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

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

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

Altra Men's Superior

rated 4 of 5 stars This would be a great mid-distance, less aggressive trail shoe for anyone who's into zero drop. The Altra Superior is a relatively slim zero-drop trail shoe. While they do take a beating (aside from the questionable cords on the upper), it provides a lighter and less-cushioned alternative to Atra's other trail line, the Lone Peak. Those of you who are looking for more toe room and a bit more protection than barefoot shoes should give the Superior serious consideration. For being a shaved down… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 1.5

rated 4 of 5 stars Very comfortable zero drop trail shoe with some cushion. Well, my first Altra trail shoe was the original Lone Peak, so it seemed when the 1.5 came out, I had to have them. I was a little put off by the color and surprised to see that the heel had been made stiff with added support. They fit very snug and very comfortable. They really lock right on to the foot for a solid fit. I'd say they fit well like any other Altra shoe. The shoe has handled a lot of different terrain and has also been beat… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 2.0

rated 4 of 5 stars If you're looking for a zero drop, distance trail shoe, this is it! This shoe has been a great long distance trail shoe for me. First stepping into them, the 26mm of stack height caught me off guard. It's only 3mm taller than the 1.5 and a few more mm taller than the Superior. Very noticeable and I thought I was on stilts. But that cushion really helped on a recent 50K win. The legs and joints didn't feel any noticable aches or pains that I'd normally have over long distances. Traction is also… Full review

Salomon Men's Sense Mantra

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I like this shoe a lot. It has great feel on the foot and feels so light compared to other trail runners I have used in the past. Fit/Comfort: Very comfortable tight foot. I have a wider foot and had concerns about buying online. Through several runs I am very impressed with how the shoe fits and feels. It is extremely comfortable. I hate putting on my everyday shoes now. I want to wear my Salomons all the time! Support: Arches feel decent, somewhat lacking for my liking. This isn't a big deal though… Full review

Teva Men's X-1 Control 2

rated 4 of 5 stars Great shoe for all mountain activity. Holds up to things that it wasn't really designed for: day hiking, mountain bike riding, rock climbing. Too bad they are gone. I hope someone else had a good experience with this outstanding shoe. It's a shame that this is discontinued. I have a pair that I bought for mountain biking. Yep, Crazy. But they work great for cross-country style riding. I have hiked with them on too. One thing I haven't done is run in them. I really can't say how well they would work… Full review

Superfeet Copper DMP

rated 5 of 5 stars Great comfort and stability while hiking in all conditions. I started using these footbeds three years ago when I purchased a lighter weight hiking shoe. These footbeds have carried me all over the Long Trail. Fit: Can be cut to fit any shoe. I did trim the front toe area a little. Comfort: No break in needed. Support: Supports the arch and pads the heel and toe areas nicely. Water Resistance: My lighter hiking shoes do let water in, but these insoles dry quickly, actually don't soak up water so… Full review

Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D

rated 4.5 of 5 stars These are my now go-to hiking and backpacking shoes that replaced my boots. It's also nice that they double as trail running shoes as needed. These are perfect for someone who wants to move fast on the trail but still wants the ankle support of a boot. I'd definitely recommend these if you are looking for a light fast and grippy shoe for all kinds of terrain. Just took these shoes on a cross-country backpacking trip, everything from climbing up and down talus, hike on unkept trails, through meadows,… Full review

Top-Rated Running Footwear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur Trail Running Shoe
$48
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
$15 - $62
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Copper DMP Insole
$45 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 8 Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $72
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon Sense Mantra Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Blue Insole
$36 - $44
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion Running Sock
$13 - $17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra Trail Running Shoe
$97
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
$90 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Montrail Rockridge Trail Running Shoe
$45
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 - $51
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
New Balance MT10 Minimus Trail Running Shoe
$67
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon XR Mission Trail Running Shoe
$36 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Lone Peak 1.5 Trail Running Shoe
$98 - $114
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark Trail Running Shoe
$77 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montrail Sabino Trail Trail Running Shoe
$70
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh Running Sock
$12 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running Sock
$11 - $20
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
$13 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Team Micro Crew Running Sock
$17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
TrekSta Evolution Trail Running Shoe
$75
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Mindbender Trail Running Shoe
$54 - $110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Mix Master Move Trail Running Shoe
$76
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro 2 Trail Running Shoe
$42 - $64
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Trailroc 255 Trail Running Shoe
$83 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crosslite Trail Running Shoe
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Orange Insole
$40 - $45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Transistor FS Trail Running Shoe
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance MT20 Minimus Trail Running Shoe
$63
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser Trail Running Shoe
$71 - $110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 810 Trail Running Shoe
$45 - $58
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DownUnders Purple Insole
$38
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XA Pro Trail Running Shoe
$38 - $54
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Tab Sock Running Sock
$11
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 295 Trail Running Shoe
$115 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$40 - $45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315 Trail Running Shoe
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sole Softec Response Insole
$45
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$62
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Vasque Velocity Trail Running Shoe
$47
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Brooks Cascadia Trail Running Shoe
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $154
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $145
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$58 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$124
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Dynafit MS Feline Gore-Tex Trail Running Shoe
$170
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
SmartWool PhD Running Ultra Light Micro Sock Running Sock
$6 - $15
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