RUNNERS HIGH ’N TRI, Arlington Heights, Ill.
1. Brooks Glycerin
2. Merrell Mixmaster
3. Brooks Adrenaline GTX
Top trend: “Not everyone [carries] Merrell, but we do quite well with it, and Brooks is cranking,” owner Mark Rouse said.
FLEET FEET HARTFORD, Hartford, Ct.
1(tie). Brooks Adrenaline and Glycerin
1(tie). New Balance 860 and 890
3. Nike Structure
Top trend: Runners are looking for “more efficient shoes for more efficient running,” according to Chaz Koch, events and floor manager.
BIG RIVER RUNNING CO., Manchester, Mo.
1. Mizuno Wave Rider for women, Brooks Ghost for men
2. Brooks Ghost for women and men
3. Brooks Adrenaline for women, Nike Structure for men
Top trend: “The minimalist category has really slowed down in last 6 months,” owner Matt Helbig said. It will always have a place on the wall and in store, but I think it’s peaked in terms of the average runner coming in, and more traditional [styles] are continuing to win back business.”