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A Closer Look at Minimalist Running Shoes

The trail categories and the lower profile/miminalist categories continue to grow in terms of models offered by most manufacturers.  In contrast, motion control and maximum stability models have seen a decrease in models offered.   Manufacturers continue to rely less and less on the three traditional terms for categorizing their footwear models (cushioning, stability and motion control) and now prefer their own decriptions/categories as are noted below.  Some models are now described by footwear manufacturers as having a range of stability and for this reason they may be included in more than one category.

This list includes the major running footwear manufacturers with largest market share.  Unfortunately, due to the large number of footwear manufacturers and models offered it is not practical to list every model made.

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Running Shoes by Level of Stability


Adidas

Adidas uses three categories; Cushion/Neutral, Control/Stability, and Competition. 

Cushion/Neutral
Adipure Gazelle
Adipure Adapt
Adipure Motion
Adistar Ride 4
Clima Aerate
Clima Regulate
Clima Tempest
Clima Xtreme
Clima Cool Seduction
Climawarm Blast
Kanadia 4
KX Trail
Marathon 10
New York ‘12
Supernova Glide 4
Thrasher Trail
Vigor Trail 2.0

Control/Stability
Supernova Sequence 4
Supernova Sequence 5
Adistar Salvation 3

Competition
Adizero Adios 2.0
Adizero Boston
Adizero Tempo 5

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Asics

Asics categorizes their running shoes into seven categories: Engineered, 33 Collection, Structured Cushioning, Cushioining, Speed/Lighweight- Minimalist, Speed/Training, Maximum Support.  Some of the categories have been consolidated below.

STRUCTURED CUSHIONING
Gel-Kayano 18/19
GT-2170
GT-2170 Trail
GT-2000
GT-2000 Trail
Gel-3030
GT-1170
GT-1000
Gel-Phoenix 4
Gel-Rebel
Gel-Neo 33
Gel-Kahana 6 (Trail)
Gel-Arctic 4 WR (Trail with replaceable outsole metal pins)
Gel-DS Trainer 17 (Speed-Training)
Gel DS Racer 9 (Speed – Minimalist/Racing)

CUSHIONING
Gel-Nimbus 14
Gel-Cumulus 14
Gel-Pulse 4
Gel-Equation 6
Gel-Flash
Gel-Galaxy 5
Gel-Contend
Gel-Cirrus 33
Gel-Excel 33
Gel-Blur 33 2.0
Gel-Lyte 33
Gel-Extreme 33
Gel-Scout (Trail)
Gel-FujiRacer (Trail)
Gel-Scram (Trail)
Gel-Venture 3 (Trail)
Gel-Trail Lahar 3 G-TX
Gel-Landreth 7 (Speed-Training)
Gel-Kinsei 4 (Engineered)
Gel-Noosa Tri 7 (Speed-Minimalist/Racing)
Piranha SP 4 (Speed-Minimalist/Racing)
Gel-Hyperspeed 5 (Speed-minimalist/Racing)

MAXIMUM SUPPORT
Gel-Evolution 6
Gel-Fortitude 5
Gel-Found 10

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Brooks

Brooks uses five categories for their running footwear: Neutral, Guidance, Support, Control and Competition.  Brooks lists some of their models in more than one category.

NEUTRAL
Ghost
Glycerin
Defyance
Launch
Dyad
Cascadia 7 (Trail)
PureConnect
PureFlow

GUIDANCE
Ravenna
PureCadence
Racer ST 5

SUPPORT
Adrenaline GTS
Transcend
PureCadence

CONTROL
Beast
Ariel
Addiction
Addiction Walker

COMPETITION
Launch
T7 Racer
Racer ST 5

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Mizuno

Mizuno uses three categories: Neutral, Support, Control.

NEUTRAL
Wave Prophecy
Wave Rider 16
Creation 13
Enigma 2
Universe 4
Precision 13
Ronin 4

SUPPORT
Wave Nirvana 8
Elixir 7
Inspire 9
Nexus 6
Musha 4
Wave Cabrakan 3 (Trail)
Ascend 7 (Trail)

CONTROL
Alchemy 12

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New Balance

New Balance uses five categories: Cushioning, Stability, Motion Control, Lightweight, Minimal, Competition.  Some of their shoes are listed in more than one category on their website.

Cushioning
510 (Trail)
580 v2
590
610 (Trail)
610 v2 (Trail)
612 v2
710 (Trail)
780 v2
790 v2
810 (Trail)
840
880 (Trail)
880 v2
884
1080 v2

STABILITY
770 v2
770 v3
860v2
870 v2
940
990 v3
993
1110 (Trail)
1140
1190
1260v2

MOTION CONTROL
1540
587
1340

LIGHTWEIGHT
110
630 v2
750
890 v2
1290
1400

COMPETITION
700
900
1600
5000

MINIMAL
Minimus Ionix 3090
Minimus MR10RB
Minimus 10
Minimus 10 Trail
Minimus 1010 Trail
Minimus 20v2 Trail

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Nike

Nike uses four categories for their running shoes; Barefoot-Like Ride, Neutral Ride, Stability & Racing.

BAREFOOT-LIKE RIDE
Free Run +3 Shield
Free Run 3 Hybrid
Free 4.0
Free 3.0 v4 Shield

NEUTRAL RIDE
Air Pegasus+ 29
Flyknit Trainer+
Air Max+ 2012
Flyknit racer
Zoom Vomero+ 7
Flex 2012 Run
Dual Fusion RN 3
Dual Fusion ST 2
Air Max Tailwind+ 4

STABILITY
LunarGlide+ 4 Shield
LunarEclipse+ 2
Zoom Structure+ 16 Shield
LunarFly+ Trail 3

RACING
Flyknit Racer
lunarSpider R3
LunarSpeed Lite+
Zoom Streak 4

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Saucony

Saucony uses four categories for their running shoes; Neutral, Guidance, Stability & Natural Running. Some shoes are included in more than one category according to their website.

NEUTRAL
Triumph 10
Cortana 2
Kinvara 3
Kinvara Trail
Ride 5
Hatori LC
Echelon 3
Adapt
Outduel
Profile
Cohesion 5
Xodus 3.0
Type A 5
Fastwitch 5
lightspeed

GUIDANCE
Guide 6
Cortana 2
Hurricaine 14
Mirage 2

STABILITY
Guide 6
Hurricaine 14
Omni 11
Stabil CS 2

NATURAL RUNNING
Kinvara 3
Kinvara Trail
Mirage 3
Hatori

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This list may not include all running shoe models offered by each manufacturer.
Sources: Adidas.com, Asicsamerica.com, Brooksrunning.com, newbalance.com, Nike.com, mizunousa.com, saucony.com
Updated 11/22/12


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