Running Footwear

The best running footwear, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on May 20, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

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.

Recent Running Footwear Reviews

Swiftwick Pursuit Four Sock

rated 5 of 5 stars Swiftwick is as good as it gets for scent-free, blister-free comfort, wicking, and durability. 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 season… Full review

Balega Blister Resist Quarter

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Balega's Blister Resist Quarter is a hybrid mohair and synthetic sock from a company that does a great job with running socks. Great wicking properties help keep your feet comfortable. Smooth material doesn't tend to chafe. They tend to show wear by looking "fuzzy" but that's cosmetic—no notable thin spots or wear. Slightly more bulky than a typical running sock. OVERVIEW By calling this a "blister resist" running sock, Balega is pretty clearly pushing the narrative that this sock is somehow better… Full review

Salomon Women's X-Mission 3

rated 5 of 5 stars The second pair I've bought. These are my all time favorites! I like the fit of these shoes. I tend to have a slightly wider than normal toe space and average heel. I like that the toe box on these shoes are roomy. The quick pull laces are great for fast adjusting. No issues on the break-in period. Not a blister or hotspot. I wear them hiking and have zero problems. They are not waterproof, so I do not wear them hiking in the rain, but I wear them running errands in the rain and they are fine (I… Full review

Salomon Women's Speedcross 4

rated 2.5 of 5 stars Great trail running shoe if you're not in the rain. I bought these shoes because they are waterproof. These shoes fit my foot a little slim. The tongue is chunky and slides a lot, and they are a little too low. I was not able to wear them in the rain for long because they just filled up with water. Glad I didn't step in any puddles.  They are a nice color, and the grip is amazing. Full review

Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Salomon’s XA Pro 3D is a heavy duty trail running shoe that has been around, with various updates, for years. It is very heavy and firm for a running shoe, and I use it as a low light hiker. It’s available with a waterproof/breathable membrane, but I like the no-membrane version for it’s very good breathability. Very good traction, support, foot protection, and durability, plus an interesting lacing system, make this a winner. The non-waterproof version’s availability in wide sizing was… Full review

Altra Women's Superior 3.5

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Altra Superior 3.5 (and 3.0) are the best pair of shoes for thru-hiking that I have tried. With over 2,700 miles covered in them (four different pairs), I can confidently say that they meet my needs in being lightweight, durable, comfortable, responsive, and fast-drying. Description & Specs: The Superior 3.5 is the most recent version of Altra's low profile trail running shoe. It has been slightly updated from the 3.0 version, with the goal of improving upper durability, comfort, and more… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Helios 2.0

rated 4 of 5 stars Love 'em, but wish they had a rockplate. Awesome for groomed and soft but not too muddy trails. These are my go-to shoes for shorter (up to 30-ish km) runs on terrain that's likely not to have many sharp pointy rocks or involve too much road running. I'm on to my third pair of Helios having clocked up over 1500km in my last ver1s before I retired them.Fit I have picky feet—if the shoe fits I'll wear it and I loved the fit and comfort of these shoes straight out of the box. I like a lower drop… Full review

La Sportiva Men's Bushido

rated 5 of 5 stars Plain and simple, I love my Bushidos! Great combination of a lightweight, durable, and protective shoe that performs magically on some very technical terrain. I'd absolutely recommend this shoe, if it fits your foot well! For my foot, the fit is near perfect. I have a narrower foot and these are a bit snug, but I acutally like that (in the midfoot anyway). With a little use they loosened slightly and the fit got even better. If you're worried about the tight fit and you have a narrow foot, buy them… Full review

Inov-8 Men's X-Talon 212

rated 5 of 5 stars Perfect fit, soft enough too feel the ground, stable for even technical terrain and light for long runs. I use them for both short and long runs, but only terrain and trail. I use them in spring/autumn, and never slip! Remember to clean them regularly. I use only water. Inov-8 delivers excellence! Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 Trail Running Shoe
$75
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
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Amp Trail Running Shoe
$98 - $129
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
$36
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Blue Insole
$37 - $49
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Copper Insole
$41 - $54
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 3.5 Trail Running Shoe
$82 - $110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$75 - $80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Superfeet Green Insole
$37 - $49
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
$105 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bridgedale Bamboo Lo Running Sock
$7
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Bushido Trail Running Shoe
$77 - $130
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
$12 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Quarter Sock Running Sock
$7
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon X-Mission 3 Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $115
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Sock Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock
$10 - $18
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas adizero Boston 6
$120
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
$10 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Tab Sock Running Sock
$8 - $10
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Balega Enduro Quarter Running Sock
$14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$41 - $54
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315 Trail Running Shoe
$58 - $135
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino No-Show Sock Mesh Running Sock
$11 - $15
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sole Softec Response Insole
$36
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
$49 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$83 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoe
$78 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor GTX Trail Running Shoe
$100 - $165
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 - $15
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Wildcat 3.0 Trail Running Shoe
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$125
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Akasha Trail Running Shoe
$77 - $140
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas Response Boost Trail Running Shoe
$95
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Orange Insole
$41 - $54
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Lontra Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$90
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
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0 Trail Running Shoe
$60
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
$74 - $130
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Mutant Trail Running Shoe
$101 - $135
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Altra King MT 1.5 Trail Running Shoe
$83 - $140
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