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.

Category

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

Brand

Vasque
Salomon
Inov-8
Darn Tough
Vibram
The North Face
Superfeet
Injinji
Altra
Hoka

User

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 Mutant

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A versatile shoe, that can be useful to both sky runners and lightweight treckers. Can be a good choice for whoever wants to be agile while hiking or looks for stability during a run in the mountains, providing a good balance between comfortability and grip. The Mutant by La Sportiva are low ankle shoes presenting themselves as a good compromise between stability and lightweight, thus being a good choice for who is looking to be a fast hikers or to have some more protection during runs in the mountains. Full review

New Balance Men's 806

rated 5 of 5 stars I can't tell you how many thousands of miles I have on these shoes. I've been running in them for at least 15 years and they're still holding up strong. I bought these shoes from Dunham Sports in Wonderland Mall, Livonia, Mi. I don't recall the exact year, but the mall officially closed in 2003 and I know there were still a bunch of stores up and running when I got them so I'll guess 1999 to 2001 maybe. I've run countless miles in these shoes every year since then, and while I don't run full marathons,… Full review

Altra Men's Superior 2.0

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Lightweight, comfortable, fast drying trail shoe with limited durability and support. Comfort and Support The Superior 2.0 is a very comfortable, lightweight, zero drop trail running shoe that I used for running, backpacking, and currently as a backup or water shoe. The fit is very comfortable. The wide toe box is standard in Altras and contributes to an out of the box comfort that I haven't found in any other variety of trail shoe.  The zero drop of the 21mm sole feels very natural and gives a… Full review

Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine

rated 4 of 5 stars Hyper specific shoe for fast scrambles and technical running. Overall these are a pretty hyper specific shoe. If you're looking for a lightweight approach shoe that has superior weather resistance that you can run in for sky running, or fast and light scrambles this is the shoe. For everyday use it's not much good, but nor is that what it was designed for. I've used this in summer, hiking, fastpacking, and scrambling a variety of trails and running in light snow. I've taken them on glaciers and… Full review

Vibram Men's FiveFingers Spyridon LS

rated 4 of 5 stars Vibram’s Spyridon LS is a FiveFingers shoe intended for trail running. Design features that make these better for trails are a collar that helps keep stones out, a quick pull lacing system, a leather piece across the top that provides some lateral stability, and mesh built into the sole to blunt the impact of rocks underfoot. (note - the Spyridon MR effectively replaced these a few years ago - similar design, probably has some changes/upgrades). I view these as a day hiker best suited for less… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Very comfortable, but uppers durability is suspect. I used these for hiking/backpacking about 100 miles in hot rocky wet and dry conditions and I really enjoyed them. I did notice my foot moving sideways inside the shoes on uneven ground like on the side of a hill but that was not a deal breaker. Unfortunately I wore a big hole in the inside of the heel under 100 miles and returned. Now I have Ultra Raptors instead which seem to have more durable uppers and heel area.  Also try on Ultra Raptors… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 3.0

rated 5 of 5 stars Great shoe. Use for hiking. Highly recommend. Great shoe. Normally wear a wide and the D width in the Altras fits perfect. The toe box allows the toes and ball of foot ample room. A nice mid range rigidity, comfortable and flexible but still sturdy for long hikes. Used on a 20-mile hike from valley floor of Yosemite up to Cloud's Rest and back down. Mid-foot is secure. Heel does have a bit much padding and slightly loose. Easy remedy by wear to pairs of socks. Overall an extremely comfortable shoe! Full review

La Sportiva Men's Mutant

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Not for me. Uncomfortable fit due to the last and poor asymmetric lace system and burrito tongue. I looked forward to getting a pair of Mutants as I had read so many positive reviews. So when they went on sale at Sierra Trading post I ordered a pair. I ordered a 43.5 because I have two other pair of La Sportivas and that was the size that fit. What a disappointment. The minute I put them on they were not comfortable and clearly didn't fit. So I communicated with some of the reviewers thinking there… Full review

Hoka Men's Challenger ATR 3

rated 4 of 5 stars The Hoka Challenger ATR 3 is a very comfortable trail shoe that probably has the greatest amount of cushion available in a trail shoe next to possibly hiking in a pair of Crocs. The older I get the more sensitive my feet seem to be and I find that I have a much more enjoyable time if my boots/shoes are lighter and have more cushion. If I intend to go off trail or need to wear crampons I'll always wear a hiking or mountaineering boot, but for all my hiking on regular trails I have switched to wearing… Full review

Top-Rated Running Footwear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur Trail Running Shoe
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission Trail Running Shoe
$48 - $87
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Trail Running Shoe
$100 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Amp Trail Running Shoe
$130
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion Running Sock
$17 - $18
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$42 - $84
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
$30 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Copper DMP Insole
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Injinji Performance Micro Sock Running Sock
$7
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Blue Insole
$45 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Roclite 295 Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $114
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245 Trail Running Shoe
$17 - $95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$75 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Superfeet Green Insole
$45 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Trail Running Shoe
$49 - $150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hoka Mafate Speed Trail Running Shoe
$85 - $127
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bridgedale Bamboo Lo Running Sock
$8 - $14
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark Trail Running Shoe
$58 - $87
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$60 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 2 Trail Running Shoe
$46 - $64
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh Running Sock
$16 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Response Boost Trail Running Shoe
$110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running Sock
$10 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 910v2 Trail Running Shoe
$88
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Experia Merino Wool/Silk - Thin Cushion Micro Mini-Crew Running Sock
$11
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Mindbender Trail Running Shoe
$57
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2 Trail Running Shoe
$44
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brooks Cascadia 11 Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Sock Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$11 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser Trail Running Shoe
$41 - $87
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$8 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DownUnders Purple Insole
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Tab Sock Running Sock
$5 - $6
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195 Trail Running Shoe
$87 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315 Trail Running Shoe
$135
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino No-Show Sock Mesh Running Sock
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sole Softec Response Insole
$45
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$55 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $115
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$93 - $127
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dynafit MS Feline Gore-Tex Trail Running Shoe
$93
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX Trail Running Shoe
$119 - $165
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST Trail Running Shoe
$127 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool PhD Running Ultra Light Micro Sock Running Sock
$10 - $15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Experia CoolMax - Thin Cushion Micro Mini-Crew Running Sock
$10 - $14
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