Shoes similar to ASICS GT-2000

ASICS GT-2000 is supportive without being too heavy and provides a secure but comfortable fit. Learn which running shoes come close to the ASICS GT-2000.

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The ASICS GT-2000 is a stability running shoe from ASICS. The latest version of the ASICS GT-2000 is the ASICS GT-2000 6.

The ASICS GT-2000 is a stability running shoe that provides a good amount of support at an affordable price.

It is not as expensive as the ASICS GEL-Kayano, because it is not as luxurious and plush inside, but it still has many of the features provided by the ASICS GEL-Kayano.

However, the upper of the ASICS GT-2000 is more secure than that of the ASICS GEL-Kayano. All in all, the ASICS GT-2000 is a cushy running shoe that provides a good amount of support to overpronators.

Let's now take a look at which shoes are comparable to the ASICS GT-2000.

ASICS GT-1000 (pre ASICS GT-1000 7)

The ASICS GT-1000 is supposed to be the little brother or sister of the ASICS GT-2000, but these days the ASICS GT-1000 looks more like the ASICS GEL-Kayano than the ASICS GT-2000.

The ASICS GT-1000 implements cheaper materials than the ASICS GT-2000, which is why the ASICS GT-1000 typically has a lower price point than the ASICS GT-2000.

So the first decision to choose the ASICS GT-1000 instead of the ASICS GT-2000 is if you do not really care for having a more plush and luxurious-feeling running shoe on your feet.

The properties profile of the ASICS GT-1000 is very similar to that of the ASICS GT-2000 with the amount of stability, stiffness, and forefoot cushioning estimated to be similar.

However, what differs greatly in these two ASICS running shoes is the amount of heel cushioning, where the ASICS GT-1000 has a less cushy heel than the ASICS GT-2000, according to running shoe lab tests.

As mentioned earlier, the latest version of the ASICS GT-1000 looks more like the ASICS GEL-Kayano. This is mainly due to its upper, which consists of mesh that provides structure with a minimum amount of overlays.

However, older versions of the ASICS GT-1000 have stitched-on overlays that wrap the midfoot well, so should provide you with enough support around the midfoot. Note that the latest version of the ASICS GT-2000 has a mostly no-sew upper, which increases comfort but decreases support a bit.

Another difference in the upper is that the ASICS GT-2000 provides a lot of support behind the heel and is quite closed, while the ASICS GT-1000 exposes quite a bit of mesh at the back.

But again, this is due to the fact that the ASICS GT-1000 provides less luxury. You basically get a basic running shoe that provides enough of everything that a moderate overpronator needs.

Note that the latest version of the ASICS GT-1000 (the ASICS GT-1000 7) is not comparable to the ASICS GT-2000 anymore, because it has a reduced amount of support and is listed as a running shoe for neutral runners and overpronators instead of only overpronators.

You can read more about the differences and similarities between the ASICS GT-2000 6 and the ASICS GT-1000 6 here.

ASICS GEL-Kayano (post ASICS GEL-Kayano 24)

The ASICS GEL-Kayano is a more luxurious and expensive running shoe than the ASICS GT-2000, because it generally implements more modern materials and the latest running shoe technologies from ASICS.

While versions of the ASICS GEL-Kayano that came before the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 were listed by ASICS as being for neutral runners and overpronators, which made the ASICS GEL-Kayano deliver a mild to moderate amount of stability, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 is listed as a running shoe that is only for overpronators, so the amount of support has increased in the ASICS GEL-Kayano and has closed in on the ASICS GT-2000.

Therefore, from the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 onwards, the ASICS GEL-Kayano should be more comparable to the ASICS GT-2000, but then with more luxury.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano exposes GEL cushioning in the heel but not in the forefoot just like the ASICS GT-2000 does.

Both running shoes deliver an overall soft ride, but their heels might feel somewhat firm to some runners due to the fact that they both come with a more responsive bottom layer of foam in their midsoles that is a bit thicker under the heel than in the forefoot.

The ASICS GEL-Kayano might also deliver a bit more forefoot cushioning than the ASICS GT-2000, because its softer layer of foam is thicker in the forefoot, and its more responsive layer stops at the midfoot.

Both running shoes come with a good amount of support behind the heel, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano has more heavy-duty tooling than the ASICS GT-2000.

The upper of the ASICS GEL-Kayano might also wrap your foot a bit closer than the upper of the ASICS GT-2000 due to a more advanced type of mesh and fit system used in the ASICS GEL-Kayano.

All in all, the latest version of the ASICS GEL-Kayano is very much like the ASICS GT-2000 in what it delivers to moderate overpronators, but the ASICS GEL-Kayano is just a bit more advanced, luxurious, and expensive.

You can read more about the differences and similarities between the ASICS GT-2000 6 and the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 here.

Mizuno Wave Inspire

The Mizuno Wave Inspire falls on the same level as the ASICS GT-2000, and when you look at their properties, they look very much alike.

What sets the Mizuno Wave Inspire apart from all other running shoes in the stability category is the Wave Plate that it has in its midsole to provide pronation control but also stability in the form of centering of the rearfoot.

However, this is just a unique way of the Mizuno Wave Inspire to provide stability and support, and when compared to the more traditional medial post, the effect is the same, that is, your foot is stopped from rolling too far inward.

The latest versions of the Mizuno Wave Inspire and the ASICS GT-2000 display a comparable amount of flexibility, a comparable amount of forefoot cushioning, but the cushy heel of the Mizuno Wave Inspire might be better for heel-strikers than the ASICS GT-2000.

Both running shoes provide a good amount of support in the upper around the midfoot and keep the toe box pretty open so are comfortable running shoes. However, the Mizuno Wave Inspire might deliver more durable support around the midfoot.

The ASICS GT-2000 has a heel that is more closed and that follows the form of your heel well, but the sturdy stitched-on overlays at the back of the Mizuno Wave Inspire should also give you enough support in that area.

So all in all, if you are looking to switch brands, you could try the Mizuno Wave Inspire instead of the ASICS GT-2000, because it provides almost everything that the ASICS GT-2000 provides in addition to delivering an overall soft ride with lots of heel cushioning to overpronators.

You can read more about the differences and similarities between the ASICS GT-2000 6 and the Mizuno Wave Inspire 14 here.

Saucony Guide

The Saucony Guide is the Saucony counterpart of the ASICS-GT 2000.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 and the Saucony Guide are geared towards moderate overpronators, and both running shoes are very stable and supportive.

Although the Saucony Guide is listed as a running shoe that delivers light stability, it tends to get high marks for stability in lab tests.

They both provide a good amount of cushioning, but in the latest versions of the running shoes, the Saucony Guide tops the cushioning provided by the ASICS GT-2000.

Both the ASICS GT-2000 and the Saucony Guide have a largely seamless upper and are quite closed at the back, but the ASICS GT-2000 might provide a better heel fit than the Saucony Guide, which only has overlays at the back.

The forefoot of the ASICS GT-2000 is more open than that of the Saucony Guide so might feel more comfortable to those with big bunions, although the bunion window of the Saucony Guide has been kept free from overlays.

The Saucony Guide might feel a bit more flexible than the ASICS GT-2000, and because it provides more ground contact than the ASICS GT-2000, your ride might also feel smoother in the Saucony Guide.

The weights of the Saucony Guide and the ASICS GT-2000 come very close to each other, with one being somewhat lighter for women and the other somewhat lighter for men.

The Saucony Guide is a running shoe that can rival the cushiness and support provided by the ASICS GT-2000 and would make a good substitute if you are looking to change running shoe brands.

You can read more about the differences and similarities between the ASICS GT-2000 6 and the Saucony Guide 10 here.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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