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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Category

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

Brand

Vasque
Inov-8
Darn Tough
Vibram
The North Face
Superfeet
Altra
Bridgedale
Scarpa
Saucony

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

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 2 of 5 stars Over-rated, over-sold, and bad customer service. These socks were a present and the gifter is extremely disappointed by the result. The toes sleeves are the exact same length which means none of the toes fit properly. The big toe sleeve is very narrow so it barely fits on the actual toe. The material is much weaker than advertised and visible damage ocurred after a single trail run. The grip dots fell off from just walking in a living room with floorboards. The company is trying to ride the minimal… Full review

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 0.5 of 5 stars These were absolutely awful. These shoes are advertised to withstand rock climbing, hiking, and other outdoor activities. They did not hold up long at all and I only had them for a month before they started getting holes. They advertise it like you can wear these anytime and anywhere, but you can’t and I would not recommend it. Complete garbage! The product is complete trash! Full review

Salomon Women's XA Pro 3D

rated 3 of 5 stars I bought two pairs of these shoes, one Goretex and one not Goretex for a walking holiday at the end of April. They are perfect for me in size, comfort, and ease of use with a plus point of a really interesting range of colours to choose from. However I believe the Goretex ones have a big design fault! Whilst wearing them in, I have now found that as I am walking and the shoe bends, the front top lace holder rubs on the Goretex shoe and has rubbed a hole in the Goretex outer liner which now means… Full review

Altra Men's King MT

rated 2.5 of 5 stars My most comfortable shoe, with great grip on both loose and hard surfaces, zero drop, and light padding for good trail feel. The tradeoff for all that toe room is a little slop in the forefoot, and the jury is still out on durability. My biggest challenge in finding good running shoes is my mallet toes—the middle, ring toe, and to some extent pointer toe on both feet is bent at the distal joint, so that the top of the toe rubs against my shoes and can develop hard and sometimes painful calluses. Full review

Adidas Men's Response Boost

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Really comfortable, but slippery. Don't risk your life with this shoe. Be careful when jumping or running using this shoes on cliffs or steep ground, you might risk your life by using a slippery trail running shoes like this one. My foot size is 43,5 (Europe). I usually wear 44,5 hiking shoes. But with this one, I use 45-1/3 for this shoe, and yet the toe box is still too narrow for me. I don't even know why I bought this shoe in the first place. I think because I tried it using no socks and it… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat 3.0

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Really a thoughtfully designed shoe that is perfect for long-distance days or backpacking trips. The sole of the shoe can handle conditions ranging from desert sand to patchy alpine snow. I would strongly recommend this shoe for anyone hiking or backpacking with less than 35 lbs of gear. This shoe is ideal for someone who has a traditional foot shape and wants lightweight footwear, but still wants a shoe with structure and rigidity. Individuals with wide feet should consider other options due to… Full review

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

Top-Rated Running Footwear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur Trail Running Shoe
$84
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Trail Running Shoe
$73 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Amp Trail Running Shoe
$91
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion Running Sock
$13 - $18
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$18 - $84
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
$44
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Blue Insole
$40 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245 Trail Running Shoe
$17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$60 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Superfeet Green Insole
$35 - $120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Trail Running Shoe
$90 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bridgedale Bamboo Lo Running Sock
$17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark Trail Running Shoe
$80 - $87
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO Trail Running Shoe
$84 - $96
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh Running Sock
$16 - $38
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running Sock
$7 - $8
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)
Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoe
$91 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Sock Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser Trail Running Shoe
$41
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$16 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DownUnders Purple Insole
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Tab Sock Running Sock
$8 - $9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$44 - $54
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: 4 of 5 (9)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$88 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe
$73
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
$90
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
$11
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed Insole
$36
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $87
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$152
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas Response Boost Trail Running Shoe
$71 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Orange Insole
$44 - $54
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Lontra Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$90
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 3 Trail Running Shoe
$83 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0 Trail Running Shoe
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Bondi 4
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Icebug Zeal RB9X Trail Running Shoe
$82
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Bushido Trail Running Shoe
$49 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine Trail Running Shoe
$151 - $249
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Superior 2.0 Trail Running Shoe
$69 - $109
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Pearl Izumi EM Trail M2 Trail Running Shoe
$93
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Leadville v3 Trail Running Shoe
$70
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