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.

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Categories

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

Brands

Salomon
Inov-8
Darn Tough
Vibram
The North Face
Superfeet
Hoka
Topo Athletic
Scarpa
WrightSock

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

The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars Tough trail runners, heavy but protective The North Face Ultra 109 GTX is a very solid, sturdy trail runner with Goretex water proofing.  On the heaviest end of the spectrum for a product sold as a running shoe, the thick sole and solid toe cap will protect your feet from any rocks or roots you might ramble over.  Traction is good on all surfaces.  For the hiker that is considering the switch from a hiking shoe or boot the NF Ultras would be a good shoe to test a transition.  Once on they do… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 2.5

rated 4 of 5 stars A lightweight running shoe fit for backpacking. The Lone Peak 2.5 came highly recommended to me by a fellow hiker as a lightweight, fast drying, comfortable trail shoe. After doing some additional research, Altra seemed to have some durability issues, but I took a chance.  After about 150 miles over three months, about half running on city trails and streets, and the other half backpacking in the Rockies and Ozarks, the toe cap on both shoes is peeling off.  The tread still looks almost new. I… Full review

L.A. Gear Trek

rated 4 of 5 stars If you are on a TIGHT budget, this shoe will fit and by fit I mean WIDE FIT for those in need as I am. Most comfortable shoe I've worn in years on the trail, around town, mowing the lawn, etc. I am relatively new to hiking and I know people are going to say L.A. Gear for hiking!! I liked these shoes so much after my first 6-day hike that I went back and bought 5 more pairs for the future. Some of you may be able to relate that as soon as you like a certain shoe and you go back to guy another. The… Full review

Under Armour Men's Verge Low Gore-Tex

rated 3 of 5 stars These shoes land solidly in the middle of the pack in the waterproof-breathable trail runner category. I have been using trail runners for almost all of my hiking now for over four years. I find the increased dexterity and reduced fatigue with lighter footwear to be a big endurance and safety benefit on the trail. I have even worn Gore-Tex trail runners to Camp Muir in the snow. I know some prefer the heirloom boot direction, but this is my way and I like it. I also trail run 12-18 miles per week… Full review

Hoka Men's Challenger ATR

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Hoka one one Meta-Rocker totally changed my training and hiking experience by relieving pain and neuropathy in my right foot. Super cushiony underfoot and a wide sole for stability. Excellent breathability. After hearing all the buzz about Hoka one one shoes on hiking forums I was pretty excited when I was offered a pair to test and review. While the Challenger ATR is a trail running shoe I have used it almost exclusively for gym training on the treadmill and hiking in my local Northern California… Full review

Adidas Terrex Boost

rated 3 of 5 stars The Adidas Terrex Boost trail running shoes are a well-made shoe for a narrow foot. They have a rugged lugged sole made of Continental tire rubber and have a unique midsole consisting of thousands of thermoplastic polyurethane balls for improved cushioning. Though I am not a competitive mountain runner, the Adidas Terrex Boost shoes were tested on local mountain trails. During several days of trail jogging and fast hiking the Terrex Boost were put to the test. Slipping the shoes on, the no-tie speed… Full review

Vasque Men's Ultra SST

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Comfort right out of the box. Light, fast and study enough for a long run. I love these shoes. I can wear them for short or long activities and am always comfortable. Good all around performance including traction and stability on off-camber terrain.  Full review

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

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

Top-Rated Running Footwear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission Trail Running Shoe
$46 - $110
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Trail Running Shoe
$81 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion Running Sock
$13 - $16
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
$48 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$84 - $120
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
$100
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
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Topo Athletic MT Trail Running Shoe
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark Trail Running Shoe
$40 - $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)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh Running Sock
$16 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running Sock
$9
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
$9 - $14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Mindbender Trail Running Shoe
$80
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
$62 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Orange Insole
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser Trail Running Shoe
$69 - $110
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
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195 Trail Running Shoe
$85 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$50
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$88 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe
$97 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$136
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST Trail Running Shoe
$51 - $135
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Mutant Trail Running Shoe
$108 - $134
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
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 110 Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$45
 
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
$152 - $189
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra Olympus Trail Running Shoe
$39
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XR Shift Trail Running Shoe
$80
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)
Altra Lone Peak 2.5 Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face Betasso Trail Running Shoe
$27
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon X-Scream Trail Running Shoe
$59 - $124
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