Adidas is a household name but not everyone knows that they make running shoes, some of which are really quite good.
They are best known for their 'boost' cushioning and their lightweight racing shoes (including the Adizero range).
They sponsor the Adidas City Runs series of race events, and produce the Boston marathon race jackets.
Altra are different to most other brands in that their shoes have three unique selling points:
A young brand (2009) producing a very niche set of running shoes. Some swear by the zero drop cushioning (whereby the front and back of the cushioning are at the same level) that is sold on the premise that it promotes a more natural and efficient running gait.
asics has been around since the 1940's in one form or another. They have a long history and are well known within the running industry. This is made apparent by the high version numbers of some of their most popular shows such as the Kayano, Cumulus, and Nimbus.
An American (based in Seattle) company that counts Warren Buffet as one of its owners. They sponsor top American runner Des Linden (winner of the 2018 Boston marathon) and produce a wide range of top selling shoes (Ghost, Adrenaline, Ravenna etc). They have been around since 1914 but only recently begun focussing on running (2001). Since then they have amassed quite the following and are growing in popularity year on year.
Known for their bright colourways and their significant, visible underfoot cushioning. Whilst near enough everyone gets confused by their name ('One one' is a Maori phrase meaning 'to fly' ), Hoka do have quite the following especially within American trail circles.
Created by two ex-Salomon employees they have grown significantly over the years and now sponsor a number of events and renowned ultra runners (like Sage Canaday and Karl Meltzer).
A young brand (2003) known for their high quality all terrain running shoes. Into fell running? Want to get into trail running? It is certainly worth investigating inov-8's range of shoes.
Mizuno is a Japanese sports brand that has been around since 1906. They make shoes and equipment for a number of different sports including running.
Their 'Wave' system is a somewhat unique approach to providing the appropriate cushioning/stability to a running shoe and is found across many of their most popular shoes (Wave Inspire, Waver Rider etc).
New Balance are a sports brand that make both functional and lifestyle equipment and shoes. They have a wide range of running shoes, the most popular of which follow their numerical naming system (that makes very little sense at first but in reality provides a lot of information once you know what you are looking for).
Everyone know Nike.. right? They make functional running shoes and are well known for their lightweight racing shoes. They sponsor a number of top runners (including marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge) and provide them with shoes. If the pros are happy with their shoes, one can assume that they are fairly good.. right?
They are also behind the Breaking2 project - a project to achieve the first sub 2 hour marathon in human history.
Based in the French Alps since 1947 it is no wonder that Salomon have had ample time and opportunity to create and test numerous fantastic all terrain running shoes.
Pronounced "sock a knee", Saucony is an athletic footwear brand that has been around since 1898. They sponsor well known athletes such as Ben True and Jared Ward and are known for their (somewhat nonsensical) marketing campaign #WeWhoRun
If you are looking for information about a specific shoe from one of the brands mentioned above we intend to fill our running shoes article category with in depth hands on reviews of individual shoes from these brands.