How many different running shoe brands are there?

A few days ago, I tweeted this:

 

I did it as I was bored and not well enough to go for a run. A couple of emails asked for the list. Here it is below. A couple of them are no longer in business and a couple of them have only announced that they going to be making a running shoe:

361 Degrees
3 Over 7
Adidas
Aetrex
Airia
Altra
APL
ARCH
Asics
Avia
B2R
Be Real
Boombah
Brandblack
Brooks
Brütting
Converse
Crosskix
Diadora
Ecco
Etonic
Feelmax
Fila
Forus
Freet
GoLite
Healus
Helly Hansen
Hersey
Hi Tec
Hoka One One
Icebug
Inov-8
Jinga
Joma
Kalenji
KangaROOS
Karhu
Keen
La Sportiva
Laser
League
Lems
Li Ning
Loco
Lotto
Luna
Merrell
Mizuno
Montrail
New Balance
Newline
Newton
Nike
North Face
On
Onitsuka Tiger
Patagonia
Pearl Izumi
Power
Prospecs
Puma
Reebok
Ryka
Salming
Salomon
Saucony
Scarpa
Scott
Skechers
Skora
Slazenger
Smaat
Sockwa
Soft Star
Sole Gliders
Sole Runner
Somnio
Spalding
Spira
Springboost
Tecnica
TESH Sports
Topoathletic
Turntex
Under Armour
Vasque
Vibram Five Fingers
Vitruvian
Vivobarefoot
Warrior
Xero
Zem
Zoot

Have I missed any? 94 so far on the list.

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10 Responses to How many different running shoe brands are there?

  1. Scott Douglas December 12, 2013 at 1:00 am #

    Is the list supposed to be currently in existence? I ask because Loco made shoes for only a few years. They’re now a race-management company in New Hampshire. Similarly, Vitruvian stopped making shoes a few years ago.

    • Craig Payne December 12, 2013 at 1:02 am #

      No, it was all the brands I could come up with. You right, Vitruvian and Loco have closed. (I just listened to your interview with Chuck LaBonte from Vitruvian!)

      • Scott Douglas December 12, 2013 at 11:27 am #

        In that case, add Kangaroo and Hershey (the latter were custom, handmade). And didn’t Arthur Lydiard have his own brand for a while?

        Currently, it looks like you’ve left out B2R shoes, offered by Eric Orton of “I’m Christopher McDougal’s coach” fame.

        Also, in the mid 90s there was a start-up called something like The Running Shoe; the name was plain and similar to the old Saturday Night Live parody. It was like Loco in that it presented itself as basic, no-nonsense shoe. It was decent, but I think the company was gone within a year.

        Also, there were protominimalist shoes called Taras in the early 90s, handmade by the guys at Movin’ Shoes in California. There’s a photo of them in chapter 3 of my minimalism book. Goodyear rubber outsole, wide, asymmetrical toebox, about 5 ounces. I still have mine; what’s there to wear out?

        • Craig Payne December 13, 2013 at 1:23 am #

          Thanks Scott. The Lasers were the running shoe from NZ made by Arthur Lydiards brother (I added them above). The Arthur Lydiard designed shoe was made by Brutting – I wrote about them here as they still available!: http://www.runresearchjunkie.com/review-the-lydiard-eb-brutting-road-runner/

          I added KangROO’s to the list. I had not considered Hersey as they were custom, but have added them!

          I spent a lot of time looking around minimalist and barefoot websites, blogs and forums looking for “shoes” and not once came across the B2R!!! – have added them.

  2. FRED December 12, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    A friend from Brasil told me about Tooper and Sprint.

    • Craig Payne December 13, 2013 at 1:26 am #

      Thanks Fred. I can’t seem to find any info on them anywhere!

  3. Rodger Kram December 13, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    Onitisuka Tiger (yes, I know nowadays Asics, but the original Tigers were a key evolutionary step and some of my favorites before they went Gel)

    Turntec

    Spalding

    I was surprised to see on the www that the above two are still for sale.

    • Craig Payne December 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

      Thanks Rodger; I added them!

    • Kevin Kirby December 14, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

      Yes, Onitsuka Tigers were my favorite running shoes in the 1970s. In addition, Onitsuka Tigers became the first shoes of Blue Ribbon Sports, which founders Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman eventually turned into a shoe company called, Nike, in 1972.

      My favorite Onitsuka Tigers were the X-Calibur GTs and the Jayhawks. The Jayhawks would now be called a “minimalist shoe”, but back in those days we simply called them a “racing flat”. So much for “minimalist shoes” being a new shoe category. ;-)

  4. Gordon Harvey December 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    That’s a lot more than I assumed. Some of these I’ve never heard of!

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