- 100% Synthetic
- Asics high Abrasion Rubber sole
- Rugged neutral runner in mesh with bright overlays
- GEL Cushioning System
- Removable foam sockliner accommodates orthotics
- Trail-specific outsole with multisurface traction
- High-abrasion rubber
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The GEL-Venture 5 provides great fit and everyday comfort, with Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System 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: 5 x 5 x 0.7 inches
- Item model number: GEL-Venture 5-W
- Date First Available: April 5, 2015
- ASIN: B00NUY4WD4
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My sell points for determining that these are "good" sneakers:
1.) Toe Space - I have problems with my toes going numb if I don't have adequate room in the toe box. To accommodate, I usually order a size 10 and lace up tightly (when I wear a 9 or 9.5) in regular shoes. This causes my shoes to typically wear faster in the heels because they side around a little, but my toes don't go numb after my daily 4 mile trail hike.
2.) Comfort - This includes arch support and overall cushioning. I have bad knees, so I can tell when the cushioning starts to go in sneakers. Mine last almost 3 months exactly when worn for 4 miles daily.
3.) Cuteness - Sorry to be vain but I want sneakers to be cute and have pink on them. These are the only kind I buy. Judge me if you must ;)
4.) Easy to put on / take off - I hate untying my shoes, so I love that these have a loop in the back so I can slip them on with minimal unlacing (lazy).
5.) Doesn't cake-in dirt/mud - When on loose dirt trails, I often encounter dirt & mud that gets caked into my soles, so I favor the Asics styles over, say K-Swiss because the soles don't have a lot of "hiding places" for mud to get packed into.
ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 5 - My all time favorite for toe space as well as cushion and arch support and wears well.
ASICS Women's Gel-contend 3 - Wider in the arch area but narrow in the toes and heels.
ASICS Women's Gel-scram 2 - Great toe space but not much arch support to speak of (super-cute though!)
ASICS Women's Gel Frequency 2 - Actually a walking shoe and built much less "tough" and more lightweight but has a flimsy feel to it and comes up short against the back of the heel, so it fit kinda weird.
When I say these shoes "wear well" I mean that they don't look like they are falling apart even after much use/wear. The only indicators of wear that they show are some wear on the inside of the heels but probably only because I wear a half size too big on purpose, and also some fraying where the inner fabric (pink) meets the lace holes. (See pics)
Overall, I love these shoes the best of all I've tried in Asics as well as Adidas, Saucony, Vibram and K-Swiss and won't be straying from the Gel-Venture 5 shoes again. I love them and don't think it gets any better than this :)
1. I love the color variety
2. Very comfortable and provides great arch support
3. They aren't too tight around the toes or ankles
I got the purple and silver outlined ones, the colors go great together and are vibrant enough to not be boring or overwhelming.
These shoes provide the right amount of arch support I need for my medium arches and my heels. The material allows for enough movement so that your feet aren't feeling stiff or experiencing limited motion in the shoe while running, walking, or cycling.
There's enough space for your toes to wiggle so they dont lose circulation and so far I haven't experience any rubbing od the show against the back of my heels. (I also wear altheletic socks with heel tabs so this is probably a big factor here)
My biggest issue with these shoes is that they provide zero support when the ground is wet. I'm constant slipping and almost falling when I wear these and walk across tile and laminate floors. In all honesty if I had know these had zero slip resistance I would've gone with a different shoe because in my current budget 50-60 dollars is a lot to spend on shoes that I'll end up hurting myself in.
So all in all these shoes very pretty and provide good arch and heel support. They are made with good materials but they aren't slip resistant whatsoever. If youre okay with slippery shoes that are very cute then go for it. If youre like me and want some sort of slip resistance with your running shoe I recommend doing some research on shoes with better slip resistance especially since these are on the expensive side.