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.

Categories

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

Brands

Salomon
Inov-8
Darn Tough
Vibram
Superfeet
Brooks
Topo Athletic
Scarpa
Hoka
Adidas

Genders

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

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat

rated 4 of 5 stars A sturdy trail runner fit for lightweight backpacking. The outsole on this shoe is the best thing since the old Vibram soles on my heavy full-leather boots. They stick to every condition I've encountered on the Appalachian Trail (except for mossy wet rock, but everyone is going to break their neck on that stuff). Lightweight and breathable. If the shoe fits, wear it! After 15 years backpacking in heavy, full leather, boots, I finally decided to give a trail runner a try. I wish I had switched sooner. Full review

Adidas Women's Terrex Swift R GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars Feet stayed dry! Stomping through puddles and mud and snow, socks dry as a bone! I am wowed by these trail shoes in more ways than one. Adidas shoes in very bright turquoise and yellowFeet dry and surprisingly warm! I actually bought these shoes when I traded in my Merrell All out Blaze hiking shoes after 6 months. It was a day before a 4-night trip out in the Olympics. I needed a shoe, any shoe at that point because my arches were aching so badly from the Merrells. I spotted these and tried a… Full review

Inov-8 X-Talon 212

rated 5 of 5 stars My favorite trail running shoes. Also moonlight as my favorite grass volleyball shoes! Lightweight, great balance between proper foot bottom protection and feel, amazing traction. To top it off, they look good and are built to last. Inov-8 makes the best trail running shoes. Also make great fitness shoes, but this review is on the X-Talon 212. Always a great combination of feel and protection. Basically, enough so that you have a good tactile feel of what you're running on so that you can stay balanced,… Full review

Saucony Women's Peregrine 3

rated 5 of 5 stars The Saucony Peregrine 3 is the best trail shoe I've worn in 15 years! They have plenty of room in the toe box yet stay snug in the heel area. Their tread is tough enough for rocky trails, yet forgiving enough that I can also handle some stretches of pavement during runs. The traction is excellent — even in muddy areas. I wore these on a 10-mile trail run the first time out of the box and they felt great. There is plenty of arch support with comfortable cushion as well. The shoe is not designed… Full review

Saucony Women's Grid Excursion TR 2

rated 1.5 of 5 stars I am a nurse in the hospital doing 12-hour shifts. I was looking for a shoe to sometimes work in and take walks in. The shoe is lacking in the center, also it leans to the sides. Very uncomfortable. Only had 2 months, not satisfied. lLeans to the side, not enough support in the center of shoe. Full review

Salomon Men's XT Wings 3

rated 5 of 5 stars Highly structured stability trail runners with bombproof durability, good grip, and comfort. I'm on my 4th pair of this shoe, which was called the XT Wings. Fit: Salomon tends to run narrow but this fits reasonably true to my medium wide foot. The toebox is pleasingly wide and the heel cup is narrow, which I love. Comfort: Runs firm compared to most road shoes. I run on the road without issues. Close fit, helped by great speed laces. Not comfortable at all without socks. Support: Fantastic — this… Full review

Xero Shoes DIY 4mm Kit

rated 5 of 5 stars The closest thing you can get to nothing, without actually having nothing. A perfect shoe for marathons, ultra marathons, camp sandals, beach sandals, lounging, or trail running. The literal "do everything" sandal. Build your own here Note: Although my review is very honest, i am an Affiliate. If these minimal sandals do not work, there are many other styles and shapes for different purposes. All are built upon the same idea of the Huarache, however some are built with thicker souls, bells and whistles… Full review

Bridgedale Men's Bamboo Lo

rated 5 of 5 stars This sock is comfortable and regulates temperature for all day comfort. Durable and does not retain odor. One of my most favorite pairs of socks. I have several pair and am please with how durable they have been over the years. The fabric is soft and does not retain odor like similar all synthetic socks do. Best for everyday wear and with hiking boots in all types of temperatures and weather. My feet stay warm but not too warm and the sock has great cushion when hiking all day with a pack. They… Full review

Pearl Izumi Men's EM Trail M2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A very comfortable trail runner. Suitable for most off road running, but really shines on gravel road and softer trails. Great for a beginner looking for a cushy ride. Shoe runs a little small so sizing up isn't a bad idea (especially when it keeps your toes from hitting the box on downhills!). Almost a sock-like feel due to upper construction.  Very comfortable trail running shoe right out of the box, pretty much zero break-in time. Did get rocks and other debris in shoe, but it's a tradeoff from… Full review

Top-Rated Running Footwear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission Trail Running Shoe
$46 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Trail Running Shoe
$89 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion Running Sock
$13 - $18
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$85
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
$78 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Copper DMP Insole
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Blue Insole
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Roclite 295 Trail Running Shoe
$115
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245 Trail Running Shoe
$25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic Barefoot/Minimal Shoe
$75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Superfeet Green Insole
$45
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$67 - $99
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 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 9 Trail Running Shoe
$12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Topo Athletic MT Trail Running Shoe
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark Trail Running Shoe
$58 - $118
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hoka Mafate Speed Trail Running Shoe
$126 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR Barefoot/Minimal Shoe
$80 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX Trail Running Shoe
$90 - $135
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh Running Sock
$16 - $50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$102 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running Sock
$12
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 X-Talon 190 Trail Running Shoe
$125
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Experia Merino Wool/Silk - Thin Cushion Micro Mini-Crew Running Sock
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak Trail Running Shoe
$88
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Mindbender Trail Running Shoe
$115
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2 Trail Running Shoe
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Torin 2.0 Trail Running Shoe
$87 - $125
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Orange Insole
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DownUnders Purple Insole
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro Trail Running Shoe
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Tab Sock Running Sock
$8 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195 Trail Running Shoe
$93 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$50
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$110
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe
$98 - $145
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Mutant Trail Running Shoe
$130 - $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
$7 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Spark GTX Trail Running Shoe
$100 - $109
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 110 Barefoot/Minimal Shoe
$45
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.5 Trail Running Shoe
$84 - $119
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Xterra XT 1.0 Trail Running Shoe
$95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra Olympus Trail Running Shoe
$70
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail FluidFlex II Trail Running Shoe
$50 - $89
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia EVERlong Trail Running Shoe
$66
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Hoka Challenger ATR Trail Running Shoe
$90
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