I purchased my Asics Gel 1150’s for both my job and recreational jogging. I work as a Valet attendant and am constantly sprinting downhill/ uphill on concrete. Running under these conditions is extremely demanding on your lower body and wearing a good pair of sneakers is essential in preventing joint and muscle pain/injury. I used to be a competitive runner and have run in countless 5k’s and several marathons. After suffering a severe knee injury (Chondromalacia Patellae) and two surgeries I gave up on competitive running. However, I am still an active recreational jogger and usually average about 10 miles a week. Before buying these shoes or any shoes for that matter, I always do my research. I have a subscription to Runner’s World magazine and I enjoy reading the assessments about the featured shoes. The 1150’s were nominated as Runners World “Best Buy” and were also highly rated by many of the magazines viewers. After some discussion with my runner friends and other on online forums, I finally went to my local sporting retailer and purchased them.
Like many of Asics other shoes I have used in the past, the 1150’s are engineered to meet the demands of serious runners. Starting with the basics, the 1150’s are very comfortable for running, walking, and standing for long periods of time. Acics incorporates GEL, Duomax and SpEVA technologies for shock absorption which really help to eliminate a lot of the strain put on your legs during vigorous training. Unlike many other shoes on the market, the 1150’s conform to your feet. Critical areas, like the heel, and arch are strengthened to provide correct support. Another benefit of these shoes is their light weight. These shoes are structured sort of like a skeleton, with a combination of high strength and lightweight materials. Asics uses a synthetic mesh like material wherever additional strength is not needed. By keeping weight at a minimum, you can accelerate quicker, run faster and longer. Also, the synthetic mesh will not absorb water and really allows your feet to breath.
All this work has led to a no-compromise shoe that offers superb comfort, support, flexibility, durability, and speed all at a fair price. (I should also include style because these shoes do look pretty good on your feet.) These shoes have proven exceptional and have surpassed my criteria of what a running shoe should be. As a runner who has suffered a severe knee injury, I rarely feel pain in my knee thanks to the cushioning these shoes offer. That combined with the correct support and curved sole have almost entirely prevented the onset of shin splints. I tend to get shin splints a lot from sprinting uphill and downhill on the concrete parking lot at work and it can be very painful. Another problem these shoes have COMPLETELY eliminated is blistering and chaffering. I can even run without socks and not have to worry about developing hot spots and blisters because these shoes are so well ventilated! Sweaty and stinky feet are also a thing of the past. The inner soles of these shoes contour almost perfectly to my feet and I can stand around all day without feeling any discomfort.
The 1150’s are a perfect shoe for running both short and long distances and are also well suited for daily use. While these shoes are durable they are mainly intended for forward motion and vertical forces. These shoes are not intended for lateral motion from sports like basketball or tennis. I also wouldn’t recommend using these shoes for things like hiking or trail running. Activities like these can lead to ripping/tearing which will shorten the life.
Another tip I have learned over the years is to alternate shoes on a regular basis. Like a weight lifter who does different exercises that target the same muscle groups, a runner will alternate between shoes on a daily basis. This will relieve pain by distributing your body weight over a wider variety of joints and muscles. I currently have 6 different pairs of gym shoes that I alternate between. It’s great because I rarely get soar feet and I with all the exercise I do I like to regularly wash my shoes. (Think of all the bacteria that grows in your shoes after a hard sweaty workout, eww) Not to mention, owning multiple shoes means they will last a lot longer.
If you want to firm up and get in shape, buy a set of these shoes and you’ll be on your way to success. Running is the best form of excecsise for both physical and mental health.