Running Shoe Release Date Calendar


Today is a big day for us because we could finally publish our running shoe release date calendar.

Keeping track of new running shoe releases is a bit tough because brands constantly update their running shoe arsenal and the problem is they tend to release their shoes at different months of the year.

Some companies release their new updated shoes in January while others wait for summer or the holidays to try to maximize their earnings from their new models.

You can bookmark this page and come back to it whenever you want to rejuvenate your running shoe rotation with some freshly released models.

Not only that but right under that chart, you’ll find:

  • When to replace running shoes.
  • How long do running shoes last?
  • How to help shoes last longer.
  • Do you really need multiple shoes?
  • Types of running shoes.
  • Ranking running shoe companies.

Sound interesting? Let’s dive right into it…

Running Shoe Release Date Calendar

You can use Ctrl+F on PC and Command-F on Mac, but don’t type the whole shoe name as companies either add or drop words from newer iterations. So instead of typing “Nike Air Zoom Pegasus”, just type “Pegasus” and you’re good to go.

New Shoes to releaseEstimated release datePrevious version
Altra Lone Peak 8
(Lone Peak vs Superior)
Jan 2024 (Released)Altra Lone Peak 7
Altra Lone Peak 9Jan 2025Altra Lone Peak 7
Altra Olympus 6July 2024 (Released)Altra Olympus 5
Adidas SL20.3Jan 2022 (Released)Adidas SL20.2
Asics Gel-Nimbus 26
(Nimbus vs Kayano)
Jan 2024 (Released)Asics Nimbus 25
Asics Nimbus 27Jan 2025Asics Nimbus 25
Asics Nimbus Lite 3Jan 2022 (Released)Asics Gel-Nimbus Lite 2
Asics Metaspeed Sky ParisMar 2024 (Released)Asics Metaspeed Sky+
Asics Metaspeed Edge ParisMar 2024 (Released)Asics Metaspeed Edge+
Asics Magic Speed 4July 2024 (Released)Asics Magic Speed 3
Asics Dynablast 5Nov 2024Asics Dynablast 4
Saucony Peregrine 15Feb 2025Saucony Peregrine 14
Hoka Arahi 7
(Arahi vs Gaviota)
Jan 2024 (Released)Hoka Arahi 6
Hoka Arahi 8Jan 2025Hoka Arahi 7
Hoka Gaviota 6Aug 2024Hoka Gaviota 5
Nike ZoomX StreakflyFeb 2022 (Released)Brand new 
Nike Revolution 8Sep 2024Nike Revolution 7
Altra Riviera 5Feb 2025Altra Riviera 4
Asics GT 1000 13
(1000 vs 2000)
June 2024 (Released)Asics GT 1000 12
Altra Timp 6Jan 2025Altra Timp 5
Brooks Launch 11July 2024Brooks Launch 10
Brooks Launch GTS 11July 2024Brooks Launch GTS 10
Hoka Speedgoat 6May 2024 (Released)Hoka Speedgoat 5
Hoka Speedgoat 7 Hoka Speedgoat 6Mar 2026Hoka Speedgoat 6
Hoka Stinson 8Aug 2024Hoka Stinson 7
Adidas Solarglide 7Jan 2024Adidas SolarGlide 6
Skechers GoRun Excess 3Mar 2022 (Released)Skechers GoRun Excess 2
Skechers GoRun Alpha TempoApr 2024 (Released)Skechers GoRun Speed Beast
Skechers GoRun Alpha Tempo V2Apr 2025Skechers GoRun Alpha Tempo
Saucony Kinvara 15June 2024 (Released)Saucony Kinvara 14
Saucony Hurricane 24June 2024 (Released)Saucony Hurricane 23
Saucony Guide 17
(Guide vs Hurricane)
Feb 2024 (Released)Saucony Guide 16
Saucony Guide 18Feb 2025Saucony Guide 17
Nike Terra Kiger 10
(Terra Kiger vs Wildhorse)
Aug 2024Nike Terra Kiger 9
Nike React Miler 3Mar 2022 (Released)Nike React Miler 2
Reebok Floatride Energy 6July 2024Reebok Floatride Energy 5
Saucony Ride 18
(Ride vs Brooks Ghost)
Jan 2025Saucony Ride 17
New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 V14
(1080 vs 880)
Oct 2024New Balance 1080V13
Nike React Infinity Run 5Aug 2024Nike React Infinity Run 4
Hoka Carbon X4Aug 2023Hoka Carbon X3
Hoka Skyward XApr 2024 (Released)Brand-new intro
Hoka Skyward X 2Dec 2025Hoka Skyward X
Hoka SkyflowJune 2024 (Released)Brand-new intro
Hoka Rincon 4July 2024Hoka Rincon 3
Reebok Floatride Energy X 2Sep 2022Reebok Floatride Energy X
Brooks Hyperion Elite 5Sep 2024Brooks Hyperion Elite 4
New Balance 880 15
(880 vs 860)
Jan 2025New Balance 880 14
Nike Flex Experience 13Dec 2024Nike Flex Experience 12
Nike Pegasus 41
(Pegasus vs Vomero)
June 2024 (Released)Nike Pegasus 40
Nike Pegasus Shield 41Oct 2024Nike Pegasus Shield 39
Nike Structure 26Aug 2024Nike Structure 25
Asics Cumulus 26
(Cumuls vs Nimbus)
Mar 2024 (Released)Asics Cumulus 25
Asics Cumulus 27Mar 2025Asics Cumulus 26
New Balance Fresh Foam X Tempo V3Aug 2023New Balance Fresh Foam Tempo v2
New Balance Fresh Foam BalosAug 2024Brand-new line
adidas adizero X ParleyMay 2022 (Released)Brand new
Mizuno Wave Inspire 20Jan 2024 (Released)Mizuno Wave Inspire 19
Mizuno Wave Inspire 21Jan 2025Mizuno Wave Inspire 20
Mizuno Wave Sky 8June 2024 (Released)Mizuno Wave Sky 7
Mizuno Neo VistaJuly 2024 (Released)Brand new intro
Altra Escalante 4
(Escalante vs Torin)
Apr 2024 (Released)Altra Escalante 3
Altra Escalante 5Aug 2025Altra Escalante 4
Nike Downshifter 13Jan 2024 (Released)Nike Downshifter 12
Nike Downshifter 14JanNike Downshifter 13
Saucony Freedom 5May 2022 (Released)Saucony Freedom 4
Skechers GoRun Ride 12July 2024Skechers GoRun Ride 11
Saucony Cohesion 17Jan 2024 (Released)Saucony Cohesion 16
Saucony Cohesion 18Jan 2025Saucony Cohesion 17
Nike Pegasus Trail 5May 2024 (Released)Nike React Pegasus Trail 4
Nike Pegasus Trail 6Aug 2025Nike React Pegasus Trail 5
Nike Ultrafly Trail 2Aug 2024Nike Ultrafly Trail
Asics Noosa Tri 16
Asics Noosa Tri vs Evoride
June 2024 (Released)Asics Noosa Tri 15
Nike Quest 6July 2024Nike Quest 5
Nike Invincible 4
(Invincible vs Asics Novablast)
Sep 2024Nike Invincible 3
Nike Winflo 11Apr 2024 (Released)Nike Winflo 10
Nike Winflo 12Apr 2025Nike Winflo 11
New Balance Hierro V9Mar 2025New Balance Hierro V8
Mizuno Wave Horizon 7Mar 2024 (Released)Mizuno Wave Horizon 6
Mizuno Wave Horizon 8Mar 2025Mizuno Wave Horizon 7
Skechers GoRun Maxroad 7Aug 2024Skechers GoRun Maxroad 6
Adidas Adios Pro 4Oct 2024Adidas Adios Pro 3
Asics Glideride MaxAug 2024Asics Glideride 3
Saucony Tempus v2July 2024Saucony Tempus
Brooks Glycerin 21
(Glycerin vs Saucony Triumph)
Feb 2024 (Released)Brooks Glycerin 20
Brooks Glycerin 21 GTS
(Glycerin vs Glycerin GTS)
Jan 2024 (Released)Brooks Glycerin 20
Brooks Glycerin 22 GTSJan 2025Brooks Glycerin 21 GTS
Brooks Glycerin 22Jan 2025Brooks Glycerin 21
Nike Alphafly 3Jan 2024 (Released)Nike Alphafly Next% V2
Nike Alphafly 4Jan 2026Nike Alphafly 3
Nike Vaporfly 4Mar 2025Nike Vaporfly 3
Adidas Takumi Sen 11Jan 2025Adidas Takumi Sen 10
Adidas Adios 9Aug 2024Adidas Adizero Adios 8
Adidas Terrex Agravic Speed UltraApr 2024 (Released)Brand-new intro
adidas Terrex Agravic 3June 2024 (Released)Adidas Terrex Agravic 2.0
Brooks Caldera 8Dec 2024Brooks Caldera 7
New Balance Supercomp Pacer 2July 2024 (Released)New Balance Supercomp Pacer
New Balance Supercomp trainer v3July 2024New Balance Supercomp trainer v2
New Balance Supercomp TrailJuly 2024 (Released)Brand-new
New Balance Supercomp Trail 2Jan 2025New Balance Supercomp Trail
Nike Zoom Fly 6Oct 2024Nike Zoom Fly 5
Nike Zoom Tempo V2Aug 2024Nike Zoom Tempo Next% V1
Saucony Endorphin Pro 4
(Endorphin Pro vs Nike Vaporfly
Feb 2024 (Released)Saucony Endorphin Pro 3
Saucony Endorphin Pro 5Feb 2026Saucony Endorphin Pro 4
Saucony Endorphin Speed 4
(Endorphin Speed 4 vs Endorphin Pro 4 )
Feb 2026Saucony Endorphin Speed 4
Saucony Endorphin Speed 5Feb 2024 (Released)Saucony Endorphin Speed 3
Hoka Bondi 9
(Bondi vs Clifton)
Dec 2024Hoka Bondi 8
Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature v2Sep 2023Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature
Nike Pegasus Turbo 4July 2024Nike Pegasus Turbo Next Nature
Salomon Speedcross 7July 2024Salomon Speedcross 6
Nike ZoomX Zegama Trail v2May 2024 (Released)Nike ZoomX Zegama Trail
Nike ZoomX Zegama Trail 3Aug 2025Nike ZoomX Zegama Trail v2
Asics Kayano 31May 2024 (Released)Asics Kayano 30
Asics Kayano 32May 2025Asics Kayano 31
Adidas Boston 13Aug 2024Adidas Boston 12
Saucony Triumph 22
(Triumph vs NB 1080)
May 2024 (Released)Saucony Triumph 21
Saucony Triumph 23May 2025Saucony Triumph 22
Altra Lone Peak AW Low V3Jan 2024Altra Lone Peak AW Low V2
New Balance Rebel V5Aug 2025New Balance Fuelcell Rebel V4
New Balance Propel 5May 2024 (Released)New Balance Propel V4
New Balance Propel 6May 2025New Balance Propel 5
New Balance Vongo 7Sep 2024New Balance Vongo V6
Asics Novablast 4
(Novablast vs Hoka Mach)
December 2023Asics Novablast 3
Asics Novablast 5
(Novablast 3 vs. 4)
December 2024Asics Novablast 4
New Balance Fresh Foam X More V5
(NB More vs Asics Nimbus)
June 2024 (Released)New Balance Fresh Foam More V4
Mizuno Wave Rider 28
(Wave Rider vs Brooks Ghost)
June 2024 (Released)Mizuno Wave Rider 27
New Balance 860 14May 2024 (Released)New Balance 860V13
New Balance 860 15May 2025New Balance 860V14
Nike Pegasus 40 ShieldOct 2023Nike Pegasus 39 Shield
Adidas Supernova 3Oct 2023Adidas Supernova 2
Adidas Supernova Solution 2Feb 2025Adidas Supernova Solution
Adidas Supernova StrideMar 2024 (Released)Brand-new intro
Adidas Supernova Stride V2Mar 2025adidas Supernova Stride
Adidas Supernova PrimaJune 2024 (Released)Brand-new intro
Adidas Supernova Rise V2Dec 2024Adidas Supernova Rise
ON Cloudmonster 3Feb 2025ON Cloudmonster 2
ON Cloudboom StrikeJuly 2024Brand-new intro
Saucony Endorphin Shift 4
(Endorphin Shift vs Endorphin Speed)
Oct 2023Saucony Endorphin Shift 3
Brooks Ghost 16
(Ghost vs Adrenaline)
Apr 2024 (Released)Brooks Ghost 15
Brooks Ghost 17Apr 2025Brooks Ghost 16
Brooks Ghost Max 2Jul 31, 2024Brooks Ghost Max
Skechers Razor Trail V3Oct 2023Skechers Razor Trail V2
Skechers GoRun Razor 5Sep 2024Skechers GoRun Razor 4
Asics Hyper Speed 4May 2024 (Released)Asics Hyper Speed 3
Asics Hyper Speed 5May 2025Asics Hyper Speed 4
Saucony Peregrine ICE+ a4Oct 2023Saucony Peregrine ICE+ 3
Saucony Omni 22Jan 2024 (Released)Saucony Omni 21
Saucony Omni 23Jan 2025Saucony Omni 22
New Balance SC Elite V4Feb 2024 (Released)New Balance RC Elite V3
New Balance SC Elite 5Feb 2025New Balance SC Elite V4
New Balance SC Trainer V3Aug 2024New Balance SC Trainer V2
Asics Evoride 4
(Evoride vs Glideride
Dec 2023Asics Evoride 3
Nike Wildhorse 9Aug 2024Nike Wildhorse 8
Nike Vomero 18Nov 2024Nike Vomero 17
Asics GT 2000 13Oct 2024Asics GT-2000 12
Brooks Cascadia 18July 2024Brooks Cascadia 17
Adidas Ultraboost 5July 2024 (Released)Adidas Ultraboost Lite
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 24July 2024Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23
Brooks Hyperion Max 2June 2024 (Released)Brooks Hyperion Max
Adidas Adizero RC 6Jan 2024Adidas Adizero RC 5
Brooks Catamount 4Jan 2025Brooks Catamount 3
Asics Trabuco 13Jan 2025Asics Trabuco 12
Saucony Endorphin Elite V2July 2024 (Released)Saucony Endorphin Elite
Mizuno Wave Rebellion Pro 2Jan 2024 (Released)Mizuno Wave Rebellion Pro
Mizuno Wave Rebellion Pro 3Jan 2024Mizuno Wave Rebellion Pro 2
Mizuno Wave Rebellion Flash 2Jan 2024 (Released)Mizuno Wave Rebellion Flash
Mizuno Wave Rebellion Flash 3Jan 2025Mizuno Wave Rebellion Flash 2
Puma Liberate Nitro 2Feb 2023 (Released)Puma Liberate Nitro 2
Puma Velocity Nitro 4Jan 2025Puma Velocity Nitro 3
Puma Fast-R Nitro Elite V2Mar 2024 (Released)Puma Fast-R Nitro Elite
Puma Deviate Nitro Elite 3June 2024 (Released)Puma Deviate Nitro Elite 2
Puma Deviate Nitro 3July 2024 (Released)Puma Deviate Nitro 2
Hoka Clifton 10
(Clifton 8 vs 9)
Dec 2024Hoka Clifton 9
(Clifton 7 vs 8)
Hoka Rocket 3July 2024Hoka Rocket X2
New Balance Summit V5Mar 2024New Balance Summit V4
New Balance Summit Unknown V5Mar 2025New Balance Summit Unknown V4
Asics Superblast 2July 2024 (Released)Asics Superblast
Hoka Challenger 8Aug 2024Hoka Challenger 7
Adidas Adizero SL 2May 2024 (Released)Adidas Adizero SL
Adidas Adizero SL 3May 2025Adidas Adizero SL 2
Saucony Kinvara Pro 2Aug 2024Saucony Kinvara Pro
Skechers GoRun Speed Beast 2Mar 2024Skechers GoRun Speed Beast
adidas Solarboost 6Apr 2024adidas Solarboost 5
Hoka Tecton X 3July 2024Hoka Tecton X 2
Brooks Hyperion 2July 2024 (Released)Brooks Hyperion
Brooks Hyperion 2 GTSJuly 2024 (Released)Brooks Hyperion GTS
Brooks Beast GTS 24Sep 2024Brooks Beast GTS 23
Hoka Mach 6Mar 2024 (Released)Hoka Carbon Mach 5
Hoka Carbon Mach 7Aug 2025Hoka Carbon Mach 6
Hoka Mach X 2July 2024Hoka Mach X
Altra Torin 7June 2023 (Released)Altra Torin 6


While shoes are a very simple piece of gear, having shoes that fit well and aren’t dead as they say is really important to making sure that you’re running healthy and happy.

So let me ask you a question. Do you know when you should replace your running shoes?

When To Replace Running Shoes

Here’s the thing…

Running shoes don’t last forever. Sure, they’re tough and they take us mile after mile after mile, but they get squashed on the asphalt, they get scraped up, they get caked in mud, they get left out in the sun, they get sweated in and left in your car, etc.

Of course, each one of those things takes life off of your shoes.

I guess the best way to know when it’s time to replace your running shoes or at least be wary of the warning signs that they may start to be worn out is when you start to approach that 400 to 500-mile mark.

But what if you haven’t been keeping track, how can you tell?

Let’s run through some ways to tell if your running shoes are worn out.

Nagging Aches & Pains

While nagging pains can always be a sign of other injuries, it’s a good idea to start with your shoes. If your pain persists for more than one run, it might be time for a new pair of shoes.

You may not be feeling those aches and pains, but every step might feel flat. That’s because the bouncy midsole of a new pair of shoes or shoes with life left in them absorbs the impact of every step. This saves your feet and your joints from taking an extra beating.

As your shoes age though, the foam loses its ability to rebound like it used to and it really starts to feel like you’ve sort of put a brick on top of a marshmallow.

It’s not a good feeling.

I used to run in the same shoes over and over for months and months putting hundreds of miles in the same pair of shoes. After like 300 miles, I would notice that my legs would feel a bit more tired when I go out running.

I just always think that I was in the wrong, but honestly, it was because I was wearing a shoe that was broken down completely.

Wear Pattern

The outsoles of your running shoes have tread just like the tires on your car, and that helps to cushion your landings and grip the pavement. But the ground is abrasive, especially if you primarily run on concrete and asphalt.

So, you may notice some uneven wear pattern on the bottom of your shoes. If that wear pattern has removed lugs and is digging into the midsole of the shoe, it might also be a sign that you’re not wearing the right shoes for you and it is probably a sign that it’s time to get a new pair.

When you notice a weird wear pattern on the bottom of your shoes, it’s a good idea to take that pair with you to the store when you get outfitted.

Anyway, here’s an easy-to-digest bullet point list:

  • Sections of the rubber outsole are badly worn or even worn through.
  • The midsole feels too soft and collapses easily under pressure.
  • The heel counter might have become more mobile or less supportive.
  • Your toe is poking through.
  • One or both of your shoes no longer stand up straight when placed on a flat surface.

How Long Do Running Shoes Last?

Unfortunately, the answer is not all that clear. If:

  • You’re really hard on your shoes.
  • You do not keep them in a climate-controlled environment
  • You leave them outside time
  • You do not clean mud off of them all the time

…, they are going to last less miles.

All of that said, most running shoes will last anywhere from 300 to 500 miles, and 200 is a really big window. The more you take good care of your shoes, the more they’re going to last you.

The other issue that comes into play is also the amount of time that you have shoes. Again, while running shoes are very durable, the materials themselves also break down over time.

So, if you’re trying to hoard your favorite model of a certain shoe and you buy six pairs thinking that the newest pair you wear in a year from now is still going to be great, think again.

Even an unworn shoe on the shelf a year later is going to be broken down, and that’s just because materials break down over time.

Knowing all of this, how can you help to make your shoes last longer?

How To Help Shoes Last Longer

Number one is a really simple one.

“Run on the surface for which your shoes were designed.”

If you have a pair of trail shoes, don’t go wearing them on the pavement all the time because those thick lugs are going to get worn down quicker.

Same thing for road running shoes. Don’t go taking them on really burly single-track trails where you have lots of mud, rocks, and river crossings.

“Dry them out and clean them up.”

Again, this is important because it helps to keep the upper of the shoes and the materials fresh for longer.

The next point is one of the most important ones and it’s really rooted in biomechanics…

“Get more than one pair of shoes.”

Any coach worth their salt will tell you this and that’s because every shoe is made differently. There are multiple types and brands of shoes that best fit your feet.

The value of having multiple pairs of shoes in your running shoe rotation is one, for the shoe’s longevity because you’re switching back and forth between multiple pairs, which allows you to extend the life of those shoes.

Two, because shoes are made differently, the way that you land on each foot while you’re running is different depending on the brand.

Just something as simple as changing up the pressure points where you land is just another important factor in helping you to be a more balanced injury-resistant runner.

While rotating between two pairs of shoes is great, if you can do it, we recommend three pairs.

That way you have a light fast pair for your speed days, a really plush cushioned shoe for your recovery days, and then kind of like a middle-of-the-road that can handle the bulk of your daily miles.

Do You Really Need Multiple Shoes?

You’d be forgiven if you got confused if you hear something like a fast-day shoe, easy-day shoe, tempo shoe, daily trainer, etc.

In this section, I’m going to tell you exactly what a running shoe rotation is and if you should consider building one.

Essentially, you can think of a running shoe rotation as the runner’s arsenal of shoes for different types of workouts.

If you’re going to go for a long easy run, you might want something with a little bit more stack height or a little bit of softer foam.

If you’re going out there for a very fast run, you might want something a little bit more lightweight or a little bit more springy under step.

There’s just a bunch of different types of running shoes and those running shoes can fill certain needs within your running shoe rotation.

So, does a running shoe rotation really matter?

Here are some benefits of having a running shoe rotation.

  1. Honestly, the most important benefit is it’s just fun to try different running shoes.

Trying out different running shoes makes running very exciting and motivates you to get out that door having different running shoes to try.

  1. Injury reduction

We all know running shoes really degrade over time, and the biggest degradation is midsole compression.

When you’re running in your shoes, the midsole literally squishes all the way down, and if you’re not allowing it time to rest and breathe and wear it the next day when it’s not back to its fully decompressed position, that will make the midsole break down even faster.

Running on a midsole that’s a bit more compressed can definitely increase the chance of injury because the impact protection just isn’t the same.

Another practical benefit along those same lines is your shoes will last longer…

  1. Shoes last longer

I know you’ll have to get more running shoes so you’re not really saving money in any sense, but your running shoes will last longer if you’re allowing that midsole to decompress a bit and you’re also not wearing out the old sole as much and you’re not wearing the upper all the time.

So having more running shoes will allow those running shoes to last a bit longer.

With any light, there is a darkness, and the darkness for having a running shoe rotation is just the cost of it.

Running shoes are getting outrageously expensive and I don’t understand how the manufacturers can justify the price of the running shoes anymore.

So the price of building a running shoe rotation is obviously a huge downside.

Types Of Running Shoes

As I mentioned, the running shoe rotation consists of three different types of running shoes. If you have multiple pairs of running shoes, your running shoe rotation could be upwards of five or six different shoes.

But typically, a running shoe rotation consists of three main types of running shoes. The foundation of any good running shoe rotation is a good daily trainer…

Daily Trainers

For example, the Puma Velocity Nitro is a fantastic daily trainer which is pretty well-priced.

A daily trainer is something that is very versatile. It’s not going to be great at any one specific thing, but it can do pretty much anything.

It can go out there and soak up the miles, and because you’re going to be wearing it the most frequently, you want that shoe to have a lot of durability.

Within the daily trainer category, you have stability running shoes, moderate stability shoes, soft everyday running shoes, and the list can go on.

Next up is my favorite type of shoe because I love going slow…

Easy Day Shoes

One of the best easy-day running shoes hands down is the New Balance Fresh Foam More which is just magical.

An easy-day or recovery-day running shoe for me has a lot of that midsole stack height and soft midsole.

But why would it have a lot of high stack height? It’s going to absorb all that impact making your easy days actually easy and allowing your body to recover.

We want active recovery, not something beating up our legs when we’re trying to do those tasks. So, having an easy-day or recovery-day running shoe can be a great tool in your arsenal.

Everyone’s favorite running shoe is your tempo-day or race-day shoes…

Race Day Shoes

The Asics Metaspeed Sky and the Nike Alphafly do have a carbon fiber plate, but race-day and fast-day shoes don’t necessarily need carbon fiber plates.

You don’t really need a carbon fiber plate shoe for fast-day and race-day stuff, but it does help.

Typically, a race-day or fast-day shoe is a little bit more of a lightweight package, and the midsole has a bit more snap and responsiveness to it.

What I’m trying to describe with those terms is essentially, it just feels a little bit more snappy. You’re not losing a lot of energy to the midsole itself.

Again, there are so many great fast-day shoes that don’t have a carbon fiber plate or any type of rigid body in them like the Saucony Endorphin Speed which has a nylon plate. 

One of my favorite tempo or fast-day shoes is the New Balance FuelCell Rebel v2 which does not have a plate.

That’s all well and good. We know what a running shoe rotation is and we know the different types of running shoes, but should you get a running shoe rotation?

To answer that question, I’m going to ask you three questions, and if the answer is yes to any of these three questions, you might want to consider getting a running shoe rotation started.

  1. Do you run more than four times a week?
  2. Do you do varied types of runs? Do you do normal everyday runs followed by some fast stuff and also easy day runs?
  3. Are you training for a specific race or goal time?

If the answer is yes to any of those questions, absolutely consider getting a running shoe rotation. But honestly, even if the answers are no to any of those questions but you want to have different running shoes to experience, just go and do it. It is so much fun.

Now let’s get into the running shoe company tire list…

Ranking Running Shoe Companies

This is going to be all my personal feeling and I’d like you to put your tier list in the comment section down below as well.

I’m going to decide what I consider the best running shoe company based on a couple of things.

  • The entire product line (daily trainers, tempo shoes, race-day shoes, etc.)
  • My overall experience and level of excitement I’m getting when running in a shoe.
  • The durability.
  • The price points of what they’re offering.

We’re going to rank them from S down to D.

Adidas (B)

I’ve tried the SL20 and the Boston 10. I’ve tried the Prime X for those ultra-plush long-distance trainers and I’ve also tried the Adios Pro 2.

I don’t really like that firmer feeling of the LiteStrike, but I really do enjoy that LiteStrike Pro in the Prime X which is one of my favorite shoes of all time.

The Adios Pro 2 is a little bit firm for my liking but still pretty good, but I don’t find they’re that bad in terms of their price point.

Because I will probably choose their racing lineups, I am going to put Adidas in the B tier because I don’t feel that their daily trainers are that terrible.

If I went on a trip and I forgot to bring anything but the SL20, I wouldn’t be too mad to have to bring that shoe and wear it.

Asics (S)

If I had done this last year, Asics probably would have been the C tier, but Asics is doing something so special with that FlyteFoam Blast, FlyteFoam Blast +, and FlyteFoam Turbo.

Those FlyteFoams are magical and I can’t wait to try any shoe that has FlyteFoam Blast+. The GlideRide 3 looks amazing with that FlyteFoam and FlyteFoam Blast+ combination.

So, the Asics shoes themselves, the durability, the reasonable price points, Asics innovation with the FlyteFoam, and their FlyteFoam Turbo in the Metaspeed Sky is just amazing.

The GlideRide 2, the GlideRide 3, the Gel Kayano, the Gel Nimbus, the Gel Nimbus Lite, and every shoe that I’ve tried in Asics have been very exciting to try.

All in all, Asics is definitely my S tier choice.

Congratulations Asics on making the S tier and I hope you continue innovating. Don’t just think you’re in the lead and sit back and relax. Keep on pushing because you guys have something special going on.



Brooks (D)

Brooks and I used to have a really good relationship because I took them on all of my best runs. I even ran a lot of my PR’s in the Brooks Adrenaline line, but Brooks just don’t excite everyone the way they used to do.

Their DNA Flash or DNA Loft v3 and whatever they’re coming out with maybe is going to change my mind. But for right now, the Brooks shoes that I try are just not very exciting.

The Hyperion Elite is one of my least favorite shoes of all time.

While their price points aren’t that amazing, the durability is good. But I think Brooks has to be in the D tier.

Their shoes don’t excite a lot of runners and the price points aren’t amazing. The only thing they have going for them for me personally is their durability.



Hoka (C)

Hoka is another one of these things where when they came out of the gate, they were really innovative. They were winning, they were making people rethink the game and really think about how much stack height should be in a running shoe.

But honestly, their innovation has just not been there because they just use the same EVA compound, and their Bondi X is just a normal foam with a carbon plate. Throwing a carbon plate inside normal foam doesn’t make it very special in my opinion.

Hoka’s durability is also not good and their price point is not that great considering the durability.

I can’t put them in the B tier because they’re definitely not on the same par as the LiteStrike Pro.

The Rocket x 2 seems exciting and the Mach is pretty good and so I’m going to have to go C tier.

Hoka, I really hope that you just start to innovate with your foam compounds because, to be quite honest, your EVA compound is what’s holding you back.



New Balance (B)

New Balance is another one of those companies where I didn’t think that I’d really enjoy any of their shoes, but trying the New Balance FuelCell line of shoes was fantastic.

The reality is it doesn’t really work for me because I have those weak non-elite ankles, and the softer foams just keep me rolling all over the place.

But what I’m seeing in their future lineup looks super exciting. It seems they’re widening the landing platform just a little bit and I think that’s really going to help me and people like me that need just a little bit of extra help with our ankle stability.

I really loved the New Balance shoes that I’ve tried like the Fresh Foam More v3 which is one of my favorite easy-day shoes of all time.

It’s going to go B tier because I do think that FuelCell compound is on par with the LiteStrike Pro.



Nike (A)

I really enjoyed the Nike ZoomX Invincible and I really love the Nike Alphafly Next% and the Vaporfly.

The reality is their daily trainers and their tempo-day shoes are not there for me personally. I don’t really find the Pegasus line to be very inspiring but I think the Vomero line is super great.

Again, for me personally, the Nike daily trainers just aren’t there, but again the Nike ZoomX is so good that I have to put them in the A tier.

I’m really looking forward to the Nike ZoomX Invincible 2 and the new Zoom Fly 5 and Pegasus Turbo Next Nature.


Puma (A)

Puma knocked everyone’s expectations out of the park with the Velocity line of shoes and they have some very interesting stuff coming up.

For me personally, it’s the price point that wins it for me. I think Puma are right up there with Nike because their whole product line is rounded. Their prices aren’t crazy, their durability is high, the Puma Grip is awesome, and I’m really looking forward to what they can do.

I know they’ve been around for much longer than I’ve been alive, but in the last couple of years, their running shoe line has taken a whole new breath of life.

That being said, Puma deserves to be A tier.



Saucony (S)

I absolutely love the Saucony Ride 15, the Endorphin Speed, and the Endorphin Pro.

I’m so looking forward to the Speed 3. I hope they don’t mess it up because they’re making some pretty big changes, but the Pro 3 is what I’m most excited for. It looks like they’re making some really great changes.

The Saucony Endorphin Pro is a great price compared to Nike Vaporfly.

The Saucony Triumph line is still looking really good. It’s just their whole product line is fantastic, but their pricing is also fantastic.

Anyway, I really enjoy their daily trainers and I absolutely love their race-day options with the Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 because that’s a very versatile shoe.

Overall, I’m going to have to give Saucony the S tier as well because I really feel they have the whole package. They have the durability, they have the okay price points, and they have the overall package lineup.

Congratulation Saucony. There’s not much wrong with your lines in my personal opinion.

That’s everything we have for this running shoe release date calendar. If you know when a shoe is going to release and we haven’t covered that, please let us know in the comments.

Until then, I hope you’re staying safe out there, and see you in the next one 🙂

About Eric Barber

Eric Barber is a happy father of two little angels, a husband, and a runner. He eats, sleeps, and dreams anything foot related: running shoes, walking shoes, sneakers, you name it. It all started when Eric was a shoe store specialist watching and fitting people's feet day in and day out.

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