Staff Pick: Asics Cumulus 15

This shoe’s got a high-cushion feel at low-cushion weight, says long-time runner Jessie LaPointe. Plus it’s got perks for newbies. 


RUNNING SHOE: Asics Cumulus 15

Category: Cushion, Neutral

Best for: Training and racing

Weight: 9.3 oz. 

Heel-to-toe drop: 11 mm 

Price: $115


By Jessie LaPointe, store manager at New Jersey Running Company – Hoboken

At $115*, the Cumulus 15 is a steal for those seeking a high-cushion feel at a low-cushion weight. It’s ideal for everyday training or novice racing.

Low-arched and flat-footed runners beware, the classic peanut shape of most Asics shoes is ever-present here: a narrow mid-foot, wide toe box, and wide heel collar.

The Cumulus seems to best fit the medium- to high-arched foot, and the neutral to mild over-pronator.

Those of us with a narrow heel will benefit from a quick implementation of  the runner’s loop to prevent slippage (and blisters!). Check out this picture for how to do this. 

asic cumulus 15

Despite the purported large fit of most Asics models, these guys run true to size – so stick with your usual measurements! 

For the newcomers: Your opinion of this shoe will be in direct correlation to what you’ve been running in. With the lightweight/minimal craze starting to wind down – a lot of us will be trying the Cumulus 15 after stepping out of something like the Kinvara, Gel Lyte, or anything from the Pure Project.

If this is the case, this shoe will probably feel like an immediate dream of cushioning on a recovery run, but a nightmare for anything uptempo.  Feedback from the staff at the store level has been mixed. Many lament the sluggish feel the shoes warrant on days they’d hoped for speed, and others relish in the plush ride for a more relaxed paced day after a hard effort. The competitive runner might not elect for this to be a racing shoe, but the novice runner can rest assured that they will cross the line feeling accomplished and less fatigued.

For previous fans: There’s more than just cosmetic updates here. We’re talking honest improvements. A once deemed “sloppy” heel collar and cup is now outfitted with P.H.F.® (Personal Heel Fit), a multi layered liner of memory foam that creates a customized fit, no matter the foot shape. While nestling in at the entry level price point for cushioned shoes, the Cumulus always seems to be described as heavy.

This is great for the runner looking for maximum cushion with a minimum price, but not so great for those of us that want that classic springy feel associated with new shoes. The solution? Enter Solyte® Midsole Material, a significantly lighter weight midsole material than the standard fare from Asics without compromising durability. Simply put? The shoe is stronger, better, faster, and (lasts) longer.

*Add another $10 and upgrade to the Cumulus LITE-SHOW, a special edition that boasts a 360/fully reflective upper to enhance low-light visibility. As winter approaches, we must remember: Safety doesn’t take a Holiday just because we do!

Check out the Asics Cumulus 15 here

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