Running Footwear

The best running footwear, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on January 1, 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.

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Recent Running Footwear Reviews

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

Altra Men's Lone Peak 3.0

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great for thru hiking, just watch out for shin splints. You may need an insert for support. Great shoes for long distance hiking. Just be sure to get inserts before starting as you may encounter shin splints your second or third week into it. Inserts clear that up right away. Full review

Altra Men's King MT

rated 0.5 of 5 stars No no no no. I don’t know how they hold up to trail running, but they are nothing like the Lone Peaks when compared to hiking. Used for the first time last weekend on a short trip in Yosemite NP. It was only 20 miles and I was carrying less than 15 pounds and I still got blisters and hotspots. Full review

Salomon Men's Speedcross 4

rated 5 of 5 stars There is a reason it is the best selling shoe in the line. A review of Salomon shoes: The Ultra (Ultra 3 GTX) The Speedcross The Odyssey The Ultra has a great arch support last (the "last" is the framework style of the shoe) but is too narrow for me. I used a pair for a section hike. It gets great reviews (consider no ulr) for an example). If it just were not so narrow, I'd be wearing them to hike now. But my feet hurt every night when I wore them on a section hike. They do make the Ultra in a Mid… Full review

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

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
$48 - $94
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion Running Sock
$17
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
$90 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed Insole
$36
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoe
$78 - $130
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
$77 - $109
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
$45 - $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
$98 - $149
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bridgedale Bamboo Lo Running Sock
$17
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Bushido Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO Trail Running Shoe
$49
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$96 - $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
$8 - $9
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Trail Running Shoe
$66 - $96
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
$84
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
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315 Trail Running Shoe
$67 - $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 (10)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe
$110
user rating: 4.5 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
$85 - $102
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool PhD Running Ultra Light Micro Sock Running Sock
$10 - $17
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
$128 - $190
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
$79
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)
Altra Lone Peak 2.0 Trail Running Shoe
$120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine Trail Running Shoe
$250
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
$75 - $130
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Leadville v3 Trail Running Shoe
$49
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell All Out Crush Trail Running Shoe
$75
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