The upper on the ASICS GlideRide 3 is superb, plush feel, and especially around the ankle. Jacquard mesh is in that toebox, which is a nice stitching pattern for road running shoes. The heel counter has a nice stout feel, creating an an excellent lockdown through the footstrike, resulting in no lateral movement. I often overlook the lateral slipping that might occur in the heel pocket, but thankfully remembered it in this full review, and it simply isn’t happening in the GlideRide 3. ASICS beefed up the entire collar, heel counter, heel tab, and inner wall to provide comfort and complete lockdown.
For the tongue of the ASICS GlideRide 3, they opted for the semi-gusset, nailed it! There is the ideal amount of padding on that tongue, so the laces react well between the lacing of the eyelet chain and the tongue. I did not feel the laces on the top of my feet while running. Runner’s knot was superb, and the laces are long enough! Quick note, not overtly breathable through the toebox, but I never felt over heated in the hot summer months of training. With regards to fit, I lean in the direction of a slightly narrow feel through the toebox. The forefoot did not feel like there was a ton of toe splaying happening inside the toebox.