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- 100% Synthetic
- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately Low-Top" from arch
- Outdoor-ready runner with mesh and brushstroke-patterned underlays
- Rearfoot GEL cushioning
- Removable sockliner accommodates medical orthotics
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The GEL-Venture 5 provides great fit and everyday comfort, with Rearfoot GEL Cushioning and a rugged outsole ideal for a variety of terrains.
In 1949, Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka began his athletic footwear company (Onitsuka Co., Ltd.) by manufacturing basketball shoes out of his living room in Kobe, Japan. He chose the name ASICS for his company in 1977, based on a famous Latin phrase "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano," which, when translated, expresses the ancient ideal of "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body." Taking the acronym of this phrase, ASICS was founded on the belief that the best way to create a healthy and happy lifestyle is to promote total health and fitness. Today, ASICS offers a full line of performance-driven athletic shoes and technical active sports apparel and accessories dedicated to bringing harmony to the body and soul.
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 10 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00Q2JC290
- Item model number: GEL-Venture 5-M
- Date first listed on Amazon: November 17, 2009
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Second: Fantastic shoe. I could not believe the quality for the money I paid for them. Top notch.
I run a 10k on the road every day, and after reading numerous reviews on this site and others surrounding these shoes and numerous people who use them for road running, I decided to bite. I am on a budget, and this is a hard time of year to find street shoes for less than a hundred bucks. After coming from a light weight street running shoe, I absolutely cannot recommend these for street running. I know they are a trail running or "multi surface running shoe", but after seeing the sheer volume of users who take to the black top with them I decided to bite.
So, why don't I like them for street running, you may ask? Primarily, weight. These are bulky, at least twice the weight of my previous shoe, and the break in period was quite painful for the first week.
I took my dogs to some very steep local trails recently (I live near the very hilly finger lakes region of New York) and these shoes are PHENOMENAL trail shoes. I was running top speed through a very narrow, tree, rock, and root ridden trail that curved this way and that with almost every step and felt unstoppable. The grip felt like I had cleats on. Despite the speed, I could turn on a dime, using trees to propel my momentum through the curves, and not feeling a thing beneath my feet despite the various terrain types I was covering (from rocky to slipper needle covered loose dirt).
I knocked a star for personal reasons, and really, it's a reason that the shoe wasn't exactly designed for, so I'm not really sure if it's even fair for me to do so. I only did this as many other reported a great road running experience, and I feel they came up short in that regard.
As far as trail running goes: are their better shoes out there? Yes. Are you going to find them for anywhere near this price? Absolutely not. If you're on a budget, and run trails, these are your shoe.
And lastly, as I forgot to mention above, the fit was perfect.
I wear them for working out, walking, and everyday usage. They are good in summer and winter too. Normally I have to go with extra-wide, but with these shoes the normal widths (D) are comfortable – you've just got to wear them a day or two to break them in and then they are GREAT.
That's my experience, but I guess everybody's feet are different. Not everybody has wide, hard-to-please feet like mine.
The shoes I was alternating with these, were a pair of Sketchers I received as a gift. The memory foam soles were not only more comfortable, they are still going. They were so much more comfortable, that I always ended up scheduling my long mileage days, on the days I was due to wear the Sketchers. They currently have almost 100 miles, and still appear brand new. (These Asics, except for the small hole, also appear new. The exterior held up great)
Be careful if you buy these shoes, the quality just isn't there. The worn hole is in a pretty bad spot for pictures, but I did my best in attaching a couple images showing it.
This was my first, and last Asics purchase, Ever.
Not only do these fit like the Nikes, they also offer enough support for my plantar fasciitis that I can walk most of the day without too much pain.
Edit: a few months later these shoes do not fit as well, and have several holes inside. The toe box is stretched, so my foot shifts inside the shoe when i change direction quickly, even with them tied so tight my feet start to go numb. Not terrible shoes, but not great either.