Over the past few years, the “Best Selling Running Shoes” blog has become a favorite among readers looking to get a glimpse at shoe sale trends here at Running Warehouse. While our Best Sellers are usually composed of road shoes with only a few trail shoes sprinkled in, this quarter we’ve decided to split up the road and trail categories to provide more valuable information to our readers. After compiling the data and excluding clearance sales, we created a list of trail running models (by color) that sold the highest volume during Fall 2017 (Q3).
On the men’s side, New Balance came out strong with the top four models. The Leadville has always been a great seller, and it’s no surprise that it took the top two positions. With the minimal design of the MT10 v1 and the go-fast feel of the Vazee Summit v2, New Balance had a diverse selection during Q3 that helped it secure the top four spots.
The only non-New Balance shoe to make the top five was the Salomon S-Lab Ultra. Built with a high level of performance and cushioning in mind, we’ve seen this shoe develop a loyal following since its release in early 2017. Another trainer from Salomon that has seen high sales since its initial release is the Sense Ride. Coming in at number eleven on the list, the Sense Ride delivers fantastic performance with a value-oriented price tag that makes it a must have for the trail runner looking to save a few bucks.
We also continued to see extremely impressive numbers from HOKA ONE ONE on the men’s side. With three colors of the Speedgoat 2, three colors of the Challenger ATR 3, and a single color of the Stinson ATR 4, HOKA has made itself known as a key player in several niches of the trail world. Altra also had some success this quarter. Their new addition of the Timp along with the reliability of the Superior show that zero drop trainers are still a popular design among trail runners.
On the Women’s side, we saw very similar trends to the men’s top picks. The New Balance Leadville took the top two spots, with the WT10v1 and Vazee Summit v2 following close behind. HOKA continued to be the most dominating brand, with seven shoes in the top twenty, and Altra had a solid selection with four shoes making the list.
But while we saw many similarities between the two lists, there were some notable differences as well — one of which being the presence of both Nike trail shoes on the women’s list. The Terra Kiger 4 and Wildhorse 4 ranked in at eleventh and seventeenth respectively. These two models have been the driving force of Nike trail running for years, and while there haven’t been huge changes, they continue to be a reliable and versatile option for a variety of trail runners. It was also a nice surprise to see Inov-8 make the list with the Trailtalon 250. Inov-8 offers a fairly wide range of trail products, but the Trailtalon 250 seems to stand out due to its lightweight performance and versatile traction.
Below are the full lists for the top twenty best sellers* in the third quarter of 2017.
Men’s Best Selling Trail Running Shoes – Q3 2017
Women’s Best Selling Trail Running Shoes – Q3 2017
*Rankings are based on each color being treated as a stand-alone shoe. Units sold on clearance have been excluded.
Connor, aka The Face of Running Warehouse, is our resident footwear guru and helps us keep a finger on the pulse of running trends and current events. A member of the local HOKA Aggies running team, Connor walks the walk, or should we say, runs the run.