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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 31, 2021. 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
$85
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
$50 - $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
$50 - $54
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra Trail Running Shoe
$599
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
$10 - $14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Trail Running Shoe
$120
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
$13 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315 Trail Running Shoe
$50 - $98
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
$55 - $129
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Bushido II Trail Running Shoe
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 5 Trail Running Shoe
$104 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent Insulated Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$117
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Akasha Trail Running Shoe
$95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Balega Blister Resist Quarter Running Sock
$15
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Orange Insole
$55
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sole Active Medium Footbed Insole
$55
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX Hiking Boot / Trail Running Shoe
$116 - $190
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Mutant Trail Running Shoe
$135
Sole Performance Medium Footbed Insole
$59
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 - $140
La Sportiva Lycan II Trail Running Shoe
$90 - $120
La Sportiva Kaptiva GTX Trail Running Shoe
$100 - $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
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Xero Shoes DIY 4mm Kit Sport Sandal / Barefoot / Minimal
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
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Recent Running Footwear Reviews

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Sole Performance Medium Footbed

The Sole Performance Medium Footbed is built for athletes like runners and backpackers. This shock-absorbent insole is designed to help prevent or lower foot pain. Finding the right orthopedic footbed can be a challenge at best, and a catastrophe at worst. As a long-distance backpacker with high arches, I commonly struggle with foot pain. So, acquiring the appropriate footbed to alleviate my symptoms is high on my list. I’ve been lucky enough to try out the Sole Performance Medium Footbed for… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Skinners Sock Shoes

These are for people who have been working at transitioning to minimalist and barefoot running. You can feel the ground, and sometimes even pain, but that's how you learn to move properly. A small insert can be used if you want extra cushion. If you're not sure if you can go barefoot or not, throw these on and don't look back. Imagine putting a temporary callus on your foot. That's it. Comfortable, easy to clean, and they stay in place very well. Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Barefoot Company Free Your Feet

To small Socks are much too small. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Superfeet Green

Must have for anyone who uses shoes...so everyone. Amazing for casual walking but also for sports and activities. I have a pair for inline hockey, ice hockey, golf, and running/gym. Before Superfeet, I had tons of blisters and just a lack of support. Don't hesitate to buy these. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Barefoot Company Free Your Feet

Best minimalist footwear available for a true barefoot experience. For a fabric they perform extraordinarily well in terms of minimalist footwear. I own a landscape/hardscape company and I work barefoot quite often, but in some circumstances the terrain does get a bit rough so these are my immediate go-to. On dirt, grass, stone, and other natural surfaces they do excellent. I jump on shovels all day too, so it is nice to not worry about slipping and slicing my foot on the sharp metal sections. On… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
La Sportiva Bushido II

The La Sportiva Bushido II is a solid, comfortable trail running shoe for all-around, year-round use on trails and mountains. With excellent traction and fit, it retains everything I loved about the original Bushido trail runner with some minor refinements. When I heard that La Sportiva was introducing an updated Bushido II trail runner my first response was "No!" What if they screwed something up? I've worn at least six pairs, possibly more, of the original La Sportiva Bushidos over the five years… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Saucony Koa ST

Pretty great trail shoes for hiking and running in loose conditions. Very comfortable, nice fit, looks great, but not without some drawbacks. Having been transitioning my gear from a more traditional kit to a more lightweight/UL backpacking kit, one of the first things I considered was moving from a traditional light hiking boot to a lighter trail shoe for hiking and backpacking. Luckily I found these on a closeout sale, and was immediately drawn to their sharp good looks (the brilliant colors of… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Altra Superior 4.0

The Superior 4.0 is a supremely comfortable shoe, with many improvements over its predecessors (better fit, materials, flexibility). Yet the 4.0 maintains most of the best characteristics that make this model my favorite hiking shoe. They are responsive to the trail, fit my narrow feet perfectly, and the tread is excellent for gripping loose gravel and even snowy patches. They are lightweight and dry fast. My only disappointment is that they did not last quite as long as my Superior 3.0/3.5s. Description… Full review