I absolutely love this shoe. It fits my orthotic insert beautifully. It's light and doesn't make my feet tired.It really doesn't need to have a lot of breakin time.
I have owned many models or gel solution speed 1 and 2. I comsistently wore 7.5 when my street shoe size is 7. With the the gel solution 3, I bought a 7.5 and immediately had problems because they were too tight. The inner part of the shoe hits my ankle bone and it hurts. The upper is so tight that it hurts. My toes seem to bump the front more than before. I would recommend sizing one size up.
I am so disappointed in the size difference between the gel solution speed 2 and the 3. I have worn the 2 for several years and love the fit! I was disappointed when I Could no longer find my size 6.5. the new version 3 was so much smaller. I have ordered a size 7 to try. so strange to me that the size differences could be so different when you are buying the newest version of the same shoe.
I have worn out my Speed 1 and have bought four pair of Speed 2's. I liked the color and thought I would try the Speed 3. I never had to break in my other shoes. The added rubber on the front near the toe joint was very uncomfortable. The added rubber took some of the breathability away as well. Disappointed in Asics. I will need to search eBay for Speed 2's or try other shoes.
I love the Speed 2 and recently purchased the Speed 3. I feel like they are a bit wider with more rubber on the lateral part of the shoe. They have more room in the upper part of the shoe. They are great for narrow feet especially in the heel. However, I like the Speed 2 way better.
I've been wearing Nike Vapors for the last couple years but have made the recent switch to the Speed 3 because of a better fit and more support/cushioning. My feet are narrow except for the toe area and I have zero arch. I like my shoes to be light and low to the ground which is exactly how the Speed 3s feel when I play. I do think you need to have narrow feet to wear these shoes. Since that is my situation I really appreciate these shoes.
I loved the color combination but comfort always wins with shoes. These did not win. Too bad.
I'm a bit disappointed about the quality of these shoes. I was hoping lots of cushion like the very first version of this line. I wonder if manufacturing at a different place has something to do with it. I have been buying the Speed Gel Solution kind for the past 3 years and I'm considering switching to other brand because they didn't meet my expectations. Besides the light cushion, I find the left hand side shoe has some defects with the overall alignment and it has lower arch than the right shoe.
I just started buying Asics tennis shoes 2 years ago. tried them all an will only buy Asics from now on.
I have a narrow foot and these are perfect
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