The Asics Gel-Nimbus Lite 2 is a running shoe that delivers a sleek style, heightened durability, excellent arch support, and plenty of cushioning. When Amy, our run tester, took them out for a spin, she found that the uncomfortable fit didn't allow her to hit her stride- but it wasn't all bad news. Check out Amy's thoughts below on the newest addition to the Gel-Nimbus Lite lineup.
While the heel counter fit a little too loosely on my heels, the toe box was incredibly narrow to the point that it pinched my toes. This unique design creates a real problem when finding the perfect fit. The heel counter would fit even more loosely if I went a size up. The toe box would make these shoes virtually unwearable if I went a size down.
If you have the option, I highly recommend heading to your local shoe store to try them on to determine which size works best.
The heel counter provides plenty of padding at the top of my heel, and it tapers towards the bottom of my heel. It creates a little bit of a gap that is a hotbed for rubbing and chafing. This unusual choice in design caused my heel to slip out of the shoe and cause rubbing and chafing. Even though the midsole is incredibly comfortable and supportive, I couldn't look past the rubbing in my heels.
For lower-impact workouts or walking, these shoes may perform well.
Even after seven days of running, weight training, and aerobics, these shoes were still very painful and uncomfortable. The pain in my heels was something terrible, and it rubbed blisters in the back of my heel. The upper may work for some, but it was a deal-breaker for me.
The broad base of the shoe provided a good deal of stability, which is perfect for walkers, but it constricted my movements. I felt that these shoes held me back when weightlifting or engaging in snappy side-to-side activities.
The broad base of this shoe was strange, but I grew to really appreciate it over time. At first, it felt like there was something constantly under my feet. After a few miles, I acclimated to the broad base, and it helped to keep my stride nice and stable.
The broad base may seem a little unusual, but it eliminated any ankle and calf strain as I ran.
Overall, this shoe is ideal for walking (or just a go-to casual shoe for running errands), but not a great running shoe. The broad base offers a good deal of stability to keep your stride nice and even, and the Flytefoam midsole cushioning is super soft (albeit not very responsive).