Evaluation For 10 years, the GT-2000 series has been the standard by which all other stability shoes are measured. It offers a near-perfect blend of cushioning, stability and fit. So every time Asics updates this gem, we pray that it doesn’t stray from the script. So far, so good, as every new 2000 has been as good, if not better, than the last. So, does the GT-2090 follow the formula?
Of course it does. It’s at least as good as the 2080, but with some relatively minor fit and cushioning improvements. The most significant is an upgrade to a full-length SpEVA midsole (Asics’s higher-grade compound with more rubber), which results in better durability and shock absorption. There are also two changes to the 2090’s upper: more open air mesh than the 2080 for a better fit and fewer overlays to reduce the risk of blisters. One other addition is the use of memory foam in the rearfoot, which molds to the heel.
Weartesters were quick to notice the improved, snugger fit. Some felt the midsole was slightly softer than earlier 2000s, which have always had a relatively firm feel.
In short Asics has done it again with the 2090. It is still one of the best, if not the best, all-rounders on the market. No other shoe combines midsole stability, fit and durability better than the 2090.
Try it on if you liked Asics GT-2080 (£75); Avia 2050 (£75); Nike Air Structure Triax (£70)