I wasn’t expecting a biology lesson when I visited my doctor following what proved to be a minor running injury, but that’s exactly what I got. He explained that one of the reasons I experience frequent blisters has nothing to do with the socks I wear or the detergent we use to wash them. He guessed that my shoes were the culprits.

Once I left my doctor’s office, I made two promises to myself: First, I would do more research on how my feet function when I run. Second? Much as it pains me to write this, I committed to shopping for new running shoes. I dislike shopping—all shopping. But in this case, I was following doctor’s orders.

How ASICS DynaFlyte 2 running shoes wound up in my shoes rack

That biology lesson consisted of showing me how my foot rolls inward with each footfall. Because my doctor is a runner too, he emphasised the importance of weight distribution if I want to stop rubbing blisters and irritating my skin. He also delivered good news: I hit the genetic jackpot. I don’t over-pronate when I run.

“But that doesn’t mean you can’t get injured,” he cautioned.

Diagnosis determined, I applied due diligence in my search for proper running shoes. Brand comparison was made difficult by the sheer number of shoes on today’s market, but because I was specifically searching for shoes designed for runners who don’t over-pronate, the field was reduced substantively.

In the end, I wound up selecting a pair of ASICS DynaFlyte 2 running shoes.

Can I tell the difference between my old and new running shoes?

Not at first. But that’s to be expected since I’ve been plagued by break-in issues since I was a kid. But once I spent time getting to know my new shoes, the changes were dramatic. Having read everything I could get my hands on about the ASICS DynaFlyte family, I concluded that the Dynaflyte2 is a highly-evolved shoe that’s been re-engineered to improve on earlier models.

Now that I’m aware of the dynamics behind the way my feet contact the ground, I can feel how different the sensation is as my heel lands at a proper angle so my lower leg isn’t assaulted by the sort of shock that can lead to blisters and/or injury. As I push off, my small toes don’t feel much pressure and the high arches support my feet with every footfall on both hard and soft surfaces. Can I tell the difference? Does Singapore get muggy?

Why construction matters

Why do I love the seamless construction of the Dynaflyte 2? Because I prefer to spend my time running rather than cleaning my shoes and footwear featuring exterior seams tends to collect endless dirt and grime. Inside the shoe, I get a double benefit because absent seams, my chances of developing blisters, bruises and skin rubs and seriously reduced.

Having read about how ASICS uses organic “super fibres” to encourage a healthy bounce-back response, I paid particular attention to that on my first long run. Little touches like “discrete eyelets” may not seem like a big deal to you, but I found that they contribute to this shoe’s comfort, as does the rear foot GEL cushioning system. The sock liner is removable, a bonus for guys like me who suffer sweat build-up when running long distances.

Are ASICS DynaFlyte 2 running shoes perfect?

Not 100-percent. What I failed to mention earlier in this review is that I needed half a size smaller than usual. Shoppers feedback that ASICS shoes for women tend to run large while men’s run small. ASICS needs to standardise sizing parameters.

Runner’s Boon

  • The ASICS Dynaflyte2 is an ideal pick for neutral pronators.
  • Seam-free construction means less cleaning time and less skin irritation.
  • Both cushioning and support are top notch.

Runner’s Bane

  • Don’t make my sizing mistake. You may need a half size larger.
  • Limited colours are available and one is tomato red! I went with the conservative mix.
  • This shoe is not for runners who over pronate.

Have you been properly diagnosed by a medical professional to see where you fit on the pronation spectrum?

The ASICS DynaFlyte 2 retail for S$199 is available at ASICS stores and select sporting goods retailers.

Darrick Ma

A real dynamo when it comes to lecturing fun, adventure and fulfilment. Darrick has always been a thrill seeker. He's the friendly travel ninja you would hope to meet when you get lost in the wild. What gets him going now is planning for his next amazing hike.

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