Average Cost of Running Shoes [8000+ Shoe Prices Analyzed]

Posted on 07 November, 2021 by Danny McLoughlin

We analyzed the MSRP (manufacturers suggested retail price) and lowest available prices of more than 8,000 shoes to understand the average cost of running shoes by category, brand, year, and more.

Top average running shoe price statistics for 2021:

  • The average MSRP price of a shoe in 2021 is $123.39 while the average available lowest price is $85.15. 
  • The cheapest running shoe was available for $19.80
  • The most expensive running shoe was available for $300.00
  • The average US adult labors for 11 hours at work in order to afford each running shoe they buy. 

The average price of running shoes by release year

  • The average MSRP price of a shoe in 2021 is $123.39 while the average available lowest price is $85.15. 
  • On average, shoes released in 2021 are 7.40% more expensive than the average price of shoes at $94

  • Shoes released in 2021, are 6.04% more expensive than those released in 2020
  • Shoes released in 2021, are 10.48% more expensive than those released in 2019

The average price of running shoes by arch support

  • Running shoes with motion control arch support are 17.38% more expensive than neutral running shoes
  • Stability running shoes are 10.23% more expensive than neutral running shoe

The average price of running shoes by pronation

  • Running shoes to compensate for overpronation are 8.82% more expensive than the average pair of running shoes
  • Running shoes to compensate for severe overpronation are 15.79% more expensive than the average pair of running shoes

The average price of running shoes by strike pattern

  • Running shoes with a forefoot or midfoot strike are 6.54% more expensive than the average pair of running shoes
  • Running shoes with a heel strike are 2.98% more expensive than the average pair of running shoes

The average price of running shoes by cushioning

  • Firm running shoes are 6.61% more expensive than the average pair of running shoes
  • Plush running shoes are only 0.84% more expensive than the average pair of running shoes

  • Popular brands vary wildly in their average lowest available price of shoes, with the least expensive option being an average of $93.65 and the most expensive costing an average of $179.17
  1. Apl - $300.00
  2. Arcteryx - $179.29
  3. On - $160.48
  4. Dynafit - $151.25
  5. Newton - $151.07
  6. Vivobarefoot - $147.14
  7. Mizuno - $147.03
  8. Hoka One - $144.14
  9. La Sportiva - $143.63
  10. Salomon - $143.51
  1. New Balance - $117.16
  2. Salming - $116.88
  3. Asics - $116.06
  4. Skechers - $114.94
  5. Vibram Fivefingers - $111.11
  6. Merrell - $109.57
  7. Xero Shoes - $104.00
  8. Under Armour - $101.53
  9. Puma - $98.60
  10. Reebok - $93.36

Average price of all 33 running shoe brands on RunRepeat

Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.