Asics Gel Foundation 12

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The Asics Gel Foundation 12’s offer stability, breathability and performance wrapped up in a mesh package. The combination of its lightweight SpEVA® midsole material and Dynamic  DuoMax® Support System delivers a responsive ride. The Gel Foundation 12 is an ideal shoe for runners with moderate to severe overpronation. It features a broader midfoot and forefoot that models to those in need of orthotics or those with thicker feet. For daily running needs, this shoe offers flexible motion control which works on any road terrain. The seamless materials used decreases the potential of irritation, providing for a nice comfortable run.

Pros
  • Seamless construction reduces irritation/rash for sockless wearing
  • Maximum support provides mid and forefoot width for athletes with who wear
    orthodontics or have thick fit
  • Known for its well-cushioned and flexible design
Cons
  • May fit ½ size larger for some runners
  • Narrow toe box which can cause uncomfortable toe rubbing against the upper part of the shoe
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The proprietary Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) located in the heel works very well with the DuraSponge Outsole. The combination offers reliable durability for daily use. Runners can trust the DuoMax Support System to reduce overpronation. The system offers stability and support without adding weight to the shoe.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The SpEva midsole delivers a responsive ride for any runner. It’s construction works well with the rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning systems which reduces shock and allows flexible movement through the gait cycle. These midsole features enhance impact absorption while delivering even cushioning throughout the shoe.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The special seamless upper design enhances maximum comfortability. Unlike traditional stitches and seams, the 12’s reduce irritation and friction. No blisters, rashes or blisters too worry about. The ComforDry Sockliner prevents moisture and odor for sockless running.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Not a lightweight shoe by any means, but the weight contributes to its durability and comfortability. The cushioning properties and rubber compounds give the Asics Gel Foundation 12’s a weight of 12.2 ounces for men and 10.2 ounces for women. Although they may be on the heavier side for running shoes, the support makes up for the additional weight.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The engineered mesh in the upper gives breathable coverage throughout the shoe. The Gel Foundation 12 model optimizes breathability through its Ortholite Sockliner which also provides an enhanced cushioned ride. Its material is composed out of breathable and antimicrobial properties providing an ample amount of airflow with or without socks.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The quality of comfort on these shoes is unmatched. The cushioning from heel to toe provides the user with a maximum comfort. Rearfoot and forefoot gel cushioning systems give the shoe additional shock reduction which gives the athlete minimized impact to their body. Although this model caters to overpronated running styles, it is a very reliable and comfortable option for any runner.
Style
Style

Style

The Asics Gel Foundation 12 has a multi-tone colored look. Color options vary for men’s and women’s styles. A mesh feature is seen from the toe to the middle of the shoe where the classic Asics logo appears. The heel has a cushioned look and unites the specific model’s color scheme in with a sleek design. Its outsole is primarily white and blends in with the secondary colors from the middle of the shoe to the heel. They can be worn with casual dress but the multi-color design may throw off certain outfits.
Durability
Durability

Durability

In the spectrum of other Asics models, the durability of this shoe does not top the chart. Yet for a standard running shoe they definitely get the job done. If you are a flat foot runner, an overpronating runner or anywhere in between the Gel Foundation 12’s are a solid buy. The reliable Asics AHAR design in the heel amounts to majority of the shoe’s durability. It’s DuraSponge outsole provides enhanced cushioning for a durable feel in the forefoot.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The sleek engineered mesh upper is constructed to provide less overlay materials which prevents irritation and blistering in all parts of the foot. The comfort lining sock also aids with this feature. The Gel Foundation 12 protects your foot from inside and out with a nice structural design ensuring a comfortable and safe run for any athlete.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Like previously mentioned, these shoes are extremely responsive. The Rearfoot and Forefoot gel cushioning systems reduce shock impact and allow movement in several planes during the gait cycle. This motion control feature will give the user a very responsive ride whether you're running on pavement, grass or the track.
Support
Support

Support

The Asics Gel Foundation 12 offers maximum support that lasts. The increased modifications in the depth and width of the shoe throughout the mid and forefoot give the user reliable support. The model caters to those with wider feet but can support an athlete who has lower volume feet. Many users have complimented the shoes ability to help out their knee and ankle pains. A lot of doctors recommend this shoe for those who are recovering from an injury because of its comfortability and support.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

These shoes are great for just about any road terrain. Primarily a track shoe, they can be used on the street, sidewalk and grass fields. The support and guidance systems help runners experience a much smoother ride compared to other shoes. They are great for short and long running sessions.
Price
Price

Price

The Gel Foundation 12’s are very economical in price, especially for what you get with this shoe. For around $100, this product will deliver everything you need out of a running shoe. Maybe you're not a big runner. Well, the Gel Foundation 12’s can still be a great option for casual use if you are on your feet all day. Multiple sites have ranked this shoe in their top percentile and for good reason. Quality at a fair price is something you just can’t beat.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The combination of Asics’ AHAR and DuraSponge Outsole which reduce overpronation are the same systems that provide this shoe with exceptional traction. With six separating rivets on the bottom of the shoe, your grip is thoroughly enhanced on road terrains. Its vertical flex groove also contributes to the user’s experience of traction while running.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The guidance line midsole technology provides the shoe with a vertical flex groove which enhances the gait efficiency. Although the shoe is extremely cushioned and a bit on the heavy side, many users have noted that the Gel Foundation 12 is flexible. The seamless material of the shoe provides a fit that stretches with flexibility and adapts to your foot.
Stability
Stability

Stability

If you are runner who has moderate to severe overpronation in your form, this is definitely the shoe you are looking for. They offer a high level of stability but can also be a great fit for those who do not overpronate as much. The structural efficacy of the product will provide a durable and stable run for all athletes on all road terrain.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The toe offset or drop is 10 millimeters which is moderate among other running shoes. You can expect an even stride when wearing the Gel Foundation 12’s that will reduce impact on key joints during exercise. They are also known as good shoe for flat footed runners.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

● Guidance Trusstic System provides structure and enhances gait

● Dynamic DuoMax support system provides support and stability

● Rearfoot and Forefoot gel cushioning reduces shock impact

● Seamless construction reduces potential blisters and irritations

● ComforDry Sockliner is moisture and odor wicking

● Durasponge outsole made with AHAR rubber provides additional cushioning and enhanced durability
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Asics Gel Foundation 12 provides exceptional support for those with overpronation issues. They are moderately heavy in weight but offer the protection and durability any runner needs for short and long distances. Its patented technology will protect your foot from the inside and out reducing shock impact, blisters, irritation and more. The breathability stems from its seamless mesh design and which gives the shoe a sleek look combined with it’s multi-colored tone. For the price and quality of the product you aren’t going to find many more options like this shoe. The Gel Foundation 12 is a motion control shoe that gives users a responsive and smoother ride.