Trail Running Shoes

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less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 and above

Recent Trail Running Shoe Reviews

Salomon Women's XR Mission

rated 5 of 5 stars It is perfect for trail running then hitting the streets. It has an automatic lace system which comes in handy when running so you don't have to worry about tying your shoes. All around fantastic quality trail running shoe. I'm hiking the JMT next summer and right now I am training and these shoes are perfect for training. I wouldn't recommend doing long treks with these because the tread is more for daily trail runs. I run 5 miles a day on trails and these are perfect for that. Full review

Topo Athletic Men's MT

rated 5 of 5 stars Light, flexible, zero drop, with enough protection for the average trail. I've liked the two Topo road shoes I've tried, the RT and ST.  The MT is a good complement for use off road on anything other than rocky technical trails. They fit well in my 9.5, transition well, and look good as well. I like them especially for local cross country races, and wish I had a pair like them back in the ancient days of '70s cross. Full review

Salomon Running Shoe

rated 4 of 5 stars Comfort comfort comfort. All day comfort for feet, knees, back, and neck. I have back and neck injuries and need a lightweight shoe with lots of cushion. I could not believe the comfort this shoe gave me! Even after all day, the usual pain was not there! Very disappointed that the top wore through. But, with the all day comfort this shoe provides, it might be well worth it to patch it up. Full review

The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars This trail shoe is all about comfort and fit. A technically sound shoe. After 15 plus years of amateur trail running this shoe is finally "the one." This is the first and only trail shoe I have used where my feet did not hurt after a run. I have been wearing Cascadia for a few years and I just thought everything was supposed to hurt as I "matured".  I am 6' and 210, 59 yrs old. I happened across these in a web search so I decided to give them a spin. I wear 11.5D dress shoe and I sized up to 12.5. Full review

Vibram Women's FiveFingers TrekSport

rated 5 of 5 stars I have been wearing these for years. I'm on my sixth pair. The TrekSport is great for hiking. These have been great for my feet. Every other shoe I have owned has been uncomfortable. I have weird feet- shaped strange and super wide. I love these because they fit to the shape of my feet. Full review

Hoka Women's Mafate Speed

rated 5 of 5 stars These shoes have weird sizing. I had to go down a full size for the right fit. Other than that, they are great! These are the most comfortable shoes I've ever had with lots of room for orthotics. The huge sole looks strange but is really cushion-y and grippy. They work really well in rough terrain over roots and rocks. Full review

Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Planning to hike the AT for two months this fall. Needed a lightweight and breathable shoe that is waterproof. This shoe fits those requirements. Love the comfort while hiking. Purchased these for fall hiking on the AT. They are waterproof and breathable. I'll be on the trail in September and needed a shoe that can help manage the heat my feet will generate. Easy to lace and lightweight. Runs small. I ordered one size larger and they fit perfectly. Full review

La Sportiva Men's Crossover 2.0 GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I really like the lightweight protection of the Crossover 2.0. I have used these shoes for trail running and fast packing, and they have kept me on my feet over some pretty gnarly trails. They have also done a great job of keeping my feet dry. Upper: The upper on the Crossover 2.0 is a thing of beauty. Starting at the top, the flexible GTX liner looks like snakeskin, and wraps the foot and ankle very comfortably. The zipper is anatomically lined, and doesn’t just split the shoe in half, which… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Mutant

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The La Sportiva Mutant is an incredible shoe for running fast in the mountains, fastpacking, and skyracing. The innovative lacing system and upper take a minute to dial in, but wrap the foot nicely and provide a ton of security. The outsole is a sticky claw that shreds any trail you plan to cover. Upper: To start, this shoe is beautiful to look at. Like most La Sportiva products, this shoe just looks fast and aggressive. The black, yellow, and red work perfectly together to make for what I find… Full review