'I WANT TO LIKE THIS SHOE, BUT AM NOT TOTALLY CONVINCED'
Strengths: Very lightweight, feels like I'm running in my carpet slippers. A good racing shoe which doesn't seem to compromise on the amount of support/stability that the price tag/brand reputation commands.
Weaknesses: That being said, having used this shoe for about 5 weeks, I encountered very painful blistering on the arches of both feet in my first really long run in this shoe yesterday. This felt like it was being caused by the stitching/logo on the instep of the shoe, a problem which I notice has been encountered by other reviewers. This is very frustrating. I hope it's a short lived phenomenon, as this was an expensive shoe I was expecting big things from particularly given the very favourable ratings/accolades it's recently been accorded by RW - and I don't want to mess about taping my feet up before each run. Life's too short.
Overall: I've ran in Saucony Omni with no real complaints for 3 years, but just fancied a change for no particular`reason and thought I'd give these a go. Whilst they just "feel" right on my feet, the blistering I allude to really is painful - so bad it's making it difficult for me to walk today. I'll persevere because I really want to like this shoe, but if it is something as basic as a design flaw in logo stitching that's not going to go away, sadly these shoes will be rendered a very expensive and un-usable mistake. I would perhaps expect a company of the reputation of Asics to check this out and fix in later upgrades, because otherwise I can't fault the shoe. (Which sounds daft doesn't it - what I seem to be saying is, apart from the fact they cause me blistering so bad I can't run, they are perfect!)Will update this review if problem proves to be short term. Otherwise, it's back to the Omni - sorry for being a fickle lover. My experience could be a cautionary tale for other runners - if there's nothing bust about your current shoe, don't try and fix it.