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.

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The best running footwear, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on January 30, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Running Footwear Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Saucony Men's 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 Women's 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

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss)

Definitely a scam...just normal uncomfortable socks. Definitely a scam. Bought them on supersockcompany.com They are not Swiss, but Chinese. Supersock has terrible customer care. Don't buy because that have "satisfaction guaranteed". They won't answer and won't give money back. They are not durable or tough...just normal uncomfortable socks. Don't trust supersockcompany. Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Salomon Men's Sense Pro 2

These are a lightweight, low profile trail shoe. I have been using them for backpacking (as a guide, and recreationally) on well-maintained, rocky, gravelly, and moderately muddy tracks in Tasmania and Nepal. They lack the cushion needed for heavier packweights (15+kgs) over long or hard trails, but are comfortable at lighter weights or shorter days. The Salomon Sense Pro 2's are a light and low-profile trail runner that makes a good backpacking shoe for lightweight packs and/or shorter distances. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Altra Men's Superior 4.0

Every day and twice on Sunday. Hands down the most comfortable running shoe I've ever worn. You won't be disappointed. The large toe box is different from most brands, but I'm sold. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Adidas Men's Response Trail 9

The traction is fantastic and stability (particularly on technical descents) is superb. They're a heavy shoe, but don't feel overly heavy on the trail. They size small, I've gone up a full size and they still feel snug. The lacing system and build are excellent. Had these for three months and used them a fair bit trail running on steep muddy trails over winter in Wellington, New Zealand. The traction is fantastic and stability (particularly on technical descents) is superb. In mud and on wet rock… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Vibram FiveFingers 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 clear, 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

user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Blur Trail Running Shoe
$80
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
$72 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed Insole
$30 - $64
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
$72 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 4.0 Trail Running Shoe
$110
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Vibram FiveFingers Classic Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (6)
Superfeet Green Insole
$50
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 - $150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Bridgedale Bamboo Lo Running Sock
$8
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Bushido Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $84
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX Trail Running Shoe
$80 - $160
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Mesh Running Sock
$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
$78 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Thorlo Experia Merino Wool/Silk - Thin Cushion Micro Mini-Crew Running Sock
$6
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
$70 - $140
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 Supernova Trail Running Shoe
$60 - $84
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
$16 - $17
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
WrightSock CoolMesh II Tab Sock Running Sock
$9 - $14
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Balega Enduro Quarter Running Sock
$7 - $13
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Superfeet Berry Insole
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 315 Trail Running Shoe
$58 - $135
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sole Softec Response Insole
$30
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
$66 - $110
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
$70 - $115
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 5 Trail Running Shoe
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent Insulated Barefoot / Minimal Shoe
$74 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Akasha Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $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
$87 - $175
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Saucony Koa ST Trail Running Shoe
$58 - $81
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Helios 2.0 Trail Running Shoe
$55 - $130
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Sense Pro 2 Trail Running Shoe
$82
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Mutant Trail Running Shoe
$67 - $135
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Altra King MT 1.5 Trail Running Shoe
$65 - $140
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (2)
Altra King MT Trail Running Shoe
$70 - $140
La Sportiva Bushido II Trail Running Shoe
$78 - $130
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
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