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– The shoes sees ASICS achieve a new pinnacle in racing innovation, re-designed to deliver an even lighter, bouncier ride than their predecessors. Tony Ah-Thit Payne, known for his exceptional performance, ensured his remarkable achievement at the Tokyo Marathon 2024-

ASICS today proudly announces two new models in the flagship METASPEED™ Series – the METASPEED™ SKY PARIS and the METASPEED™ EDGE PARIS. The shoes combine ASICS’ advanced technologies to support accomplished runners who are looking to chase down their personal best performances.
The shoes will be available in Thailand on April 11th .

The shoes are the result of a rigorous design and testing process, led by ASICS Institute of Sport Science, involving a number of third-party testers and over one hundred elite athletes around the world. As a result, ASICS has further improved the METASPEED™ by lightening the shoe, making it both softer and bouncier, and revamping the configuration of its full-length carbon plate.

The METASPEED™ Concept

In 2021, ASICS achieved an industry first by simultaneously launching two new racing shoes, the METASPEED™ SKY and METASPEED™ EDGE, specifically designed with two distinct running styles in mind.

The team behind the two shoes – codenamed “C-Project” – broke new ground by taking a human-centric approach to shoe design. Having noticed that the racing shoes of the time were only favouring one type of runner, ASICS was able to help a number of elite athletes reach new heights as, for the first time, they did not need to adjust their running style to fit their shoe. Rather, ASICS could give them the best shoes to support their running style.

ASICS titles those with the popular running style as STRIDE runners – those with a long-loping gait with large periods spent airborne who increase their speed by extending their stride length.

The other we call CADENCE, which features smaller steps made while hovering over the ground with minimal up and down motion. Crucially, these runners increase their speed by both extending their stride length and increasing the number of steps they take per minute.

The new METASPEED™ SKY PARIS and the METASPEED™ EDGE PARIS shoes are tailored for the STRIDE and CADENCE running styles respectively. Crucially they feature a revamped design to previous models, helping maintain the ideal posture and foot strike angle as runners become fatigued, so they conserve more energy for later in the race.

From Better to Best

The new METASPEED™ SKY PARIS and the METASPEED™ EDGE PARIS have been improved in three key aspects from their predecessors. Firstly, both shoes have been lightened by approximately 22g. This significant reduction in weight gives the shoes a weightless feel, providing runners with a light and springy feeling on race day. This has been achieved in part due to a combination of a new MOTION WRAP™ UPPER 2.0, which has made the shoes’ upper lighter as well as approximately 8% more breathable, and the addition of an FF TURBO PLUS midsole foam.

Both shoes have been fitted with the FF TURBO PLUS midsole foam, which as well as being lighter is softer and bouncier than the previous versions. This added cushioning helps support longer distance runs across both training and competition, so that athletes can save their legs for when it matters the most.

Another notable improvement in METASPEED SKY PARIS is the widening of the full-length carbon plate in the forefoot region of the shoe, which has been strategically positioned to improve the overall bounce from the foam during toe off. METASPEED EDGE PARIS sets up the carbon plate position ideal for cadence runners, and has been updated to minimal design for a better toe-off and lighter weight. The forefoot has also been constructed using a brand new last, designed based on diligent analysis from ASICS’ development team to provide better arch support and a stable platform for even the quickest of runs.

Tony Ah-Thit Payne, ASICS Athlete Thailand

The ASICS Design Philosophy

Central to the creation of the METASPEED™ SKY PARIS and the METASPEED™ EDGE PARIS has been ASICS’ unique design philosophy – based on a dedication to creating superior products and technologies that are validated by the ASICS Institute of Sport Science and ASICS elite athletes

“Compared to the previous models, the METASPEED SKY PARIS has evolved into a lighter and bouncier shoe, which gave me the confidence to achieve a new personal best” commented Vincent Kipkemoi Ngeitch, second-place finisher at 2023 Berlin Marathon.

Tomoki Ota, one of the top long-distance runners in Japan, said “The lightweight-cushioning, and the stability comes at the right balance with the METASPEED EDGE PARIS. It’s very comforting and powerful, especially towards the end of races when I need the most energy.”

Shuhei Takemura, project leader of the METASPEED series product development, at ASICS said: “2024 is a hugely important year in the sport of running, so we are proud to be unveiling the METASPEED™ SKY PARIS and the METASPEED™ EDGE PARIS at the start of the season. These new silhouettes are the result of meticulous work by our team at the ASICS Institute of Sport Science, working closely in collaboration with third-party experts and athletes across the globe, to deliver a new pinnacle in racing shoes for the brand. Our hope is that they will power our athletes to achieve more personal bests and racing successes across the 2024 calendar.”

The METASPEED™ SKY PARIS and the METASPEED™ EDGE PARIS shoes will be available for men and women at ASICS stores at Central World, Central Ladprao and Central Pinklao branches, Supersports, ARI, Run2Paradise, Banana Run, and online stores at ASICS.COM on April 11th for 8,500 THB.

To find out more about the METASPEED™ SKY PARIS and the METASPEED™ EDGE PARIS shoes and the advanced technologies, please visit
Website: ASICS.COM
Facebook: ASICS
Instagram: @ASICSTH
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