Running shoe technology can be a bit of mystery. If you’re in the market for a pair, the technology can be a valuable asset when you’re ready to buy. Whether its a stability, neutral, or minimal shoe, each brand has their own technology to provide you with the best run possible.
To help you make the best purchase decision possible, I’ve assembled a list of 25 different running shoe technology innovations and provided definitions of what they are. Bookmark this post the next time you’re in the market for a pair of shoes. It might just help you make the best purchase decision possible as well as a great run.
This is list is no particular order; just grouped by brand.
Adidas Running Shoe Technology
1. Boost: Running shoe technology that offers maximum support and energy return. Enhanced EVA compounds allow for better resistance in harsh weather.
2. Springblade: Individual blades on the outer sole of the show that return energy on impact to move you forward.
Asics Running Shoe Technology
3. Impact Guidance System (IGS): Running shoe technology that allows the foot to move more naturally from heel to toe.
4. GEL Cushioning Systems: Technology that reduces shock on heel impacts provide more stability for runners that need it.
5. SPEVA Midsole: This is running shoe technology that slows down the midsole wear down during the life of the shoe. This allows for better durability and shock absorbtion.
6. DuoMax: Used to combat overpronation to provide runners with a more normal foot strike.
7. Trusstic: A system that connects the midfoot to the rear foot and front foot allowing for better push off.
Brooks Running Shoe Technology
8. DNA: Responsive cushioning that disperses impact for the best protection and stability for training.
9. BIOMOGO: An environmentally friendly compound that decomposes faster when the shoe makes it to a landfill.
10. Diagonal Rollbar: Created for pronation control, this high density post allows for a better transition to push off.
11. HPR Green: Brooks certainly has a green thumb in their running shoe technology. This outer sole compound provides maximum wet-dry traction to reduce slipping – and it’s Earth friendly.
12. POD Configuration: Different settings for a balanced position from heel strike toe. This comes in five different version: Hyper, Stable, Cush, midsole and outsole.
13. Element: Technology that protects the upper of the shoe from the weather. It’s light but provides plenty of durability and breath-ability for any condition.
Mizuno Running Shoe Technology
14. Wave Technology: Inspired by ocean waves, this midsole technology spreads out the impact by moving from the foot for supportive run.
15. SmoothRide Engineering: A different approach to the sole of the shoe. This technology provides a smooth transition from the heel to the toe.
16. Dynamotion Fit: Upper technology that reduces stress points while running.
New Balance Running Shoe Technology
17. ACTEVA LITE: Lightweight material found in the midsole slow down the wear down of the shoe.
18. FantomFit: A uniform and extremely light fit technology for the upper.
19. N2: Running shoe technology for those runners seeking a low profile shoe. Its technology that is responsive and durable.
20. T-beam: Those runners looking for arch support can find it this beam design technology. It’s flexible and lightweight while providing plenty of support.
Nike Running Shoe Technology
21. Flyknit: A seamless upper technology that provides a light weight feel that also could be considered a second skin.
22. Free: Minimal shoe technology that allows the foot to gain strength by allow more room with in the shoe.
Pearl Izumi Running Shoe Technology
23. Project eMotion: A unique midsole that will drive your legs forward and uses less energy. This technology also produces a quieter stride that disperses the impact all the way to push off. Moreover, the allows for efficient bio mechanics.
Saucony Running Shoe Technology
24. GRID: Technology that consists of woven filaments that provide maximum cushioning and support when the heel hit the ground.
25. FleXion Plate: Provides great efficiency for runners when moving from heel to forefoot. The plate promotes a forward direction and greater energy return.
26. Iconic Cushioning System (ICS): An innovation that provides maximum cushioning because of moulded pillar construction in rear of the midsole – perfect for heel strikers.
Under Armor Running Shoe Technology
27. Spine Technology: Get all the support with a heavy shoe. This technology allows shoes to be ultra-light and flexible.
28. Micro G: Specially engineered foam that provides great energy return while reducing impact.
I encourage you to take a deeper look at the links provided. Maybe you’re in the market for a different pair of shoes, think about the technology you’re buying as well. Brands are looking to create a unique running experience and the technology they develop is their signature on the shoe. How will it work for you? For starters, book mark this post.
What running shoe technology gets you going? What didn’t make the list that should have? Drop a comment!