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
Topo Athletic
Scarpa
Hoka
The North Face
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

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

Inov-8 Men's F-Lite 195

rated 5 of 5 stars Great for fitness workouts, weightlifting, and good for running. Very comfortable pair of shoes, and extremely light (6.9 oz). It feels like you are training barefoot. Great stability for lifting weights. Full review

Injinji Performance Micro Sock

rated 5 of 5 stars After the weirdness wears off they are great. I bought shoes on clearance and they have issues with most socks; possibly why they were on clearance.  The seam across the toe on my running socks dig into my feet and it hurts.  The Injinji toe socks fixed this and made mediocre shoes into pretty darn good shoes.  I had resigned myself to just deal with the shoes hurting my feet till I received a free pair of Injinji socks recently from a major outdoor catalog company. I had no idea if they would… Full review

Mizuno Men's Wave Hitogami 2

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Light, responsive racing/fast training shoe with good transition. 9mm offset doesn't seem that high. Well designed and crafted with attention to detail and an upper, especially in the black/red color combo, that is a work of art. This is the most beautiful and artistic shoe from Mizuno since the late and lamented Wave Evo series. The upper is an absolute work of art, especially in the black/red color combo.   Same excellent performance as in the first Hitogami, with changes mainly in the upper… Full review

Vibram Men's FiveFingers TrekSport

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I purchased these as a bit of an impulse. I wanted something to protect my feet at a slippery boat launch, and as I live in a small town these ended up being the only option in the sport-sandal category. I probably wouldn't have considered these otherwise, as I always thought they were a bit of a gimmick. I was wrong.  The first thing about these is they're a bit hard to get on initially. Trying to get each toe to go into the right part of the shoe was trying (nearly impossible for my wife). After… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 1.5

rated 4 of 5 stars A great shoe for fastpacking with lots of toe space. I wore these shoes as thru hiking shoes. They were the most comfortable thing I'd put on my foot during the whole trail, especially after wearing the Merrell barefoot shoes for several hundred miles. I experienced zero blisters or foot issues in these shoes over about 500+ miles which was quickly reaching the life of the shoes. The uppers wear quickly and Altra is incredibly hard to get in contact with to warranty anything. They are NOT water… Full review

Top-Rated Running Footwear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission Trail Running Shoe
$30 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
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
$17 - $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
$44 - $54
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Blue Insole
$36 - $44
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245 Trail Running Shoe
$25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Superfeet Green Insole
$36 - $44
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)
Topo Athletic MT Trail Running Shoe
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark Trail Running Shoe
$50 - $118
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hoka Mafate Speed Trail Running Shoe
$90 - $125
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR Barefoot/Minimal Shoe
$60 - $120
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
$90 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running Sock
$12
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
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2 Trail Running Shoe
$42 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Torin 2.0 Trail Running Shoe
$125
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Orange Insole
$40 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DownUnders Purple Insole
$38
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
$68 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$40 - $49
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$88 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe
$91 - $145
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$120 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Mutant Trail Running Shoe
$100 - $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)
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
$100 - $120
 
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 - $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
$53 - $71
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia EVERlong Trail Running Shoe
$66
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Hoka Challenger ATR Trail Running Shoe
$104
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas adiZero XT Trail Running Shoe
$70
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
$77
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Lontra Barefoot/Minimal Shoe
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Saucony ProGrid Peregrine 2 Trail Running Shoe
$249
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