Asics GEL Nimbus 8

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Asics GEL Nimbus 8
It's firmer than previous models, but our testers still reported that the new Nimbus was plenty cushioned enough.

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The two big changes to Asics' flagship cushioning model are both in the midsole, which is now made from the same SoLyte foam that debuted in the range-topping Kinsei. The main benefit of this is a 20g weight saving on the previous model, although it is slightly firmer. The shoe ...  Continue reading

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Shame they made the changes from the last model. Continue reading...
Superb trainer. Have some new balance waiting to be used, but.......I will miss these so much, if I can find another pair I will buy them!
Perfect for neutral runner 13 stone male! Continue reading...
I have a 2006 pair that have never given me any problems, having run a few half marathons in them. These new ones are causing blisters in both insteps after about 10 miles (devon hills). I have tried twin ski Continue reading...
These were my first proper running shoes, they got me hooked with the running bug. Solid construction, but slightly less responsive than my new Kayano XIIIs. Continue reading...
Survived 400 km and will be replaced soon with another pair Continue reading...


Hi there.

About 2 months ago I finally went to Sweatshop to have my running style analysed. The reason was a pair of Asics 2090s that were giving me blisters inside both arches. So I thought I was probably in the wrong shoe (have been running casually for many a moon without ever having my feet analysed). I was told that the 2090s had an unusually high arch and many people were suffering the same.

After checking my strike, I was told I was a slight pronator but would be better off in a neutral shoe. So I ended up buying a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 9s. The first 2 runs they were comfy although not as "springy" as my Asics (to be expected). Then they started causing me blisters inside my arches again, although slightly further forward thn with the Asics.

I have tried thin socks, thick socks, tighter lacing, looser lacing, at various points in the shoe.

And still no joy.

Any ideas anyone? I'm going to venture baqck to the shop and see what they recommend but as I have done close to 50 miles so far I am not expecting a full refund!

Thanks in advance for any advice.


Posted: 08/08/2006 at 09:54

may seem a stupid question but have you checked the inside of the shoe to see if there is a ridged area causing the rubbing??

I found one in my Cumulus when trying them without socks

Posted: 08/08/2006 at 10:00

Thanks for the note back. Funny how the simplest things can often be overlooked (especially if you're me!). Looking at the inside of the shoe and where the blisters occur, it is exactly where the stitching of the Mizuno logo is. So it looks like I now know the culprit. Trouble is what can I do about it?

Posted: 08/08/2006 at 10:12

Carefully snip the stitches and take them out? If it's only the logo, the shoe should not fall apart.

Posted: 08/08/2006 at 10:23

Thanks for the reply. Looking at it more closely, it seems that the stiching runs along the logo but is actually holding the shoe together. Bummer. Looks like I'll have to pop it back to the shop and maybe change them. Unless there is anything else I can do?

Thanks again.

Posted: 08/08/2006 at 10:30

try putting some tape over it?? what tape to use will be the dificult choice as it has to be rub, sweat and water resistant!!! it also has to be sticky enough so that it doesn't move when inuse...

try it with zinc oxide tape to start, gradually working up to duct tape I guess.......

Posted: 08/08/2006 at 10:37

Or a thin pair of off-the-peg insoles if there's enough room for them.

Posted: 08/08/2006 at 10:43

It's a common problem with all Mizuno shoes. I'm not sure why they haven't changed the design to avoid stitching in the arch. I tried taping over the stitching but the tape just rubs off. My solution was to buy a different make of shoe.

Posted: 08/08/2006 at 10:48

Thanks everyone for the input (it is still me but I decided that my name was a bit formal for this forum!!!).

Whenever I've tried tape in the past for blisters (football) it doesn't stay on as Mister W says. I guess I'm headed back to Sweatshop for a chat.

Incidentally, this is my first foray into forums and I have to say it is really easy and everyone is very helpful so thanks.

Posted: 08/08/2006 at 13:52

Geakins - a cheaper alternative might be to try to toughen your feet. You could use surgical spirit, especially if you're prone to blisters anyway.

Posted: 08/08/2006 at 16:42

I found that 1000 mile socks which are double layered socks helped prevent blisters. I was initially sceptical but they were brilliant. I was getting blisters in exactly the same place but the socks prevent the shoe causing friction against your foot. Think I need to change my name too!

Posted: 14/09/2006 at 12:33

howday geakins, be cautious with the surgical spirits. toughens the feet but causes painful cracking on some as they lose suppleness.

Posted: 14/09/2006 at 14:25

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