– December 10, 2020
These shoes came in the mail, I was excited to try them after having such a wonderful experience with my Asics Gel-Venture 5 shoes. The Gel 5 were sturdy, I wore them casually for the last 5 years, walking in the park and on weekends. But as I started walking more miles, understandably they were getting worn out. They still felt great but were starting to look pretty rough. Enter the Gel 7 purchase. I got these shoes and they felt like they were from a corner cheap store that should have cost $15. They were so weak with no structure at all (and not in a nice way like a sock tennis shoe like my Merrells). Sadly I did not return these before the date allowed. So I decided I must just need to get used to them. I’ve worn them a few times for an hour or two but they just are so uncomfortable, like a bad mattress at a cheap hotel! I finally wore them this weekend on a casual easy hike, I never should have done that. These shoes are trash, they are so weak, I’d be better off buying shoes for $15 at the local dollar box store. I seriously think they are fake or the manufacturer changed and the product is not even comparable to cheap shoes at WM type stores. . I’m pretty sad- do I give up on Asics Gel Ventures or do I move on to greener pasture?
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– December 14, 2020
I’m a supinator who suffers from peroneal tendonitis (I thought it was plantar fasciitis but I was wrong, and I was treating it wrong which made it worse), and Asics Gel-Venture 7 are the only shoes I can walk in without pain. Color choices aren’t as cute as other Asics, like my favorites the Gel-Excite 4, but I’ll go back to those after my tendonitis is healed. At least the navy is nice, but until they fix the typo you have to order black to get navy!!! (Just FYI: You might also be a supinator if you look at your shoes from the back and the outer heels are worn down more than anywhere else on the shoe. If the inner heels are worn down more, then you might be a pronator; if the heels are worn down uniformly then you’re probably neutral.)
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– February 8, 2021
I bought these shoes during the Covid-19 pandemic to be able to get out and do some walking. Several years ago I had my tender feet professionally measured (Read: by someone at a specialty shoe store, not at a cheap chain store), and I was shocked to learn that I have size 10.5 DOUBLE wide feet. Not just regularly wide, but EXTRA wide. Which explains why I haven’t been able to fit into a 10 wide, or even an 11 wide, but that 11s and 12s are too long. Actually, only my toes and instep are wide; my heels are narrow. I also have a permanently swollen right ankle, and my left foot is a bit longer and wider than my right foot. And my arches are falling. Now, let’s see you try to successfully find anything comfortable with all those parameters! Well, to my great surprise, these shoes actually work for me! I have had to buy men’s sneakers for the past several years because I couldn’t find women’s shoes that were wide enough. I also absolutely HAVE to try on a lot of shoes, in the store, before I manage to find a single pair that feel good, so I was extra nervous to buy these online. I was able to get 12 wide, and they are a teeny bit more snug in the toes than I’d like, but not too long for once! They have decent arch support and they are designed to help feet that are either normal or under-pronate, as mine do, which is far less common than over-pronating. I can’t use the extra holes, but I found to my delight that what looks like a decorative stripe on the top of the tongue is actually an extra loop. I threaded the laces through and crossed them, and now I can tie the laces snugly enough to keep my narrow heels in place with just a bit of movement, but the opening of the shoes are wide enough to fit my wide toes inside without undoing the laces every time! The pull loops on the backs of the heels helps to keep the heels from caving in when I slide the shoes on, too. I can tell when I wear these shoes that they are helping to correct my stance, but in case I need more support or correction, the insoles do peel out (with some effort, so I didn’t try too hard). If the toe boxes are still more snug than I’d like after I get the shoes broken in, I believe I will be able to find orthotics that are thinner in the forefoot area, with more support in the heels and arches. Or maybe for now, I’ll just stuff the toes with crumpled newspaper and see if I can stretch them a tad. But to be able to even fit into women’s sneakers at all is huge for me! I’ve worn them for a few days now, and so far, so good. I like that this color blends well with jeans, too. Having such large feet, I have no desire to draw undue attention to them with bright colors or solid black or white. I also bought different Asics for my young daughter with narrow feet, long big toes, and over-pronation, and they have worked well for her so far, too. I will stick with this brand if they wear well over the long haul. It’s a relief to find good shoes that don’t look like orthopedic footwear.
– February 9, 2021
Okay, so if you have weird feet, these will fit you.I have always had trouble finding shoes, especially running shoes that will fit my feet. I have very small feet, very high arches, a wide ball area, a very round heel and a high top curve. I have enormous amount of foot pain from plantar fasciitis, and what they think may be arthritis or fibromyalgia.These shoes are perfect. They cup my feet just the right way, take away almost all of my pain while exercising as they are supportive in all the right places, and are very comfy with the cushion they have. The bounce back from when my feet hit the pavement is nice on my bad knees, and helps me get into a rhythm quickly.As a 26 year old trying to get into exercising/health and fitness, these are a great stepping stone for me. They actually make me want to go out and experience runs.The purple color is also very similar to what is shown in the picture. It’s really pretty, and is very different than my overall black aesthetic I normally have. I’ll be looking at getting the teal ones next so I can alternate.
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– February 15, 2021
I had heard good things about these shoes so I thought I’d give them a try. I can usually get by with an 8 1/2 in New Balance, but ordered the 8 1/2 wide in these to be safe. WAY to narrow! Sending them back… ETA: I reordered in a 9 1/2 W and I thought they fit okay so I wore them. Still too narrow, after my first real run I got blisters but they were okay for everyday until I noticed the holes in the back of the heel’s on both shoes today. Today is April 4, I got them Feb 22 and have not worn them more than 20 times. (Sorry, but I can’t figure out how to post pictures.) $10 Walmart specials last me 3 – 4 months!!! I am SO disappointed in ASICS. 🙁
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