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Some good, some bad
on June 19, 2014
These were my first ASICS. I decided to try them out after New Balance altered their lineup and, I felt, lowered their quality significantly.
The shoes were tight initially. Others have written that ASICS run somewhat smaller than other brands, and that fits my experience, but within a few days I'd broken the shoes in and they'd expanded enough to feel comfortable, light, with moderate support and flexibility.
One source of irritation is the shoe inserts. In violation of reasonable expectation, they don't actually fit the shoes they arrived in; and within a few hours of use, they had slid backward underneath my feet so that a few inches were unsupported, including the entirety of my toes. This happens consistently, and gluing them in their proper places is an unpalatable option since I generally replace the inserts a few times before replacing my shoes. My job puts heavy strain on my feet and footwear, so perhaps this would not be a problem for others who don the Gel-Contend shoes, but it prevents me from liking them.
This was neither the best nor the worst shoe I've ever worn. I might wear ASICS again in future, but I'll try other brands first.