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 October 18, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Running Footwear Reviews

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Vibram FiveFinger Trek Ascent Insulated

They extend cold weather running. Added protection for the feet. And extremely lightweight and flexible. This is my third winter with my Insulated Trek Ascents. They definitely lengthen my minimalist running season (my first preference is barefoot) into the winter month. I bought a size up as suggested by the website. They fit good barefoot or with an extremely lightweight sock but the next pair I order will be a size larger than that (just so it’s clea, my regular Vibram FiveFingers are a size… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Vibram Men's FiveFingers Trek Ascent

Incredible grip. Very lightweight. My choice of footwear is typically none- I prefer barefooting for my warm weather adventures. When a shoe is required (over stimulated feet, the terrain gets too rocky) one of my go to shoes is the Trek Ascent. They simply protect my feet and allow me to carry on. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Hoka Men's Challenger ATR 5

The Hoka Challenger ATR 5 is a great trail running shoe that can double as a nice backpacking shoe for people looking for a nice comfortable shoe with plenty of room in the toe box and that's also available in wide sizes. I am home based in Washington state but make regular trips to California to visit family and when I do I always try to squeeze in a backpacking or fishing trip to the east side of the Sierras. In Washington I generally wear a lightweight hiking or mountaineering boot for most of… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Skinners Sock Shoes

Is it a sock? is it a shoe? Yes! Skinners sock shoes might be a new category in outdoor footwear. I recently acquired some Skinners Sock Shoes. What? They are basically a sock covered on the sole with a protective rubber polymer. I believe that this might be new category of outdoor footwear. I'd say they offer more protection that a sock and perhaps less protection than a minimalist shoe. I suppose the closest comparable footwear might be minimalist footwear like FiveFingers Shoes, Merrell Trail… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Inov-8 Mudclaw G 260

An aggressive, deep-lugged tread and snug fit make the Mudclaw G-260 a prime choice for muddy trails and other soft surfaces. Comfortable enough for all-day runs. The graphene-enhanced soles also grip well on wet and dry rock and hard-packed dirt, but the lugs can chip. Best held in reserve for running over mud, bogs, sand, and other soft surfaces. “Mud, mud, glorious mud Nothing quite like it for soothing the blood…” The Mudclaw G 260 is Inov-8’s top shoe for running on muddy trails or… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Topo Athletic Women's Hydroventure 2

A nice breathable waterproof trail running shoe. I have wide feet. Even shoes that are supposed to have a large toe box result in stubbed toes and blisters between toes. I decided to try Topo Athletic shoes and they do not disappoint. My toes can spread out easily. I got the Hydroventure model as I wanted something waterproof. I couldn't find them in a store anywhere and had to order them online but tried a different pair of Topo Athletic shoes at REI before ordering them. I was glad I did as the… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Inov-8 Men's Roclite G 345 GTX

The Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX is a very high quality mid-ankle boot that offers superb traction, while still being very lightweight. Inov-8 classifies this product as a hiking and running boot that provides comfort and traction over trail protection. Graphene rubber technology takes this footwear to a new level, making it ideal for unstable and slippery terrain during moderate mileage days. Inov-8 released the Roclite G 345 GTX to meet the needs of the "fast & light" hiker or trail runner looking… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Swiftwick Pursuit Four Sock

Swiftwick is as good as it gets for scent-free, blister-free comfort, wicking, and durability. Updated!! I have owned Swiftwick socks of one variety or another for five or so years now. I've worn them up and down several Cascades Volcanoes and they are now my go-to light hiking and running socks. Test Conditions: I received two almost identical sets of Swiftwick socks about four months ago and I have included them in all my fitness, trail runs, gym workouts and hikes in the hills. It's been long-pants… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Inov-8 Terraultra G 260

The Terraultra G-260 is a «colorful» shoe for running on hardpacked trails, with Inov-8’s reliably tough uppers and a grippy, but not necessarily longer-wearing, graphene-enhanced outsole. Snug and comfortable fit even on my unconventional feet. My last pair of Inov-8s, X-Talon 212s, did not want to die. After over 1000 km, the deep lugs were worn down bald on the heels and thin elsewhere, but the uppers were pretty well unperturbed. I did have a fit problem with them, though, so that I had… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur Trail Running Shoe
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion Running Sock
$18 - $25
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Amp Trail Running Shoe
$90
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$53 - $85
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$100 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed Insole
$36
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Blue Insole
$50
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Copper Insole
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 3.5 Trail Running Shoe
$71 - $81
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$50 - $79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Superfeet Green Insole
$45 - $298
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Trail Running Shoe
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bridgedale Bamboo Lo Running Sock
$8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon MR Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$60
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Bushido Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$99 - $160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh Running Sock
$14 - $17
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
$90 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon X-Mission 3 Trail Running Shoe
$56 - $115
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Topo Athletic Hydroventure 2 Trail Running Shoe
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Sock Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$14 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas Supernova Trail Running Shoe
$85
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Swiftwick Pursuit Four Sock Running Sock
$20
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$13 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Tab Sock Running Sock
$8 - $14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 F-Lite 195 Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Balega Enduro Quarter Running Sock
$6 - $13
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315 Trail Running Shoe
$55 - $135
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino No-Show Sock Mesh Running Sock
$16
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sole Softec Response Insole
$28 - $35
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
$50 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX Trail Running Shoe
$115
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vasque Ultra SST Trail Running Shoe
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool PhD Running Ultra Light Micro Sock Running Sock
$8 - $16
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 Trail Running Shoe
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 5 Trail Running Shoe
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Akasha Trail Running Shoe
$80 - $140
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas Response Boost Trail Running Shoe
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoe
$97 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Orange Insole
$55
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX Hiking Boot / Trail Running Shoe
$175
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Superior 2.0 Trail Running Shoe
$110
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Helios 2.0 Trail Running Shoe
$62 - $130
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell All Out Crush Trail Running Shoe
$63
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Mutant Trail Running Shoe
$135
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