To follow up, yes I ran in them (albeit slowly). Perhaps I should clarify some of what I was intending in the prior post. It is not a poorly made shoe, it is an incredibly unique shoe.
First, I say no pros will likely be racing in it, because it’s not a racing shoe. Unless Asics said it is their answer to the Sub2 type shoes then that is just conjecture due to the price point. The “Meta” line of Asics shoes (thus far the MetaRun , MetaRun 2, and now this one) have all been listed at $250. So this is the norm for this. The comment about not racing in it had nothing to do with the quality of the shoe, just rather the intended design of it. But hey, I could be wrong on the purpose of it.
Second, this is not “slamming a brand”. If you want to try an excellent new Asics shoe for some faster running, try the new DS-Trainer. Best one in the line since 2010. Yes, I’ve tried every one since then.
The MetaRide could be a fun, it could last 5000 miles, I have no idea. But in case you wanted to take an evaluation out of proportion, here’s the clarification. Front half of the upper was great for what it’s worth.