ASICS new launch is breaking PBs - Women's Running

ASICS new launch is breaking PBs

Author: Kate Sellers

Read Time:   |  June 14, 2021

The METASPEED collection is designed to help cadence style runners to reach new heights. Not sure what your running style is? Keep reading to find out!

ASICS has just launched the second of its high-performance running shoes that take the power of human-centric design to a whole new level. The METASPEEDTM Edge is a shoe designed for a specific style of runner – one that has been overlooked in the relentless pursuit of speed in the category to date.

The arrival of METASPEEDTM Edge follows the launch of METASPEEDTM  Sky earlier in the year – each scientifically designed with a cadence style of running in mind. The new racing shoes help elite athletes reach the top of their game, as they no longer have to adjust their running style to fit the shoe anymore; instead, ASICS is giving them high-performance shoes to match their running style. With initial tests from ASICS already showing the METASPEEDTM  Edge could help reduce the number of steps for a runner to finish a marathon by around 2.6%1, it will give more elite runners the opportunity to reach peak performance, which we are very keen to see.


The shoes are already proving to have an impact on the performance levels of elite ASICS runners. At the Hokkaido-Sapporo Marathon Festival 2021, German distance runner Katerina Steinruck became the first cadence-style runner to record an official personal best wearing the METASPEEDTM Edge, clocking a time of 1:10:43 in the half-marathon event to take a fourth-place finish.

The unique design story behind the new shoe centers on a crucial insight first discovered by scientists at the ASICS Institute of Sport Science (ISS). They recognized that the type of shoes powering the world’s fastest were only favoring one type of runner: stride runners,  with a long-loping gait with large periods spent airborne, who increase their speed by extending their stride length.

Informed by the finding that athletes perform better when running in shoes that are optimized for their running style, ASICS has created METASPEEDTM Edge for those with a cadence style to help them reach peak performance.

“We hope the shoe not only spurs cadence-style runners on to new levels of performance but also keeps them better protected,” says Kenichi Harano, Executive Officer and Senior General Manager at the ASICS Institute of Sport Science.

The good news is that this new knowledge can benefits us not-quite-athlete runners too. ASICS has released a new online tool as part of its recent ASICS Innovation Summit 2021 to help us find out your own running style and find the right fit for you. To use it, click here.

Written by

Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Kate is our Senior Digital Executive and a keen runner. She's also a qualified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher, so she knows her stuff about workouts, cross-training and stretching. She loves to combine running and exploring, so you'll often find her testing out the latest kit in exciting locations across the UK and beyond. Kate champions exercising for enjoyment. "Most of the year, you'll find me running for fun and wellbeing," she says. "That being said, I do still love the thrill of training for a race from time to time!"

Meet the team

We use cookies to give you a better experience on By continuing to use our site, you are agreeing to the use of cookies as set in our Cookie Policy.

OK, got it