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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.

The best running footwear, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on May 16, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur Trail Running Shoe
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Amp Trail Running Shoe
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$90
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
$55 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$100 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Copper Insole
$45 - $54
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 4.0 Trail Running Shoe
$88 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Superfeet Green Insole
$41 - $54
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bridgedale Bamboo Lo Running Sock
$8
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running Sock
$7 - $11
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Topo Athletic Hydroventure 2 Trail Running Shoe
$105 - $140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Sock Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Swiftwick Pursuit Four Sock Running Sock / Hiking/Backpacking
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brooks Cascadia 15 Trail Running Shoe
$95
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$45 - $54
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315 Trail Running Shoe
$50 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$90 - $120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 Trail Running Shoe
$120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Bushido II Trail Running Shoe
$97 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 5 Trail Running Shoe
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent Insulated Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$86
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Karacal Trail Running Shoe
$98 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Balega Blister Resist Quarter Running Sock
$17 - $20
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Orange Insole
$45 - $54
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX Hiking Boot / Trail Running Shoe
$130 - $190
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$127 - $169
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Jackal Trail Running Shoe
$86 - $140
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Balega Ultralight Crew Running Sock
$15
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Mutant Trail Running Shoe
$101 - $135
Sole Performance Medium Footbed Insole
$44
Sole Active Medium Footbed Insole
$41
Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$12 - $16
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Altra King MT 1.5 Trail Running Shoe
$84
La Sportiva Kaptiva GTX Trail Running Shoe
$119 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$125 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Trail Running Shoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Inov-8 Flyroc 310 Trail Running Shoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission Trail Running Shoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion Running Sock
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Salomon Sense Mantra Trail Running Shoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Adidas Tangent ATS Trail Running Shoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed Insole
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Brooks Cascadia 8 Trail Running Shoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Injinji Performance Micro Sock Running Sock
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon XT Wings 2 Trail Running Shoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Drymax Maximum Protection Trail Running Sock Running Sock
$25 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Roclite 295 Trail Running Shoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Inov-8 Trailroc 245 Trail Running Shoe
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Recent Running Footwear Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Swiftwick Flite XT Trail

Up your socks-game with a set of all-around socks that can be stretched into service for almost any three-season activity. I can wear shirts that don’t wick sweat away and I’ll be fine.  I can put up with a crappy, $3 vinyl poncho. I can tough it out when my pack tries to wear a hole in my hide. However, if my feet aren’t happy, I’m MUCH less fun to be with.  This is why I no longer complain about paying for great socks. The Swiftwick Flite XT Trail socks qualify as great socks. This isn’t… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Salomon XA Pro 3D

I found these shoes 7 years ago for jogging. After trying on so many shoes, and some buying and then taking them back, I found this shoe. The best supporting shoe ever. I wear my orthotics in them. I wear them for walking anywhere. I wear them playing pickleball. Yes, I fell twice playing pickleball in a regular tennis shoe in the first three-week period. Never fell at all in the Pro Xa3d. Love this shoe. I don't find it heavy. Usually by the time I am ready for another pair, they have cool colours. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
La Sportiva Jackal

Great support, well made, tough and strong shoe but sizing is off. I got this shoe for regular city/trail walks. Not a runner on trails but wanted a shoe that has good support, is durable, comfortable, and can handle uneven paths. This shoe was also something I wanted to use abroad whilst walking in countries where the streets are more or less like walking on trails—.i.e. with water, gravel, stones, mud on the sidewalks. My goal was to get a shoe that has good traction, is tough on such sidewalks,… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Inov-8 Parkclaw 275 GTX

Great traction in slippery conditions, super comfy insole, but a bit more squishy than I am used to. High ankle support rubs on the ball of my ankle. Took a chance and grabbed these sneakers on a good sale from an online retailer. I bought quite a few shoes online and have had great luck with sizing. First impressions, these shoes are super light and the insoles are super squishy and kind of make my feet a bit tired after a longer walk or hike. After a few Kms my feet kind of settle into the footbed… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Brooks Cascadia 15

Excellent shoe for backpacking, both on and off trail.   Brooks Cascadia 15 Brooks Cascadias are widely panned for trail running...too heavy, too stiff, no spring, too narrow, etc., but are routinely praised for stability, protection, durability, and traction. The negative attributes may be problematic for trail runners, especially at ultra distances, but they, with the positives, match up pretty well with the needs of long distance hikers. And in my case they provide the support and stability… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
La Sportiva Karacal

Conforms well to a slightly narrow foot with average arch height. Lacing system stays in place, which benefits those who prefer laces that don't adjust while in use. Lugs on sole are tall enough for grip, but low enough to still feel the ground on harder surfaces. These shoes fit well for a slightly narrow foot. I prefer a shoe that envelopes my entire foot and then flexes with it as I land in different positions. Wide toe box shoes are not for me. I prefer a narrow toe tip that only contacts the… Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Upstep Fitness Walking & Hiking Custom Orthotics

Upstep custom orthotics are molded to your feet in order to provide optimal support and cushioning for activities of every kind. Whether you’re an athlete or you’d just like some added comfort, these insoles are designed to accommodate you. MSRP: $379 If you’ve ever been curious about high-end foot insoles, you’re not the only one. I’ve struggled with arch pain and plantar fasciitis periodically, and I’m willing to invest in the appropriate remedies. During my search for foot support,… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Balega Ultralight Crew

Very thin sock for running. Fairly good protection from friction, and stretchy fit. Fabric tends to soil and pill fairly easily. I like the socks for walking and running but prefer Balega’s more robust options. Balega’s Ultralight Crew is a lightweight running sock, made of “Drynamix“ moisture-wicking fabric that is supposed to keep your feet cool and wick moisture away to keep your feet feeling dry. Balega also touts its seamless toe as a way to avoid friction points. Unisex sizing in sizes… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Sole Active Medium Footbed

The Sole Active Medium Footbed is designed for arches of every kind. This insole is a great companion for those who live an active lifestyle or who struggle with common foot injuries. The Sole Active Medium Footbed is an insole that’s built with extra cushion. The rigid structure of the insole helps to promote a healthy foot position, support arches of every type, and to reduce strain for active people. This is Sole’s best selling footbed, and with good reason!  Your Sole Active Medium Footbed… Full review