Best kind of shoes for running on rough terrain

2:15 a.m. on November 23, 2017 (EST)
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WHat is the best pair of shoes that I can grab for running on rough terrains? Whether Nike, Adidas or puma, I am willing to pay for a good quality pair.

8:35 a.m. on November 23, 2017 (EST)
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Look to trail runners, and while the brands you list might work you may have better luck away from the mass-market casual wear brands that you mention and looking instead at Altra, La Sportiva, Inov-8, Brooks, Salomon, etc.

But don't buy based on brand, buy based on fit. Go someplace like REI where you will find a good selection and try them on, walk around the store, etc.

9:58 a.m. on November 23, 2017 (EST)
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REI would be an excellent source;my store is well equipped with trail runners and the sales folk know their stuff.

10:58 a.m. on November 23, 2017 (EST)
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I'll put in a + for Inov-8. I have had a pair of X-Talon 8s and am now running in X-Talon 12s. They're really tough -- the soles wear out before the uppers start to crack or fall apart, unlike a lot of shoes I have used. And they bite well on both dirt and rock.

11:31 p.m. on November 26, 2017 (EST)
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Altra Lone Peak or Superiors

11:19 a.m. on November 30, 2017 (EST)
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above all, shoes that fit well.

second, shoes that lace tightly and stay that way. on uneven ground, i place a premium on feet not sliding around.

third, some sort of partial shank or protection from roots and stones underfoot

fourth, treads that do a better job gripping uneven surfaces.

a number of shoes check these boxes.  not only trail runners from the major running shoe companies, but also shoes from some hiking boot/outdoors sources like The North Face, Salomon, Treksta, etc.  

7:52 p.m. on December 5, 2017 (EST)
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I have a pair of New Balance Leadville V3 that I have been pretty happy with that you might take a look at.

December 15, 2017
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