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I worked in specialty running retail for 5 years and I have tried on a LOT of shoes. Reviewing a shoe should be easy, right?
For the fall Salty Running shoe reviews, I tried the Asics Cumulus 19. As you might guess, this is a model that’s been around the block. It’s the workhorse neutral shoe in Asics’ line, equivalent to the venerable 2000 line but without the medial post, the stability element.
The newest incarnation of the Cumulus weighs 9.9 oz (size 9) with a heel-toe differential of 10mm, a smidge less than typical 2:1 (22 mm in the heel and 12 in the forefoot) and comes in three widths. It also comes in four or maybe five colors. Don’t worry, I got the ugliest option! Seriously, I thought they were men’s shoes when I opened the box. Not saying there’s anything wrong with that, and several people have said they like them, but they’re very … blue. So very blue.
Out of the Box
The first thing I noticed is that the Cumulus fits SNUG. It is snug in the arch, definitely narrow in the heel, and not very wide in the toe box. The arch is pretty pronounced and the upper hugs the midfoot. From a fit standpoint, this shoe would fit a high arched, narrower foot.
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That’s not my foot. I’m a neutral runner but my arches aren’t very high, and my midfoot is not particularly narrow. I have to be careful with curved lasts and anything narrow in the midfoot, as my arch will hang over and then blister to hell and back. (Tested this theory. More than once.)
I’ve been a New Balance girl since 2009, minus that one time I unsuccessfully tried the Brooks Launch. Currently I run in the 880v7 and do speedwork/race in the 1400 (just updated to the v5); last year I was in the Boracay v2 and 1400v4.
What I’m saying is that I put the Cumulus on and knew it was not for me. I’m not saying it’s a bad shoe, just not the right shoe for my particular foot. A more “traditional” neutral runner will probably love this little guy, especially someone who has heel slippage issues. On that note, the heel collar is very well-padded!
The Cumulus 19 is well-cushioned but quite firm. The heel is super cushioned, which is great if you’re a heel striker, a little awkward if you’re not. For a shoe with a 10mm drop, it rides like it’s stacked much higher in the heel.
I’d say this model runs true to running shoe size, but the narrower toe box means my big toe is touching the side. Some runners may want to go up a half size or try a wider width. This girl needs room for her piggies to wiggle!
The seamless upper feels nice and smooth on the inside; the memory foam heel collar gives your calcaneus, or heel bone, a big hug.
I think the Cumulus would be a great everyday shoe for a neutral runner. It’s got enough cushion to protect on long runs but it’s got the responsiveness of a speedier shoe.
My “professional” opinion is that this shoe gets 4 snails, even though it wasn’t the shoe for me. I think the toebox is going to be a little narrow for a lot of women, but it might be really great for those who need a little hug in the toes. If you’re running in an older Cumulus or a similar neutral cushioned shoe from another brand, it’s worth a try!
Fun fact: Asics stands for “anima sana in corpore sano” — “healthy soul in a healthy body.”