ASICS Men’s GEL Venture 5 Running Shoe

Last updated date: November 30, 2020

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8.6

ASICS Men’s GEL Venture 5 Running Shoe

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We looked at the top Men's Running Shoe and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Men's Running Shoe you should buy.

Editor's Note November 30, 2020:
Checkout The Best Men’s Running Shoe for a detailed review of all the top men's running shoe.

Overall Take

The GEL Venture 5 boasts a comfort-driven design with gel cushioning on the heel. There's generally no break-in required, and lugs on the outsoles provide solid traction on inclines and rough terrain. The removable sock liner also allows space for customization in the case of medical issues. These felt comfortable and light during our testing.


In our analysis of 55 expert reviews, the ASICS ASICS Men's Venture 5 Running Shoe placed 6th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The GEL-Venture 5 provides great fit and everyday comfort, with Rearfoot GEL Cushioning and a rugged outsole ideal for a variety of terrains. In 1949, Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka began his athletic footwear company (Onitsuka Co., Ltd.) by manufacturing basketball shoes out of his living room in Kobe, Japan. He chose the name ASICS for his company in 1977, based on a famous Latin phrase "Anima Sana In Corpore Sano," which, when translated, expresses the ancient ideal of "A Sound Mind in a Sound Body." Taking the acronym of this phrase, ASICS was founded on the belief that the best way to create a healthy and happy lifestyle is to promote total health and fitness. Today, ASICS offers a full line of performance-driven athletic shoes and technical active sports apparel and accessories dedicated to bringing harmony to the body and soul.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.4
16 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.8
10,205 user reviews

What experts liked

Those who needed some arch support were able to feel it in the mid-sole unit of this running shoe; it was able to correct supinated foot motion.
- RunRepeat
The gel-venture 5 shoe provides a great fit with a reasonable level of comfort. There is a Rearfoot GEL cushioning pad that provides extra support for the heel.
- Runners Choice
May 16, 2019 | Full review
The Venture 5 is super comfortable because it features a plush cushioned underfoot mechanism and maybe that’s the number one reason everybody gets it.
- Steadyfoot
The outsoles have lugs that provide perfect traction for uphill and downhill running
- We Weight
One of the things that makes this shoe a great choice is the removable sock liner that comes with it, so, if you have foot issues, it allows you to insert medical orthotics into it.
- Plantar Fasciitis Shoes
The outsole unit is even made better with reversed lugs which provide maximum traction and stability, so you can confidently tackle any type of terrain.
- RRRTrail
April 3, 2018 | Full review
The advanced gel cushioning on the rear foot combined with a removable sock-liner gives you the much-needed flexibility.
- The Top Pro
Equipped with rearfoot GEL cushioning, the running shoe for men includes a removable sockliner, which can make space for medical orthotics.
- Best Selected Products
Completely durable as well as flexible.
- Listderful
The ASICS Gel Venture 5 running shoes are incredibly reasonably priced for top level quality footwear of the caliber. They make a great choice for athletes on a budget who need quality sneakers.
- Running Shoes for Supination
They act as a versatile all-rounder that performs well on roads and even on trails.
- Shoe Tiles
These ASICS employ a rearfoot gel cushioning system, which is handy in buffering the impact of hard and uneven surfaces.
- Humble & Rich
June 8, 2018 | Full review
If you are looking for a go-to shoe, this will be your perfect choice. You can use it for general fitness, even many runners use it when they go for running miles on uneven terrains. This is constructed in such a way that you can use it on both gym workouts and track.
- Shoes Buzz
November 11, 2018 | Full review
Keeps your feet safe from discomfort even if you are moving on a treadmill or climbing a rocky terrain. These running shoes will provide you with the best support while you are working out.
- Sports Academic
May 5, 2016 | Full review
Great color combination and design to suit every style.
- Shoes Zoom
September 20, 2016 | Full review
Ideal for a wide array of terrains because this shoe is comfortable and fits very well on your feet. No break-in is required.
- Weal Feet

What experts didn't like

The outsole rubber separated from the platform, and it placed a lot of concern for a number of runners.
- RunRepeat
They do tend to slip on flat, wet rocks and this can be dangerous when it is not expected.
- Runners Choice
May 16, 2019 | Full review
Some runners complain the rubber toe cap pulls away and becomes a cause of tripping or snags on a rock when walking.
- Steadyfoot
The sole of the shoe is made of hard rubber material which is not flexible enough for people who require flexible shoes for arch support on certain workout routines
- We Weight
If and when you want to a walk on flat surfaces, this shoe might not be ideal for that as they tend to make one slip-on flat surfaces.
- Plantar Fasciitis Shoes
Due to the sole construction, the shoe may not perform very well on a flat wet rock surface; a possible slip can occur which is very dangerous
- RRRTrail
April 3, 2018 | Full review
The shoes are slippery on even, wet stones and can cause comes and damage if you don’t realize this fact.
- Running Shoes for Supination
The stitched sections of the upper portion begins to fall apart, as reported by a a reviewer.
- Shoe Tiles
The shoes are made for heavy duty use, but some users complain that it does not allow much flexibility. The grip can also be improved on flat and wet surfaces.
- Humble & Rich
June 8, 2018 | Full review
The shoe is not quite true to size. The inside is narrow, the thickness of the material is slightly exaggerated.
- Shoes Buzz
November 11, 2018 | Full review
Few of the customers consider it to be narrow which could be solved if you buy slightly bigger size than your usual size
- Sports Academic
May 5, 2016 | Full review
A bit pricy than you see in regular market.
- Shoes Zoom
September 20, 2016 | Full review
These shoes might be too tight right across the top.
- Weal Feet

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mansour   
Certified Personal Trainer, Health and Wellness Expert

Stephanie Mansour, host of “Step It Up with Steph” on public broadcasting, has been coaching women for over a decade on how to lose weight and make it last. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis on women’s studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. She holds certifications in life coaching, personal training, yoga and Pilates.

An Overview On Men's Running Shoe

Buying a shoe of any kind can be difficult, but when it comes to running shoes, things can be downright confusing. There’s been tremendous research and engineering applied to shoe construction over the past decades, to the point where the features of some expensive sneakers sound like options on a sports car. On the other hand, the ads for most shoe companies seem less interested in selling these innovations than in promoting a fitness lifestyle.

The first thing you’ll need to know is what kind of running you actually do — not so much the amount, but the terrain. There are three general types of running shoes: road running shoes for pavement, trail running shoes for gravel or rough terrain and cross-training shoes that provide maximum balance and stability in a gym environment.

Beyond that, there’s a ton of variety. You’ll find all sorts of bells and whistles that claim to keep your feet comfortable yet functional. But Stephanie Mansour, a certified personal trainer and founder of the fitness brand Step It Up With Steph, recommends keeping the shoe’s fit at the top of your priority list.

“Make sure that you go for fit — not for color,” she says. “You also want to make sure you do not buy a shoe that is too tight with the hopes of it stretching out. These are not like stretch jeans. They will not stretch out properly to fit your shoe. What you feel is what you get from the onset, so make sure you get a pair of running shoes that are comfortable while running initially.”

When picking out a show, it also helps to know how you run. There’s been a lot of study put into the natural running stride of the shoe-clad human foot, which tends to strike heel first, then roll slightly inward. That’s called pronation. Many longtime runners are prone to overpronation, where the inward roll is more pronounced. Less common is supination, which means the foot rolls outward instead.

You can typically tell which running mechanic you favor by looking at the tread wear on the running shoes you already own. If the wear is along the center where the balls of your feet are, you tend toward pronation. Wear closer to the inner edge means overpronation, while wear on the outer edge usually signifies supination. The latter two cases can result in knee or foot strain over time, so take steps to correct that stride. Motion-control shoes can help with overpronation, and extra cushioning will lessen the effects of supination.

Without shoes, the foot tends to strike the ground with the midfoot or forefoot. There are certain professional running shoes that try to replicate that habit with minimal soles and even separated protection for individual toes.

In any case, pick for comfort. Your feet will thank you in the long run, and there’s enough selection out there that you won’t have to sacrifice stability for style.

The Men's Running Shoe Buying Guide

  • For general fit, a couple of key tests will help. Make sure there’s about a thumb’s width between the tip of your big toe and the tip of the shoe, says Mansour. That room will help, since your foot will expand with exercise. As for the ankles, you’ll want to be able to move them around in circles without the lip of the shoes restricting your movement or chafing, she adds. They shouldn’t be so loose that the heel slips out of the back, however. And arch support can be crucial, so make sure you feel some cradling effect around the middle of your foot, Mansour says.
  • Do you wear orthotics? If you’ve got special insoles that provide support or cushioning to key areas of the foot, bring along for the fitting. Chances are, they will change the fit of the shoe. Keep in mind that certain shoes are adaptable to this with removable insoles.
  • When it comes to cushioning, you might think more is always better. That’s not necessarily the case. In fact, you won’t often see competitive runners wearing overly cushioned shoes because all that extra padding means a sacrifice in speed. Plenty of midsole cushioning can be a lifesaver for marathons or distance runners, but when it comes to speed, less is more.
  • Stability and comfort are great, but be sure to check the materials on a shoe. Durable outsoles are often the main difference between an expensive shoe and an easily worn-out knock-off. Good, solidly constructed running shoes should last you up to four months or more if you go on frequent runs.
  • If you run, your feet are going to get sweaty. It’s an unavoidable fact, but decent materials can mitigate it. The upper part of the shoe needs to have some stability, but the flexible fabric in between the support areas should have breathability to it. Look for mesh or something similar if your feet need a little extra breeze.