Irvine, Calif.-based athletic brand Asics has produced beloved shoes consumed by diehard runners worldwide. The love continues as the Independent Running Retailer Association has named one of its silhouettes Shoe of the Year.
The brand’s Gel-Nimbus 17 received the honor at the Running Specialty Hall of Fame Awards in Austin, Texas, presented by the Independent Running Retailer Association.
“This new lighter-weight edition was designed to fit and feel like a runner’s dream, and it’s very rewarding to receive this recognition from the community of independent running retailers — who without a doubt know running and who are on the front lines with our customers,” said Tom Garza, global VP of performance footwear for Asics, in a statement.
The Gel-Nimbus 17 features a nearly seamless FluidFit upper, FluidRide midsole and rear and forefoot Gel Cushioning system, along with a ComforDry X-40 sock liner that rests on a full-length ComforDry last for cushioning and comfort.
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According to the brand, the shoe was one of three finalists for the award. It was recognized by the Independent Running Retailer Association as a “consistently dependable product” with “consistently good sell-through” and “high profitability for the retailer.”
“When the collective voice of the running community says your shoe is No. 1, it means something. Independent Running Retailer Association stores know good product as well as anyone, and this year, the GEL-Nimbus 17 rose to the very top,” said Parker Karnan, executive director of the Independent Running Retailer Association, in a statement.
The Gel-Nimbus 17 retails for $150 and is available now at select specialty and sporting-goods stores nationwide and via the brand’s website.