I have never owned a pair of Asics before and I have to admit what urged me to purchase a pair was the fact that they were on sale. I needed a new pair of running shoes and wanted to try something other than my usual Nike buy. I believe my decision was a great one! the Asics fit very well and have an unbelievable cushion under sole especially beneath the balls of my feet, something I honestly have never felt in a running shoe before. Great fit, great look and feel...I hope they last just as well.