10 Best Asics Running Shoes For Women in 2021

Jovana Subic
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10 Best Asics Running Shoes For Women in 2021

For the ladies who are looking for a pair of quality running shoes, Asics is a reliable go-to. The brand’s running shoes for women are not just durable. They’re also set for maximum comfort and protection. 

Whether it’s a pair of road or trail running shoes you’re after, a daily beater of a race-ready speedster, Asics won’t disappoint.

How we test the best Asics running shoes for women

There are 200+ models of Asics running shoes for women. Given the wide array of options, it’s easy to get lost. 

But this list is made specifically for female runners looking for the finest selection. To back our choices, we follow these steps without fail: 

  • Buy them with our own money
  • Run in each shoe for at least 30 to 50 miles
  • Cut them open in our own shoe testing lab 
  • Examine and measure all parts of the shoe
  • Calculate their CoreScore using thousands of expert and user reviews.

Best overall

Named after a cloud, the Gel Nimbus 23 from Asics nails it to a T in the comfort arena. It’s so plush and cushy, feeling strained is not even a thing in this shoe. 

Its foam is cloud-like, yes. Even better, it’s great at muting out all the impact, we don’t mind wearing it all day long. 

Like a true Asics, it’s second to none in support. Its midsole may be soft, but it delivers an excellent job keeping the feet aligned and centered. Taking it up a notch, the fit is glove-like. We experienced zero slips in the Nimbus. 

Comfortable and supportive are not enough to describe the shoe’s ride. It’s also one hell of a smooth shoe. It runs buttery smooth, our heel-to-toe transitions were flawless AF. 

And if you’re looking for a sturdy shoe, the Asics Gel Nimbus 23 won’t be a letdown. 50 miles of rough playtests later, it remains scratch-free from the bottom up. 

It’s not the lightest daily trainer at 11.1 oz. But with its performance and features, nothing beats the Gel Nimbus 23 from Asics.

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Like the Nimbus, the Asics Gel Cumulus provides cloud-like plushness. And 23 iterations after, it’s better than ever before! 

The Gel Cumulus 23 may have wowed us with its insane softness. But it took our breath away with its versatile performance. And as an all-rounder, it’s one fine shoe. From daily runs, jogs, and couch to 5k, the Cumulus is THE shoe. 

It doesn’t cut corners on padding, even its tongue is crazy thick! In our lab tests, average tongues measure at 5.4mm thick. But this shoe goes above and beyond at 8.2mm. 

If you want a shoe that’s going to keep your feet cozy and at home, don’t pass up on the Cumulus 23. Even more, the extremely padded tongue increases the shoe’s lockdown. We never even had to readjust the laces midrun. 

It runs velvety smooth even without a rockered design. It has so much flex, moving from one stride to the next was so easy. 

To top it all off, it’s built to last. With 4mm rubber in the heel (vs. 3.7mm average), you’re going to need serious miles to even gash it.

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Best for race

Of all the racers we’ve ever tested, nothing comes close to the Asics MetaSpeed Sky. It hits the spot in all racing essentials, we couldn’t ask for more. And with its premium price, it’s everything we’re willing to pay for. 

Loaded with a carbon-fiber plate, the MetaSpeed Sky sent us flying to our PB. It had so much snap underfoot, we were bolting from one step to the next. 

The Flyte Foam Blast was literally a “blast” to run in. It’s so bouncy, it amps up the shoe’s speed along with the plate. Seriously, beating the competition has never been this easy. 

Even better, it doesn’t sacrifice stability. At slow speed, we never had any missteps and falls. If anything, we were very surefooted. 

To understand it better, we ran our durometer test. At 22.5HA it supports and stabilizes the feet. And in this respect, does a better job than the Nike Invincible Run that’s 14.2HA stiff. 

Add in the shoe’s snug wrap, slips are a thing of the past in the Asics MetaSpeed Sky. 

And if you want a shoe that screams speed-ready, there’s nothing quite like this one. Bounce and snappiness aside, it also has barely any weight. At 6.7 oz, it’s as light as air! 

We pride ourselves in getting down to the nitty-gritties to meticulously assess each shoe on our roster. But with the MetaSpeed Sky, we couldn’t find one thing that breaks the deal.

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Want to outrun the competition with comfort in mind? We highly recommend the Asics MetaRacer. 

It’s fast and cushy, setting PBs doesn't have to come with pain. 

Like the MetaSpeed, it’s packed with a carbon-fiber plate. But unlike plated racing flats, it’s not too hard on the feet. Even better, it’s a very breathable shoe.Under scorching heat, our feet remained cool and dry. 

From lace-up to the last stretch, this shoe kept our strides supported. The upper hugged the feet like socks, we had no concerns for slips even when cornering. 

The MetaRacer is also big on traction. On both wet and dry pavements, it clung so well, we never lost our step. 

The Asics MetaRacer may be a minimalist shoe. But on the run, it’s anything but minimalist. It’s loaded with so many speed-enhancing features, you can get to the finish line with no sweat. 

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Best for trail

The Asics Gel Trabuco 9 brings comfort on the trails. 

We’ve tried past versions of the Trabucos. But the Asics Trabuco 9 ticks all our boxes when it comes to outdoor adventures. We can confirm, it’s king of all Trabucos! 

When we put it on, our feet were immediately welcomed with plush comfort. It has so much cushion from the midsole to the upper, it was like a couch to our feet. 

The Trabuco 9 is a softie on the inside, but is the exact opposite on the outside. It’s built like a tank, it still looks and runs like brand-new even after miles of rough wear tests. 

To see how good of a shoe it is, we also put it through jagged rocks and roots. And to our surprise, not once did we feel any poking underneath. The rock plate does such an excellent job dampening the harshness, our feet remained strain-free. 

And who can move past its unmatched grip? On paved and fire roads, gravel paths, steep uphills, and mud, the Asics Gel Trabuco 9 bites. 

Want to move fast on unfriendly terrains? This shoe will deliver without fail. The Trabuco has so much responsiveness, it will push you to your next step. Even more, it’s not clunky. 

If you want a trail bruiser that can take a beating and will eat up everything you throw at it, don’t write off the Asics Gel Trabuco 9.

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The Asics Gel Venture 8 has a down-to-earth price, but we found nothing “down” about it. 

With its grip, it’s got the makings of an expensive trail shoe. We took it to mountain terrain, pea gravel, muddy, and loose trails, and it’s been nothing short of outstanding. It clings like claws, losing your step in the Gel Venture is hard. 

Trail running shoes are generally on the firm end in terms of cushioning. But the Gel Venture 8 is here to make a mark. It’s cushy and soft, it never taxed our feet.

Lockdown is also to die for in this shoe. The upper conforms to the contours of the feet, it keeps everything tucked in place. Even during sharp turns, we never felt any wobbling. 

For trail runners who want a solid shoe that can take some hammering from the rough trails, the Asics Gel Venture 8 is a trusty go-to. We put it through the paces. And 50 miles later, it’s proven itself hard-wearing. It has little to no signs of wear and tear from top to bottom. 

When it comes to trail essentials, the Asics Gel Venture 8 doesn’t skimp on anything. But when it comes to weight, expect a trimmed-down sensation. 

On paper, it’s heavy as hell at 12.5 oz. But on the run, it’s light and nimble.

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Best for flat feet

The Kayano has always been a favorite among runners. And we can’t deny, it’s ours too.

But with the 28th edition, we were stunned. Of all the Kayanos we’ve tested, this is the best of the best. 

It maintains the Kayano signature of combining support and comfort. But this time around, it’s enjoyable. Its midsole has so much flexibility, it creates some pop underfoot. 

Whether you’re training or racing, Asics Kayano 28 is a workhorse that will bring out the best in your runs. If you want to take it easy, you can rely on the shoe’s cushion and support. And should you tackle high mileages, it’s got all the protection you could ask for. 

Kayanos have always been hefty. But the Kayano 28 takes on a different path. It shaves off some weight, which is always a plus for all runners. 

Durability level: Kayano. Need we say more? If you want a shoe that can take the daily abuse from the pavement, and take you to your next competition, the Asics Gel Kayano 28 is a no-brainer.

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The Asics GT 2000 9 won’t just eliminate the pain of having flat feet. It will also keep your strides supported on daily runs, uptempo training, and long miles. Like the Kayano, it’s a tried-and-true generalist. 

Like trail shoes, stability running shoes are often dubbed as stiff and unforgiving. But the GT 2000 9 puts a dent on such stereotypes. It’s springy and bouncy, it makes our strides come to life. 

Even better, it’s comfy. It’s generously padded, we didn’t have to break it in. 

Whether you’re taking on roads or light trails, this shoe has the perfect grip. On pavement, it’s not too aggressive. And on trails, it clutches so well, you don’t have to worry about missteps. 

Last but definitely not least, the Asics GT 2000 9 crushes it in strength. After 40+ miles of putting it through the wringer, it remains unscathed.

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Best budget shoe

For only $65, the Asics Gel Contend 7 performs beyond its price. It’s mighty comfortable, it’s even better than the expensive running shoes we’ve tried. 

Apart from the shoe’s cushy foam, the Gel tech is also there to dampen all the impact. It does a solid job, our legs and feet remain fresh even until the last mile. 

Staying true to its Asics roots, the Gel Contend is also built to last. It’s so tough, it has withstood all our rough wear tests. The upper and outsole barely have any wear and tear, and the midsole is just as peppy out the box. 

Support is also paramount in this shoe. The upper locks the feet in place, slips should be the least of your concerns. 

And if you want a shoe that won’t drag your feet down, the Asics Gel Contend 7 can do the job. It’s so light, we forgot about it on the run. 

To seal the deal, this shoe will bring a bang for your buck. For so little price, it can do so much. From daily runs, jogs to gym workouts, you can rely on the Gel Contend 7 from Asics.

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Here to bring excitement in your next run, the Asics Gel Excite 8 may cost less. But when it comes to performance, it’s nowhere near “less.” 

Its ride is the real deal. It’s so bouncy and responsive, it’s literally a joy to run in. 

Even better, it’s a supportive one too! It may be a neutral shoe, but the support it delivers is as good as the dedicated stability models we’ve tested. Runners with flat feet and bad knees can enjoy it. 

Yes, it has a tinge of firmness to keep the feet centered. But it’s never to a point where it’s  harsh. It blends comfort and support so well, it doesn’t need breaking in. 

All these perks are stored in a featherlight package. The Gel Excite barely has any weight on, it felt like we were running barefoot. 

Ultimately, runners who want an affordable trainer that puts comfort and support at the forefront will love the Asics Gel Excite 8. What’s more is that it's durable. After hammering it thoroughly on the pavement, it came out unscathed.

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Jovana Subic
Jovana Subic

Whether it's a vertical kilometre or an ultra, climbing in the Alps or exploring local mountains, Jovana uses every opportunity to trade walls and concrete for forests and trails. She logs at least 10h/week on trails, with no off-season, and 4x more on research on running and running shoes. With a background in physics and engineering management, she prefers her running spiced with data.