its class. Buy without regret — if you can find this limited edition concept sneaker.

  • 92 / 100 by Running Competitor • Jim Gerweck • Level 1 expert

    Compared to ASICS’ flagship shoe, the GEL-Kayano 21, the MetaRun is 20 grams lighter, at 310g total shoe weight (10.9 ounces), exhibits 30 percent lower foam density in the FlyteFoam midsole, has increased stability (28 percent more in the rearfoot, 15 percent midfoot), has improved static (44 precent lateral and 26 percent medial) and dynamic fit (12 and 15 percent respectively), and an 18 percent increase in rearfoot cushioning.

  • 90 / 100 by Moms Little Running Buddies • Rachel • Level 1 expert

    Even though I work with Asics, I felt like the write up could be a little over stated…until I ran in them.

  • 89 / 100 by Running Rachel • Rachel • Level 1 expert

    I suffer from mild plantar fasciitis on my left heel and I have no pain while running and wearing these shoes. 

  • 85 / 100 by run 4 Your Life • Dave Criniti • Level 1 expert

    For this price, expect a very comfortable and well-supported yet responsive and not overly-bulky ride.

  • 83 / 100 by Yahoo News • Jeff Dengate • Level 1 expert

    While Asics claims the fit is "like a glove," we found it cups the heel tight and wraps snugly through the midfoot, especially at the arch, but there's plenty of wiggle room in the toebox — and space for the feet to swell on long runs.

  • 82 / 100 by Triathlon Magazine Canada • Sinead Mulhern • Level 1 expert

    For runners who love that bouncy, foamy feel in their step, they will love the feel of this underfoot.

  • 82 / 100 by Kicks on Fire • JuanofaKind • Level 1 expert

    Asics looks to do just that as they’ve just stated that their Asics MetaRun is the greatest long distance running shoe that Asics has ever created!

  • 82 / 100 by Hypebeast • Arthur Bray • Level 1 expert

    The components that make up the new Meta Run technology is a breakthrough which will inevitably be applied to forthcoming footwear models; be that ASICS’ replete lifestyle inventory, or other sporting sectors the brand looks to excel further in; tennis and volleyball. 

  • 82 / 100 by Men's Journal • Jeff Dengate • Level 1 expert

    Instead, it has firm cushioning that will really be appreciated by bigger-bodied guys who put a lot of force into the foam.

  • 81 / 100 by Pris Chew Dot Com • Priscilla • Level 1 expert

    I would say that in terms of its weight and comfort, the ASICS MetaRun shoes are pretty revolutionary, in my opinion.

  • 80 / 100 by Shoes Feet Gear • Peter Charles • Level 1 expert

    The designers were given free reign to use whatever tech and R & D to produce the ultimate running shoe for serious runners.

  • 77 / 100 by Shape • Diana Lee • Level 1 expert

    However, she commented that the Asics Metarun would be a good training shoe for those who have the means – specifically those who prioritise good cushioning and stability over other factors. 

  • 75 / 100 by Dr. Mark Kemenosh • Dr. Mark Kemenosh • Level 1 expert

    The ASICS’ MetaRun shoe is just kind of a crazy concept that the engineers in Japan were permitted to go crazy with. 

  • 73 / 100 by Amphibian King • Damian McKeever • Level 1 expert

    If you can get over the price tag and try the shoe on it's surprising light, we weighed the uk size 8 at 315 grams which is a good deal lighter than the Kayano.

  • 70 / 100 by Highsnobiety • Aleks Eror • Level 1 expert

    Three years in the making, a team of scientists at the ASICS Institute of Sports Science have developed what they believe to be the greatest long distance running shoe that their collective expertise could muster.

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Updates to Asics Metarun

  • From top to bottom, the Metarun is ultra-new. This is basically a prototype of what Asics shoes will use as technologies in their future releases. With no budgetary constraints in mind and with three years of painstaking work in the background, the new technologies will certainly excite runners, especially the hordes of Asics fans.
  • The upper of the Metarun is made of newly-engineered jacquard mesh that combines flexibility and breathability. It is extremely light and durable. It will clearly make runs more ventilated than ever with excellent support in all the right areas.
  • A new patented midsole called the FlyteFoam is incredibly 55% than regular EVA and is more resilient, responsive, and durable. The idea is to give the best kind of plush and responsive cushioning in a feather-light material.
  • Another new feature in the upper is an external counter that locks both ankles in comfort and support. Together with the memory foam, the support is plush and feels very natural.
  • Asics utilizes a new carbon fiber in the midfoot for exceptional stability. It allows neutral runners to perform their natural strides and helps overpronators as it curbs the excessive inward rolling of the foot.
  • The popular DUOMAX foam is also re-engineered in the Asics Metarun. It is designed to work the new stability feature called the AdaptTruss to secure the foot on both sides and makes transitions quicker and more effective.
  • Even the iconic Gel cushioning system is modified in this new shoe. Called the X-Gel, this silicon based-material comes in a new shape and density to maximize the gel’s shock-absorbing features at a lesser weight.

Asics Metarun size and fit

The fit of the Metarun is very standard, which means ample room in the heel, midfoot, and forefoot. While the shoe has generous fit, the adaptive upper and the security of the overlays and external counter securely wraps the foot in comfort and support. Asics will be releasing medium width for this limited edition. Sizes are regular as well with the options being 7 to 19 for the men’s and 4 to 12 for the women’s.


Outsole

The outsole is covered with prominent treads that allow runners to take this very comfortable ride to the outdoors. Covering the outsole is the AHAR+ rubber for enhanced durability, particularly in high-impact areas. The Guidance line or the vertical cut from the heel to the forefoot helps with the flexibility of the shoe.


Midsole

A new midsole foam in the FlyteFoam opens the door for runners to enjoy incredible responsiveness with the feel of a much softer foam. This is 55% lighter than the industry-grade EVA with improved durability and resiliency. Organic fibers are the main material in this foam, which immediately revert back to its original shape after absorbing every impact. It gives the shoe great responsiveness. Located in the midsole, just beneath the arch, is a carbon fiber called the AdaptTruss. The technology keeps every run neutral as it is not overly stiff and is only experienced once the runner rolls inward after some serious mileage or when the runner is an overpronator. On top of the AdaptTruss is the improved DUOMAX foam. It runs from the medial to the lateral side to really enhance the stability of the shoe. Finally, the X-Gel or new gel construction has a new shape and placement to give the ultimate shock-absorbing benefits at a greatly reduced weight.


Upper

The synthetic jacquard mesh has the perfect blend of flexibility and structure. It means that runners have natural flex in the upper and stiffness in the right areas. The result is an upper that hugs the foot in comfort and security. Asics uses part of its logo to act as an overlay that functions as a midfoot hold. Going over to both sides of the ankle is an external heel counter that keeps the heel in place. This secure hold is enhanced by the memory foam.