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

Brand

Vasque
Inov-8
Darn Tough
Vibram
Salomon
The North Face
Superfeet
Altra
Bridgedale
Scarpa

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

Vibram Men's FiveFingers Spyridon LS

rated 4 of 5 stars Vibram’s Spyridon LS is a FiveFingers shoe intended for trail running. Design features that make these better for trails are a collar that helps keep stones out, a quick pull lacing system, a leather piece across the top that provides some lateral stability, and mesh built into the sole to blunt the impact of rocks underfoot. (note - the Spyridon MR effectively replaced these a few years ago - similar design, probably has some changes/upgrades). I view these as a day hiker best suited for less… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Wildcat

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Very comfortable, but uppers durability is suspect. I used these for hiking/backpacking about 100 miles in hot rocky wet and dry conditions and I really enjoyed them. I did notice my foot moving sideways inside the shoes on uneven ground like on the side of a hill but that was not a deal breaker. Unfortunately I wore a big hole in the inside of the heel under 100 miles and returned. Now I have Ultra Raptors instead which seem to have more durable uppers and heel area.  Also try on Ultra Raptors… Full review

Altra Men's Lone Peak 3.0

rated 5 of 5 stars Great shoe. Use for hiking. Highly recommend. Great shoe. Normally wear a wide and the D width in the Altras fits perfect. The toe box allows the toes and ball of foot ample room. A nice mid range rigidity, comfortable and flexible but still sturdy for long hikes. Used on a 20-mile hike from valley floor of Yosemite up to Cloud's Rest and back down. Mid-foot is secure. Heel does have a bit much padding and slightly loose. Easy remedy by wear to pairs of socks. Overall an extremely comfortable shoe! Full review

La Sportiva Men's Mutant

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Not for me. Uncomfortable fit due to the last and poor asymmetric lace system and burrito tongue. I looked forward to getting a pair of Mutants as I had read so many positive reviews. So when they went on sale at Sierra Trading post I ordered a pair. I ordered a 43.5 because I have two other pair of La Sportivas and that was the size that fit. What a disappointment. The minute I put them on they were not comfortable and clearly didn't fit. So I communicated with some of the reviewers thinking there… Full review

Hoka Men's Challenger ATR 3

rated 4 of 5 stars The Hoka Challenger ATR 3 is a very comfortable trail shoe that probably has the greatest amount of cushion available in a trail shoe next to possibly hiking in a pair of Crocs. The older I get the more sensitive my feet seem to be and I find that I have a much more enjoyable time if my boots/shoes are lighter and have more cushion. If I intend to go off trail or need to wear crampons I'll always wear a hiking or mountaineering boot, but for all my hiking on regular trails I have switched to wearing… Full review

Asics Gel-Kahana 7

rated 4 of 5 stars I find this shoe to be extremely comfortable with a generous toe box, but they are falling apart after less than 300 miles. Considering the price. I almost love this shoe! I have used the Asics Gel Kahana 7's for trail running and hiking and they have performed splendidly. I have run on very steep dirt trails that would test the traction capabilities of any trail runner and this shoe held strong. They are equally good on the uphills and downhills.   I'm 6 feet, 185 lbs and I run around 8:30 pace… Full review

Lily Trotters Signature Compression Socks

rated 5 of 5 stars Great socks for smaller feet that don't fall down or shift in your shoes Note: Occasionally, I get to test products for companies. I received these socks for free in exchange for a fair and honest review. I tested a pair of awesome compression socks from Lily Trotters. I received two pairs in size S/M, but only tested one. To be honest, they are so awesome, I didn't want to get the second pair dirty quite yet :) The Totally Solid Black were just that...absolutely, totally solid, in more ways than… Full review

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 1 of 5 stars Poorly made. Not as advertised. Pure garbage. Wore them for two bouldering sessions. The rubber nibs wore off quickly and I wore a hole in the fabric. So much for being durable and made of the strongest fiber. The company said they would be happy to exchange them, but first asked me to check the fit. What's the point if it already has a hole worn into it? Interesting idea but poorly executed. SAVE YOUR MONEY. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.  Full review

Swiss Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

rated 0.5 of 5 stars The company sent me the wrong size. I needed a size medium and they sent me a size large. I tried to work with the size but I'm pretty sure that it is not supposed to hurt my feet to wear these. I had to push so much fabric down in between my toes to get them to fit properly that it actually hurt my feet to wear these. They did not work right for rock climbing and they did not work well for jogging on the concrete when I encountered a very small patch of pebbles. It felt just like I had no protection… Full review

Top-Rated Running Footwear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur Trail Running Shoe
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Trail Running Shoe
$80 - $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 - $24
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 (3)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bridgedale Bamboo Lo Running Sock
$8 - $9
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
$96
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $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
$88 - $109
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
$88
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sole Signature EV Ultra Moldable Footbed Insole
$26
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Experia Merino Wool/Silk - Thin Cushion Micro Mini-Crew Running Sock
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoe
$66 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brooks Cascadia 11 Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Sock Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Fellraiser Trail Running Shoe
$41
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$8 - $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
$67
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 (7)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$88 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe
$80 - $109
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX Trail Running Shoe
$119 - $165
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST Trail Running Shoe
$74 - $75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool PhD Running Ultra Light Micro Sock Running Sock
$5 - $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
$24 - $35
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Venture 5 Trail Trail Running Shoe
$40
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon XR Shift Trail Running Shoe
$80
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Orange Insole
$55
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon X-Scream Trail Running Shoe
$125
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Lontra Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$80
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 3 Trail Running Shoe
$106 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0 Trail Running Shoe
$120
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