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
Topo Athletic
Bridgedale

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

Superfeet Orange

rated 3 of 5 stars This review is my initial impression of the Superfeet Orange insoles that I hope will address some issues I have been having with my feet. After I get in a few hikes using these new insoles I will come back and provide an update to this review with my final impressions. I am heading out on a trip in a few days to do some hiking and hopefully a little fishing in the Black Hills area of South Dakota and also spending some time hiking in Arches National Park and Moab in Utah and decided I would break… Full review

Saucony Men's ProGrid Outlaw

rated 5 of 5 stars Great for gnarly terrain runs, will protect your feet. Lightweight and quick to dry; keeps everything out of your shoe. I have a couple Bear Mountain 50-mile trail runs on these shoes and can't recommend them enough. Great ankle support for the gnarly root and rocks you will run into and plenty of protection underneath the impact area. Lightweight and quick to dry (throw in some quick-dry socks to ensure this) when your run takes you across water hazards. Fit: I typically run in minimalist shoes… Full review

Asics Gel-Arctic 4 GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars A durable and comfortable studded shoe for running on hard packed snow and not-too-steep ice. The studs are replaceable to extend the useful life of the shoe. It's not often that I give a 5-star review, but these shoes are doing what they are supposed to do and holding up so well that it's really hard to fault them on anything. They don't seem to be sold in the U.S., but they (or maybe newer variants) are still widely available in Norway. I got mine about two years ago have tried to keep them on… Full review

Sockwell Ski Medium Compression Socks

rated 4 of 5 stars Medium compression socks provide performance and quicker recovery. Merino wool and Alpaca for warmth. I have about 20 downhill ski days on these Sockwell ski socks so far and I really like them. I have tested both the Men's ski medium and the ski ultra-light socks in a medium/large size to fit my size 9 foot. Other than the thickness and a bit more Merino wool in the medium sock they are pretty much alike in performance. Both feature a seamless toe with extra padding under the ball of my foot. Heel… Full review

Merrell Men's All Out Crush

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is a lightweight purpose-built trail running shoe. Good grip on wet and dry trails. The Merrell All Out Crush is a purpose built trail runner for anyone with a medium foot width. Weighing just 8 ounces per shoe you hardly feel like you are wearing a shoe at all. The soles feature Merrell's M select grip which has performed well in wet and dry trail conditions. The 5mm lugged soles are close enough together for good traction while being far enough apart that they don't load up with mud. I found… Full review

Sockwell Stabilizer 1/4 Sock

rated 4 of 5 stars This sock helps provide foot stabilization during exercise. Moisture and heat management are handled through material and weave selection. Over the past year or so I have become very enamored¬†with compression socks, having tested them skiing, biking, hiking, and backpacking. I have found them to provide benefits that make my outdoor activities easier on my body during exercise and allow for a quicker recovery. Woven from a combination of Cashmerino (a yarn made from Merino wool and Cashmere), Rayon… Full review

Darn Tough Men's Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Cushion

rated 5 of 5 stars A lifetime replacement guarantee says it all. A very soft, warm Merino wool sock with extra cushion underfoot. Darn Tough socks all come with a no questions asked lifetime guarantee, and that tells you all you need to know about the quality of their socks. In my neverending quest for the ultimate hiking sock, I like to test socks that are designed for other sports, such as running and biking. Being a fan of trail runners and low rise hiking boots I did all my testing of these Darn Tough Merino wool… Full review

Icebug Insoles FAT Medium

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Really supports the arch well. Works well with large volume footwear. An effective replacement for inadequate footbeds. The Swedish company Icebug not only makes a wide range of outdoor footwear but they also make some really good insoles. The heart of the Icebug insole is their Arch Flex System which provides dynamic support for the metatarsal area of the forefoot, the midfoot arch, and the heel cup. Construction starts with a low friction top cover for comfort over a breathable open-cell foam… Full review

Hoka Bondi 4

rated 4 of 5 stars If you want to run on pavement but feel like you're running on turf, these shoes do the trick. Like many people, the ubiquitous Hoka One One shoes piqued my interest. No one wants to look like they just stepped out of a circus wagon but these amusing shoes promised too much to pass them up.¬† My initial thought is that I would somehow stumble over the tall soles as if they were high heels. Never happened; albeit, I don't wear these on the trail. They are strictly my flat ground running shoes. They… Full review

Top-Rated Running Footwear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Trail Running Shoe
$78 - $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
$7 - $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
$70
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
$70
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)
Topo Athletic MT Trail Running Shoe
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bridgedale Bamboo Lo Running Sock
$9 - $11
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark Trail Running Shoe
$58 - $87
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$80 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh Running Sock
$16 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running Sock
$7 - $12
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
$115
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Torin 2.0 Trail Running Shoe
$62 - $124
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 - $89
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 (5)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$77 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 3 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$128
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
$51 - $101
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
$10 - $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)
Scarpa Spark GTX Trail Running Shoe
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Skechers GOtrail Ultra 3 Trail Running Shoe
$60
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Xterra XT 1.0 Trail Running Shoe
$95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Altra Olympus Trail Running Shoe
$31
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XR Shift Trail Running Shoe
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montrail FluidFlex II Trail Running Shoe
$40
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Altra Lone Peak 2.5 Trail Running Shoe
$45
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Orange Insole
$55
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