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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Categories

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

Brands

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

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

The North Face Men's Ultra Guide

rated 4 of 5 stars This shoe is a good trail running and longer distance day hike shoe with light daypacks. They are recommended, but may have durability issues, as they don't have Vibram soles like some other TNF trail shoes. These Ultra Guides are good for trail running and longer distance day hikes with light day packs. They offer good, aggressive tread for loose gravel, sand, and mud, yet still offer good wet/dry rock stability for a hiking shoe. My first hike in these was 11 miles through five peaks in western… Full review

Lowa Women's S-Curve Mesh

rated 3 of 5 stars Great light comfy shoe for walking or running. Lots of mesh for ventilation, however, it's not as durable. Loved the shoe when I got it last October. It didn't need a lot of break in. I didn't do much running in them, but all the vents kept my feet pretty cool all summer while working at a camp. I was disappointed in how fast holes formed on the sides next to my toes under what I feel was fairly moderate use. I noticed increased ventilation partway through this summer and found the mesh next to… Full review

Brooks Ravenna 3

rated 4 of 5 stars Very durable, comfy, good looking shoe. Have been running in Brooks for about 10 years and won't be switching anytime soon. Always make a good shoe. Full review

Merrell Men's Ascend Glove

rated 4 of 5 stars A minimalist shoe that offers a little more cushioning and protection for the bottom of the foot but less ground feel as compared to the trail glove. A good choice for anyone that wants to try a neutral shoe with more protection than a full-on "barefoot shoe", or for running on rough ground. I have been trail running in Merrell's "barefoot shoes" (right up there with "jumbo shrimp" at the top of the oxymoron list) for about four years now: two pairs of original Trail Gloves, a pair of the Train… Full review

Saucony Men's Kinvara TR

rated 5 of 5 stars Everything you want with barefoot running and none of the stuff you don't. If this shoe was a weapon, it would be a sniper rifle. It's just that sharp. There are no margins here, which makes it an awesome trail shoe in varying surfaces; you want your foot to go over there — it goes there, BAM! It doesn't slip about a little in the shoe, it doesn't give a damn if you wanted a little give. It's a scalpel, it's technical, it's responsive, it's a fast train and your legs are the engines. You want… Full review

Darn Tough Men's Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh

rated 5 of 5 stars One of the best performing socks I've ever worn. I have really sweaty and hot feet. These not only keep my feet cool and dry they are comfortable. They fit well where they need to. Even though they are $13+ a pair, the life time warranty really make it worth it. I buy one pair a month. Eventually I'll never have to buy socks again. I use this specific model for running, everyday, and work. I work 12hrs + a day and they hold up. Full review

Salomon Men's Speedcross 3 GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is my new favorite trail running/light hiking shoe. It is extremely lightweight, has perfect flex in the sole, and provides plenty of support. The Gore-tex makes them that much better. My only gripe is that the traction does not seem like it will last very long. The shoe fits great. The lacing system makes it easy to adjust to your foot.  I haven't met many people that can't fit into Salomon shoes unless they have very wide or very narrow feet.  The shoes were comfortable right off the shelf. Full review

Altra Men's Olympus

rated 4.5 of 5 stars For zero drop fans, this is a fantastic shoe for long, grinding runs or when you need some recovery cush. I've taken this shoe through mud, rocks, roots and it has held up great. I've also taken it out for extended road runs when the legs felt like they needed some added cushioning. An interesting take on a low drop shoe. At first I wasn't sure if I would like such a "maximalist" shoe. I've been a low profile, low drop fan for years. The Olympus pulls together the natural foot design and zero drop… Full review

Brooks Men's Cascadia 8

rated 5 of 5 stars Great all around trail shoe, grip is fantastic and the fit and stability are superb! My favorite trail shoes to date! Comfortable and long lasting, with great grip, stability, and cushioning. 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
$84 - $119
Vibram FiveFingers KSO
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (17)
Vibram
FiveFingers KSO
Barefoot/Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$30 - $72
Brooks Cascadia 8
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks
Cascadia 8
Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $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
$65 - $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
$71 - $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
$29 - $139
Salomon SpeedCross 3
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Salomon
SpeedCross 3
Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $145
Scarpa Spark
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa
Spark
Trail Running Shoe
$59 - $119
Altra Lone Peak 1.5
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Altra
Lone Peak 1.5
Trail Running Shoe
$80 - $114
Montrail Sabino Trail
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montrail
Sabino Trail
Trail Running Shoe
$70
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough
Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh
Running Sock
$10 - $15
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock
CoolMesh II Quarter Sock
Running Sock
$11 - $20
Inov-8 X-Talon 190
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
X-Talon 190
Trail Running Shoe
$36 - $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
$54 - $110
Merrell Mix Master Move
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell
Mix Master Move
Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $94
Salomon XA Pro 2
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon
XA Pro 2
Trail Running Shoe
$30 - $64
The North Face Ultra 106 GTX XCR
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face
Ultra 106 GTX XCR
Trail Running Shoe
$70
Inov-8 Trailroc 255
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8
Trailroc 255
Trail Running Shoe
$42 - $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
$80
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
$71 - $87
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
$38 - $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
$72 - $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
$72 - $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
Inov-8 Terroc 330
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Inov-8
Terroc 330
Trail Running Shoe
$90
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
$75 - $154
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