ASICS Women’s GEL-Venture 5 Running Shoe

Last updated date: August 24, 2019

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8.9

ASICS Women’s GEL-Venture 5 Running Shoe

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

Editor's Note October 1, 2019:
Checkout The Best Women’s Walking Shoe for a detailed review of all the top women's walking shoes.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 39 expert reviews, the ASICS ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 5 Running Shoe placed 5th when we looked at the top 6 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 System 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

9.1
4 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.6
6,912 user reviews

What experts liked

The sturdiness and general durability of this shoe were lauded by those who have purchased it.
- RunRepeat
It is comfortable for those who want to run through rough terrain to work out.
- Runners Choice
May 16, 2019 | Full review
The soles and grips on them look pretty solid and are also multi colored to match the funky color schemes this shoe comes in.
- Best Walking Shoe Reviews
May 21, 2019 | Full review
This shoe has been famous for its durability, lightweight, comfortable feel, versatility, superb traction and its rugged outer sole that does not limit the performance on uneven grounds, hard pavements, rocky courses, shiny gym floors, and dirt trails.
- Pick The Best Shoes
November 29, 2015 | Full review

What experts didn't like

A tester complained that the stitched sections of the upper started falling apart after a month of intermittent use.
- 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
On the contrary, most of its users have complained about its narrowness and tightness.
- Pick The Best Shoes
November 29, 2015 | Full review

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 Women's Walking Shoes

There’s plenty of shopping help out there for those who run and jog, but not as much for those who are into walking. The biggest difference between walking shoes and running shoes is flexibility. A running shoe needs to easily bend in the arch area, while walking shoes need strong support for the arch. If you spend a great deal of time on your feet, you’ll also need a shoe built to support your knees and hips.

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Beyond support, though, the comfort of the shoe itself is important. This starts with the upper part of the shoe, which some prefer to have a softer, more flexible feel. Others like the soft leather build that both holds the foot in place and moves as you move. If you’ve ever suffered shoelaces digging into the top of your foot, you know how valuable a padded tongue is, so the most comfortable shoes build this in.

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“Look for walking shoes that feel light,” Stephanie Mansour, a certified personal trainer and the founder of fitness brand Step It Up Steph, advises. “You don’t want a bulky walking shoe because that’s more weight you need to lift up and forward upon every step.”

Some people prefer to do away with shoelaces altogether. Slip-on shoes make it easy to put your shoes on and take them off, and they’re especially appealing if you’re often in a hurry while you’re getting ready. Those who have trouble tying shoes due to arthritis or other conditions also prefer lace-free walking shoes.

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Walking shoes have evolved over the years so that you’re no longer required to have the traditional “sneakers” look for arch support and hours of comfort. There are slip-on shoes that provide the same inner and outer soles that you’d get with lace-up tennis shoes. You can even find comfortable walking shoes that emulate the look of dress flats.

“Purchase this product or try on this product at the end of the day when your feet are a little bit swollen and may be a bit bigger,” Mansour says. “You want to make sure you do not get a shoe that is too tight.”

Mansour says you should feel ease and comfort while you’re walking around in your new shoes.

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“If you try on a shoe and it feels uncomfortable or too tight, do not count on a break-in period,” she says. “If the back of the shoe hits your heel wrong or your toes feel cramped or like they’re swimming in the front of the shoe, move on to the next shoe.”

Cleanup is also important in a walking shoe. Most walking shoes can be washed in the washing machine, but you’ll need to put them in a mesh bag to protect them. It’s especially easy with high-efficiency washers that don’t toss items around as much. With standard top-load machines, you may need to wash your shoes with towels to balance out the load. Set your shoes out to dry once they’re finished washing.

The Women's Walking Shoe Buying Guide

  • Comfort is the most important factor in a walking shoe, and a variety of features combine to make that happen. TIOSEBON Women’s Athletic Walking Shoes have an upper made from knit mesh, giving it a sock-like flexibility. The Ryka Women’s Walking Shoe has a cushioned collar and tongue to help prevent unpleasant rubbing while you’re walking around.
  • Skechers has become known its special types of shoes that help put a little spring in your step. The Skechers Performance Women’s Walking Shoe has a Goga Max high rebound footbed to give you an energy boost while you walk.
  • Weight also factors in when it comes to shoe comfort. Ryka Women’s Walking Shoe is the lightest, at 8.3 ounces, while the New Balance Women’s WW411v2 Walking Shoe and Skechers Performance Women’s Walking Shoe weigh 12 ounces each. TIOSEBON Women’s Athletic Walking Shoes weigh 1.2 pounds.
  • Arch support is also important in a shoe. The Ryka Women’s Walking Shoe is perfect for joint and foot health. Its high arch is great for preventing foot issues, and both the toe and footbed are designed to help support your hips and knees.
  • If you have arthritis or just enjoy the convenience of slip-on shoes, you’ll prefer the TIOSEBON Women’s Athletic Walking Shoes or Skechers Performance Women’s Walking Shoe. The Ryka Women’s Walking Shoe and New Balance Women’s WW411v2 Walking Shoe both feature the lace-up shoestring design.
  • Although design preferences vary from one to another, the TIOSEBON Women’s Athletic Walking Shoes do have a more neutral look that will blend with a wide range of clothing styles. You’ll also get far more color choices. If you prefer the shoelace style, the marble print on the Ryka Women’s Walking Shoe gives it a more upscale look.
  • Breathability is important in any shoe, especially if your feet sweat while wearing it. The flyknit design of TIOSEBON Women’s Athletic Walking Shoes ensures air keeps circulating around your foot while you’re wearing them. However, this can also be a problem during those winter months when you don’t want cool air getting in. You may find the fabric of the Skechers Performance Women’s Walking Shoe is better if you live in a colder climate.
  • For safety, you’ll need a pair of walking shoes that help you maintain traction, even on slippery surfaces. TIOSEBON Women’s Athletic Walking Shoes and the New Balance Women’s WW411v2 Walking Shoe will both help keep you upright.
  • If you’re looking for a pair of shoes that is easy to clean, TIOSEBON Women’s Athletic Walking Shoes and the Skechers Performance Women’s Walking Shoe dry quickly after you wash them.
  • You’ll probably also want a pair of shoes that will stick around a while. The outsole on the TIOSEBON Women’s Athletic Walking Shoes is built to last, as is the New Balance Women’s WW411v2 Walking Shoe.
  • You can’t beat the bargain you get with TIOSEBON Women’s Athletic Walking Shoes, making them ideal for having around on those days when you’re lounging around the house or working in the yard.