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
Vibram
Vasque
Inov-8
Brooks
Superfeet
Darn Tough
Montrail
New Balance
Scarpa

Genders

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

Price

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

Recent Running Footwear Reviews

Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These are my now go-to hiking and backpacking shoes that replaced my boots. It's also nice that they double as trail running shoes as needed. These are perfect for someone who wants to move fast on the trail but still wants the ankle support of a boot. I'd definitely recommend these if you are looking for a light fast and grippy shoe for all kinds of terrain. Just took these shoes on a cross-country backpacking trip, everything from climbing up and down talus, hike on unkept trails, through meadows,… Full review

CEP Women's Compression Running Sock

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A sock that speeds up recovery and keeps your legs/feet stable and feeling fresh during a long run. The first thing I noticed about CEP socks is how bold and bright the colors are. Luckily, there are black and white options for the more conservative dressers. I prefer the funky colors and have fun mixing and matching them. I'm wearing the bright blue CEP socks!  Getting them on Truthfully, ladies, these socks can be harder to put on than even the most noncompliant pair of pantyhose or spanx —… Full review

Topo Athletic Men's MT

rated 4 of 5 stars Light, minimalist trail runner that still provides a bit of support. Enough lug on the soles to provide pretty good off road traction, but not so much as to preclude use on sidewalk or paved surface. Surprisingly durable, I'd recommend these shoes for trail running or hiking with a lighter load, especially in drier climates. I think it is important to preface this review with an acknowledgement that I am really not the target audience for this shoe. A lifelong proponent of sturdy but heavy leather… Full review

Salomon Women's SpeedCross 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars If you are in the market for a shoe that can conquer technical trails and rough terrain, this is the shoe for you. I wouldn't recommend this shoe for those who are planning on running on mostly soft gravel, smooth trails. The tread is long lasting and keeps my feet comfortable for mid-range distances (up to 15 miles). Perfect for rocky climbs and downhills. Highly recommended for those adventure seekers who want aggressive tread for aggressive trails. Overview When I first saw the SpeedCross 3 shoes… Full review

Dynafit MS Feline Gore-Tex

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Tread like a buzzsaw and tears up the trails. I finally decided to get a new set of trail shoes since the old ones had been worn bald and were growing holy. I had no idea that Dynafit made running shoes but I am aware of their excellent ski bindings so I decided to give a pair a try.  Fit The first thing I noticed when slipping into the Feline is the way the cut out tongue allows the laces to be tightened without creating pressure where they tie. For some reason this has been a problem for me with… Full review

Thermo Soles Rechargeable Heated Insoles

rated 1 of 5 stars I have just bought the ones with control unfortunately. They are not for people with cold feet, so I have wasted my money which is very hard to come by. They do not make my feet any warmer or not so you would be aware of. Cold feet ruin everything I do and nothing seems to help. I have said all I need to say. My feet were freezing before and still are. I wish I had not wasted all that money and would NOT RECOMMEND BUYING THEM. It breaks my heart to waste money and get no benefit. Full review

New Balance 810v3

rated 3 of 5 stars Great tread, smaller than usual fit, started falling apart after four days. The 810 trail runner is a good shoe, except for a couple things. First of all, I felt it ran a little small, maybe a half size or more. The back of the foot seems to fit right, but the toe box seems significantly smaller than my other New Balance shoes. I normally wear two pairs of socks, but couldn't do it with these shoes, the toes were just too tight. Second, and most importantly, the right shoe started to come apart… Full review

Brooks Men's PureGrit 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars These spring 2014 Brooks trail runners are tough, yet relatively lightweight. With great bite on rough terrain, be careful on smoother surfaces, but when they grip, THEY GRIP! After around 120-130 miles, these are good trail runners that become very good when aftermarket insoles are added. Background I’ve gone through several trail runners over the years beginning with my time in high school running cross country. I won these Brooks PureGrit 3 (new for spring 2014) as the June Trailspace Reviewer… Full review

The North Face Men's Ultra Guide

rated 4 of 5 stars This shoe is a good trail running and longer distance day hike shoe with light daypacks. They are recommended, but may have durability issues, as they don't have Vibram soles like some other TNF trail shoes. These Ultra Guides are good for trail running and longer distance day hikes with light day packs. They offer good, aggressive tread for loose gravel, sand, and mud, yet still offer good wet/dry rock stability for a hiking shoe. My first hike in these was 11 miles through five peaks in western… Full review

Top-Rated Running Footwear

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Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
Trail Running Shoe
$83
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Vibram
FiveFingers KSO Trek
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$81
Vasque Blur
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque
Blur
Trail Running Shoe
$58
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Inov-8
X-Talon 212
Trail Running Shoe
$84 - $119
Vibram FiveFingers KSO
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram
FiveFingers KSO
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $62
Brooks Cascadia 8
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks
Cascadia 8
Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $84
Superfeet Blue
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet
Blue
Insole
$36 - $39
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Darn Tough
Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion
Running Sock
$6 - $17
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D Ultra
Trail Running Shoe
$95 - $96
Salomon XA Pro 3D
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D
Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $130
Montrail Rockridge
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Montrail
Rockridge
Trail Running Shoe
$60
Superfeet Green
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Superfeet
Green
Insole
$36 - $39
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram
FiveFingers Sprint
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $59
New Balance MT10 Minimus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
New Balance
MT10 Minimus
Trail Running Shoe
$75
Salomon XR Mission
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon
XR Mission
Trail Running Shoe
$29 - $139
Scarpa Spark
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa
Spark
Trail Running Shoe
$59 - $119
Altra Lone Peak 1.5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Altra
Lone Peak 1.5
Trail Running Shoe
$75 - $114
Montrail Sabino Trail
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montrail
Sabino Trail
Trail Running Shoe
$70
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough
Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh
Running Sock
$7 - $16
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock
CoolMesh II Quarter Sock
Running Sock
$20
Inov-8 X-Talon 190
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
X-Talon 190
Trail Running Shoe
$36 - $124
Sole Signature EV Ultra Moldable Footbed
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sole
Signature EV Ultra Moldable Footbed
Insole
$45
Thorlo Experia Merino Wool/Silk - Thin Cushion Micro Mini-Crew
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo
Experia Merino Wool/Silk - Thin Cushion Micro Mini-Crew
Running Sock
$15 - $17
Darn Tough Team Micro Crew
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough
Team Micro Crew
Running Sock
$17
TrekSta Evolution
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
TrekSta
Evolution
Trail Running Shoe
$75
Vasque Mindbender
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque
Mindbender
Trail Running Shoe
$54 - $110
Merrell Mix Master Move
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Mix Master Move
Trail Running Shoe
$50 - $94
Salomon XA Pro 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro 2
Trail Running Shoe
$27 - $64
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Trailroc 255
Trail Running Shoe
$42 - $119
Salomon Sense Mantra
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
Sense Mantra
Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $89
La Sportiva Crosslite
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva
Crosslite
Trail Running Shoe
$100
Superfeet Orange
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet
Orange
Insole
$40 - $45
Vasque Transistor FS
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque
Transistor FS
Trail Running Shoe
$74 - $79
New Balance MT20 Minimus
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
MT20 Minimus
Trail Running Shoe
$70
Salomon Fellraiser
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
Fellraiser
Trail Running Shoe
$71 - $110
New Balance 810
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
810
Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $84
DownUnders Purple
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DownUnders
Purple
Insole
$40
Salomon XA Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro
Trail Running Shoe
$38 - $54
WrightSock CoolMesh II Tab Sock
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock
CoolMesh II Tab Sock
Running Sock
$11
Inov-8 Roclite 295
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Roclite 295
Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $119
Superfeet Berry
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet
Berry
Insole
$40 - $45
Inov-8 Roclite 315
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Roclite 315
Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $90
Sole Softec Response
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sole
Softec Response
Insole
$45
Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Merrell
Barefoot Trail Glove
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $110
Vasque Velocity
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Vasque
Velocity
Trail Running Shoe
$56
Inov-8 Terroc 330
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Inov-8
Terroc 330
Trail Running Shoe
$90
Brooks Cascadia
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Brooks
Cascadia
Trail Running Shoe
$120
La Sportiva Wildcat
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva
Wildcat
Trail Running Shoe
$75 - $154
Salomon SpeedCross 3
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon
SpeedCross 3
Trail Running Shoe
$69 - $145
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Vibram
FiveFingers TrekSport
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$58 - $99
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