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

Darn Tough Men's Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh

rated 5 of 5 stars One of the best performing socks I've ever worn. I have really sweaty and hot feet. These not only keep my feet cool and dry they are comfortable. They fit well where they need to. Even though they are $13+ a pair, the life time warranty really make it worth it. I buy one pair a month. Eventually I'll never have to buy socks again. I use this specific model for running, everyday, and work. I work 12hrs + a day and they hold up. Full review

Salomon Men's Speedcross 3 GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is my new favorite trail running/light hiking shoe. It is extremely lightweight, has perfect flex in the sole, and provides plenty of support. The Gore-tex makes them that much better. My only gripe is that the traction does not seem like it will last very long. The shoe fits great. The lacing system makes it easy to adjust to your foot.  I haven't met many people that can't fit into Salomon shoes unless they have very wide or very narrow feet.  The shoes were comfortable right off the shelf. Full review

Altra Men's Olympus

rated 4.5 of 5 stars For zero drop fans, this is a fantastic shoe for long, grinding runs or when you need some recovery cush. I've taken this shoe through mud, rocks, roots and it has held up great. I've also taken it out for extended road runs when the legs felt like they needed some added cushioning. An interesting take on a low drop shoe. At first I wasn't sure if I would like such a "maximalist" shoe. I've been a low profile, low drop fan for years. The Olympus pulls together the natural foot design and zero drop… Full review

Brooks Men's Cascadia 8

rated 5 of 5 stars Great all around trail shoe, grip is fantastic and the fit and stability are superb! My favorite trail shoes to date! Comfortable and long lasting, with great grip, stability, and cushioning. Full review

Vasque ShapeShifter Ultra

rated 2 of 5 stars The Vasque Shapeshifter is a heavily padded running shoe that attempts to buck the trend of minimalist footwear. It comes up unsuccessful however, mostly due to a sloppy high volume, wide fit coupled with the choice to use the BOA lacing system. The positives were the surprising responsiveness and the traction on a variety of surfaces. They are also reasonably lightweight for a shoe with this much padding. They are best for someone with wide feet looking for a heavily padded cushioned ride. In my… Full review

Brooks Men's Cascadia 8

rated 5 of 5 stars Great shoes. I use them for hiking not just trail running. Sturdy, lightweight, and dry fast. Great for those who don't need a whole lot of ankle support and like being light on their feet. These shoes fit great and are super comfortable on a decent amount of miles. I like to hike in these rather than standard hiking shoes. They dry fast so I don't worry too much when crossing streams and they feel good because they are much lighter than hiking boots.  Only after about 10 miles did I feel like… Full review

Darn Tough Team Micro Crew

rated 5 of 5 stars Hiking or running, these socks will keep your feet comfortable for miles and miles. Highly recommended! My wife got me these socks as a Valentine's Day gift...don't laugh, it was actually very thoughtful. I said I wanted to get more socks for hiking and such, and she found what turned out to be a great pair of socks for me. I've been wearing these socks for many different occasions since I got them. Everyday use during the winter, running, and for hiking. I've put probably 100 miles on them so far,… Full review

Montrail Men's Mountain Masochist

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I torture tested this shoe on the JMT for 150 miles over one 12k rock pile after another. Wear on the soles was noticeable, but they gave excellent slick rock traction. Forded three rivers, same story. They dried quickly and I never got one blister. The blister free factor was, by itself, a huge point. Cuts, abrasions, a partial peeling of the toecap and heel rubber, but everything held together until I could effect repairs. This trail is too much for a running shoe, but these held up as well as… Full review

Salomon Men's X-Scream

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A very good hybrid shoe. When I'm running my local trails, I have to run about a mile or so to get to a trailhead. That mile can be a pain when I'm wearing some of my heavier trail shoes. So, being a Salomon geek I had to go out and buy the X-Scream, if only because it was advertised as a hybrid shoe. I've now worn them several times on the trail and can say they perform as advertised—meaning they are comfortable on pavement and the tread grips well on the trail. That said, if you are running… 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 - $72
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
$8 - $17
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D Ultra
Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $116
Montrail Rockridge
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Montrail
Rockridge
Trail Running Shoe
$60
Salomon XA Pro 3D
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D
Trail Running Shoe
$71 - $130
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 - $43
New Balance MT10 Minimus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
New Balance
MT10 Minimus
Trail Running Shoe
$42 - $74
Salomon XR Mission
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon
XR Mission
Trail Running Shoe
$23 - $125
Salomon SpeedCross 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon
SpeedCross 3
Trail Running Shoe
$81 - $145
Scarpa Spark
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa
Spark
Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $119
Altra Lone Peak 1.5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Altra
Lone Peak 1.5
Trail Running Shoe
$80 - $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
$10 - $15
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock
CoolMesh II Quarter Sock
Running Sock
$11 - $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
$11 - $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
$38 - $110
Icebreaker Run Lite Mini Sock
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Icebreaker
Run Lite Mini Sock
Running Sock
$9
Merrell Mix Master Move
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Mix Master Move
Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $94
Salomon XA Pro 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro 2
Trail Running Shoe
$30 - $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
$65 - $87
New Balance 810
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
810
Trail Running Shoe
$63 - $84
DownUnders Purple
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DownUnders
Purple
Insole
$36
Salomon XA Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro
Trail Running Shoe
$38
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
$36 - $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
$36 - $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
$66 - $110
Vasque Velocity
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Vasque
Velocity
Trail Running Shoe
$52
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
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