6 Sneaker Brands You’ll Love That Aren’t Nike

When it comes to sneaker brands, we all know the tried and true classics like Nike, Adidas and Pumas. But there are tons of other companies out there that also make great running shoes. 

To that end, we rounded up six brands that you probably haven’t heard of, to help get you out of your comfort zone. These companies make be lesser known, but they’re equally as awesome. 

1. Karhu 

Courtesy of Karhu

Women’s Fluid3 Fulcrum-Deep Sea, $49; Women’s Flow Tri Fulcrum, $49; Women’s Flow Trail Fulcrum, $47 


Karhu is a Finnish brand that was started in 1916. The brand uses fulcrum technology that helps you move forward more efficiently. Oh and they also look pretty dope, too. 

2. Rykä

Courtesy of Ryka

Women’s Achieve Training Shoe, $69; Women’s Dynamic 2 Training Shoe, $74; Women’s Vida RZX Training Shoe, $74

Rykä offers athletic footwear, designed exclusively for women. With women’s bodies (and feet) in mind, you can rest assured that you’re getting a product that is right for your needs.  

3. Brooks 

Courtesy of Brooks

Ravenna 7, $120; Mach 17 Spikeless, $90; Cascadia 11, $120 

Ask any runner, and they will tell you that Brooks are the best. Their technology (which includes ballistic rock shields and 3D hex lugs) helps deliver an incredible shoe, and they’re headquartered in America. 

Courtesy of Zoot Sports

Makai, $135; Laguna, $115; Solana 2, $100

Founded in Kona, Hawaii, the home of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship, Zoot Sports specializes in triathlon shoes, but also offers great options for general training and fitness. 

5. The North Face

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Courtesy of Saucony

Tokyo Kinvara 7, $120; Hurricane Iso 2 Wide, $160; Kinvara 6, $75

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