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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2012
I should note that I purchased these shoes without first trying them on(damn you internet!). Normally I wear a 9.5, noticing some of the reviews on here mentioned these running a little small I purchased a size 10. Upon arrival, the shoes are very sharp looking, I received several compliments in the short time I did wear them around. Unfortunately ordering a half size large did not do the trick for me, the shoes fit fine length wize and the tightness around my heel felt good, but the front of the shoe narrows too much and the front half of my foot felt like it was being pressed together, needless to say it made for an uncomfortable run. Fortunately the good folks at Amazon have a wonderful return policy and I was able to get my money back, so just a fair warning. Very cool looking shoes, but not proportionately shaped for me.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2012
The first thing I will say is that for ANY shoe you should try it on before buying. Feet shape/size and running form are different for everyone, so a shoe may work wonderfully for one person and cause considerable pain for another.

That being said, I have purchased multiple pairs of this shoe. I purchased the first pair from a local running store where I was able to test them out, and have purchased subsequent pairs from Amazon because they are cheaper and I already know what size I need.

Some important things to note: I have a very narrow foot. A few other reviewers have complained about the shoe's toe being too narrow. Again, trying on the shoes will quickly resolve this issue. Also, these trainers are light- to moderate-weight, so they will not hold up as long as a heavier shoe like the Saucony ProGrid or Adidas Supernova, but they are (obviously) lighter to run in and are therefore better suited to running half or full marathons.

Case in point: this shoe is great if it fits your foot and running form, but as with any shoe I would at least try it on and, if possible, have your running form evaluated at a running specialty store while wearing the shoes before purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2012
This is the 2nd pair of Speedstar 5s that I've worn. Before that, I went through three pairs of Speedstar 3s (the yellow ones) and two pairs of Speedstar 4s (the red ones). They've all been about the same, and in fact the Speedstar 5 midsole/outsole is identical to the Speedstar 4s. The upper of the Speedstar 5s is different than the previous models. It's pretty plain, but fits about the same. Maybe a touch narrower than the 4s, but that seemed to go away after a run or two -- maybe they stretch slightly. I typically use them for tempo runs and long runs that include some marathon pace work. They're also great for long races (halfs and marathons), although I've started wearing even lighter shoes now for those distances. I have run at least 6 marathons in Speedstars though and they've been great. I'm a heel striker (always have been/always will be) and they're good for that as they've got plenty of cushion. Essentially they fit/feel like a light version of the Nimbus (which I often wear for long easier runs and general pavement-pounding). My understanding is that Asics is discontinuing the Speedstar, with the 6 being the last in the line (I've got a pair of those too, but haven't run in them yet). Moving towards the 33 line I've heard.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2012
I purchased these shoes after trying them on at a local store. I wanted a shoe that was very lightweight. This shoe was MONEY. I run between 15 to 20 miles a week. And also compete in many different races. I have a normal step and stride,so support was not a factor for me. These shoes (along with months of training) just helped me set a Personal Best 19:56 in a 5k.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2011
Great shoes, always buy Asics after the Consumer Report and Industry reviews consistently rank them as the best for comfort and quality. BUT, this style is a HALF SIZE smaller than normal. Narrower and much tighter than normal, after a month was able to stretch them out but were still tight. Should definitely order a half size larger than you normally would.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2011
I bought these strictly from online reviews. I noticed they run a bit large but that is fine since my feet tend to swell the longer i run. These shoes are very light, comfortable and let my feet breathe better than some old Nike shoes I used to use. Also, I took these to Disney World and used them all day for walking. No issues! highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2012
excelleeeeent shoes, hi-quality and light weight, i recommend them for anyone that wants a good running shoe that looks good to
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2012
I am an avid runner, and have tried many different shoes over the years. I tried the Speedstar 4's and liked them well enough, so when the 5's came out I decided to give them a try. This shoe is absolutely perfect for my form and gate. I have been through 5 pairs of the Speedstar 5's, and if I have it my way I will buy another dozen pairs to stock up!

That being said, many people are complaining on these reviews that they did not have enough cushioning or support... Keep in mind, these shoes are NOT for a runner that suffers a lot of pronation in their gate. Many runners need the extra stability and cushioning in a shoe to run longer distances, and it is nothing of which to be ashamed; however, if you have a neutral stride and like the idea of minimal cushioning, then these shoes will not disappoint! They are very lightweight, and after a few miles you will forget that you're wearing shoes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2012
I'm normally a size 11, but I bought these in 11 1/2 and they're the absolute perfect size. All my other running shoes are Nike so this was quite a departure for me, but I was looking for a kinder softer shoe with a little more width at the toe and this is it. Wow, I just ran 9 miles today and felt like I was wearing slippers. The cushioning is just right - and more than you'd expect. The feel of the uppers is soft and snug. And they feel lighter than my Nike Lunarglides. I'm super happy with these and plan to run the San Francisco marathon in them in late July.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2012
I have never purchased Asics before and was apprehensive. However, these are the most comfortable running shoes I've ever owned. Normally wear Adidas or Nike and these Asics have made me look for my next pair already. I have worn them every day at work as im on my feet most of the day and they do not disappoint. But order 1/2 size larger than normal as they seem to run smaller than addidas and nike.
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