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

Brands

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

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

Brooks Men's Cascadia 11

rated 5 of 5 stars These shoes serve as my day hikers and trainers. Great stability and traction with solid support. The fit is true to size and they are narrow in the heel, which is perfect for my foot. I run mountain trails to stay in hiking shape and was looking for a trail shoe with support and durability. I am very pleased with the narrow fit which prevents the shoe from slipping on my heels. The shoe is durably built and very stable on the trail which was key in my purchase decision.   The support may be part… Full review

Salomon Men's Speedcross 4

rated 5 of 5 stars Light, tough, comfortable. I have put over 500 miles on these in technical mountain terrain. Would not trade them for the world, except for a new pair. Full review

Drymax Maximum Protection Trail Running Sock

rated 5 of 5 stars Superb, all I can say. Bought three pair from the local sports shop and got one pair free. They are cool in winter and toes tingle slightly but no blisters, I wear them all day, approx 9 hours in running shoes. Feet don't smell. They wear very well with no sign of any wear after 10 months. I average approx 50km a week walking and 35km per week running—totals approx 4,000km for the year, testimony to itself. Comfy in running shoes in all weather conditions. Fit: Fit as noted on packaging. Comfort: Extremely… Full review

Altra Women's Lone Peak 3.0

rated 5 of 5 stars My go-to trail running and hiking shoe. The Birkenstocks of trail running shoes. Incredible comfort due to the wide toe box, low drop, flexibility and cushioning. I have used in many conditions except for mud. An almost perfect running shoe no matter how far you run. Great for hiking too as I've taken them out several times for five mile hikes and great for trail running no matter how far you run. I have used in many conditions except mud (SoCAL you know) and they perform well in all of these conditions. Full review

New Balance Men's 910v2

rated 5 of 5 stars Been wearing New Balance my whole life for road running and when I switched to trail running the 910v2 didn't disappoint. I've been using New Balance shoes my whole life for either running or walking, particularly because of the wide toe boxes their shoes have. So when I started trail running and hiking, it was a natural choice to go to a New Balance shoe, and they didn't disappoint. My local running store sold them to me at a discounted price of $50 and it has turned out these are a boon. Great… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A lightweight comfortable shoe that can be used for long or short term hiking with a backpack. Feels a lot lighter than it is. The outsoles are amazing particularly on downhills. The shoe could be more stable laterally as I think the last could be wider. When I got these shoes I was looking for something that could be used for more than a trail runner. Regular hiking shoe are too bulky and stiff for my taste. This shoe hit the mark and is versatile for both its use as a trail runner and hiking shoe. Full review

Adidas Men's Response Boost

rated 5 of 5 stars The shoe is so light and comfortable it is like you aren't wearing a shoe. I like the sock-like upper which holds your feet in securely and gives a very stable feel. The continental outsole has excellent grip and the lugs are long enough so that the shoe is versatile and can be used on various types of trails. What amazed me about this shoe is its fit and that when wearing it, it doesn't feel like you are wearing a shoe. That is due to the sock-like upper. The lacing system locks in your feet and… Full review

Saucony Men's Xodus ISO

rated 5 of 5 stars The shoe is extremely comfortable and great on rocky (scree) trails because it has one of the stickiest outsoles I have experienced. The toe box is roomy, but the shoe is not sloppy because of the narrow mid foot and heel counter. I have plantar fasciitis and wouldn't know it while wearing this shoe. Nice advancement over the Xodus 6.0, although I miss that shoe as a hiking shoe. The shoe is very comfortable and plush inside. Great cushioning protects feet over rocky surfaces, particularly scree,… Full review

Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This moldable footbed has ENTIRELY saved me from blisters on the bottom of my feet. After using these for the first time 6 years ago I had purchased three more pair for other hiking/hunting boots and shoes.  Follow the directions: -> Trim them (if necessary) by laying the boot's original insole against the SOLE footbed. TRIM JUDICIOUSLY, a little at a time. -> place in pre-heated 200°F. oven until the circle on the arch area of one of the insoles turns black (about 3 minutes) -> Place… Full review

Top-Rated Running Footwear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Trail Running Shoe
$90 - $99
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
$85
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
$42 - $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
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Roclite 295 Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $69
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
$75
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 (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
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hoka Mafate Speed Trail Running Shoe
$85
 
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)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Trail Running Shoe
$84 - $150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bridgedale Bamboo Lo Running Sock
$11
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark Trail Running Shoe
$58 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$80 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $129
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
$71 - $82
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running Sock
$7 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 910v2 Trail Running Shoe
$110
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)
Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoe
$78 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brooks Cascadia 11 Trail Running Shoe
$84 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Sock Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Torin 2.0 Trail Running Shoe
$125
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser Trail Running Shoe
$48 - $76
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$14 - $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 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195 Trail Running Shoe
$74 - $124
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino No-Show Sock Mesh Running Sock
$15
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$55 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$112
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX Trail Running Shoe
$165
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST Trail Running Shoe
$102
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Mutant Trail Running Shoe
$87 - $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
$15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed Insole
$45
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