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.

Category

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

Brand

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

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

Altra Men's Superior 3.5

rated 5 of 5 stars Best hiking shoes I've found yet! I am really loving these shoes! I've probably worn them almost 100 miles now this hot dry southern California summer. I have been training for backpacking trips with 4 to 5 mile hikes in Griffith Park Los Angeles with a 30+ pound pack. Then, I did a 17+ mile, 3700' elevation gain and loss three-day backpacking trip in the high Sierras with about a 37-pound pack. I've used several different kinds of socks, including REI wool hiking socks, and the Injinji toes socks. Full review

La Sportiva Men's Akasha

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A burly trail runner meant for mountain runs or hikes. I'm on my second pair of La Sportiva Akashas and figured it was time for a review. I've owned several pairs of La Sportivas, but these are the only ones to fit well. The others I've owned simply didn't have enough room in the toe box, these do. This is also La Sportiva's burliest trail runner. I don't have overly wide feet, but do need a roomy toe box—not an easy proposition unfortunately. The Akashas fit snuggly in the heel and midfoot, where… Full review

Lily Trotters Signature Compression Socks

rated 5 of 5 stars Great sox! Great for during a hike or after for recouping. Made for women, but work perfectly well for men. These socks are AWESOME! I am a larger male and I know these socks are made for women, but as a member of another website, I was given this product in exchange for a review. I tried these on after getting the largest size in black, and surprisingly they fit well. I used them as my sock liner for an 11-mile backpacking test hike and after an 11-miler the day before. They worked out all the… Full review

Xero Shoes DIY 4mm Kit

rated 4.5 of 5 stars It's a kit. You make it and then you have the skinniest sandals you can get. Simple really... Basically you get a thin sole unit 4mm in this case and a 6mm if you want the heavier version.  You also get a set of cords and a hole punch. That's the kit. Following the instructions online or in the kit you measure your foot. Punch holes for the laces and assemble your own sandals, cutting off any excess sole rubber (they come in size bands and you cut to your specific fit). They are surprisingly good… Full review

Altra Men's King MT 1.5

rated 2 of 5 stars Long on comfort and short on durability, same as the 1.0. I can't afford shoes that don't hold up for more than a few hundred kilometers. A few months ago I reviewed the MT King 1.0. Much of what I wrote about that shoe applies to v. 1.5 -- they are very comfortable but wear out way too fast to be worth the price. When I sent some of the photos from that review to Altra, they sent me a new pair of the 1.5s for $10, the cost of shipping. I took the opportunity to go down a size for a closer fit,… Full review

Injinji Performance Mini-Crew Sock

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Injinji makes some comfortable, durable merino wool socks that might just aid in preventing blisters between your toes. Injinji makes some comfortable, durable merino wool socks that might just prevent you from getting a blister around your toes. For some people this is a real problem and these socks seem to solve the problem brilliantly. I'm evaluating these socks against five other pairs of socks that I've worn over the last few years. These socks look great and fit great—no excess, no bulging,… Full review

La Sportiva Women's Helios 2.0

rated 3 of 5 stars The shoe is terrific, but not for my feet. I really wanted to love this shoe because it's lightweight, very flexible, and still very gnarly on the sole—perfect for my style of toe-striking on particularly technical trails. But alas, the 39.5s were the right length and too narrow and the 40s were the right width but too long for my size 8 feet. Still, I would recommend them for trail runners who like lightweight and low-drop shoes, need a little more support than minimalist or no-drop shoes can… Full review

Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion

rated 5 of 5 stars A comfortable, cushioned, and durable merino wool sock that might just last a lifetime. Darn Tough makes some comfortable, cushioned, and durable merino wool socks that might just last a lifetime. I'm evaluating these socks against five other pairs of socks that I've worn over the last few years. These socks look great and fit great—no excess, no bulging, no binding, just a great fit. They are comfortable right out of the packaging. I typically like to wash my clothing before using, but on one… Full review

Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed

rated 5 of 5 stars Whether you are hiking 5 or 500 miles, these Sole insoles will provide your feet the needed support to avoid injuries and get you where you want to go. Whether you are hiking 5 or 500 miles, these Sole insoles will provide your feet the needed support to avoid injuries and get you where you want to go. These insoles come in a variety of sizes, but it is also super easy to trim the toe edge to get the perfect fit. What is more important is that you buy the correct volume and correct arch support… Full review

Top-Rated Running Footwear

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user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur Trail Running Shoe
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Salomon XR Mission Trail Running Shoe
$86
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion Running Sock
$9 - $18
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
$120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed Insole
$28 - $35
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Copper DMP Insole
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Blue Insole
$37 - $49
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Superfeet Green Insole
$45 - $120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Trail Running Shoe
$75 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Trail Running Shoe
$96 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bridgedale Bamboo Lo Running Sock
$17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Spark Trail Running Shoe
$88
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO Trail Running Shoe
$97
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$120 - $160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh Running Sock
$16 - $38
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running Sock
$10 - $12
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Trail Running Shoe
$84 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoe
$91 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Sock Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas adizero Boston 6
$120
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
$16 - $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 - $13
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Superior 3.5 Trail Running Shoe
$110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315 Trail Running Shoe
$110 - $135
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino No-Show Sock Mesh Running Sock
$15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sole Softec Response Insole
$36
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$110
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon SpeedCross 3 Trail Running Shoe
$84
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
$117
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool PhD Running Ultra Light Micro Sock Running Sock
$11 - $16
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Experia CoolMax - Thin Cushion Micro Mini-Crew Running Sock
$9
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$190
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Akasha Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $140
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas Response Boost Trail Running Shoe
$110 - $119
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Orange Insole
$55
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Lontra Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$90
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sole Softec Ultra Insole
$36
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 3 Trail Running Shoe
$91 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0 Trail Running Shoe
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Bondi 4
$130
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