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- 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: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00Q2JC290
- Item model number: GEL-Venture 5-M
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 17, 2009
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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First, it is a nice walking or casual shoe. For under $40, it is well constructed, and I really like the understated look of the shoes. After some use, it is very comfortable for standing or walking. I even has pulling loops behind the heel, which I though had disappeared from these shoes in the name of economy.
Running in these shoes isn't recommended, in my opinion. Most running shoes in wide or extra wide widths typically have a lot of support, because there is usually a parallel assumption that the user is relatively heavy. This show provides only a medium level support and cushioning. Two other items will not make running in these shoes a bargain. The area over the big toe is not reinforced and will wear out prematurely for runners. I know this from experience with two pairs of ASICS GT-2170, which were great running shoes otherwise. ASICS knows this is an issue; more recent shoes such as their GT-1000 are reinforced in that area. Finally, my ankles have no clearance to the top edge of this shoe and contacts it when running (but not walking). This is an issue, and maybe why the shoes are sold at a steep discount.
In summary, this is a well made casual shoes (5 stars), but unless you're running distance races in Chuck Taylor All Stars, this isn't a great option (3 stars) for running.
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.
These are different. I've had them about five months now and my toe hasn't yet frayed the upper mesh. Plus, the stability and cushioning seem more substantial and my feet don't hurt during the day. Love the shoes.