The year of 2015 brought us several new shoes. New Balance introduced the Zante, a smooth-riding, lightweight, 6mm offset, versatile performance shoe. New Balance also introduced another 6mm offset shoe with the Vazee Pace, which is a bit firmer than the Zante with a more traditional fit. Saucony brought us the Zealot, a 4mm offset, well-cushioned compliment to the Kinvara. Saucony also introduced the 8mm offset Breakthru, a firmer, faster option in the neutral daily trainer category. Nike tweaked their formula of the Lunaracer and birthed the LunarTempo, a lightweight, 8mm offset, soft riding performance shoe. On the other end of the spectrum, Nike also introduced the very supportive, traditional 12mm offset Zoom Odyssey. Brooks brought us the . . . well they have new models coming in 2016.
Adidas and ASICS hyped advanced technology shoes: the adidas Ultra Boost and the ASICS Quantum 360. The Ultra Boost is quite responsive, has great flexibility, and has a snug fitting yet stretchy Primeknit upper. The Quantum 360 has a heavily cushioned ride for heel strikers.
In the racing arena, New Balance added a support option to their range with the 1500. It’s a fairly well-cushioned, 6mm offset option for any race distance. While Mizuno walked away from the ultralight racing category, ASICS brought back the Piranha (now gone again) and Saucony introduced the Endorphin Racer.
Hoka One One got back to their roots by bringing out two new trail shoes: the lightweight, super cushioned Challenger ATR, and the protective Speedgoat. ASICS brought back the FujiAttack to their US trail line up and added the FujiPro. New Balance brought back the T101.
For mushy terrain, La Sportiva added the Mutant, Scott added the Kinabalu Supertrac, The North Face added the Ultra MT and ASICS added the FujiRunnegade. Salomon expanded their Speedcross range with a more versatile Vario version and a more streamlined Pro version. Inov8 added to their trail offering with the versatile Terraclaw 250.
Beyond the new shoes, each year brings us minor to major updates to previous versions. With updates, there will be some who wish the shoe hadn’t changed and others who think the update is the greatest version ever. Saucony made a major overhaul with the Triumph ISO (released Nov 2014, but a 2015 model year shoe). The ASICS Nimbus 17 got a whole new upper. Altra updated their great selling trail shoes: the Lone Peak 2.5 and the Superior 2.0. They also added a great new upper to their well-cushioned Torin 2.0 road shoe. However, in an attempt to not change what is working, most shoe updates were fairly minor.
With all of the new shoes introduced in 2015, I thought it would be nice to see what impact they have made in terms of sales. While some new shoes have made their mark, there are still several legacy shoes dominating the charts.
Below, this post identifies the best selling* running shoes at Running Warehouse, for 2015.
Top 5 overall Men’s Shoes
Top 5 overall Women’s Shoes
Best Sellers by Category
* Color and launch dates were used and factored in as multipliers when calculating the data.