Since I started working at Skinny Raven Sports, I’ve become more familiar with what’s trending and what people are buying for their running shoes.
One of the big trends people are now shying away from are the minimalist shoes and trending more towards the super cushioned shoes.
I rarely have anyone ask for a Vibram 5 Finger shoe. I never was a big fan of them to begin with. I don’t think most people’s feet and arches can properly support their weight and the pounding from running. I know there are people who swear by them and have had great success with them, but I don’t think they are for most people.
What people are asking for: Hokas (their full name: HOKA ONE ONE).
If you can get passed their appearance, they are a very well-cushioned and supportive shoe worn by many ultra runners. I’ve tried them on and surprisingly they were not clunky or chunky like I thought they would people. People love them for their cushion, and I’ve had several runners tell me they can’t go back to the traditional running shoe—otherwise they will get injured.
As I progress in my running, I find myself wanting to run in lighter, more responsive shoes with less shoe. And my Mizuno Wave Riders have been perfect for that. Once again I don’t think they are for everyone, but I do find people of my similar caliber going with a more light-weight shoe. I’ve been on the search for a light-weight trainer that fits well and provides at least some cushioning. I’ve heard good things about the Adidas Boost (although I’ve heard the first and second generation models were better), an ASICS trainer, and the Nike Fly Knit Lunar 2.
At Skinny Raven Sports, offer a wide variety of brands of running shoes in our store: ASICS, Saucony, Brooks, Mizuno, Nike, and New Balance.
Of all the brands we sell, our best-selling brand is Brooks. I don’t know what it is, but these shoes fit a lot of people’s feet really well. Since most people have at least some pronation in their stride, I will often bring out a Brooks Adrenaline and without fail it is a top contender for most people.
From there, most people will end up purchasing an ASICS or Saucony with New Balance and Mizuno a considerable distance behind.
The “big-name” brand we sell the last number of shoes: Nike.
Everyone comes in asking for Nikes (the company sure know how to advertise!), but after people try on other brands, they quickly realize Nike may not be the best shoe for them.
For the trail-runners out there, I find people real like our Solomon running shoes. They are a very well-built shoe that can allow you to attack the trails with ease.
What do you see trending in the running world footwear?