• Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    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.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 10.8oz
    Women: 10.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    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 height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 16mm
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Men: Narrow, Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Jan 2017
  • Special editions
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85 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 70 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru

    It gives an incredible underfoot feel in the grip and aggressive lugs, and on normal days it keeps your feet feeling cool and comfortable.

  • 100 / 100 | Active Gear Review

    Providing an excellent ride, the Vertical supplies solid traction through dirt, mud, snow and even ice. Bottom line, these shoes are versatile, useful, and ready for any distance.

  • 91 / 100 | RunSociety

    TNF Ultra Vertical just proved itself to be a respectable technical trail running shoe. Without a doubt, this is my go-to shoe for trail running and even trail racing.

  • First look / Unboxing | Shop Zappos

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Updates to The North Face Ultra Vertical

  • The North Face Ultra Vertical is a trail running shoe that’s created for the neutral runner. It features a modern construction that veers away from the bulky façades that have taken over most trail shoes of today. The design, which now evokes the feel of a casual road shoe, allows the potential wearer to use the product for various purposes.
  • The sole unit makes use of various technologies which aim to deliver a well-rounded performance on the unpredictable terrains. A noticeably aggressive outsole helps in providing traction, ensuring surface control whenever it is needed.

The North Face Ultra Vertical size and fit

The North Face Ultra Vertical is true-to-size. It’s designed to follow the usual choices of runners when it comes to the length. Regarding width, the options are D – Medium and B – Medium for men and women, respectively. The semi-curved shape of this running shoe mimics the natural curve of the human foot.


The outsole unit of The North Face Ultra Vertical makes use of the Vibram® Megagrip, which is made up of a durable rubber compound. It shields the rest of the midsole from wear-and-tear while providing traction on the surfaces.

5mm gripping lugs pockmark the external surface. They face multiple directions. Their purpose is to heighten the surface grip, ensuring sure and confident traversals through the landscape.


The dual-density CRADLE™ GUIDE is a midsole construction that focuses on carrying the foot responsibly and leading it through the stride. The medial side has a firmer structure which helps in gearing the foot to the toe-off; the heel has a softer disposition, a helpful trait when it comes to impact attenuation.

The bottom layer of the platform features a soft EVA while the top has a firmer foam. They work together to provide a responsive yet stable underfoot experience.

An ESS Snake Plate is placed between the outsole and the midsole. The goal of this component is to protect the foot from pointy or aggressive debris and surfaces.

An Ortholite® footbed adds a bit more cushioning for the underfoot. Its anti-moisture and anti-microbial properties allow it to maintain a healthy and odor-free in-shoe environment.


The upper unit of The North Face Ultra Vertical utilizes an open mesh. It allows air to enter the foot-chamber, thereby ensuring a cool and dry running experience. Its outer layer has a protective tight-weave that acts as a shield against debris on the trails.

Stitched and printed overlays bolster the upper unit. They also help in securing the foot and keeping it in place.

Cables made of TPU are placed in a midfoot housing. Connected to the lacing system, they adjust with the tightening or loosening of the shoelaces, thus giving a customized fit.

The forefoot section is reinforced with a durable overlay. It prevents stone bruising during the running session.

The FlashDry™ collar lining is a quick-drying material that removes moisture easily, thereby bringing a dry and potentially comfortable coverage.