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

Brands

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

User

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

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 and above

Recent Running Footwear Reviews

Darn Tough Men's Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Cushion

rated 5 of 5 stars A lifetime replacement guarantee says it all. A very soft, warm Merino wool sock with extra cushion underfoot. Darn Tough socks all come with a no questions asked lifetime guarantee, and that tells you all you need to know about the quality of their socks. In my neverending quest for the ultimate hiking sock, I like to test socks that are designed for other sports, such as running and biking. Being a fan of trail runners and low rise hiking boots I did all my testing of these Darn Tough Merino wool… Full review

Icebug Insoles FAT Medium

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Really supports the arch well. Works well with large volume footwear. An effective replacement for inadequate footbeds. The Swedish company Icebug not only makes a wide range of outdoor footwear but they also make some really good insoles. The heart of the Icebug insole is their Arch Flex System which provides dynamic support for the metatarsal area of the forefoot, the midfoot arch, and the heel cup. Construction starts with a low friction top cover for comfort over a breathable open-cell foam… Full review

Hoka Bondi 4

rated 4 of 5 stars If you want to run on pavement but feel like you're running on turf, these shoes do the trick. Like many people, the ubiquitous Hoka One One shoes piqued my interest. No one wants to look like they just stepped out of a circus wagon but these amusing shoes promised too much to pass them up.  My initial thought is that I would somehow stumble over the tall soles as if they were high heels. Never happened; albeit, I don't wear these on the trail. They are strictly my flat ground running shoes. They… Full review

Inov-8 Roclite 243

rated 4.5 of 5 stars For what it's intended for it is a very high quality trail runner. This shoe is best for short to medium trail runs on loose dirt.  The grip is fantastic. The shoe is very lightweight, the construction is great, ventilation is good.  The only problem for me is that it would not be useful for hikes or any crossover purpose (except perhaps as an approach shoe for taking on climbing routes). The flexibility would mean that you feel small rocks, but my foot has all the freedom to move naturally.  Full review

La Sportiva Women's Ultra Raptor GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These shoes are great for trail running and hiking in rocky areas. They are by far the grippiest shoes I have worn, and they seem to have good support in the soles to absorb impact on your feet too. Very comfortable. This shoe fits perfectly for me. I don't have the pickiest taste, but I prefer breathing room and wider fitting shoes. They have a bulkier/ heavier feel to them, which is good for support, maybe not so good if you are trying to go ultralight. The sole support is thick and provides impact… Full review

Icebug Men's Zeal RB9X

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight trail running shoe that also works well as a hiking shoe. Excellent traction, especially in wet conditions. The Zeal RB9X trail running shoe by Swedish company Icebug continues their tradition of offering shoes with some of the best traction around. While I am not a trail runner I do prefer that style of shoe for both my hiking and backpacking footwear. I was lucky enough to be offered a pair of the Zeal runners in May for extensive testing. The Zeals come in one color, grey with orange… Full review

VIM & VIGR Nylon Compression Socks (20-30 mmHg)

rated 3 of 5 stars Over the calf moderate compression sock helps recovery during and after exercise. Very thin fabric allows good ventilation. I am quite a fan of compression socks in general and find they are very helpful for recovery after skiing, hiking, or backpacking. They certainly help prevent swelling and muscle soreness in the calves after strenuous excessive. Since I always wear thin socks when hiking and backpacking I was anxious to try these Vim & Vigr compression socks. Constructed of nylon and spandex… Full review

Darn Tough Coolmax Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light

rated 5 of 5 stars Seamless construction helps prevent blisters. Coolmax polyester keeps your feet cool. Lifetime guarantee. Recently I hiked the Tour of Mont Blanc, a classic 100-mile hut-to-hut trail that runs through France, Italy, and Switzerland as it winds its way around Mont Blanc. Knowing I would probably encounter rain at some point I left my normal trail runners home and took a pair of Ahnu lowrise waterproof boots. Picking the correct socks to match meant trying the boot on with a variety of socks. All would… Full review

New Balance Leadville v3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a good very lightweight trail running and light backpacking shoe and I would recommend this shoe to people looking to lighten up their backpacking footwear. I am 58 years old and recently retired and have been trying to get out more with the intentions of doing some longer thru hikes and was looking for wide trail shoes to use in place of my existing hiking boots and New Balance cross trainers have been my go-to shoe (for me and about a million or so other older people...), so I decided… 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
$80 - $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
$13 - $17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$60 - $84
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
$45 - $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)
Superfeet Blue Insole
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Roclite 295 Trail Running Shoe
$87 - $114
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
$104 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hoka Mafate Speed Trail Running Shoe
$126
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
$40 - $118
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
$12 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running Sock
$10 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sole Signature EV Ultra Moldable Footbed Insole
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Experia Merino Wool/Silk - Thin Cushion Micro Mini-Crew Running Sock
$10 - $14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Mindbender Trail Running Shoe
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Torin 2.0 Trail Running Shoe
$93 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Orange Insole
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser Trail Running Shoe
$41 - $110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$13 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DownUnders Purple Insole
$39
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
$62 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino No-Show Sock Mesh Running Sock
$14
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$88 - $399
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe
$91 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$128
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX Trail Running Shoe
$132 - $165
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST Trail Running Shoe
$51 - $127
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Mutant Trail Running Shoe
$108 - $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
$7 - $11
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)
Skechers GOtrail Ultra 3 Trail Running Shoe
$78 - $95
 
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
$31
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
$40
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