Not as much cushion as I expected

Reviewed by Larry from California on Monday, December 7, 2015
I wear size 10.5 in running shoes from ASICS and Nike. The size 10.5 Conquest 2 is also the correct length. I have read complaints about the toe box being too narrow, but I have not had any problems with it. The shoe volume is a little tight at the base of the tongue. My shoes came with two types of insoles, switching to the thinner insole helped. Oddly, this was more noticeable walking than running.

I have also read complaints about abrasions from the metal shoelace grommets. On my Conquest 2s, the grommets are small, flat, and smooth. I don't see how they could cause a problem even if they touched my sock. The grommets don't touch the sock, only the tongue and the tongue stays firmly in place throughout the run.

The top edge of the tongue is thin and almost rubbery. It presses against the front of my ankle. After a ten mile run I have a red line but no real damage. I wear quarter socks while running, a very low sock might be a problem.

The sole is relatively thick and provides a lot of protection. My running terrain is a mix of asphalt, dirt, and gravel paths. An unexpected rock under the forefoot of my ASICS Gel Nimbus can be a painful surprise but just noticeable under the Conquest 2.

I weigh 160 pounds and run in neutral cushion shoes like Nike Air Max and ASICS Gel Nimbus. Though the Conquest 2 has a thick sole, it is quite firm. To me, the Conquest 2 provides less cushioning than my other shoes and less than I need for long runs.
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