Minimum Feature shoes are generally designed for speed and performance. Lighter weight takes priority over durability and comfort.

  • Outsoles: Blown rubber outsoles increase traction and decrease weight, but tends to wear quickly. Cut out areas decrease weight and increase flexibility, but also decrease longevity.
  • Midsoles: Most shoes in this category lack added cushioning devices which save weight, but decreases the amount of cushioning a shoe offers. The life of these shoes tends to be less than those classified as Moderate or Maximum Feature.
  • Uppers: Upper materials are extremely lightweight. Minimum levels of padding are offered especially in the tongue and heal areas to save weight. Minimum Feature shoes offer few overlays to save weight, but this also decrease support.

Moderate Feature shoes are ideally suited to many runner's every day training needs.

  • Outsoles: High abrasion rubber is added in the landing area of the heel to increase wear.
  • Midsoles: Most models in this category have time tested midsole materials that are durable and reliable. Each company's primary cushioning devices are added to key impact areas which significantly adds life and cushioning to the shoe. Shoes designed for increased pronation control are provided design features that have proven successful in controlling over-pronation over several seasons.
  • Uppers: A greater level of padding is offered on shoes in this category which aids comfort. Insoles offer additional padding. There is an increased use of overlays as well as more durable upper materials which add support and comfort.

Maximum Feature shoes showcase the very best offered by that particular company. These shoes offer the latest designs, materials, cushioning devices and construction techniques. Models in this category place a premium on comfort and quality. They make use of the latest technologies available. Shoes in this category are generally the most expensive in the industry.

  • Outsoles: High abrasion rubber is in the landing area of the heel to provide maximum life. Multiple outsole materials and design techniques are used in the forefoot that add durability, traction and flexibility.
  • Midsoles: The newest midsole materials are used in these models. Articulated landing areas increase in the heel increase cushioning as well as aid heel to toe transition. The largest cushioning devices available are place throughout the midsole which provide the greatest long term cushioning. The newest technologies designed to help curb over-pronation are exhibited in these models.
  • Uppers: The greatest level of padding, the best materials as well as specially designed fit enhancement techniques are used to significantly increase comfort. Overlays are flexible and stretch to accommodate the foot through the gait cycle. Insoles are the best offered. Greater attempts are made to increase the ventilation in the upper.