For those of you who consider such things, may we present to you an incomplete list of some of the footwear available on the Rogue Wall and their offsets. The offset, or differential, or drop, or ramp or whateverthe**** you want to call it, is the difference in millimeters between the height of the foam under the heel and under the forefoot. Each company measures a bit differently, and offset is not to be confused with stack height, which is the total height of all the stuff under your foot—outsole, midsole, insert. So stack height can be upwards of 10mm higher, if you’re looking at a really high end luxury shoe.
Just because a shoe has a lower offset doesn’t mean the shoe is going to be smoother, though that help a bit. We have several models in our quiver with higher offsets, and they are as smooth or smoother than shoes with lower offsets. For example, the Adios is 9mm, and it is way smoother that the Pure Flow, which is a full 5mm lower. Similarly, not all shoes with the same offset are going to feel the same. The Launch, the men’s Nimbus and the Dyad all come in at 10mm, yet feel way, way different. There are so many other variables to consider—weight, durometer (the firmness of the shoe), whether there is any proprietary drop in (superfluous) cushioning or midfoot truss, the fit of the shoe—that it won’t do you any good to buy a shoe just because it has a lower or higher offset. In the same way that we once chose shoes based on arch height and stuff like that.
Generally, we prefer lighter and lower. But you might not. You could be running in an Ariel with a rigid plastic orthotic and that might be the least amount of shoe you are comfortable with. So go with that. As a rule: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
All of this—these numbers that really don’t mean much in the end—is considerably less important if your body is strong and resilient. If you aren’t, ain’t no shoe in the world gonna do you a lick of good. Note, too, that these numbers are as determined not by the maker of the shoe, but by independent testing, so the numbers might vary from what you’ve seen.
K-Swiss Blade Foot
Mizuno EVO Cursoris (2013)
Brooks Pure Drift (2013)
Mizuno Wave Musha
Mizuno Wave Rider
Mizuno Wave Elixir
Brooks Racer ST
Check it: For those of you who fancy yourself a dedicated runner, a dedicated marathoner, who wants to find out what you’re made of, John coaches Team Rogue on T, Th mornings at 5:30.