ASICS Original Speed FF: Any Good?

#1
Nice prices right now; is it a decent shoe? Sizing is my other question; I wear one of their running shoes models in size 14, up from NB size 13. Do they run smallish like that?

Thanks for any help!
 
#2
They are comfortable, but many (including me) have complained about an annoying 'clicking' feeling/sound due to all the plastic in the midsection. If you can get past that, they're a great deal right now.

As far as fit...I wear a 10.5 in both the Speed FFs and their Gel Nimubs 20, so they are 'normal' to me.
 
#3
They are comfortable, but many (including me) have complained about an annoying 'clicking' feeling/sound due to all the plastic in the midsection. If you can get past that, they're a great deal right now.

As far as fit...I wear a 10.5 in both the Speed FFs and their Gel Nimubs 20, so they are 'normal' to me.
The Gel Nimbus is my running shoe. I guess that means size 14 in the tennis shoe.

Thanks! I might deal with the click click, being only a very casual participant on the courts these days.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
#4
The Gel Nimbus is my running shoe. I guess that means size 14 in the tennis shoe.

Thanks! I might deal with the click click, being only a very casual participant on the courts these days.
I bought a pair last month and I have to be honest, after only about 30-40 minutes of playing, I ran back to my car and changed back to my Speed Solution 3's. In addition to the annoying click sound, the FF' starting to hurt the last few toes on my right foot - the friction there in the movement started feeling like a blister was forming, which is why I changed my shoes. After the change, I was able to play for about 2 more hours in my Solution 3's with zero pain or discomfort in my toes. I'm actually still looking around for another pair since the 3's have been dc'd. I'm not sure what Asics did or did not do, but the FF's were not very comfortable for me.

Like you though, I do usually wear Asics for my running and off court athletic shoes. I usually use whatever is on sale - I have many pairs of previous Nimbus editions from 16-19, A few pairs of Cumulus 18's and I just got a new pair of Kayano 25's that I used for the first time yesterday at the gym. All of thise fit me fine and I like them, but for some reason the FF's were a no go for me. It's a shame too, becuase they're suppossed to be an "update" on the Speed 3's, but they messed around with shoes that weren't broken in the first place and ended up making a far less than desirable product.
 
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#5
I bought a pair last month and I have to be honest, after only about 30-40 minutes of playing, I ran back to my car and changed back to my Speed Solution 3's. In addition to the annoying click sound, the FF' starting to hurt the last few toes on my right foot - the friction there in the movement started feeling like a blister was forming, which is why I changed my shoes. After the change, I was able to play for about 2 more hours in my Solution 3's with zero pain or discomfort in my toes. I'm actually still looking around for another pair since the 3's have been dc'd. I'm not sure what Asics did or did not do, but the FF's were not very comfortable for me.

Like you though, I do usually wear Asics for my running and off court athletic shoes. I usually use whatever is on sale - I have many pairs of previous Nimbus editions from 16-19, A few pairs of Cumulus 18's and I just got a new pair of Kayano 25's that I used for the first time yesterday at the gym. All of thise fit me fine and I like them, but for some reason the FF's were a no go for me. It's a shame too, becuase they're suppossed to be an "update" on the Speed 3's, but they messed around with shoes that weren't broken in the first place and ended up making a far less than desirable product.
Thanks! Now I’m confused but know I won’t go three digits to solve five digit problems. My feet are bad to start with (hammertoe bad on one foot and mild on the other). It’s genetics...mom had the worst you could imagine. I also wore cowboy boots in my younger days that cramped my toes; that didn’t help.

I’d like to believe NB has something in tennis shoes that works but don’t have a clue which one is best at a nice price???
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
#6
Thanks! Now I’m confused but know I won’t go three digits to solve five digit problems. My feet are bad to start with (hammertoe bad on one foot and mild on the other). It’s genetics...mom had the worst you could imagine. I also wore cowboy boots in my younger days that cramped my toes; that didn’t help.

I’d like to believe NB has something in tennis shoes that works but don’t have a clue which one is best at a nice price???
Yeah, I haven't ventured outside of Nike or Asics in probably 8+ years now. I know I had some New Balances back in 2010-2011, when I was fairly new to playing, but I was also heavier back then and I needed the wider width shoes. In 2012-2015, I primarily used the Nike Vapor 9's, and Courtballistecs, which later became the Lunarballistecs. Then around 2015/2016 I switched to the Asics Speed Solution 3's and even found a pair of 2's on Amazon that were awesome. As with the Vapors and Speeds, the soles do wear out quicker than average since they are a lighter shoe designed primarily for speed. As for the comfort, I switched to wearing orthotics in my shoes and find that really helps with the toes and the support. Whatever shoes you do end up getting, I might suggest some insoles like these:

https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/SofSole_AIRR_Orthotic_Mens_Insoles/descpageSOFSOLE-MSSAIRO.html

I was able to snag a pair of Solution Speed 3's in size 11.5 off the clearance sale on here. I'll just wear like 2 pairs of socks since they're 1/2 a size bigger - I'm usually a size 11. I'm not sure what your size is, but you might be able to find a pair of Solution 3's on the web somewhere.
 
#7
Yeah, I haven't ventured outside of Nike or Asics in probably 8+ years now. I know I had some New Balances back in 2010-2011, when I was fairly new to playing, but I was also heavier back then and I needed the wider width shoes. In 2012-2015, I primarily used the Nike Vapor 9's, and Courtballistecs, which later became the Lunarballistecs. Then around 2015/2016 I switched to the Asics Speed Solution 3's and even found a pair of 2's on Amazon that were awesome. As with the Vapors and Speeds, the soles do wear out quicker than average since they are a lighter shoe designed primarily for speed. As for the comfort, I switched to wearing orthotics in my shoes and find that really helps with the toes and the support. Whatever shoes you do end up getting, I might suggest some insoles like these:

https://www.tennis-warehouse.com/SofSole_AIRR_Orthotic_Mens_Insoles/descpageSOFSOLE-MSSAIRO.html

I was able to snag a pair of Solution Speed 3's in size 11.5 off the clearance sale on here. I'll just wear like 2 pairs of socks since they're 1/2 a size bigger - I'm usually a size 11. I'm not sure what your size is, but you might be able to find a pair of Solution 3's on the web somewhere.
I had custom insoles made where they made me stand in a pliable silicone of some kind to set the mold. Paid about $100 at a discount and can’t say it yielded any better result than OTC Dr. Scholl type products. When you have bad feet there’s not many positive options that don’t require surgery and rehab. As actively destitute as I am, that ain’t happening.
 

Kevin T

Hall of Fame
#9
Nice prices right now; is it a decent shoe? Sizing is my other question; I wear one of their running shoes models in size 14, up from NB size 13. Do they run smallish like that?

Thanks for any help!
Hey Tom,

For reference, I wear a 13 in Asics running shoes but 12.5 is best in their tennis and indoor court lines. I LOVE their indoor/volleyball shoes and have worn older Gel Domains for years for squash. I have a slightly wider foot, just shy of a true EE. I tried on the Speed FF and the 12.5 was spot on. It is light but the cushion felt a little underwhelming for me...probably wouldn't hold up to my 230# very long. As other have mentioned, even walking around the house caused a "popping" sound that drove me nuts. The way all the plastic/synthetic material flexes at toe off also annoyed me. I sent them back and have stuck with my old gel resolutions.

Have a great weekend, Tom!
 
#10
I have found gel resolutions better than the speeds. It provides more ankle support while still being fairly low weight. That said Speed FFs are definitely noticably lighter and still plvery comfortable but just lacks the support I need. Also, it sometimes the shoe feels like it will slip out of my foot but that's just me.

And yes popping sound is very annoying due to the plasticy construction on the speeds. Gel resolutions for me didn't have this issue.
 

Chace

Professional
#11
I usually wear the ASICS Gel Resolutions. I just ordered a pair of the speed FF from TW. I couldn’t pass them up for that price and figured I’d give them a try. I should have them next week.
 
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