There are certain brands that get a reputation for comfort or for a certain purpose or style and there are many consumers that turn to ASICS shoes if they want a good-looking, comfortable shoe for a long walk or workout. This is because the company has come a long way since the basketball shoes that started everything in the 1940s.
They now provide walking shoes and sports shoes for men and women with a great range of comfort features and supportive elements within the structure and materials.
The following list looks at five key ASICS walking shoes that showcase the best of these features, such as gel cushioning, good arch support and foot protection, and combine them with a great design for long term comfort and reliability. Some of these styles can be useful for people having foot issues such as flat feet and Plantar fasciitis.
Five Top ASICS Walking Shoes for Men and Women
1. ASICS Men’s Gel-Contend Walking Shoes
Just like the Gel-Tech Walker Neo 4 there is a sense of unisex appeal to these shoes in terms of the comfort and ability and men will be glad to known that there is a male version of the Gel-Contend too. The men's Gel Contend is again a sporty looking shoe with a very basic style but plenty of comfort features to ensure that buyers can walk and play sports with ease.
Padding is once again a big thing with these shoes; the thick tongue ensures that protection and comfortable fit around the top of the foot and the security and molding around the ankle adds to the ongoing support. It is all about ensuring that the whole foot is protected and this continues with the rest of the features and materials. This lace-up model, with its blue and silver accents on a mostly white, clean looking shoe and navy lining, has that same breathable mesh, synthetic upper and a durable rubber outsole to finish it off.
2. ASICS Gel Quick WK 3 Walking Shoes for Women
The almost entirely black number above is perhaps a little dull for some women that want a bit of style in their walking shoes and there are some brighter, more colorful options available with the ASICS Gel Quick WK model that make them stand out a little more. Here female consumers can choose between the stylish navy/raspberry, black/white/pink and silver/boysenberry/citron models and be sure of great materials and support no matter which one catches their eye the most.
As with many ASICS shoes there is a mixture of mesh and synthetic materials on the uppers for breathability and comfort in addition to the other comfort features. These shoes promise to provide great protection for the heel with that gel that has been added to the midsole and they are brilliantly cushioned with molded EVA for plenty of support around the whole foot. This should mean that the whole foot is protected against fatigue and injury and the designers also say that the shoe promotes a natural stride.
3. ASICS Men’s Gel-Foundation Walker 3
There is a soft feel to the Gel Quickwalk 2 series of shoes for men and women that suggests breathability on long walks and comfort on a different level while other shoes stick to something more rigid and sturdier, a walking shoe that might even be beneficial in a work environment.
The ASICS men's Gel-Foundation walker 3 uses tougher leather on its uppers for a stronger shape and durability and comes in a very plain white or another black number with subtle silver accenting for a more simple look. As always, it is all about comfort and support for long periods of time because not only does it come with a well-cushioned insole and an anti-microbial lining, that insole can be removed in favor of other inserts. This means that there is the chance to adapt the shoes to help wearers with flat feet and fallen arches even further. In addition to this, the shoes provide great all-round arch support with memory foam around the color and heel for that “true to size” fit.
4. ASICS Women's Gel Frequency 3 Walking Shoes
The last pair in this list of ASICS women's walking shoes is the Gel Frequency 3. The word gel is something that is seen throughout the list and emphasized quite clearly in the specifications and that is because of the gel cushioning within the insoles. This gel provides a softer, adaptive platform for feet to help wearers continue with their walk or workout for longer and is a big part of the rearfoot of these Gel Frequency 3 walking shoes.
This is great for helping wearers protect their heels and prevent conditions like Plantar Fasciitis but there is also additional cushioning and support for feet in the compression molded EVA midsole, lots of padding on the tongue and collar and a breathable upper. To enhance that collar and lining further there is the a choice of nice bright colors here and on the heel to brighten the shoes, as well as that almost trademark silver pattern on the side.
5. ASICS Gel-Tech Walker Neo 4 Walking Shoes
The first pair to look at here is the ASICS Gel-Tech Walker Neo 4, a great choice for men looking to find something simple and supportive because it has a familiar, subtle style in terms of the design and plenty of great features. The materials are are a mixture of synthetics and textiles for a light feel and it has a removable insole inside with gel cushioning for comfort on impact. Ideal for people with flat feet who need to use their custom arch support insoles.
It is all about providing a comfortable walk, and there is great focus on the “heel-to-toe transition”, but it is also interesting that it offers a “medial-side bunion window” for a better fit and relief. The great thing about these Neo 4 shoes is that there is a version for women too with the same attention given to the comfort and user experience but just a different shape and some alternative color options. Both men and women get the black version with a little silver and reflective detailing for night time walks. From there men get the white one with black and royal blue and women get white with periwinkle, not that there is a great deal of different to be honest.