Running Footwear

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: 4 of 5 (1)
Saucony Koa ST added Jan 30, 2020
$58 - $81
La Sportiva Kaptiva GTX added Oct 22, 2019
$100 - $159
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Trek Ascent Insulated added Oct 18, 2019
$74 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 5 added Oct 7, 2019
$130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Topo Athletic Hydroventure 2 added Sep 3, 2019
$70 - $140
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Mudclaw G 260 added Sep 2, 2019
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX added Jul 14, 2019
$87 - $175
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Skinners Sock Shoes added Jun 18, 2019
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Terraultra G 260 added May 14, 2019
$150 MSRP
La Sportiva Bushido II added Feb 7, 2019
$78 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 4.0 added Dec 26, 2018
$110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas adizero Boston 6 added Jun 12, 2018
$120 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sole Active Medium with Met Pad Footbed added Jun 8, 2018
$50 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Altra King MT 1.5 added Mar 27, 2018
$65 - $140
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 3.5 added Dec 5, 2017
$72 - $109
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lily Trotters Signature Compression Socks added Aug 16, 2017
$48 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 3.5 added Aug 2, 2017
$78 - $120
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Sof Sole Airr Orthotic added Jul 17, 2017
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (2)
Altra King MT added Mar 9, 2017
$70 - $140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Arctic 4 GTX added Mar 9, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Venture 5 Trail added Mar 9, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Sock Ultra-Light Cushion added Jan 23, 2017
$18
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sockwell Ski Medium Compression Socks added Jan 3, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sockwell Stabilizer 1/4 Sock added Dec 9, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Cushion added Dec 2, 2016
$16 - $17
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 3 added Nov 29, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Icebug Insoles FAT Medium added Nov 29, 2016
$47 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Bondi 4 added Nov 28, 2016
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Balega Blister Resist Quarter added Oct 18, 2016
$15 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
VIM & VIGR Nylon Compression Socks (20-30 mmHg) added Oct 15, 2016
$40 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Coolmax Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light added Oct 10, 2016
$15 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Skechers GOtrail Ultra 3 added Oct 1, 2016
$105 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nike Air Pegasus+ 30 added Sep 29, 2016
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (9)
Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss) added Sep 26, 2016
$80 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Kalenji Kiprace Trail 3 added Sep 21, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Kahana 7 added Sep 12, 2016
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
CEP Dynamic+ Merino Short Cut Socks added Sep 2, 2016
$23 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Xodus ISO added Aug 29, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Sense Pro 2 added Aug 11, 2016
$82
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
L.A. Gear Trek added Aug 11, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Salomon XA Pro 3D Trail Running Shoe
$50 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Speedcross 4 GTX added Aug 2, 2016
$80 - $160
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon Speedcross 4 added Aug 2, 2016
$65 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 910v2 added Aug 1, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Leadville v3 added Aug 1, 2016
$125 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine added Jul 29, 2016
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Adidas Terrex Boost added Jul 27, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0 added Jul 18, 2016
$105 - $150
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas Response Boost added Jul 8, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brooks Cascadia 11 added Jul 1, 2016
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