Comments: These are fantastic shoes for some people. They are horrible for me. I'll echo the fact that the laces hurt the heck out of my left foot right where the tongue stops. My other issue with these shoes is that there is a seam on the inside very close to the ball of my foot. The seam has a zigzag thread pattern that is covered with a thin piece of white fabric. I got a blood blister from this the second time running. The shoes just don't work for me.
From: Matt, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA
Comments: I had been running in Nimbus for the past 5 years, from versions 10-13. The Nimbus 13 plus Superfeet inserts was a great combination for me, considering that I had neuroma surgery 2 years ago. When I got the 14's, I immediately noticed they seemed too big, though I ordered the same size as always, 9.5. So, I called RW, they told me the shoes run big, and I bought a pair of size 9. OF course, too small. I just returned both pairs, and am now looking for a pair of Brooks.
From: Dan, Atlanta
Comments: I have been a distance runner since college in the 70s and I really locked in on the Asics Nimbus line for comfort and stability about seven years ago. I am currently 55 years old, 6ft. 3in. and weigh 185 lbs. I have always gotten 500 – 600 miles or more out of every pair… however the 14s are the first to disappoint me. After only about 130 miles I noticed some wear on the heel and at the ball of my foot. Never saw any wear on previous models until after 500 miles. Paid no attention because they are “Nimbus”. At 150 miles, came in lame in the middle on one of my 5 mile runs. I have just returned from the doctor due to having pain in my right foot so bad, I am having trouble walking. Achilles Tendonitis is the doctors diagnosis, from running on too hard of a surface. Asics blew it with this shoe... I just pray they correct their mistake on the 15s… If you are running in these be careful.
From: Curtis Robinson
Comments: My recent experience with Asics has not been good. The GT 2000 series gave me horrible blisters, the Gel 3000 was like having bricks strapped to my feet. The Gel Kayano 18 did not provide me any stability. My feet tend to over pronate and I normally wear stability shoes, so I was a little worried about running in a cushioned trainer. The Asics web site said the Nimbus could be worn by runners with moderate overpronation. I liked the looks of the shoe and Running Warehouse had them on sale, so I took a gamble. The Gamble paid off. I love these shoes. They are extremely comfortable and fit perfectly. My job requires being on my feet all day. They are just so soft and well cushioned, I just might have to get a pair of these for work. As far as running goes, it was no surprise that the Nimbus 14 has great cushioning, but they also have good support and stability. Even with my over pronation, I can wear this shoe comfortably for my long runs. They are much more stable than my Kayano 18s. They probably do not have enough support for a heavy or severe over pronator, I would think most runners could run comfortably in this shoe. They are a little too soft for fast running or racing. They are perfect for long training runs on the roads. I love the style of this shoe too. They remind me of some of the old Tiger designs of years gone by.
From: Bob, New Jersey
Comments: I'm glad you guys noticed. My 14s are nowhere as cushy as my 13s. The thirteens seriously feel like pillows in comparison. Either there's some hidden science by the asics engineers to help my feet, or they're cost cutting.....hmmmm!
From: Nic, Australia
Comments: Hate the Nimbus 14. Loved the 11 and 12 version. My feet and knees hurt running on the 14. I'm exchanging them.
From: Vinnie, Anville, PA, USA
Comments: I've liked running in the Nimbus line for several years now. I do not like the 14s as much as the 13s. They have a stiffer ride and the upper is not as comfortable especially at the bottom of the tongue area. I've just about gone through my first pair of 14s (put on approx. 250 miles to this point) and will not be buying another pair. In contrast I went through at least 6 pairs of the 13s in which I even bought several pairs when they were being discontinued. I will wait for the 15s in April. I've tried other similar shoes, but have come always come back to the Nimbus.
From: Howard, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Comments: Just completed my first week running on the new Nimbus 14's after 3500 miles running on New Balance shoes. 3 runs up to 6 miles were very comfortable with no foot pain afterward. First long run of 12 miles left my feet feeling like hamburger. No internal pain (which is good) but the fleshy sole of my foot was pretty tender. No blisters, but a 20 miler would have been rough. Might be the socks I wore or maybe the insert in the shoe is rougher than the New Balance - not sure. I'll give my feet a month or so to toughen up but I would have been in big trouble if I had bought these just before a marathon.
From: Dave, South Wales, NY, USA
Comments: Have only been able to put 400 mi on my optic yellow 14's in the past six months. Mainly trails, some pavement to get to the trails. Have another pair of these in the closet ready to run over rocks and roots. Nimbus 12's were OK, 13,s clunky, with the 14's I just go. Oh and by the way who needs socks with these? not me.
From: Wally, Reno, NV, USA
Comments: I'm 65, have been running for 40 years, mostly in Asics. I put in about 20 miles/week. An upgrade is not always for the better. I really liked the Nimbus 13, but the 14 is not nearly as good. Each time I run, I think I'm wearing wooden shoes. I keep hearing the "clop, clop, clop" as the shoe hits the pavement. Plus I don't think the cushioning is nearly as good. I do like the color scheme of the Limited Edition though.
From: Jerry, Col. Grove, OH, USA
Comments: Massively disappointed in the 14s. I am having the same issues discussed by previous posters: lumpy cushioning (from the insert), laces digging into the top of my foot due to less cushioning in the tongue, blisters on right instep from cramped toe box. For me, the arch support doesn't seem cushioned at all, unforgivingly pounding my left foot like the sole of the shoe wants to burst through the top of my foot. I am taking them back to my local running shop and exchanging them for something else. Loved the 13s, can't stand, or run in, the 14s.
From: Josh, Chicago, IL, USA
Comments: I am 57 and weigh 200 lbs., having dropped 50 lbs. since April 2012 thru running and watching what I eat. I started in a pair of Asics Cumulus, and upgraded to the optic yellow Nimbus 14's in August. Those were even better than the Cumulus, and after 500 miles forced myself to purchase another. I didn't see the Optic Yellow's, but instead the standard blue/grey/black Nimbus 14's. What happened? These feel harder, stiffer, lumpy, and overall not like the same shoe! Is that even possible? I even went into the running specialty store (not where I bought any of the previous shoes). To make a long story short, I am considering buying 2 pair of Nimbus 13's on a serious sale, as they feel greater than any of the previous shoes worn. But I'm bummed about the 2nd Nimbus 14's not being the same as the first. Has anyone had this experience? Am I making a mistake grabbing this older model that predates my start as a runner?
From: Phil, Lake Forest, IL
Comments: I've only done a few short runs in these but so far I am somewhat disappointed. The main problem is the shoes stiffness. I weigh 275 lbs and my feet get sore trying to flex these shoes as I run. I've also had a hard time locking my heel into these shoes. Other than that, it is a high quality shoe. Hoping they become more flexible with time.
From: Todd, San Antonio, TX, USA
Comments: First, yes I am a lady, but I have huge tranny feet so I prefer men's shoes. I am new to the Nimbus series, and the 14 is the first one I've tried. I've been a distance runner for quite some time, and I am currently training for my first full marathon... but I know little to nothing about the technical specifics of shoes like the other reviewers have mentioned. However, I can tell you that if this shoe were a person, I would try to marry it. I am a severe underpronator, and about 5-7 lbs heavier than I'd like to be... this shoe has been amazing. And it LASTS. Getting ready to buy my second pair in 6 months, but only because I like to rotate, and my other pair has been through hundreds (maybe thousands) of miles.
From: Candice, Washington, DC
Comments: Has anyone noticed any difference in the ride between the LE's and the other Nimbus 14's?
I was running in a pair of the optic yellow 14's and the started up with a pair of the LE's and
noticed a huge change. Felt like I was running on a shoe with a much harder outsole...it even
sounded harder. Comments?
From: Mark, Warrenton, Virginia, USA
Comments: Good shoe, but if it ain't broke don't fix it. Stiffer and not as well cushioned as previous models. Asymmetrical lacing system was a cool feature that seemed to create better pressure than standard laces - after all your foot is not a symmetrical cylinder. Foot bed shape is not as pronounced as older models - it's flatter and more "common". Mostly horrendeous color schemes (again). Ironically the only good looking color is the optic yellow- but you WILL get attention with these whether you like it or not! Geez, the whole industry has got to stop letting 13 year old gamers pick the color pallette. Vomit green with purple and weirdo blue looks great! Does anybody on the design team try on the shoes and look in the mirror?
From: Slipstream Runner, Elmhurst, IL, USA
Comments: Just got home with my new pair of Nimbus 14. I did not even try them on at the store. Just grabbed my size box, paid and walked out. That is how much I have loved and trusted the name Nimbus. I started running long distance 3 yrs ago at age 40(6 ft tall, 200lbs). I trained and ran my first marathon in the Nimbus 11. Easily moved into the Nimbus 12. The Nimbus 11 and Nimbus 12 almost seemed identical to me. I completely loved these shoes for my neutral run and very high arch. I missed out on the Nimbus 13, as I had bought 2 pair of Nimbus 12. So, the Nimbus 14 now. I am not happy with the change of the asymmetrical lacing system. That was a great fit for the foot. Why would they remove that? The problem I see now, just by putting the Nimbus 14 on, is that the lower profile upper does not cover my foot as much as the Nimbus 11 or 12. I mean the space across the laces is very wide. It almost looks like I would need a WIDE version of the shoe just to fit correctly. Not sure if I want to run in them or go find some Nimbus 12 still available online somewhere!
From: Chris, Lake Charles, LA, USA
Comments: Awesome. Been wearing the Nimbus since I started running about 6 years ago and thought this was the best Nimbus, comfort and performance wise, since the Nimbus 9's which are still my favorite running shoe of all time. I love that Asics went back to the normal laces/lace pattern. They feel closer to the ground like the 9's and a lot more responsive than the 13's.
From: Dave, Cincinnati, OH, USA
Comments: left shoe, 2nd eyelet from the top of the tongue bites down on my foot (ouch!). Great cushioning, but the toe box even when wearing 4E feels like my left foot is crushed. I wore Nimbus 13s and had zero problems. The weight difference between the 13 and 14 models and lower profile is not that noticeable.
From: Bob, Germantown, MD, USA.
Comments: These shoes are great at absorbing shock, but do not fit well compared to the previous Asics Nimbus 11, 12, 13 models. This one pinched the top of my fit where my joint is in the most peculiar way. I tried 9.5 and size 10, but each had their problems.
From: 200 lbs runner, Northern, VA
Comments: Bryan's review (below) is exactly right. Basically an excellent shoe, but the insufficient padding on the tongue does cause the laces to hurt the top of my foot. It's beyond me why Asics would sabotage one of their franchise shoes like that. But you're better off with the nimbus 13, which does not have that flaw.
From: Uli, Elmhurst, IL, USA
Comments: Very cushy ride. The shoe overall is wider than the previous version and that's a positive change for me anyway. Unfortunately there's one fatal flaw to this shoe. The padding of the tongue abruptly stops at the second row of eyelets which causes the laces, which are on the short side, and top eyelets to really cinch down on the top of your foot. It's very uncomfortable and I feel it at every toe off.
From: Bryan, Irvine, CA, USA
Comments: A wider more roomy toe box and a more stable heel. Cushion is good but more protective than mushy. The one piece tongue/vamp is an improvement.
From: Ken, Bellingham, WA, USA