Asics walking shoes are becoming difficult to find. When I began researching them ten years ago, there were many styles, but now in 2019, the selection is limited.
I emailed Asics to ask why this happening and their response was, ...
"As running shoes are designed for straight motion and offer more cushioning, people are tending to choose a running shoe than a walking shoe."
So...I am assuming that walking shoes weren't very profitable so they put most of their resources into running shoes.
They offer a great selection of styles in running shoes. Most walkers can wear a running shoe. However, when switching to a running shoe, you want to make sure the sneaker has a wide toe box as that is an important feature to walkers (our toes spread out on the push off of each step).
I haven't been able to locate any motion control Asics walking shoes for 2019. I am going to list one of their great motion control running shoes below. But if you are strictly looking for a motion control walking shoe, have a look at my list of best rated walking shoes. You'll find other brands that offer motion control.
The benefit to wearing a running shoe is that you can find a great variety of sizes and styles. The downside is that they are usually more expensive than the Asics walking shoes of years past.
rather stick with a walking shoe, you can take a look at the few women's
styles offered below, or have a look at this list of best walking shoes. There are other brands that offer a great selection.
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.
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.