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

Have I missed any?
UPDATE: The list has grown from 76 to 110 so far.

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12 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!

  5. Mike May 6, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

    The list looks just a little disingenuous. You’ve listed companies long ago out of business and even listed some companies twice (ASICS and Onitsuka Tiger? Come on…)
    Surprised you didn’t go ahead and throw in “Blue Ribbon Sports” while you were padding your list.
    And Converse? They have made about as many “running” shoes as PF Fliers. Wait, there you go, PF Fliers, you missed one. I guess I should just be grateful you didn’t throw in Starter just for good measure.

    • Craig Payne May 6, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

      I not sure what you are getting at. Of course many of the companies/brands I listed are out of business. I never claimed otherwise. “Blue Ribbon Sports changed their name to Nike, they were not a separate company. ASICS and Onitsuka Tiger started out as separate companies.Converse used to make a running shoes – they no longer do. PF Flyers are not running shoes.

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