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
Vibram
Superfeet
Darn Tough
Altra
Scarpa
Montrail
WrightSock
Thorlo

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

Inov-8 Men's Terroc 330

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Comfortable, light trail runner. Fits my wide feet without a problem. Fit: I have a wide foot and can wear some 8 1/2 shoes, this being one of them. Lacing is fine. I wear thin merino wool socks with these, my heel doesn't slip. Comfort: Didn't need any breaking in, I first wore them on a 10 mile hike.  Dirt easily gets through them and a tick got through the shoe and my socks once. I would like to get gaiters at some point. Support: My everyday shoe has no support (Soft Star Rambler) so these… Full review

The North Face Men's Single-Track II

rated 5 of 5 stars The North Face Single Track II is very durable, lightweight and very good at trail running, very good design. Tenacious grip for slippery trail. Snake plate for running in comfort even when the trail is rough. Dome cradle for knee support and to absorb the shock. I love the North Face. From the Manufacturer:The North Face launched their line of trekking and trail-running shoes to address the head-to-toe needs of those always striving for the next horizon. They are deeply proud to be the first choice… Full review

Inov-8 Men's Roclite 295

rated 5 of 5 stars An excellent performer in almost any trail conditions. So I've had these runners for over a year. They are excellent. They are still performing and have yet to show any real sign of wear and tear — even on the soles. I've given them a fair bashing and they are still holding up. When I first got them I took them out of the box and straight on to the trail. No break-in was required.  I generally run the Waitakere Ranges in these — winter and summer. In winter the tracks in the ranges are rain… Full review

Hoka Men's Challenger ATR

rated 4 of 5 stars I got the shoe in December to start incorporating them into training for the HURT 100 in Hawaii. They did great on the frozen trails and winter back roads of Maine. But I was still not sure how this would correspond to the heavily rooted technical running on Oahu. After multiple 20 mile training runs on the HURT course as well as using them for 85 miles during the race I can say they withstood everything I threw at them. Specs: Purpose: Trail Offset: 5mm Heel: 29mm Forefoot: 24mm Weight: 8.6 oz. Full review

Salomon Men's Sense Mantra

rated 5 of 5 stars From Meh! to Wow! I had to attend an unexpected 55k trail race and after research I didn't think that my regular trail shoes (Vibram Spyridon) were suitable. I found a Salomon retailer with a good sale and I chose these Mantras. The reasons to buy them were that they were light enough for a 6 hours long run, and the outsole looked good but not over-specialized to mud or to rock.  Although all the theory was good, when I tried them on, I didn't feel nothing. Completely underwhelmed. I am used to… Full review

Brooks Men's Cascadia 9

rated 4 of 5 stars This may be the most comfortable shoe I've ever owned. Great for training, early morning walks, and light day hiking. My feet are notoriously difficult to fit. I have long toes... wide fore-feet (bunions)... narrow heel... no arches... and size 14. These all combine to make shoe purchasing a chore every time. With the Cascadias, I have found the holy grail of training shoes for my feet. Fit is excellent, with lots of room for my toes and bunions, without having my feet slip around in the shoe. Break-in… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Bushido

rated 4 of 5 stars Nimble, light, but robust trail runner. Narrow last, great protection. Fit: This shoe fits narrow. If you have wide feet you can stop reading now. If you have medium to narrow feet this trail runner will give you more support than you are used to. I have narrow feet and it is the first time that my mid foot and heel feel so locked in. There is a TPU frame and mid rock plate that really cups your mid foot and prevents any torsion from happening there. After 50Km I often have issues with the soles… Full review

Mizuno Men's Wave Kazan

rated 4 of 5 stars Solid shoe for running trails. As for any shoe, fit is key. Although I usually run on the roads, I've been running on some (fairly non-technical) trails enough that I decided to get a trail running shoe. I've been using Mizuno Wave Inspires for my running shoe, and the running shoe store suggested that the Wave Kazans would be 'comparable'. (I think they probably just recommended it because it's Mizuno's only trail-running shoe.) Anyway, the shoes have been working fine through about 200 miles of… Full review

Belleville Mini-Mil TR102

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This "military" boot is a minimal boot designed to give the user enhanced ground feel and flexibility, while providing enough protection to keep the foot injury free in harsh environments and/or rough terrain. Its durable leather upper combined with a custom Vibram sole makes it an exceptional boot, perhaps the first of its kind to achieve such high performance. Minimal Boots and the Belleville Mini-Mil TR102: The Ultimate Review (The original review can be found on my blog: chasingyourmind.blogspot.com)… Full review

Top-Rated Running Footwear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Salomon Sense Mantra Trail Running Shoe
$43 - $83
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Trail Running Shoe
$120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$41 - $67
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 Roclite 295 Trail Running Shoe
$75 - $114
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion Running Sock
$17 - $18
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra Trail Running Shoe
$83
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Superfeet Green Insole
$36 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $63
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon XR Mission Trail Running Shoe
$33 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Trail Running Shoe
$115
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark Trail Running Shoe
$59 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montrail Sabino Trail Trail Running Shoe
$29
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh Running Sock
$14 - $16
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running Sock
$11
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 X-Talon 190 Trail Running Shoe
$87 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Experia Merino Wool/Silk - Thin Cushion Micro Mini-Crew Running Sock
$12 - $14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Mindbender Trail Running Shoe
$76 - $84
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master Move Trail Running Shoe
$47
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master 2 Waterproof Trail Running Shoe
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2 Trail Running Shoe
$35 - $64
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Trailroc 255 Trail Running Shoe
$83 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Orange Insole
$40 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Transistor FS Trail Running Shoe
$34
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser Trail Running Shoe
$80 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DownUnders Purple Insole
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Single-Track II Trail Running Shoe
$53
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro Trail Running Shoe
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Tab Sock Running Sock
$11
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$45 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sole Softec Response Insole
$45
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Brooks Cascadia Trail Running Shoe
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$77 - $154
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe
$69 - $145
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$50 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$93 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dynafit MS Feline Gore-Tex Trail Running Shoe
$102
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 312 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$160
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
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Spark GTX Trail Running Shoe
$96 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 110 Barefoot/Minimal Shoe
$30 - $44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Injinji Performance Micro Sock Running Sock
$7 - $9
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Xterra XT 1.0 Trail Running Shoe
$95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra Olympus Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XR Shift Trail Running Shoe
$36
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245 Trail Running Shoe
$62 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face Betasso Trail Running Shoe
$27 - $37
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