Best Asics Walking Shoes for 2014

Asics walking shoes are built with the latest technology and materials to provide ultimate comfort and durability for fitness walkers. They are one of the top brands, recommended by doctors and podiatrists and have thousands of loyal fans. I’ve been wearing them for years and they are my personal favorite!

They offer a great selection of styles, colors and level of support for every foot type. They come in a great variety of widths, from narrow to extra wide. Most walkers, including myself, find that they run small and usually have to order a half-size to size larger (I order an entire size larger than my normal shoe size).

Asics makes shoes for each foot type. You may be wondering what that means! Each of us has an arch type (high, normal or flat) as well as a degree of pronation (normal, under, over). If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please read this informative article on how to pick the best walking shoes. It will be 5 well-spent minutes that will guide you through the process of determining which type of footwear your feet really need.

For example, if you have flat feet, you most likely need to wear a very supportive shoe that manufacturers label motion control. If you have flat feet but purchase a neutral shoe (for those with high arches), you are most likely going to experience a lot of discomfort and even pain. The majority of us, however, wear a stability shoe, which provides some arch support as well as some pronation control.

Wearing the correct type of footwear can save you from experiencing discomfort and pain in your feet, ankles, shins, knees and lower back. That is why I categorize each Asics walking shoe by the foot type it is made for. If you know your foot type, scroll down to the appropriate category and select your shoe from there. This the best way to find a pair that is going to fit well and prevent pain and injury.

I’ve also included some Asics running shoes in the list of top picks. That is what I wear even though I am primarily a fitness walker.  If you like to add some light running/jogging to your exercise routine, a running shoe may be better for you. They are more flexible and have more cushioning. Additionally, the widths come in a better selection than the Asics walking shoes. For example, I need a narrow width (A), which is easier to find in the running styles than the walking styles.

 


Top Asics Walking Shoes for 2014

Recommendations for the Neutral walker (those with high arches and an underpronator/supinator)

Asics GEL-Frequency33 - Women's - Shoes - Black - This is the most neutral-like style that I could find in an Asics walking shoe. If you have very high arches and this style turns out to be uncomfortable, I recommend switching to a running sneaker that is even more flexible. Made to be lightweight and durable, this trainer is equipped with a mesh upper to help keep your feet dry. The insert is removable which is great for someone who would like to us an orthotic. It comes with cushioning and provides some arch support. The rubber pods on the bottom make this style very flexible. Walkers rate this style very highly because they are so lightweight and comfortable. There are a few slightly negative comments about this shoe not being supportive enough but my hunch is that these walkers should have chosen a shoe in the Stability category, not Neutral. Many walkers wear this trainer to jog, dance and cycle in so they are very versatile.
Asics GEL-Flash - Women's - Shoes - White

 - This shoe is very flexible and lightweight and built on a low platform. I chose this one because it is extremely comfortable and has a price tag lower than $75.  

Asics GEL-Flash - Men's - Shoes - Black

- An extremely comfortable and lightweight shoe. Easy to jog in but comfortable enough to wear all day.


Stability Shoes (recommended for normal feet and normal pronators, but may be appropriate for some with flat feet or high arches)

Asics GEL-Tech Walker Neo 2 - Women's - Shoes - White

 - One of the top Asics’ walking shoes, the Asics GEL-Tech Walker Neo 2 is low to the ground and lightweight. It provides good stability and support. Asics incorporated some of its running shoe technology into this style and you’ll really notice it in the gel cushioning. Walkers gave this style very high marks because they are so comfortable. You can remove the insert that comes with it and use an orthotic if you need to.

Asics GEL-Tech Walker Neo 2 - Men's - Shoes - White

- The gel cushioning provides great shock absorption. This style comes with a bunion window for extra comfort. Many men reported that this was the most comfortable sneaker that they have ever owned.

Asics GEL-Pacewalker - Women's - Shoes - White

- This is a very nice option for someone who has to stand on their feet all day. The gel cushioning provides a lot of support and comfort.

Asics Gel-Kayano 19 - Women's - Shoes - Silver

- Aaahh, how I love this Asics Running Shoe! I’ve been wearing this style for a few years now and have never had such a perfect fit. This shoe has more stability than your average stability shoe. It is very comfortable, provides great arch support and is comfortable enough to wear all day.

Asics Gel-Kayano 19 - Men's - Shoes - Black

- This style comes with Asics top-of-the line running technology to keep your feet dry and to create a perfect fit.

Asics GT-2000 - Women's - Shoes - Purple

- Another great running shoe that women can also use to walk in. Some women report that these are great for their Plantar Fasciitis.

Asics GT-2000 - Men's - Shoes - Black

 - This style offers great arch support, shock absorption and cushioning. It has won 12 Runners World awards in the past 14 years.


Motion Control Shoes (recommended for flat feet and overpronators)

Asics GEL-Foundation Walker 2 - Women's - Shoes - White

- I would categorize this trainer as a Stability plus, which means it will most likely be a good fit for someone who is looking in the motion control category. The Asics Gel Foundation is a great choice for Asics Walking Shoes and is made with a lot of cushioning, especially in the heel and forefoot. It provides great stability and pronation control. It comes in extra wide widths as well. Most reviews are overwhelmingly positive, getting rave reviews for comfort, durability and lightness. A few negative remarks related to the durability of the shoe, stating that they materials did not last long. Many walkers said they were comfortable enough to wear all day.

Asics GEL-Foundation Walker 2 - Men's - Shoes - White

- The men’s version of this popular Asics walking shoe received very high marks for comfort and support. Many men reported that they wore them all day in professions that required them to be on their feet all day. Walkers noted that these shoes run a bit small so you may consider ordering a half size bigger than you normally do. A few men reported that this was a good sneaker for flat feet.

Asics GEL-Forte - Women's - Shoes - Grey

- The Asics Gel Forte is a great motion control running shoe offering plenty of support and stability.  It is made with breathable materials and is very comfortable, too.

Asics GEL-Forte - Men's - Shoes - Grey

- A great option for men needing a motion control shoe. This is a running shoe that provides great shock absorption and support.


Sometimes we have complicated feet and you may find that the Asics walking shoe that was recommended for your foot type is giving you pain. That can happen when you are wearing a shoe for your particular arch type but your under/over pronation is not being properly supported by that particular pair. If this happens, try picking a pair from a different category listed above.

You should never need to “break in” a shoe. If it hurts, take it back! I recommend purchasing your Asics walking shoes from a store that allows you to exchange them for a new pair if they don’t feel right. You should be able to lace them up and start walking right away without any pain or discomfort.

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