Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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WeightMen: 11ozWomen: 9oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 8mmWomen: 8mm
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
Heel heightMen: 17mmWomen: 17mm
Forefoot heightMen: 9mmWomen: 9mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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81 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews
This is a really well-designed shoe that performs.
I have flat, wide feet with a tendency for posterior tibial tendonitis (PTT). My ankle flared up in these shoes after a few miles.
This shoe is a great all-rounder and may well be a perfect ‘one shoe’ purchase for anyone who is looking for something that can do many things well. It excels on dry trails and loose surfaces such as scree, stones, sand etc.
I had my doubts based on my first impression of the shoe, but after a 28 mile run, they performed quite well on a variety of terrain.
Updates to The North Face Ultra Endurance
- The Ultra Endurance is a trail running shoe with a stack height that starts high around the midfoot and lowers around the forefoot, allowing for a good ride. This design is aimed toward neutral pronators, and its purpose is to ensure a stable platform for landing and pushing off while running on uneven terrain. It is a simple and straightforward trainer with a rugged upper and sole that is built to deal with tough terrain and extreme running.
- The Vibram Megagrip outsole is designed to be reliable on any terrain and under any weather condition, but it performs especially well on wet surfaces. It has a lightweight finish, but not at the expense of foot protection.
The North Face Ultra Endurance size and fit
The shoe is a neutral, varied-terrain shoe that runs true to size. When worn, it is intended to feel light yet tough on the foot. It also possesses a toe room that satisfies both length and width, thus catering to all foot volumes. Width profiles available are D – Medium for men and B – Medium for women.
The Ultra Endurance uses a single-piece Vibram Megagrip outsole for a durable and sticky traction that can withstand any condition. Neither too soft or too rigid, it allows the shoe to provide comfort and a decent ride on long-distance trails without the loss of ground feel.
Featuring 5-mm multidirectional arrow-shaped lugs made of sticky rubber, the outsole delivers a grip suitable for upward and downward slopes. The outsole guarantees sure-footedness as the lugs allow a good grip on different surfaces such as mud, dirt, snow, and wet and dry rocks, and transitions well from wet to dry trail and back again.
With a stack height that runs high at the midfoot and low at the forefoot, there is an excellent underfoot protection resulting from a combination of good traction and stability.
Forefoot protection is promoted using the ESS Snake Plate™, a rock plate made from EVA that protects the foot against sharp rocks and impact. It provides a balance between foot protection and great underfoot feel.
The midsole of the Ultra Endurance is made of single-density, compression-molded EVA that brings adequate cushioning and a responsive ride.
At the back of the midsole is the Ultra Protect™ CRADLE™ that is a heel-stability technology aiming to support and cushion the foot. It is specially-engineered to absorb impact and promote an anatomically correct stride by supporting the perimeter of the heel. Resulting in a smoother heel-to-toe transition, this feature is especially appealing to heel strikers yet it’s beneficial to all types of runners.
The shoe also provides an Ortholite footbed that is breathable and shock-absorbing while providing comfort. With its neutral fit, runners can insert customized orthotic insoles if preferred.
The upper is a breathable mesh made of welded TPU that is reliable, durable, and protective. It holds the foot in place well during sidehill and downhill runs. With its lightweight and seamless finish, there is a reduced chance of rubbing, hot spots, or blisters.
The TPU suede overlays are structured so that rugged terrains are less challenging, while also being flexible to provide support as they wrap the foot snugly. The overlays strengthen the upper. They help protect the sides of the foot while ensuring that the mesh does not rip.
The toe cap is also made of TPU to provide substantial protection to the toes. It is reinforced so that the shoe can handle collisions with rocks, stones, and other debris without significant damage to the toes.
The inside of the collar in the upper consists of the FlashDry™ lining, which is a piece of fabric made to accelerate the removal of moisture from the skin and speed up drying. It does not add weight to the shoe and is designed to never wear out. The comfort level provided by FlashDry™ allows the runner to wear the shoe even without a sock.
There is a padded heel collar to hold the foot securely in place and a gusseted tongue to support the ankle while keeping debris from entering the shoe.