As all runners would know, the 2012 running season is fast approaching. That means that its probably time to look around for the latest and greatest running shoe to optimize comfort and performance. As there are, to put it mildly, a wide range of choices, it sometimes pays to look to the experts for their opinions.

According to Yahoo Sports, it is none other that the Asics Gel-Nimbus 14 that seems to take top prize. Based on a comprehensive review of online reports, specialist shoe store visits and runner chats, the Asics Gel-Nimbus 14 is a clear winner. The latest Asics product is extremely light and sleek, with extra stability and no shortage of cushioning. they also seem to mesh well with most running foot profiles, so it does seem as if Asics is the way to go this season.

One issue: price. The shoe is not cheap, and economic times are tough. So, before running off, best to consult the Asics shoe size chart to make sure you get the one that is just right for you.