Last Updated: June 2nd, 2022

Below you will find the running shoe heel drop chart of the most popular brands of running shoes. We have included both road and trail running shoes…

So let’s start…

running shoe heel drop chart

What is Heel Drop or Heel-To-Toe Drop?

The heel drop or heel-to-toe drop is the difference between heel height and the toe height from the ground with both measurements taken vertically. This gives a forward tilt to your shoe.

This difference is generally expressed in mm or millimeters and starts from 0 and goes up to 14mm. What you will not find in a heel-drop is a negative number that will denote a backward tilt.

There is one more term that is often confused with heel drop the stack height. Stack height is basically the amount of sole material that is present on the shoe. You can also think of it as the distance between the ground and your foot. Like heel-to-toe offset, this value is also expressed in mm.

There are two types of stack height in any shoe, the forefoot stack and the heel or rearfoot stack. The differential of these two values is also the offset or drop or heel-to-toe drop.

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Running Shoe Heel Drop Categories

There are basically four categories of heel drop in running shoes:

  • Zero drop (0mm): In this kind of drop, the heel stack and the forefoot stack are of the same height. They themselves may have some height, but the overall cushion height of the forefoot and the rearfoot is the same. Minimalist shoes belong to this category.
  • Low drop (1mm to 4mm): In this type of running shoes, the differential between the heel stack and the forefoot stack ranges from 1mm to 4mm.
  • Mid or medium drop (5mm to 8mm): In this type of drop, the offset of the heel stack and the forefoot stack varies from 5mm to 8mm. If you have Achilles or Calf issues, this is the drop that you should look at. Most of the Hoka shoes are in this category.
  • High drop (9-14mm): In this type of drop, the difference between heel stack height and forefoot stack height varies from 9 to 14mm. You will find most of the Brooks and Asics shoes here.
stack height vs heel drop

Running Shoe Heel Drop Chart

Asics Heel Drop Chart

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop (mm)
ASICS Gel Nimbus 24

Asics Gel Kayano Vs Gel Nimbus

Asics GT 2000 Vs Nimbus

W: 13mm/M: 10mm
ASICS Novablast 2

Asics Novablast Vs Kayano

Asics Novablast Vs Nimbus

Asics Gel-Cumulus Vs Asics Novablast

8mm
ASICS Gel-Kayano 28

Asics Gel Kayano Vs Adidas Ultra boost

Asics Gel Kayano Vs Hoka Arahi

W: 13mm/M: 10mm
ASICS Gel-Kayano Lite 213mm
ASICS METASPEED Sky5mm
ASICS Dynablast 2

Asics Gel Kayano Vs Dynablast

8mm
ASICS Gel-Nimbus Lite 3W: 13mm/M: 10mm
ASICS Gel-Kayano Lite 2W: 13mm/M: 10mm
ASICS Gel-Cumulus 24

Asics Gel-Kayano Vs Cumulus

ASICS GT 1000 Vs Cumulus

8mm
ASICS GT 2000 10

Asics Gel-Kayano Vs Asics GT-2000

Asics GT 2000 Vs Quantum 360

8mm
ASICS Magic Speed5mm
ASICS METASPEED Edge8mm
ASICS GlideRide 25mm
ASICS Hyper Speed9mm
ASICS MetaRacer9mm
ASICS EvoRide 25mm
ASICS Fuji Lite 24mm
ASICS Trabuco Max5mm
ASICS Gel DS Trainer 26

Asics GT 2000 Vs DS Trainer

8mm
ASICS Gel Kinsei Blast10mm
ASICS Gel-Kayano 28 Lite Show10mm
ASICS Gel-Kayano 28 MK10mm
ASICS Gel-Nimbus Lite 2 LAM10mm
ASICS GT 1000 11

Asics Gel Kayano Vs Asics GT 1000

Asics GT 1000 Vs Nimbus

8mm
ASICS Gel-Excite 910mm
ASICS Gel-Kinsei Blast LE10mm
ASICS Gel Cumulus 23 Lite Show10mm
ASICS Gel-Contend 710mm
ASICS GT 2000 10 Lite Show10mm
ASICS Jolt 310mm
ASICS Gel Pulse 1310mm
ASICS Gel-Nimbus 24 Lite ShowW: 13mm/M: 10mm
ASICS Novablast 2 LE8mm
ASICS Versablast 213mm
ASICS Patriot 1210mm
ASICS GT 8008mm
ASICS Gel Cumulus 23 MK10mm
ASICS Gel-Excite Trail8mm
ASICS Gel Pulse 12 G-TX10mm
ASICS GT 2000 10 G-TX8mm
ASICS Gel Cumulus 23 G-TX10mm
ASICS Gel Kayano 28 AWL10mm
ASICS Kumo LYTE 28mm
ASICS Gel-Glorify 49mm
ASICS Metaride0mm
ASICS Tarther Japan10mm
ASICS GlideRide 2 Lite Show5mm
ASICS Sortiemagic RP 510mm
ASICS Gel-Quantum Lyte10mm
ASICS Gel-Torrance 210mm
ASICS TartherEdge 210mm
ASICS Metarun10mm
ASICS Frequent Trail8mm
ASICS Lyteracer 28mm
ASICS Gel-Venture 8

Asics Gel Kayano Vs Gel-Venture

Asics GT 2000 Vs Gel-Venture

10mm
ASICS Gel-Trabuco 108mm
ASICS Gel-Sonoma 6 G-TX8mm
ASICS Trail Scout 210mm
ASICS Gel-Venture 8 MT10mm
ASICS Gel-Trabuco Terra8mm
ASICS Gel-Venture 8 AWL10mm
ASICS Fuji Lite 24mm
ASICS Gel-Fujitrabuco 88mm
ASICS Gel-FujiTrabuco Sky4mm
ASICS FujiTrabuco PRO6mm
ASICS GT-2000 9 Trail10mm
ASICS Gel-Trabuco 9 G-TX8mm
ASICS FujiTrabuco Lyte4mm

 

Brooks Heel Drop Chart

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop (mm)

Brooks Ghost 14

Brooks Ghost Vs Adrenaline

12mm

Brooks Launch 9

Brooks Hyperion Tempo Vs Launch

10mm

Brooks Hyperion Elite 3

Brooks Hyperion Tempo Vs Elite

8mm

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22

Brooks Adrenaline Vs Mizuno Wave Inspire

12mm

Brooks Launch GTS 9

Brooks Ravenna/Launch GTS Vs Launch

10mm

Brooks Levitate Stealthfit 5

Nike Pegasus Vs Brooks Levitate

8mm

Brooks Revel 5

Brooks Launch Vs Revel

8mm

Brooks Glycerin 19

Brooks Launch Vs Glycerin

Brooks Ghost vs Glycerin

10mm

Brooks Levitate 5

Brooks Launch Vs Levitate

8mm

Brooks Hyperion Tempo

Brooks Hyperion Tempo Vs New Balance Beacon

8mm

Brooks Levitate GTS 5

Brooks Bedlam/Levitate GTS vs Levitate

8mm
Brooks Addiction GTS 1512mm

Brooks Trace

Brooks Trace Vs Adrenaline

Brooks Ghost Vs Trace

12mm

Brooks Ricochet 3

Brooks Ghost vs Ricochet

8mm
Brooks Signal 310mm
Brooks Transmit 312mm

Brooks Glycerin GTS 19

Brooks Glycerin GTS Vs Ghost

10mm
Brooks Ariel ’2012mm

Brooks Beast ’20

Brooks Glycerin GTS Vs Beast

Brooks Beast Vs Asics Kayano

12mm

Brooks Dyad 11

Brooks Glycerin Vs Dyad

10mm
Brooks Range 210mm
Brooks Aurora-BL6mm
Brooks PureFlow 74mm
Brooks Anthem 58mm
Brooks Catamount6mm
Brooks Caldera 54mm

Brooks Cascadia 16

Brooks Glycerin Vs Cascadia

Brooks Ghost Vs Cascadia

8mm
Brooks Divide 28mm
Brooks Cascadia 16 GTX8mm
Brooks Addiction V-Strap 212mm

Brooks Addiction Walker 2

Brooks Beast vs Brooks Addiction

12mm
Brooks Addiction Walker Suede12mm

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New Balance Heel Drop Chart

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop (mm)

New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v12

New Balance 1080v12 Vs 1080v11: What Changed?

8mm

New Balance Fresh Foam X 880v12

New Balance 880 vs Arishi

New Balance 1080 Vs New Balance 880

10mm

New Balance Fresh Foam X 860v12

New Balance 880 Vs 860

10mm
New Balance Fresh Foam X Vongo v58mm
New Balance MADE in USA 990v5 Core12mm
New Balance Fresh Foam Roav v28mm
New Balance Fresh Foam Cruzv1 Reissue8mm
New Balance 840v512mm
New Balance Fresh Foam X More Trail v24mm

New Balance 1540v3

Brooks Beast Vs New Balance 1540

10mm
New Balance Fresh Foam More v34mm
New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v68mm
New Balance Fresh Foam Roav Decon8mm
New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi Trail GTX8mm

New Balance Fresh Foam Arishi v3

New Balance Arishi Vs 1080

8mm
New Balance Fresh Foam X Tempo v26mm
New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro v6 GTX8mm
New Balance FuelCell Propel v36mm

New Balance Fresh Foam 680v7

New Balance 680 Vs 880 Compared

10mm
New Balance Lerato10mm
New Balance Made in USA 990v5 Vegan Friendly12mm
New Balance FuelCell Rebel v26mm
New Balance Fresh Foam 880v11 GTX12mm

New Balance Fresh Foam Beacon v3

Brooks Hyperion Tempo Vs New Balance Beacon V3

6mm
New Balance FuelCell Prism v26mm
New Balance 940v412mm
New Balance x Aries Fresh Foam 1080v1110mm
New Balance x District Vision FuelCell RC Elite v28mm
New Balance DynaSoft Nitrel v48mm

New Balance Made in USA 990v5

New Balance 880 vs 990

12mm
New Balance DynaSoft Beaya6mm
New Balance Ralaxa v24mm
New Balance Beaya Slip On6mm

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Nike Heel Drop Chart

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop (mm)

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39

Asics Gel Kayano Vs Nike Pegasus

10mm
Nike ZoomX Streakfly6mm
Nike ZoomX Invincible Run Flyknit 29mm
Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit 39mm
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 28mm
Nike Zoom Fly 48mm
Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% Flyknit4mm
Nike Air Zoom Rival Fly 38mm
Nike React Escape Run 29mm
Nike Flex Experience Run 11 Next Nature8mm

Nike Air Winflo 9

Nike Pegasus vs Nike Winflo

10mm
Nike Revolution 6 Next Nature9mm
Nike Renew Serenity Run9mm
Nike Downshifter 1110mm
Nike Zoom Fly 4 Premium8mm
Nike Free Run 5.08mm
Nike Flex Experience Run 1010mm
Nike Revolution 510mm

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 16

Brooks Ghost Vs Nike Vomero

10mm
Nike Winflo 8 Premium10mm
Nike Renew Run 39mm
Nike Quest 510mm
Nike Escape Run Flyknit8mm
Nike Air Zoom Pegasus FlyEase By You10mm
Nike React Miler 310mm
Nike Wildhorse 78mm
Nike Pegasus Trail 310mm
Nike Zoom Alphafly Next Nature4mm
Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 28mm
Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 86mm
Nike Renew Run 3 Premium9mm
Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT%10mm
Nike Pegasus Trail 3 GORE-TEX10mm
Nike Revolution 6 FlyEase Next Nature9mm
Nike Zoom Winflo 8 Shield10mm
Nike Juniper Trail8mm
Nike Renew Ride 39mm

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Adidas Heel Drop Chart

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop (mm)
Adidas SL20.3 TINMAN ELITE SHOES8mm
Adidas ADIZERO TAKUMI SEN 8 TINMAN ELITE SHOES6mm
Adidas ADIZERO AVANTI TYO TINMAN ELITE SHOES5mm
Adidas ADIZERO X ALLBIRDS 2.94 KG CO2E9.5mm
ADIDAS 4D FWD X PARLEY SHOES11mm
ADIDAS ULTRABOOST 22 SHOES

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10mm
ADIDAS SUPERNOVA+ CLIMACOOL SHOES10mm
ADIDAS SUPERNOVA+ SHOES10mm
ADIDAS ADISTAR SHOES6mm
ADIDAS ULTRABOOST WEB DNA SHOES10mm
ADIDAS ULTRABOOST 22 HEAT.RDY SHOES10mm
ADIDAS PARLEY X ULTRABOOST 22 SHOES10mm
ADIDAS TERREX AGRAVIC FLOW 2.0 GORE-TEX TRAIL RUNNING SHOES8mm
ADIDAS PUREBOOST 22 SHOES10mm
ADIDAS ULTRABOOST COLD.RDY LAB SHOES10mm
ADIDAS QUESTAR FLOW NXT SHOES5mm
ADIDAS ULTRABOOST 4.0 DNA SHOES10mm
ADIDAS RESPONSE SHOES10mm
ADIDAS QUESTAR SHOES10mm
ADIDAS RACER TR21 SHOES10mm
ADIDAS FLUIDFLOW 2.0 SHOES10mm
ADIDAS 4D SHOES11mm
ADIDAS ULTRABOOST 1.0 DNA SHOES10mm
ADIDAS RUNFALCON 2.0 SHOES10mm
ADIDAS EQ21 RUN SHOES10.5mm
ADIDAS DURAMO 10 SHOES9.5mm
ADIDAS RUNFALCON 2.0 TR SHOES10mm
ADIDAS ULTRA 4D SHOES8.5mm
ADIDAS ULTRABOOST CLIMACOOL 2 DNA SHOES – FLOW PACK10mm
ADIDAS KAPTIR 2.0 SHOES7mm
ADIDAS 4DFWD PULSE SHOES11.3mm
ADIDAS ULTRABOOST 5.0 DNA SHOES10mm
ADIDAS X9000L2 SHOES8mm
ADIDAS ULTRABOOST CLIMACOOL 2 DNA SHOES10mm
ADIDAS ULTRABOOST 21 GTX SHOES10mm
ADIDAS RACER TR21 X LEGO® SHOES10mm
ADIDAS SUPERNOVA SHOES10mm
ADIDAS TERREX SOULSTRIDE TRAIL RUNNING SHOES10mm
ADIDAS ADIZERO PRIME X SHOES8.5mm
ADIDAS SOLARGLIDE 4 SHOES

Adidas Solar Boost vs Solar Glide

10mm
ADIDAS ADIZERO ADIOS 6 SHOES8mm
ADIDAS SL20.2 SHOES10mm
ADIDAS SOLARBOOST 3 TOKYO SHOES

Nike Pegasus Vs Adidas Solar Boost

10mm
ADIDAS EQ19 RUN SHOES10mm
ADIDAS ULTRABOOST MADE TO BE REMADE SHOES10mm
ADIDAS FUTURECRAFT 4D SHOES8.5mm
ADIDAS RESPONSE SUPER 2.0 SHOES10mm
ADIDAS SOLARGLIDE 4 GORE-TEX SHOES10mm
ADIDAS ADIZERO ADIOS PRO 2.0 SHOES10mm
ADIDAS SOLARGLIDE 4 ST SHOES10mm
ADIDAS ADIZERO TAKUMI SEN 8 SHOES6mm

Hoka One One Heel Drop Chart

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop (mm)
Hoka Carbon X35mm
Hoka Mach Supersonic5mm

Hoka Gaviota 4

Hoka Gaviota Vs Arahi

5mm

Hoka Clifton 8

Asics Gel Kayano Vs Hoka Clifton

Brooks Adrenaline Vs Hoka Clifton

5mm

Hoka Bondi 7

Brooks Adrenaline Vs Hoka Bondi

4mm

Hoka Arahi 6

Asics Gel Kayano Vs Hoka Arahi

5mm
Hoka Rincon 35mm

Hoka Clifton L Suede

Brooks Ghost Vs Hoka Clifton

5mm

Hoka Mach 4

Hoka Mach Vs Arahi

Hoka Mach Vs Bondi

5mm
Hoka Clifton EDGE5mm
Hoka Kawana5mm
Hoka Clifton L Embroidery5mm

Hoka Clifton L

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5mm
Hoka Bondi L Embroidery4mm
Hoka Rocket X5mm

Hoka Bondi L

Hoka Bondi Vs Clifton Compared

4mm
Hoka Bondi X5mm
Hoka Bondi Sr6mm
Hoka Elevon 25mm
Hoka Clifton Edge Geometric5mm
Hoka Speedgoat 54mm
Hoka Anacapa Low GORE-TEX6mm
Hoka Stinson Atr 65mm
Hoka Kaha Low GORE-TEX6mm
Hoka Speedgoat 4 GORE-TEX4mm
Hoka Mafate Speed 34mm
Hoka Zinal5mm
Hoka Torrent 25mm
Hoka TenNine4mm
Hoka X Bodega Kaha Low GTX6mm
Hoka EVO Jawz3mm
Hoka Challenger ATR 65mm

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Mizuno Heel-To-Toe Drop Chart

Saucony Heel-To-Toe Drop Chart

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop (mm)
Saucony XODUS 114mm
Saucony Kinvara 13

Brooks Hyperion Tempo Vs Saucony Kinvara Compared

4mm
Saucony Endorphin Speed 2

Brooks Ghost Vs Saucony Endorphin Speed Compared

8mm
Saucony Peregrine 11 GTX4mm
Saucony Triumph 19

Saucony Triumph Vs Guide Compared

8mm
Saucony Echelon 8

Saucony Echelon Vs Triumph Compared

8mm
Saucony Shanghai Endorphin Speed8mm
Saucony Excursion TR15 GTX8mm
Saucony Endorphin PRO+8mm
Saucony Excursion TR158mm
Saucony VIZIPRO Endorphin Speed 28mm
Saucony Peregrine 124mm
Saucony Omni 208mm
Saucony Endorphin PRO 2

Brooks Hyperion Elite Vs Saucony Endorphin Pro Compared

8mm
Saucony Switchback 24mm
Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 Reflexion8mm
Saucony Hurricane 23

Brooks Adrenaline Vs Saucony Hurricane Compared

8mm
Saucony Endorphin Shift 2

Saucony Endorphin Shift Vs Kinvara Compared

4mm
Saucony Guide 15

Saucony Guide Vs New Balance 860 Compared

Saucony Guide Vs Brooks Ghost

8mm
Saucony Peregrine 12 ST4mm
Saucony VIZIPRO Omni 208mm
Saucony Fastwitch 94mm
Saucony VIZIPRO Endorphin Shift 24mm
Saucony Endorphin Speed 2 RUNSHEILD8mm
Saucony Banner Ride 15

Brooks Ghost Vs Saucony Ride Compared

Saucony Ride Vs Brooks Launch Compared

8mm
Saucony Peregrine ICE+4mm
Saucony Banner Guide 158mm
Saucony Endorphin Shift 2 Reflexion4mm
Saucony Type A94mm
Saucony Canyon TR 28mm
Saucony Cohesion TR1512mm

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Altra Heel-To-Toe Drop Chart

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop
Altra Timp 40mm
Altra Mont Blanc0mm
Altra X Reigning Champ Olympus 40mm
Altra Lone Peak 60mm
Altra Superior 50mm
Altra LP Alpine0mm
Altra Lone Peak Hiker0mm
Altra Lone Peak All-WTHR Low0mm
Altra Lone Peak All-WTHR Mid0mm
Altra Olympus 40mm
Altra Youth Lone Peak0mm
Altra Escalante 3

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0mm
Altra Vanish Carbon0mm
Altra Rivera 20mm
Altra Solstice XT 20mm
Altra Provision 60mm
Altra Torin 5 Luxe0mm
Altra Paradigm 60mm
Altra Torin 5

Brooks Ghost Vs Altra Torin Compared

0mm
Altra Escalante Racer0mm
Altra Youth Kokiri0mm

ON Running Heel Drop

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop
ON Cloudstratus6mm
ON Cloudrunner9mm
ON Cloudmonster6mm
ON Cloudflow9mm
ON Cloudflyer9mm
ON Cloudswift6mm
ON Cloudboom Echo9mm
ON Cloudflyer Waterproof9mm
ON Cloudsurfer 611mm
ON Cloudace9mm
ON Cloudboom9mm
ON Cloudflash5mm
ON Cloudvista7mm
ON Cloudultra8mm
ON Cloudventure6mm
ON Cloudventure Waterproof6mm
ON Cloudventure Peak4mm
ON Cloudultra Nite8mm

Skechers Heel-To-Toe Drop

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop
Skechers Max Cushioning Elite6mm
Skechers GORun Swirl Tech6mm
Skechers Max Cushioning Arch Fit6mm
Skechers Max Cushioning Arch Fit – Fast Dash6mm
Skechers Max Cushioning Delta6mm
Skechers Max Cushioning Elite Trail6mm
Skechers GORun Arch Fit6mm
Skechers GORun Ride 106mm
Skechers GO RUN Glide-Step Flex – Skylar6mm
Skechers GO RUN Glide-Step Flex – Zula6mm
Skechers GORun Speed Elite Hyper4mm
Skechers GO RUN Speed Freek4mm
Skechers GO RUN Razor Excess 24mm
Skechers GOrun Razor Trail4mm
Skechers GORun Pure 36mm
Skechers GO Run 8 – Bionic4mm
Skechers GORun Ride Flow6mm
Skechers Go Run Supersonic – Apex6mm
Skechers GO RUN Balance 26mm
Skechers GORun Elevate – Hot Streak9mm
Skechers GORun Elevate9mm
Skechers GORun Pulse – Bold Venture9mm
Skechers GO RUN Adventure – Pathways9mm
Skechers GORun Trail Altitude – New Adventure9mm
Skechers GO RUN Consistent – Lunar Night6mm
Skechers Go RUN Consistent – Intensify-X6mm
Skechers GOrun Consistent – Long Stride6mm
Skechers GORun Consistent6mm
Skechers GO Run Fast – Unbreakable4mm

Newton Heel Drop Chart

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop
Newton Gravity 113mm
Newton Distance 112mm
Newton Fate 74.5mm
Newton Gravity+3mm
Newton Gravity All-Weather3mm
Newton BOCO AT 63mm
Newton Fusion6mm
Newton Blue Fusion6mm
Newton Catalyst SE6mm
Newton Colorado Special Edition6mm
Newton Distance Elite2mm
Newton Motion 113mm
Newton Distance S 112mm
Newton Kismet 74.5mm
Newton Lady Isaac S3mm
Newton CU Buffalo Special Edition6mm

Under Armour Heel Drop Chart

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop
Under Armour UA HOVR™ Phantom 2 IntelliKnit9mm
Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind 28mm
Under Armour HOVR™ Machina Off-Road8mm
Under Armour Flow Velociti Wind 2 Daylight8mm
Under Armour HOVR™ Machina 2 SE8mm
Under Armour Charged Assert 910mm
Under Armour HOVR Sonic 5 OPS8mm
Under Armour HOVR™ Sonic 58mm
Under Armour Charged Bandit Trail 28mm
Under Armour Charged Assert 9 Camo10mm
Under Armour Flow Velociti SE8mm
Under Armour Charged Rogue 38mm
Under Armour HOVR™ Infinite 38mm
Under Armour Charged Pursuit 38mm
Under Armour Charged Vantage 28mm
Under Armour Charged Assert 9 Marble10mm
Under Armour Runplay8mm
Under Armour HOVR™ Guardian 38mm
Under Armour Charged Impulse 28mm
Under Armour Flow Velociti SE Beijing8mm
Under Armour HOVR™ Mega 2 Clone8mm
Under Armour Charged Pursuit 3 Twist8mm
Under Armour Charged Breeze8mm
Under Armour HOVR™ Sonic 4 Reflect Camo8mm
Under Armour HOVR™ Sonic 4 Team8mm
Under Armour Micro G® Pursuit BP8mm

Salomon Heel Drop Chart

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop
SALOMON SPEEDCROSS 510mm
SALOMON SNOWSPIKE CLIMASALOMON™ WATERPROOF10mm
SALOMON S/LAB CROSS 24mm
SALOMON S/LAB ULTRA 38mm
SALOMON S/LAB PULSAR6mm
SALOMON SENSE RIDE 4 GORE-TEX INVISIBLE FIT8mm
SALOMON SPEEDCROSS 5 GORE-TEX10mm
SALOMON XA PRO 3D v8 GORE-TEX11mm
SALOMON ULTRA GLIDE6mm
SALOMON SENSE RIDE 48mm
SALOMON HYPULSE8.5mm
SALOMON XA WILD11mm
SALOMON ULTRA W /PRO8mm
SALOMON SUPERCROSS 3 GORE-TEX10mm
SALOMON S/LAB SENSE 84mm
SALOMON PULSAR TRAIL PRO FOR CIELE
SALOMON WILDCROSS 2 GORE-TEX8mm
SALOMON CROSS PRO 28mm
SALOMON XA PRO 3D v811mm
SALOMON SUPERCROSS 310mm
SALOMON SPEEDCROSS 5 RACING PACK10mm
SALOMON TRAILSTER 210mm
SALOMON XA COLLIDER 210mm
SALOMON MADCROSS GORE-TEX8mm
SALOMON ALPHACROSS 310mm
SALOMON MADCROSS8mm
SALOMON XA COLLIDER 2 GORE-TEX10mm
SALOMON INDEX.019mm
SALOMON S/LAB PHANTASM6mm
SALOMON PHANTASM9mm
SALOMON PREDICT 28mm
SALOMON SONIC 5 BALANCE8mm
SALOMON PREDICT SOC 28mm
SALOMON SONIC 4 Accelerate6mm
SALOMON PREDICT SOC W8mm
SALOMON PREDICT MOD8mm
SALOMON SONIC 4 Confidence10mm
SALOMON PHANTASM FOR CIELE9mm
SALOMON SONIC 4 GORE-TEX8mm

Reebok Heel Drop Chart

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop
Reebok Energen Plus9mm
Reebok Floatride Energy Symmetros9mm
Reebok Floatride Energy Daily9mm
Reebok National Geographic Floatride Energy Grow9mm
Reebok Floatride Energy 49mm
Reebok Floatride Energy 3 Adventure9mm
Reebok Endless Road 37mm
Reebok ZigWild Trail 64mm
Reebok Lite 39mm
Reebok Floatride Energy X6mm
Reebok Floatride Energy Grow9mm

Puma Heel Drop Chart

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop
Puma Deviate NITRO ELITE8mm
Puma Velocity NITRO 210mm
Puma Deviate NITRO8mm
Puma Voyage Nitro8mm
Puma Liberate NITRO8mm
Puma Electrify Nitro8mm
Puma Magnify Nitro9mm
Puma Eternity NITRO7mm

Merrell Heel Drop Chart

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop
Merrell Antora 28mm
Merrell Antora 2 GORE-TEX®8mm
Merrell Antora 2 Eco Dye8mm
Merrell Moab Flight10mm
Merrell Moab Flight Eco Dye10mm
Merrell Trail Glove 6 Eco0mm
Merrell Vapor Glove 50mm
Merrell Moab Flight Night Sky10mm
Merrell Agility Peak 46mm
Merrell Rubato0mm
Merrell Antora 2 X See America8mm
Merrell MQM Flex 2 GORE-TEX®9mm

Topo Athletic Heel Drop

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop
Topo Athletic MAGNIFLY 40mm
Topo Athletic Topo ST-40mm
Topo Athletic FLI-LYTE 43mm
Topo Athletic PHANTOM 25mm
Topo Athletic CYCLONE5mm
Topo Athletic ULTRAFLY 35mm
Topo Athletic RUNVENTURE 40mm
Topo Athletic MT-43mm
Topo Athletic TERRAVENTURE 33mm
Topo Athletic MTN RACER 25mm
Topo Athletic ULTRAVENTURE 25mm
Topo Athletic ULTRAVENTURE PRO5mm

La Sportiva Heel Drop

Running Shoe NameHeel-To-Toe Drop
La Sportiva ULTRA RAPTOR II GTX12mm
La Sportiva ULTRA RAPTOR II9mm
La Sportiva AKASHA II6mm
La Sportiva JACKAL7mm
La Sportiva BUSHIDO II GTX6mm
La Sportiva BUSHIDO II6mm
La Sportiva KAPTIVA6mm
La Sportiva JACKAL GTX7mm
La Sportiva HELIOS III4mm
La Sportiva WILDCAT12mm
La Sportiva CYKLON8mm
La Sportiva KARACAL7mm
La Sportiva MUTANT10mm
La Sportiva AKYRA GTX9mm
La Sportiva WILDCAT 2.0 GTX12mm
La Sportiva BLIZZARD GTX6mm

The heel drop that keeps you comfortable throughout your session is best for you. If you are a beginner go with mid drop and as you progress, experiment with it.

Reading so much about heel drop may be confusing, especially if you are a beginner. If you are a beginner I would suggest that you start with a mid drop running shoe, with a drop of 5mm to 8mm.

Once you get comfortable with this, start experimenting with the different running shoes. Below I’ve elaborated some of the details about these shoes, let’s find out…

References

Malisoux, Laurent & Chambon, Nicolas & Urhausen, Axel & Theisen, Daniel. (2017). IS SHOE DROP A KEY FACTOR FOR INJURY PREVENTION IN RUNNING? PART 1: AN RCT ON INJURY RISK. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 51. 10.1136/bjsports-2016-097372.183.

Edward C. Frederick, Nicholas Slavtcheff, Thorsten Sterzing & Joshua Isherwood (2021) A method for reliable measurement of heel-to-toe offset in sports footwear, Footwear Science, 13:sup1, S29-S30, DOI: 10.1080/19424280.2021.1916620

Pan, Jun-Xiang, et al. “Influence of Arch-Support Orthoses with Heel Lift Manipulation on Joint Moments and Forefoot Mechanics in Running.” Applied Sciences 11.4 (2021): 1613.

Gijon-Nogueron, Gabriel, Francisco Jose Soler-Crespo, Raquel Sanchez-Rodriguez, David Cabello-Marique, Eva Lopezosa-Reca, and Ana Belen Ortega-Avila. “Influence of speed and heel-to-toe drop in running shoes for female recreational runners: A cross-sectional study.” Medicine 98, no. 19 (2019).

The effect of the heel-to-toe dRichert, Florian C., Thorsten Stein, Steffen Ringhof, and Bernd J. Stetter. “The effect of the heel-to-toe drop of standard running shoes on lower limb biomechanics.” Footwear Science 11, no. 3 (2019): 161-170.

Malisoux, L., Chambon, N., Urhausen, A., & Theisen, D. (2016). Influence of the heel-to-toe drop of standard cushioned running shoes on injury risk in leisure-time runners: a randomized controlled trial with 6-month follow-upThe American journal of sports medicine44(11), 2933-2940.

Malisoux L, Gette P, Chambon N, Urhausen A, Theisen D. Adaptation of running pattern to the drop of standard cushioned shoes: A randomised controlled trial with a 6-month follow-up. Journal of science and medicine in sport. 2017 Aug 1;20(8):734-9.

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