Running Footwear

Find the best trail running shoes, including minimal and barefoot models, right here, thanks to independent reviews and ratings by real trail runners, endurance athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts. Don't forget the technical wicking running socks and compression socks.

For more top-rated outdoor footwear—including hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering boots, climbing shoes, and sport sandals—check out our full Footwear reviews and ratings for real-world user reviews.

Category

Trail Running Shoes
Barefoot / Minimal Shoes
Running Socks
Compression Socks
Insoles

Brands

Inov-8
Vasque
Darn Tough
Vibram
Salomon
The North Face
Superfeet
Hoka
Topo Athletic
Altra

User

Unisex
Men's
Women's
Kids'
Boys'
Girls'

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 and above

Recent Running Footwear Reviews

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 1 of 5 stars Poorly made. Not as advertised Pure garbage. Wore them for two bouldering sessions. The rubber nibs wore off quickly and I wore a hole in the fabric. So much for being durable and made of the strongest fiber. The company said they would be happy to exchange them, but first asked me to check the fit. What's the point if it already has a hole worn into it? Interesting idea but poorly executed. SAVE YOUR MONEY. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.  Full review

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 0.5 of 5 stars The company sent me the wrong size. I needed a size medium and they sent me a size large. I tried to work with the size but I'm pretty sure that it is not supposed to hurt my feet to wear these. I had to push so much fabric down in between my toes to get them to fit properly that it actually hurt my feet to wear these. They did not work right for rock climbing and they did not work well for jogging on the concrete when I encountered a very small patch of pebbles. It felt just like I had no protection… Full review

Sof Sole Airr Orthotic

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Insole was recommended to me through a friend, and I needed it for my son who was on his way to the army. The promotion said if you purchase $20 you will have your shipment in 24 hours. After my credit card was charged on June 26, 2017, got an email the next day stating: "I apologize in advance for this email. Unfortunately, one of the items on your recent order is currently on back order (we are awaiting the arrival of a shipment from the manufacturer), and we were unable to update our inventory… Full review

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 5 of 5 stars Outdoors socks made in Dyneema, which according to wiki is 8-15 times stronger than steel. Protects the feet from stings and cuts, while at the same time keeping them warm. I love running and doing outdoors stuff in these. They are very light (perhaps 50 grams each?) and versatile. I use them for running and forest walking, climbing etc now, but can see many other uses for them. For example next time I go sea kayaking I will bring them instead of ordinary shoes or sandals, as they dry quickly… Full review

Asics Gel-Venture 5 Trail

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Very good trail running shoe, particularly for the price. Managed to put in some good 15-mile long runs with no problem. Good traction, highly durable. Fit: Good, Asics always works well for my wider feet. Heel is a little loose, so I used an ankle lock. Comfort: OK, break-in period needed. Got some hot spots around my upper foot. Traction: Very good Durability: Fantastic, probably have 200-300 miles on these with few signs of wear (of course they are very dusty). Full review

Hoka Men's Challenger ATR 2

rated 5 of 5 stars The shoe is more comfortable than the ATR3s. Excellent cushioning especially for someone like me with Plantar Fasciitis. Enough room for good but not excessive toe splay and the mid foot and heel are snug enough to keep the foot snug and locked in. Initially, I had a weird sense of being to high up, but as I used the shoe more, my feet settled in nicely to the cushioning. I have several trail runners and it seems that I use this shoe more than the others. Good transition shoe too. I have plantar… Full review

Brooks Men's Cascadia 11

rated 5 of 5 stars These shoes serve as my day hikers and trainers. Great stability and traction with solid support. The fit is true to size and they are narrow in the heel, which is perfect for my foot. I run mountain trails to stay in hiking shape and was looking for a trail shoe with support and durability. I am very pleased with the narrow fit which prevents the shoe from slipping on my heels. The shoe is durably built and very stable on the trail which was key in my purchase decision.   The support may be part… Full review

Salomon Men's Speedcross 4

rated 5 of 5 stars Light, tough, comfortable. I have put over 500 miles on these in technical mountain terrain. Would not trade them for the world, except for a new pair. Full review

Drymax Maximum Protection Trail Running Sock

rated 5 of 5 stars Superb, all I can say. Bought three pair from the local sports shop and got one pair free. They are cool in winter and toes tingle slightly but no blisters, I wear them all day, approx 9 hours in running shoes. Feet don't smell. They wear very well with no sign of any wear after 10 months. I average approx 50km a week walking and 35km per week running—totals approx 4,000km for the year, testimony to itself. Comfy in running shoes in all weather conditions. Fit: Fit as noted on packaging. Comfort: Extremely… Full review

Top-Rated Running Footwear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Trail Running Shoe
$90 - $101
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Amp Trail Running Shoe
$130
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion Running Sock
$17 - $18
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$68 - $84
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
$42 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Copper DMP Insole
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Blue Insole
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Roclite 295 Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245 Trail Running Shoe
$17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$75 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Superfeet Green Insole
$45 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hoka Challenger ATR Trail Running Shoe
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hoka Mafate Speed Trail Running Shoe
$85
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Topo Athletic MT Trail Running Shoe
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Trail Running Shoe
$72 - $150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bridgedale Bamboo Lo Running Sock
$10
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark Trail Running Shoe
$58 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$96
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 2 Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $77
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh Running Sock
$16 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Response Boost Trail Running Shoe
$71 - $76
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running Sock
$7 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 910v2 Trail Running Shoe
$110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sole Signature EV Ultra Moldable Footbed Insole
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Experia Merino Wool/Silk - Thin Cushion Micro Mini-Crew Running Sock
$10 - $14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Mindbender Trail Running Shoe
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoe
$84 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brooks Cascadia 11 Trail Running Shoe
$72 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Sock Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Torin 2.0 Trail Running Shoe
$125
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser Trail Running Shoe
$41 - $76
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$14 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DownUnders Purple Insole
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Tab Sock Running Sock
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195 Trail Running Shoe
$67 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino No-Show Sock Mesh Running Sock
$15
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$55 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe
$78 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$112
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX Trail Running Shoe
$165
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST Trail Running Shoe
$102
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Mutant Trail Running Shoe
$87 - $135
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool PhD Running Ultra Light Micro Sock Running Sock
$8 - $15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Experia CoolMax - Thin Cushion Micro Mini-Crew Running Sock
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed Insole
$45
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Skechers GOtrail Ultra 3 Trail Running Shoe
$60
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