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Updated on February 10, 2014
Too much of a good thing can lead to trouble. And running too much in the same shoe style? That’s just bad news bears. So mix it up! And make sure your shoe rotation isn’t stuck in a rut.
Asics understands how imperative it is to have choices when you lace up and head out. That’s why it has configured its minimally inspired Natural33 collection to fit seamlessly into a closet full of traditional running shoes. The styles are designed to work with the 33 joints of the foot to encourage a more natural running experience. Pairing a shoe from this collection with a more traditional choice helps to activate and strengthen different muscle groups, which can reduce your risk of injury.
A handful of Asics’ core technologies are featured in the Natural33 collection. The most notable is the brand’s Featherweight Asics Speed Technology (F.A.S.T.). This system of technologies work together to give you the feeling of a racing flat with the performance of an everyday trainer. The toe-to-heel differential in the Natural33 shoes is 6 mm—which Asics calls F.A.S.T. drop—encourage a midfoot or forefoot strike upon impact. A F.A.S.T. Ride midsole increases responsiveness and enhances the ride from contact to toe-off while the F.A.S.T Heel reduces weight thanks to its lightweight heel construction. Finally, F.A.S.T. Sole means the shoes have minimal outsole material in only high abrasion areas.
Clearly, Asics wants you to go FAST on race day and every day.
If you generally run in a structured cushioned shoe such as the Asics Kayano or Asics GT-2000, try on the all-new Asics Super J33 for size. It’s the sweet spot for mild to moderate overpronators who want a featherweight style without sacrificing support underfoot.
If you’re an underpronator to mild overpronator whose shoe of choice is usually plush with cushioning, try the Excel33 3. In its latest update, it has a new engineered mesh upper with a lightweight seamless construction. Note that this is the only Natural33 shoe that keeps a more traditional heel-to-toe offset of 10 mm.
And if you underpronate or have a neutral gait? Lace up the Lyte33 3. For its third birthday, it’s celebrating dropping almost two ounces. Not too shabby for a shoe that already had the word “light” in its name! In fact, this is the lightest and most flexible shoe in the Natural33 line-up.
Do you like to mix up your shoe rotation? How many shoes are you running in right now?