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.

Categories

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

Brands

Salomon
Vibram
Vasque
Inov-8
Superfeet
Darn Tough
Montrail
New Balance
Scarpa
Altra

Genders

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

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 and above

Recent Running Footwear Reviews

Darn Tough Team Micro Crew

rated 5 of 5 stars Hiking or running, these socks will keep your feet comfortable for miles and miles. Highly recommended! My wife got me these socks as a Valentine's Day gift...don't laugh, it was actually very thoughtful. I said I wanted to get more socks for hiking and such, and she found what turned out to be a great pair of socks for me. I've been wearing these socks for many different occasions since I got them. Everyday use during the winter, running, and for hiking. I've put probably 100 miles on them so far,… Full review

Montrail Men's Mountain Masochist

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I torture tested this shoe on the JMT for 150 miles over one 12k rock pile after another. Wear on the soles was noticeable, but they gave excellent slick rock traction. Forded three rivers, same story. They dried quickly and I never got one blister. The blister free factor was, by itself, a huge point. Cuts, abrasions, a partial peeling of the toecap and heel rubber, but everything held together until I could effect repairs. This trail is too much for a running shoe, but these held up as well as… Full review

Salomon Men's X-Scream

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A very good hybrid shoe. When I'm running my local trails, I have to run about a mile or so to get to a trailhead. That mile can be a pain when I'm wearing some of my heavier trail shoes. So, being a Salomon geek I had to go out and buy the X-Scream, if only because it was advertised as a hybrid shoe. I've now worn them several times on the trail and can say they perform as advertised—meaning they are comfortable on pavement and the tread grips well on the trail. That said, if you are running… Full review

Salomon XA Trail Pro Running Socks

rated 5 of 5 stars The second most important piece of running equipment. So, who writes a review about socks? You can get them anywhere—drugstores, Target, even gas stations will have a pair that will likely fit your feat. So what's the big deal?  The big deal is next to your shoes, socks will affect your running. A bad sock will give you blisters, let ticks attack your ankles, or allow your friends to ridicule you. Socks are IMPORTANT MAN! That said, these socks are fantastic! No pinching, no rubbing of the top… Full review

Salomon Men's X-Scream

rated 4 of 5 stars Transitioning from road to trail is a tough thing to do for a shoe. The Salomon X-Scream does an incredible job of providing rugged support for trails yet a smooth ride on pavement. Disclaimer: I own a running store. However, I do not carry Salomon products.  The Salomon X-Scream is a new shoe in Salomon's City-Trail line that boasts itself to be a transition shoe from pavement to off-road. I have been turned off by Salomon's shoes in the past due to their narrow fit and my wide feet, but I thought… Full review

Merrell Men's Barefoot Trail Glove

rated 3 of 5 stars A very expensive water shoe that takes a long time to dry. Covers your bare feet enough to protect from the elements. The ankle material/fit allows for a lot of trail debris to get into the shoes. Breathable material on the sides keeps your feet well ventilated. I would recommend this product to those who have seasoned feet, this is truly a minimalist shoe and allows you to do more than you would with a bare foot. But the fit, minimal sole material and support is not for the weak of foot. I would… Full review

Montrail Men's Bajada

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great fitting trail running shoe that inspires confidence on the trail. No rock plate in sole limiting factor on rocky trails. Fit: This is the best fitting shoe I have ever had on, period. I realise this is different for everybody, but here is how it fit me. I have narrow feet and with the Bajadas the heel is really nice and secure, with a quite roomy toe box that gives me enough space to never feel cramped in the front. I lace down pretty tight in the front, normal in the mid section and a bit… Full review

Merrell Barefoot Pace Glove

rated 4 of 5 stars Great minimal shoe for running and walking. Nice fit, does not constrict my foot in any way. Zero drop, pretty good ground feel, also great for slippery surfaces and off road. Due to the material my toes and heel get sweaty in this shoes. Overall a nice running shoe for the months that running sandals are just too cool or when I want more protection for my toes / upper foot. Great minimal shoe for running and walking. Nice fit with wide toe box, does not constrict my foot in any way. No break-in… Full review

SmartWool PhD Run Medium Mini Sock

rated 5 of 5 stars SmartWool's PhD Run (medium cushion) is hands down the best hiking sock I have ever used. After 100+ miles on the same pair, there is virtually no signs of wear or pilling. I've purchased SmartWool socks in the past and was not that impressed. They haven't held up any better than cheaper brands. For this reason, I had begun to believe that SmartWool was one of those companies that had once earned its reputation and then faded into fashion-oriented mediocrity. However, the moment I tried on the PhD… Full review

Top-Rated Running Footwear

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Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D Ultra GTX
Trail Running Shoe
$83
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Vibram
FiveFingers KSO Trek
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$81
Vasque Blur
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque
Blur
Trail Running Shoe
$58
Inov-8 X-Talon 212
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Inov-8
X-Talon 212
Trail Running Shoe
$66 - $120
Vibram FiveFingers KSO
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram
FiveFingers KSO
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $84
Superfeet Blue
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet
Blue
Insole
$36 - $39
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Darn Tough
Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion
Running Sock
$8 - $17
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D Ultra
Trail Running Shoe
$84 - $145
Montrail Rockridge
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Montrail
Rockridge
Trail Running Shoe
$60
Salomon XA Pro 3D
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Salomon
XA Pro 3D
Trail Running Shoe
$91 - $130
Superfeet Green
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Superfeet
Green
Insole
$36 - $39
Vibram FiveFingers Sprint
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vibram
FiveFingers Sprint
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $54
New Balance MT10 Minimus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
New Balance
MT10 Minimus
Trail Running Shoe
$75
Salomon XR Mission
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon
XR Mission
Trail Running Shoe
$23 - $139
Salomon SpeedCross 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon
SpeedCross 3
Trail Running Shoe
$81 - $145
Scarpa Spark
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa
Spark
Trail Running Shoe
$71 - $119
Altra Lone Peak 1.5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Altra
Lone Peak 1.5
Trail Running Shoe
$86 - $115
Montrail Sabino Trail
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montrail
Sabino Trail
Trail Running Shoe
$70
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock
CoolMesh II Quarter Sock
Running Sock
$20
Inov-8 X-Talon 190
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
X-Talon 190
Trail Running Shoe
$75 - $124
Sole Signature EV Ultra Moldable Footbed
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sole
Signature EV Ultra Moldable Footbed
Insole
$45
Thorlo Experia Merino Wool/Silk - Thin Cushion Micro Mini-Crew
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo
Experia Merino Wool/Silk - Thin Cushion Micro Mini-Crew
Running Sock
$15 - $17
Darn Tough Team Micro Crew
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough
Team Micro Crew
Running Sock
$17
TrekSta Evolution
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
TrekSta
Evolution
Trail Running Shoe
$75
Vasque Mindbender
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque
Mindbender
Trail Running Shoe
$55 - $110
Icebreaker Run Lite Mini Sock
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Icebreaker
Run Lite Mini Sock
Running Sock
$18
Merrell Mix Master Move
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Mix Master Move
Trail Running Shoe
$68 - $94
Salomon XA Pro 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro 2
Trail Running Shoe
$36 - $55
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Trailroc 255
Trail Running Shoe
$83 - $119
Salomon Sense Mantra
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
Sense Mantra
Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $89
La Sportiva Crosslite
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva
Crosslite
Trail Running Shoe
$100
Superfeet Orange
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet
Orange
Insole
$40 - $45
Vasque Transistor FS
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque
Transistor FS
Trail Running Shoe
$74 - $79
New Balance MT20 Minimus
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
MT20 Minimus
Trail Running Shoe
$70
Salomon Fellraiser
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
Fellraiser
Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $110
New Balance 810
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance
810
Trail Running Shoe
$63 - $84
DownUnders Purple
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DownUnders
Purple
Insole
$40
Salomon XA Pro
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro
Trail Running Shoe
$21 - $54
WrightSock CoolMesh II Tab Sock
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock
CoolMesh II Tab Sock
Running Sock
$11
Inov-8 Roclite 295
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Roclite 295
Trail Running Shoe
$80 - $119
Superfeet Berry
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet
Berry
Insole
$40 - $45
Inov-8 Roclite 315
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Roclite 315
Trail Running Shoe
$90
Sole Softec Response
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sole
Softec Response
Insole
$45
Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Merrell
Barefoot Trail Glove
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$66 - $110
Vasque Velocity
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Vasque
Velocity
Trail Running Shoe
$56
Brooks Cascadia
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Brooks
Cascadia
Trail Running Shoe
$120
La Sportiva Wildcat
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva
Wildcat
Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $154
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Vibram
FiveFingers TrekSport
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$49 - $99
Inov-8 Roclite 312 GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Roclite 312 GTX
Trail Running Shoe
$95 - $159
SmartWool PhD Running Ultra Light Micro Sock
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SmartWool
PhD Running Ultra Light Micro Sock
Running Sock
$6 - $15
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