Running Shoe Heel Drop Chart – Asics, Brooks, Altra, Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Under Armour…

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Today, we’re giving you a running shoe heel drop chart of some of the most used running shoes.

But first,

What is Heel Drop

The heel-to-toe drop is very simplistically the measurement of drop from the heel to the toe of the shoe giving the running shoe a possible forward angle.

The heel-to-toe drop is measured in millimetres typically from 0 to about 14 on the high end. It’s also commonly called heel drop, drop, heel-to-toe offset, offset, gradient, pitch, differential…

One thing heel drop should not be confused with is stack height. Stack height is the measurement of the distance from your foot to the ground usually based on the amount of foam under your foot. 

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There’s two stack heights in every shoe, a heel stack height, and a forefoot stack height. So, the difference between the heel stack and the forefoot stack height gives you your drop measurement.

Running Shoe Heel Drop Categories

There are typically four categories in drop…

    • Zero Drop: 0mm
    • Low Drop: 1-4mm
    • Mid Drop: 5-8mm
    • High Drop: 9mm+

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Running Shoe Heel Drop Chart

Asics Heel Drop

Running Shoe Heel-toe Drop (mm)
Asics Gel Kayano 27
10mm
Asics Gel Kayano Lite M: 10mm / W: 13mm
Asics Gel Kayano MK 
M: 10mm / W: 13mm
Asics Gel Nimbus 23
Asics Nimbus vs Kayano 
M: 10mm / W: 13mm
Asics Gel Cumulus GTX
10mm
Asics Novablast 2
8mm
Asics Dynablast
12mm
Asics Roadblast
10mm
Asics Versablast
10mm
Asics DynaFlyte 4
8mm
Asics GT 2000 9
10mm
Asics GT 1000 9
Asics 1000 vs 2000
M: 10mm / W: 13mm
Asics GT 4000
10mm
Asics GT 3000
10mm
Asics Gel Contend
10mm
Asics Gel Venture 8
Asics Venture 5 vs 6
10mm
Asics Gel Noosa Tri 13
5mm
Asics Gel Noosa FF
10mm
Asics LyteRacer
8mm
Asics MetaRacer
9mm
Asics Metarun
10mm
Asics MetaSpeed Sky
5mm
Asics Magic Speed
5mm
Asics Hyper Speed
5mm
Asics Meta Ride
0mm
5mm
Asics GlideRide 2
5mm
Asics Gel Quantum 90
10mm
Asics Gel Quantum 360 5
10mm
Asics Gel Excite 8
10mm
Asics Gel Kahana
10mm
Asics Comutora
10mm
Asics Gel Scram
10mm
Asics Gel Pulse 12
12mm
Asics Jolt 3
10mm
Asics Roadhawk FF
10mm
Asics Gel Contend 6 Twist
10mm
Asics Gel Exalt 4
10mm
Asics Gel Fortitude 8
10mm
Asics Patriot
10mm
Asics Gel Kinsei 6
10mm
Asics Gel Pursue 5
10mm
Asics Gel DS Trainer 25
8mm
Asics Tartherzeal 6
10mm
Asics Tartheredge
10mm
Asics HyperGel Kenzen
8mm
Asics Gel Kumo Lyte 2
8mm
Asics 33-FA
4mm

Nike Heel Drop

Running Shoe Heel-toe Drop (mm)
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 38
Nike Pegasus vs Structure
10mm
Nike ZoomX Invincible Run 9mm
Nike React Miler
10mm
Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit
9mm
Nike Epic React Flyknit 2
10mm
Nike Air Zoom Vomero 15
Nike Vomero vs Pegasus
10mm
Nike Air Zoom Tempo Next%
10mm
Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo 2
Nike Pegasus Turbo vs Zoom Fly
10mm
Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit
10mm
Nike Air Zoom Winflo
10mm
Nike Joyride Dual Run
11mm
Nike Joyride Run Flyknit
10mm
Nike LunarGlide 9
10mm
Nike React Phantom Run Flyknit
10mm
10mm
Nike Air Zoom Odyssey
12mm
Nike Odyssey React Flyknit
10mm
Nike Air Zoom Structure 22
10mm
10mm
Nike Renew Ride 2
9mm
Nike Air Zoom Tempo Next% FlyEase
10mm
Nike Quest 2
10mm
10mm
Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2
10mm
Nike Air Zoom Span
10mm
Nike Zoom Fly SP
10mm
Nike Zoom Gravity
10mm
Nike Downshifter 9
10mm
Nike LunarEpic Flyknit
10mm
Nike Legend React
9mm
Nike Flyknit Lunar 3
10mm
Nike Zoom Fly SP Fast
10mm
Nike Renew Rival Shield
10mm
Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2
10mm
Nike Odyssey React Shield
10mm
Nike Free RN 2018
8mm
Nike Zoom Fly 3
8mm
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%
8mm
Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit
M: 7mm / W: 8.8mm
Nike Flyknit Racer
8mm
Nike Free RN Commuter
8mm
Nike Air Zoom Streak
8mm
Nike Air Zoom Elite
8mm
Nike Zoom Rival Fly
8mm

New Balance Heel Drop

Running Shoe Heel-toe Drop (mm)
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v11
New Balance 1080 vs Saucony Triumph
8mm
New Balance Fresh Foam 860 v11
New Balance 860 vs 880
10mm
New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v5
8mm
New Balance Fresh Foam More v4
4mm
New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon v3
6mm
New Balance Fresh Foam Roav
8mm
New Balance Fresh Foam 880 v11
10mm
New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo
6mm
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4
6mm
New Balance FuelCell Prism
6mm
New Balance FuelCell Echo
6mm
New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2
6mm
New Balance FuelCell Propel v3
6mm
New Balance 890 v8
6mm
New Balance FuelCell Impulse
6mm
New Balance FuelCell TC
10mm
New Balance FuelCell RC Elite v2
8mm
New Balance FuelCell 5280
8mm
New Balance Lerato
10mm
New Balance 1400 v6
10mm
New Balance 1500 v6
6mm
New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz
8mm
New Balance Cypher Run v2
8mm
New Balance Fresh Foam Lazr v2
6mm
New Balance 1540 v3
10mm
New Balance Rubix
8mm
New Balance 1260 v7
8mm
New Balance Nitrel v3
8mm
New Balance 870 v5
6mm
New Balance Cush+ District Run
8mm
New Balance FuelCore Sonic v2
6mm
New Balance Cypher Run 
8mm
New Balance 680 v6
10mm
New Balance 510 v4
10mm
New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v3
10mm
New Balance Fresh Foam Rise
M: 8mm / W: 6mm
New Balance Hanzo S V2
4mm
New Balance FuelCore Coast v4
8mm

Brooks Heel Drop

Running Shoe Heel-toe Drop (mm)
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 vs 19
12mm
Brooks Ghost 13 12mm
Brooks Ghost GTX 
12mm
Brooks Glycerin 19
10mm
Brooks Glycerin GTS 19
Brooks Glycerin vs Glycerin GTS
10mm
Brooks Revel 4
8mm
Brooks Transcend 7
10mm
10mm
Brooks Aurora-BL
6mm
Brooks Ravenna 10
10mm
Brooks Levitate 4
8mm
Brooks Beast 20
12mm
Brooks Ricochet 3
8mm
Brooks Hyperion Elite 2
8mm
Brooks Caldera 3
4mm
Brooks Asteria
8mm
Brooks Hyperion Tempo
8mm
Brooks Trace
12mm
Brooks Pureflow 7
4mm
Brooks Bedlam 3
8mm
Brooks Dyad 10
10mm
Brooks Addiction 13
12mm
Brooks PureCadence 7
4mm
Brooks Neuro 3
6mm
Brooks Anthem 10
10mm

Adidas Heel Drop

Running Shoe Heel-toe Drop (mm)
Adidas Adizero Boston Boost 9
Adidas Boston vs Adios
8mm
Adidas Ultraboost 20
Adidas UltraBoost vs Nike Epic React
10mm
Adidas Ultraboost 4.0 DNA
10mm
Adidas Ultraboost PB
10mm
8mm
Adidas Solar Boost 19
Adidas Solar Boost vs Solar Glide
10mm
Adidas Ultraboost Uncaged Parley
10mm
Adidas Pureboost Go
8mm
Adidas Adizero Adios 5
9mm
Adidas Alphabounce+
10mm
Adidas Adios Pro
8.5mm
Adidas SL20
10mm
Adidas Adizero Sub 2
8mm
Adidas Supernova
10mm
Adidas Alphabounce Beyond
10mm
Adidas Ultraboost Clima
10mm
Adidas Pulseboost HD
8mm
Adidas Pureboost DPR
8mm
Adidas Ultraboost ST Parley
8mm
Adidas Pureboost Clima
10mm
Adidas Senseboost Go
8mm
Adidas 4D Run 1.0
9.5mm
Adidas Solar Glide 3
10mm
Adidas Duramo 9
9mm
Adidas Alphatorsion
10mm
Adidas AlphaEdge 4D
10mm
Adidas Alphaboost
10mm
Adidas Adizero Tempo 9
10mm
Adidas Climachill Rocket
10mm
Adidas Cosmic 2.0 SL
10mm
Adidas Adizero Takumi-Sen 6
5mm
Adidas Adizero RC 2
10mm
Adidas Solar Drive ST
10mm
Adidas Solar Drive
10mm
Adidas Adizero Prime LTD
10mm
Adidas Sensebounce+
8mm
Adidas Runfalcon
10mm

Saucony Heel Drop

Running Shoe Heel-toe Drop (mm)
Saucony Endorphin Pro 2
Endorphin Pro vs Speed
8mm
Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 8mm
Saucony Endorphin Shift
4mm
Saucony Triumph 19
Saucony Triumph vs Hurricane
8mm
8mm
8mm
8mm
4mm
Saucony Hurricane ISO 5
8mm
Saucony Hurricane 23
8mm
Saucony Omni ISO 2
8mm
Saucony Omni 19
8mm
Saucony Freedom ISO 2
4mm
Saucony Freedom 4
4mm
Saucony Liberty ISO 2
4mm
Saucony Cohesion 10
12mm
Saucony Type A9
4mm
Saucony Type A8
4mm
Saucony Echelon 8
8mm
Saucony Clarion 2
8mm
Saucony Endorphin Racer 2
0mm
Saucony Fastwitch 9
4mm
Saucony Axon
4mm
Saucony Breakthru 3
8mm
Saucony Type A6
4mm

Hoka One One Heel Drop

Running Shoe Heel-toe Drop (mm)
Hoka One One Mach 4
5mm
Hoka One One Clifton 8
Hoka Clifton vs Bondi
5mm
Hoka One One Bondi 7
4mm
Hoka One One Rincon 2
Hoka Rincon 2 vs Clifton
5mm
Hoka One One Arahi 5
Hoka Arahi vs Clifton 
5mm
Hoka One One Carbon X 2
5mm
Hoka One One Gaviota 3
5mm
Hoka Evo Carbon Rocket
1mm
Hoka One One Rocket X
5mm
Hoka One One Hupana Flow
5mm
Hoka One One Clifton Edge
5mm
Hoka One One Akasa
4mm
Hoka One One Carbon X-SPE
5mm
Hoka One One Elevon 2
5mm
Hoka One One Evo Rehi
4mm
Hoka One One Cavu 3
6mm
Hoka One One Clayton 2
4mm
Hoka One One Hupana 2
5mm
Hoka One One TenNine
4mm

Altra Heel Drop

Running Shoe Heel-toe Drop (mm)
Altra Torin 4
0mm
Altra Torin 4 Plush 0mm
Altra Escalante 2.5
0mm
Altra Escalante Racer
0mm
0mm
Altra Rivera
0mm
Altra Kayenta
0mm
Altra Viho
0mm
Altra Escalante Racer 19
0mm
Altra Solstice
0mm
Altra Provision 4.0
0mm
Altra Instinct 4.5
0mm
Altra Duo 1.5
0mm
Altra One v3
0mm

Mizuno Heel Drop

Running Shoe Heel-toe Drop (mm)
Mizuno Wave Rider 24
12mm
Mizuno Wave Rider 24 WaveKnit 3 12mm
Mizuno Wave Inspire 17
12mm
Mizuno Wave Sky WaveKnit 3
10mm
Mizuno Wave Creation 21
12mm
Mizuno Wave Sky 3
10mm
Mizuno Wave Prophecy 9
12mm
Mizuno Wave Horizon 5
10mm
Mizuno Wave Sayonara 4
10mm
Mizuno WaveKnit R2
12mm
Mizuno Wave Paradox 5
12mm
Mizuno Wave Shadow 3
8mm
Mizuno Spark
12mm
Mizuno Wave Rider GTX
12mm
Mizuno Wave Sky Neo
10mm
Mizuno Wave Sonic
4mm
Mizuno Synchro MX 2
12mm
Mizuno WaveKnit S1
10mm
Mizuno Wave Tenjin
12mm
Mizuno Wave Prodigy 2
12mm
Mizuno Wave Emperor 3
9mm
Mizuno Wave Ultima 11
12mm
Mizuno Wave Rider TT
12mm
Mizuno Wave Hayate 6
9mm
Mizuno Wave Skyrise
10mm
Mizuno WaveKnit C1
12mm
Mizuno Wave Equate 3
12mm
Mizuno Wave Polaris
8mm

ON Heel Drop

Running Shoe Heel-toe Drop (mm)
On Cloudswift
7mm
On Cloudflow 2.0 6mm
On Cloud
6mm
On Cloudstratus
8mm
On Cloudflyer
7mm
On Cloudventure
6mm
On Cloud X
6mm
On Cloudace
7mm
On Cloudsurfer
7mm
On Cloud Terry
6mm
On Cloudboom
9mm
On Cloud Dip
6mm
On Cloudrunner
7mm
On Cloud Waterproof 
6mm
On Cloud 50/50
6mm
On Cloudultra
8mm
On Cloud Hi
2mm
On Cloudflash
5mm
On Cloudventure Peak
6mm
On Cloudracer
6mm
On Cloudrush
5mm

Skechers Heel Drop

Running Shoe Heel-toe Drop (mm)
Skechers Max Cushioning Premier
6mm
Skechers GOrun Razor 3 Hyper 4mm
Skechers GOrun Max Cushioning Premier
6mm
Skechers Max Cushioning Elite
6mm
Skechers GOrun Razor Excess
4mm
Skechers GOrun Ride 8 Hyper
6mm
Skechers GOrun Razor 3 Elite Hyper
4mm
Skechers GOrun Ride 9
6mm
Skechers GOrun Maxroad 4 Hyper
4mm
Skechers GOmeb Speed 6 Hyper
4mm
Skechers GOrun Razor+
4mm
Skechers GOrun Forza 4 Hyper
6mm
Skechers GOrun Speed Elite
4mm
Skechers GOrun 400
8mm
Skechers GOmeb Razor 2
4mm
Skechers GOrun 600 – Refine
0mm
Skechers GOrun Horizon Vanish 2
4mm
Skechers GOrun Mojo
4.5mm
Skechers GOrun 600
4mm
Skechers GOrun Air – Stratus
Skechers GOrun Pure 2
6mm

Under Armour Heel Drop

Related: Are Under Armour Shoes Really Good For Running?

Running Shoe Heel-toe Drop (mm)
Under Armour HOVR Sonic 4
8mm
Under Armour Charged Assert 8 10mm
Under Armour Surge 2
8mm
Under Armour HOVR Machina
8mm
Under Armour Charged Pursuit 2
8mm
Under Armour HOVR Phantom 2
9mm
Under Armour Flow Velociti 3
8mm
Under Armour Charged Rogue 2
8mm
Under Armour Charged Impulse
8mm
Under Armour HOVR Infinite 3
8mm
Under Armour HOVR Guardian 2
8mm
Under Armour Charged Escape 3
10mm
Under Armour Charged Bandit 6
8mm
Under Armour Charged Gemini 2020
10mm
Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini 3
8mm
Under Armour Scorpio 2
9mm
Under Armour Drift
10mm
Under Armour Liquify
8mm
Under Armour HOVR Phantom RN
8mm
Under Armour HOVR Guardian
8mm
Under Armour SpeedForm Fortis
8mm
Under Armour Micro G Assert 6
10mm
Under Armour HOVR Guardian
8mm
Under Armour Thrill 2
10mm
Under Armour Charged Intake 4
10mm
Under Armour Charged Pulse
8mm
Under Armour Threadborne Slingflex
10mm
Under Armour Charge RC 2
7mm
Under Armour Fuse FST
10mm
Under Armour Charged Lightning
10mm
Under Armour Charged Europa 2
8mm
Under Armour Charged Reactor Run
8mm

Reebok Heel Drop

Running Shoe Heel-toe Drop (mm)
Reebok Forever Floatride Energy 2
10mm
Reebok Floatride Energy 3 9mm
Reebok Floatride Run Fast 2
M: 11mm / W: 10mm
Reebok Forever Floatride Grow
9mm
Reebok Harmony Road
10mm
Reebok Floatride Run Fast Pro
4mm
Reebok Floatride Run 2.0
10mm
Reebok Harmony Road 3
10mm
Reebok Trideca 200
0mm
Reebok Grasse Road
6mm
Reebok Fast Flexweave
M: 6mm / W: 4mm
Reebok Floatride Run
8mm
Reebok Floatride Fuel Run
9mm
Reebok ZPump Fusion 2.5
8mm
Reebok Harmony Racer
6mm
Reebok OSR Sweet Road SE
8mm
Reebok Sweet Road 2
8mm

Topo Athletic Heel Drop

Running Shoe Heel-toe Drop (mm)
Topo Athletic Ultrafly 3
5mm
Topo Athletic Zephyr 5mm
Topo Athletic Phantom 2
5mm
Topo Athletic Magnifly 3
0mm
Topo Athletic ST-3
0mm
Topo Athletic Fli-Lyte 3
3mm
Topo Athletic MT-3
3mm
Topo Athletic Cyclone
5mm

What kind of drop should you consider?

The main question here is what drop should you pick for your next pair of running shoes.

If you’re new to running, don’t get caught up in trying to figure out what drop is perfect for you. But as you progress, you will notice different shoes perform differently for you.

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If you’re a beginner, what I would recommend is find a pair of shoes that’s comfortable to you, which is usually for beginner runners a shoe with a drop of 8 to 10 millimeters.

And then from there, you can start experimenting and playing with different drops.

I’m going to break these shoes into two categories, low drop and high drop instead of four just for the sakes of this section.

Lower Drop Shoes (0 – 6mm)

These shoes are better designed for runners who are forefoot strikers and midfoot strikers.

Lower drop shoes give your knees and your hips a little bit of relief.

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Also, trail shoes tend to be lower-drop shoes because of the varied terrain out on a trail, run you need to be able to balance a little bit quicker and you need to be able to react to the different terrain on the fly. So, lower-drop shoes do have a slight advantage in the trail arena.

High Drop Shoes (7 – 14mm)

As for the higher drop shoes, these shoes are really a little bit more ideal for the heel strikers meaning people landing on their heel that roll through their gait.

Also, these shoes tend to put a little more stress on your knees and your hips.

So, if you’ve had knee or hip problems in the past, these shoes do put a little more strain on those parts of your body. So, beware of that.

One other thing that the higher drop shoes are better for is if you’re someone whose gait starts to flatten out on long distance runs, it really does help to have a slightly higher drop shoe as you start to flatten on your transition.

Although low-drop shoes are good for some types of runners and high-drop shoes are good for other types of runners, one variable in this, of course, is stack height.

Stack height can influence how the shoe performs underfoot. There’s high stack height shoes with low drop and there’s low stack height shoes with high drop.

So, there’s a lot of things to consider here, but ultimately, that’s the breakdown between lower and higher drop shoes.

Let’s talk about specifically how these shoes impact you as a runner…

Benefits Of Lower Drop Shoes

Before I get into this, if you’re changing your shoe drastically, let’s say from a 10 millimeter to a 4 or 2 or 0 millimeter, that’s a pretty big change and your body’s going to notice.

So, we really want to urge you to take it easy when you change your shoes especially if you’re changing the drop in your shoes significantly. Your legs are going to take a little bit of time to get used to the changes whether you’re going up or down. So, ease into it.

Drop your running schedule and drop your pace a little bit for the first few runs just so that your body can adjust to the new platform underfoot.

So, some of the benefits of lower drop shoes is they…

  • Speed up your cadence a little bit,
  • Promote midfoot and forefoot strike,
  • Can help with IT Band issues, knee issues, hip issues…

Benefits Of Higher Drop Shoes

As for the higher drop shoes, they…

  • Slow your cadence down a little bit, but that can be good for heel strikers,
  • Have some extra padding for heel strikers,
  • Can help with Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles problems, and calf issues…

One interesting fact is people who run in shoes that are more minimalistic are 9.2 times more likely to run on their forefoot and midfoot than runners who are running in a higher stack or more maximalist type of shoes.

However, 70% of those runners in minimalist shoes are still heel strikers, which is super dangerous and can lead to a lot of injuries. So, if you are going to a lower stack or a lower drop or a minimalist type shoe, you really have to focus on how you’re running and what your form is like because not all these shoes are designed well for every type of runner.

We’ve also got big a stack height in the Brooks Caldera with 4 a millimeter-drop and we’ve got minimal shoes with very low stack height with a 4-mm drop.

So, a maximalist shoe and a minimalist shoe both have a 4-millimeter drop, which is very interesting.

As you can see, there’s a lot of variabilities with amongst all these shoes. So, you really have to test them out, figure out which ones work best for you, figure out which ones lead to different pains or alleviate different pains before you find the type of heel drop that works best for each individual runner.

 

Obviously, one thing we didn’t talk a ton about are the new super shoes that have carbon plates.

Oost of them tend to be about 8 millimeters in drop, but they have really high stack height, a really bouncy platform to run on, and they’ve got a lot more rocker underfoot.

Again, more variables to think about when you’re buying running shoes. It’s not just about drop.

Overall Conclusion

Overall, there’s no one perfect shoe for everybody. Research doesn’t say that zero-drop shoes are better for everyone. It also doesn’t say that 12 to 14 millimeter-drop shoes are better for everyone.

I know most of you out there have probably read Born To Run and most of you would probably think running in a zero-drop shoe or a minimal issue is the way everyone should go.

However, that’s not really true. It can lead to injury if it’s not the right type of gait.

If you’re a heel striker, a minimal shoe can be a detriment to you. So, be careful if you’re buying those kind of shoes based on the hype that you’ve heard.

Habitual motion path research says you should find the shoe that fits your style running rather than trying to find a shoe that fixes your style running because you think it’s wrong.

Obviously, the right shoe can solve a lot of problems. The right drop can alleviate some pain like we talked about and the wrong drop can exacerbate some pain.

So, make sure that you’re trying out a variety of shoes before you just pick one because you think it’s going to be the right shoe for you.

I hope you like today’s running shoe drop chart and I hope you’ve learned something new today.

Happy running.

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