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.

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Categories

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

Brands

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

Genders

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

Altra Men's Superior 2.0

rated 2.5 of 5 stars One of the most comfortable shoes I have owned, but not for long. I record my runs with a GPS watch and have put about 135 km on these shoes, mostly on trail. I bough them in my usual size 46, but the fit is a bit loose, especially in the heel (tried on the 45s but they seemed a little short). I was looking for something with a little more padding than the "barefoot" shoes I have been running in for the last 5.5 years, but still with zero drop and some trail feel. These seemed to fit the bill. They… Full review

Nike Air Pegasus+ 30

rated 5 of 5 stars Lightweight women's running shoe. Good for road running, light to moderate trail running. These were recommended to me by my local running store, and did not disappoint. They are for a relatively neutral gait. I have a narrow heel and wide ball of my feet, and these have been comfortable without the need for breaking in. They held up fairly well, and when it was time to replace, I transitioned them to a general gym/workout shoe. As is common with running shoes, the heel is slightly raised relative… Full review

Altra Women's Superior 2.0

rated 4 of 5 stars Great all-around trail shoes with comfortable fit and good trail feel. Unfortunately, they wear out too quickly. Intro/background: Altra gave these shoes to everyone who participated in Oslo Ecotrail in May 2016. Since May, I have run and hiked approximately 360 kilometers/220 miles in these shoes across a wide variety of terrain, and I feel like I have put them through their paces. Some of the big days in these shoes include a hard training weekend in loose, rocky terrain of Rondane National Park in… Full review

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 3 of 5 stars Dyneema material rubberised socks that allow you to really feel the terrain under your feet. Minimises risk of cuts when wanting to go barefoot. The FYF (Free Your Feet) is a great pair of socks for those into water sports or those that want to go barefoot. Made out of Dyneema fibre that has tensile strength 15 times greater than steel it protects your feet from any type of cut (e.g. selfish, glass), friction injury (blisters from rough terrain) or scratches (from twigs and stones). However, it… Full review

Vibram Women's FiveFingers KSO

rated 4 of 5 stars I have been wearing my Vibrams for four years. I can hike a mile upriver on a wooded trail then float down through class 1/2 rapids. They form to your feet making it safer to climb on rocks which can be slimey and slippery. You could jog or run in them, but it is painful on the feet when there are rocks, ie gravel roads. I bought this product four years ago and still wear them whenever I go kayaking or for a float down the river at our house, basically any water sport where you don't want your feet… Full review

Darn Tough Merino No-Show Sock Mesh

rated 5 of 5 stars I really like it, keeps clean itself, gets dry super fast. I was looking for lifetime products and one friend recommended to me this brand and its benefits. Then I made my research and found it. The size was perfect. Because fit perfect, I really like the feeling in my feet. I don't need to wash it always because if I let it "dry" clean itself it doesn't matter if was wet or not, and always is ready for use again. Are very comfortable, are really well made it, you can feel that in your feet! Full review

Kalenji Kiprace Trail 3

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great trail running shoe available mostly in Europe and UK. For its price it is superbly technical, grippy, and comfortable, accessible easily to the grand public.   INTRO I purchased the Kiprace Trail 3 about two months ago for training purposes. I am a quite efficient runner  and like low profile shoes. For instance my forever favorite for years now is the X-Talon 212 from Inov 8, but I like all kind of track and cross country spikes too and training in them is just a fun time for me. I have… Full review

Vivo Barefoot Women's Trail Freak

rated 5 of 5 stars Fantastic barefoot shoes with surprising longevity and versatility. I've used one pair for regular trail running and gyming and they've lasted much longer than I expected. I've taken these canyoning in the Blue Mountains because I'd misplaced my Volleys and they even worked for that! Barefoot shoes aren't for everyone, but if they're your thing, these are brilliant. Very light (you barely notice them), and very breathable. Full review

Saucony Men's ProGrid Outlaw

rated 5 of 5 stars Best 4wd, off-road shoe period. Excellent support, excellent grip! I live in beautiful San Luis Obispo,Calif. We have rolling hills, mountain bike trails, walking trails. Some of the trails are dirt, some mixed rock with pebbles. Hills can vary up to 1000' above sea level. If I run along the rugged trails mixed with rock/hard packed gravel/dirt, I'm very confident in the sure-footedness/traction/grip of the soles. The ankle support in the Saucony ProGrid Outlaw is a huge plus! Such a great "off-road"… Full review

Top-Rated Running Footwear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX Trail Running Shoe
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission Trail Running Shoe
$46 - $82
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Trail Running Shoe
$81 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion Running Sock
$9 - $17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
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
$60 - $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
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hoka Mafate Speed Trail Running Shoe
$126 - $169
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 9 Trail Running Shoe
$12
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Topo Athletic MT Trail Running Shoe
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark Trail Running Shoe
$54 - $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
$16 - $50
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running Sock
$12
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 X-Talon 190 Trail Running Shoe
$125
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)
DownUnders Purple Insole
$38
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
$85 - $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
$65 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST Trail Running Shoe
$51 - $169
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 - $14
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)
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
$50 - $52
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Patagonia EVERlong Trail Running Shoe
$66
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Altra Lone Peak 2.5 Trail Running Shoe
$90 - $119
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