Written by Steven Barker
I run four times a week, up to ten miles at a time. I buy a new pair of running shoes every three months. I need a shoe that is affordable, comfortable and stylish. The Asics Gel-1700 Men’s Running Shoe is all those things and the only running shoe I’ve worn for the past year. I’m currently on my third pair.
The Asics Gel-1700 is a comfortable shoe featuring a gel cushioning system that absorbs shock when the foot connects with the ground. This is perfect for city runners who are forced to run on concrete and cement. High abrasion rubber is placed in critical areas of the outsole for durability. The shoe is lightweight coming in at 10.6 oz making it ideal for long distance training. The breathable mesh-material keeps your feet from over heating on hot days. There is reflective strips lining the outside of the shoe making the runner visible during those late night or early morning runs. Since I started wearing Asics Gel-1700 running shoes I have had little to no foot pain. Priced at $90.00 at asicsamerica.com the cost hasn’t broken the bank. Before discovering Asics Gel-1700 running shoes I was paying upwards to $120.00 for a similar pair of shoes manufactured by New Balance.
A lot of running shoe manufactures are so focused on creating a great athletic shoe they sometimes overlook the fashion aspect. The Asics Gel-1700 running shoe comes in four stylish designs, True Blue, Lime 9770, Marigold 9990 and my personal favorite Flame 9399. This is one of the few pairs of running shoes I’ve owned that I wear in non-athletic situations. They are great to wear on long walks. Recently my parents visited me in Seattle and I took them around the city. Usually on a day like that in my regular shoes my feet would have ached by the end of the day. However, I wore my Asics-1700 running shoes and my feet felt great at the end of the day.
Forefoot GEL® Cushioning System
High abrasion rubber
Multiple stylish designs
Sizing is a little different than other brands
Asics Gel-1700 running shoes are a comfortable, stylish and affordable shoe that is perfect for hardcore marathon runners as well as beginners, and even non-runners who just want a comfortable shoe to walk around in. At under a hundred dollars this shoe is well worth it.