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The Asics Novablast is an amazing walking shoe

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I bought last season's Asics Novablast 1 on sale at Runner's Warehouse and didn't get the world's best running shoe or trainer, I got the world's most comfortable, squishy, and comfortable walking shoe.
The Asics Novablast is an amazing walking shoe

ASICS Novablast 1

These are my US size 13 ASICS Novablast 1 running shoes in Sunrise Red. There are many like it, but this one is mine. When I heard Kofuzi review the Asics Novablast, he suggested that this shoe was originally produced to be a casual wear shoe that became a fan favorite and a runaway best-seller in the running world. I avoided it because I had a less-than-ideal experience with the Asics Glideride 1 I had bought. The sole collapsed and I needed to throw the shoe away.

But, when Runner's Warehouse offered the Novablast for $80.45 shipped versus $130 new. I needed to jump on it. And I am glad I did because it's amazing. It is a seriously neutral shoe. It might be a lot unstable as a running shoe but as a walking and casualwear show, it's a dream.

And, as you know, I am plus-sized. And it's as squishy and as comfortable as everyone has said. It's even much more of a pleasure to wear on a day-to-day casualwear shoe than my too expensive Adidas Ultraboost 21s, which took weeks of wearing before they became butter soft and the booty style uppers. And the garish fluorescent salmon color I was able to find my size in has gotten a lot of attention.

The NOVABLAST™ shoe is for neutral runners seeking a responsive running experience. This lightweight design includes our FLYTEFOAM®

As my photographer dad always said, "always make sure there's a splash of color." I totally understand, especially if it's a conversation starter. The lacing is good. I feel like I needed to use the runner's knot and use the "extra" eyelet to cinch it down, but once it's tied, it's an all-day tie (and I double knot).

The bootie is comfortable and there's a lot of room in the toebox for me and the jacquard mesh fabric upper has plenty of vents and doesn't feel as hot as the Ultraboost 21s are. They feel really durable and the outsole's High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR) has a lot of coverage so I assume it'll last for a while.

The NOVABLAST™ shoe is for neutral runners seeking a responsive running experience. This lightweight design includes our FLYTEFOAM®

It makes me happy. I like it. And, since there is such a steep heel drop of 10mm, the heel is 37mm but the forefoot is only 27mm so if you're a forefoot runner, which most slow joggers are, it's quite a bit more stable than you would think than if you're a heel striker.

But, there is enough of their super-bouncy, super-squish, Flytefoam Blast foam, even in the forefoot, that I feel like everywhere I go I am walking on a gymnastic spring floor. If you can find the first version that I am sharing with you here, get them. At $80 delivered, it's a deal.

And the squish is amazing. I could easily walk all day without feeling beat up, even if I choose a lower-stack-height, more minimalist, neutral shoe for slow jogging.

 The NOVABLAST™ shoe is for neutral runners seeking a responsive running experience. This lightweight design includes our FLYTEFOAM® Blast midsole foam.

From ASICS

Looking for a shoe for neutral runners seeking a responsive running experience? Look no further! The NOVABLAST™ shoe is a lightweight design featuring FLYTEFOAM® Blast midsole foam for an energetic bounce while you run. The outsole and midsole of the NOVABLAST™ shoe have been designed to help promote the energized feeling of a "trampoline" effect that propels you forward. The NOVABLAST™ shoe has more foam underfoot or increased midsole stack height than other ASICS running shoes, but that lift and extra cushioned feel is designed for the NOVABLAST™ model to improve comfort over longer distances. The shoe's soft, engineered mesh upper delivers excellent airflow, keeping your feet cooler throughout your run. Additionally, reflective details provide extra visibility in low-light conditions. Put a bounce in your step with the new NOVABLAST™ performance running shoe and experience a soft and lightweight ride. Not sure the NOVABLAST™ is the right shoe for you? Check out the full line up of ASICS cushioning shoes and other neutral shoe models!

What ChatGPT Thinks

It's great to hear that you've had such a positive experience with the ASICS Novablast 1, especially given your less-than-ideal experience with the Asics Glideride 1. However, let me provide some potential drawbacks and alternatives to consider for those who might not share your enthusiasm for the Novablast.

  1. Stability: As you've mentioned, the Novablast is a neutral shoe, which might not provide enough stability for some runners or walkers. People who overpronate or have specific foot conditions may need a more supportive shoe for optimal comfort and performance.

  2. Heel Drop: With a 10mm heel drop, the Novablast may not be the best choice for everyone. Runners or walkers who prefer a lower heel drop or minimalist shoes might find this design uncomfortable or unnatural.

  3. Responsiveness: While the Novablast's FlyteFoam Blast midsole provides a soft and bouncy feel, some individuals might prefer a more responsive or firmer shoe that offers better ground feedback and potentially aids in injury prevention.

  4. Price: Although you were able to find the Novablast at a discounted price, the shoe can be expensive when not on sale. Budget-conscious shoppers might want to explore alternative options with similar features at a lower price point.

  5. Aesthetics: The garish fluorescent salmon color of your Novablast may be a conversation starter, but it might not appeal to everyone. While aesthetics are subjective, some people may prefer a more understated design.

Despite these potential drawbacks, the ASICS Novablast 1 may still be a great shoe for many individuals who value its cushioning, comfort, and unique design. As always, it's essential to consider personal preferences and needs when selecting the right shoe for any activity.

What Bard Thinks

I've read through your comments and I think you make some great points about the Asics Novablast. It's a comfortable, squishy, and supportive shoe that's great for walking and running. I agree with you that it's a great value for the price.

However, I would like to offer a few counterpoints.

First, the Asics Novablast is not the best shoe for everyone. If you have high arches or need a lot of support, you may want to consider a different shoe.

Second, the Asics Novablast is not the most durable shoe on the market. If you're a heavy runner or you put a lot of wear and tear on your shoes, you may find that the Asics Novablast doesn't last as long as other shoes.

Finally, the Asics Novablast is not the best shoe for all types of running. If you're a heel striker or you need a lot of stability, you may want to consider a different shoe.

Overall, I think the Asics Novablast is a great shoe for many people. It's comfortable, supportive, and affordable. However, it's important to consider your individual needs and preferences when choosing a shoe.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!