As soon as you slip on these shoes, you can tell they’re premium – its like putting your foot in a compressed bag of cotton wool. Although, they look much more luxurious than that, think: glass slipper, well, not quite, but they are pretty glitzy for running shoes. The first shoe launched in an opulent black and gold colour way at the end of 2015 and the latest Tokyo-inspired sliver, white and orange design, launched last month, look just as glamorous – they are even doused in silver sparkles! And since on first look – and fit – you can tell they’re premium, you won’t be surprised to hear that they are limited edition, took two years to develop and come with a hefty price tag of £200 (or perhaps the latter did surprise you a little – it did us!).
A support shoe, built for runners looking for high cushioning and stability, the ASICS METARUN Women’s shoes are packed with new and advanced technologies to deliver exactly that.
The cushioning comes from the midsole – constructed from ASICS’ FlyteFoam technology – seen for the very first time in these shoes. This foam offers pillow-like cushioning that bounces back to its original shape to retain its plush feel and is 55% lighter than the industry standard. At 310g, it’s not a massively light shoe but you can really notice the lightness of the midsole, particularly in comparison to other high-cushioned shoes. Indeed, it’s 20g lighter than ASICS’ arguably most popular support trainer, the GEL Kayano.
At the heel and in the toe box, you also get another new innovative technology – ASICS’ X-GEL – which delivers premium cushioning. And our tester could really feel that extra layer of protection beneath the heel – particularly as a heel striker.
In terms of stability, this shoe is impressively structured and provides noticeable gait control. The shoes feature ASICS’ SLOPED DUOMAX – a medial post on the inner side of the midsole to stop it from collapsing as the heel rolls in. This helps control over-pronation, enhancing gait efficiency. However, while functional, the carbon rubber outer sole does make the shoe feel particularly firm and rigid, which our tester wasn’t a fan of, and runners who prefer flexibility in their shoes may share this opinion.
Further stability is delivered at the heel via an external clutch counter to help support the ankle. And while this does give a certain firmness, the memory foam that encases the heel feels plush and luxurious, providing maximum comfort and helping to give a bespoke fit.
On the upper, there are no overlays, just one layer of engineered FLUIDFIT mesh that feels flexible, stretchy and breathable. When combined with the plush tongue, which features an added layer of memory foam, you get a super-luxurious glove-like fit.
Beneath the shoe you’ll find what ASICS calls a ‘GUIDANCE LINE®’ – a vertical groove to again enhance gait efficiency and also flexibility, although, as mentioned, our tester didn’t find the shoe flexible enough for her liking. The rubber outsole, with multi-directional grooves, does provide excellent traction, though – ideal when running on slippery wet roads.
This is definitely a shoe for runners seeking gait control from their running shoes – and is ideal for those with low arches, or flat feet, who tend to overpronate. Due to its responsive cushioning and durability, it’s certainly a long-distance shoe, and will give you all the protection and support you need on those high-mileage runs. Yes, it’s pricey, yes, it’s premium, but with brand-new technologies that deliver exactly as they promise, you get what you pay for. And if the slipper fits…it might be time to drop some hints ahead of your birthday!
See our video review here: