Winter 04 Shoe Guide

This Winter's 15 best new shoes

Posted: 21 October 2004

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But why?
Posted: 26/10/2004 at 17:04

...because everyone knows they're the best. I guess asics have cut their advertising budget.
Posted: 26/10/2004 at 17:05

You omitted to review the ones Aldi had on sale recently - from Crane Sports, retailing at £12.99 a pair! I bought a pair (should have gotten a few pairs - at that price you can't go wrong!) and found them fine - ok, I wouldn't risk any long runs in them, but they're fine otherwise. No kidding. And I don't work for Aldi or have shares in them. Just like to see credit given where it's due.
Posted: 27/10/2004 at 11:27

Anyone know when (or if) the Kayano XI will be released? Doesn't the new version always come out about this time of year? Or have I got my dates wrong?
Posted: 27/10/2004 at 13:43

No new Asics because they haven't launched any new shoes for the this season. There'll be a few in the next guide though!

And Daniel, I was interested in the Aldi shoes, but as they're only ever on sale for about a week by the time the review would have come out, no one would be able to buy 'em!

Let me know how you get on with them, though.

Posted: 27/10/2004 at 13:53

Thanks Rob. Another quick question. I think my current Kayanos are coming to the end of their shelf-life and should be replaced before I do myself an injury (I've had then quite a while). Worth waiting for the new Kayano to come out, or is that going to be months away?
Posted: 27/10/2004 at 13:56

I think ASICS release the new range in December.
Posted: 27/10/2004 at 14:09

Thanks for that, Kanichan. I have broad feet and am a midfoot-heel striker, so have always tended to plump for Asics. I was vindicated when the guys at Profeet backed up my choice.
Posted: 27/10/2004 at 14:34

I am still pining over reluctantly consigning my beloved Asics DS Trainer 7 to the bin. Can anyone recommend/confirm existence of the Asics DS 9? (personally I felt the Asics DS 8 was a confused flop of a shoe) Kind Regards
Posted: 28/10/2004 at 08:27

I can confirm existence of the Asics DS trainer 9! I haven't run in it though, but can tell you it is very similar to the DS 8 but with changes to the upper - the same 'Biomorphic' system as in the Kayano, to make the shoe fit the foot better. But the stability in the shoe and the cushioning are basically the same as in the DS trainer 8
Posted: 28/10/2004 at 10:11

Thanks for the reply annajo.
Posted: 28/10/2004 at 12:51

For Asics DS Trainer; chk the following page:
I've tried it; it felt very good as a 'first impression'.
Posted: 29/10/2004 at 10:33

I agree once a asics runner nothing else matters
Posted: 07/11/2004 at 11:38

I run in the Nimbus, I loved the Nimbus four, when Nimbus five came out I bought two pairs online for £120, I thought they'd be the same. Big mistake, it felt like I was running with buckets on my feet. Have had to persevere with them to keep the peace in the home. It's nearly time for a new pair, anyone tried the nimbus six? I originaly changed from Nike Air Max when Nike went designer kid friendly some years ago and they just didnt look like running shoes.
Posted: 07/11/2004 at 12:30

Posted: 06/01/2005 at 23:14

I am having trouble with my shiney new Asics 2100's. They are killing the arch of my right foot.

It this likely to be something my foot will just get used to, or is there a model that has a bit less support there? I wonder if my over-pronaton is too mild for this shoe?

Any advice Asics lovers?
Incidently - Aldi sale starts on 13th Jan - trainers £6.99. Presumably ok to use for x-training in the gym and short runs on the treadmill?
Posted: 09/01/2005 at 17:35

I wear Nike Nike and more Nike

and some mudrocs for off road
Posted: 09/01/2005 at 17:38

Jen - what Asics have you run in before?
Posted: 09/01/2005 at 17:59

None, 2100's are my first.
Adidas Cairo before that.

Didn't run before them. Perhaps I need to stick to adidas? Though I do fancy trying reebok for their wider fittings.....
Posted: 09/01/2005 at 18:02


I tried a pair of Asics 2080's and had exactly the same problem - major blisters on my right arch. Gave up in the end and switched back to New Balance without any probs.

Posted: 25/01/2005 at 18:02

Asics are quite famous for arch blisters. got them from my Kayanos and they have been mentioned in many threads.

After a week my foot healed and I'm happy with them but it was a bit of a drag.
Posted: 25/01/2005 at 18:17

asics fan here, mizunos gave me blisters on my arches but the asics (gel kumos) never have.

am pleased to see there is another midfoot/heel striker who rates them as well. thought I was the only person in the world who ran like that ;-)
Posted: 25/01/2005 at 18:55

Had to stop wearing Asics a few years ago, they where costing me a fortune in Compeed. Now wearing Saucony and not a had problem since.
Posted: 25/01/2005 at 19:07

HAd to buy me more Cairo's in the end. I explained to problem with the Asics and the woman said that they do tend to have a more ridgid support and cairo are more flexible. Cairo's are making me ache a little, but it is easing off and much nicer than the horrid blob the asics have left on my foot!

Reckon anyone will want to buy a pair of hardly used Asics 2100 for £60????? There is a bit of mud on them, but I think I only managed about 30 miles in them before I gave up.
Posted: 25/01/2005 at 21:47

I bough the Nimbus 6 yesterday, been out for 2 runs since and they seem fine. Never worn Asics before, always been a Nike man, but I have to say so far (touch wood) the Asics have been the most comfortable trainers I've worn. Like slippers...with gel!
Posted: 25/01/2005 at 22:11

Asics are all i've worn for the the last 9 years. I never suffer from blisters. Following my last marathon I only had a small blister on my little toe.

My first pair were 2040s. I wore them for my first marathon and ended up loosing most of the my toe nails. I now tend to buy Gel Kayanos or DS Trainer which helps mid foot strike.
Posted: 25/01/2005 at 22:23

Running shoes on a flipper? how you do that.
Posted: 25/01/2005 at 23:34

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