Running Footwear

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 (1)
Swiftwick Pursuit Four Sock reviewed May 20, 2019
$20
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Balega Blister Resist Quarter reviewed Apr 22, 2019
$15 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon X-Mission 3 reviewed Mar 6, 2019
$60 - $115
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Altra Superior 3.5 reviewed Dec 20, 2018
$72 - $109
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Bushido reviewed Dec 11, 2018
$77 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 reviewed Dec 5, 2018
$75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Akasha reviewed Aug 5, 2018
$70 - $140
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lily Trotters Signature Compression Socks reviewed Jul 23, 2018
$48 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Xero Shoes DIY 4mm Kit reviewed Jul 13, 2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
La Sportiva Helios 2.0 reviewed Dec 13, 2018
$62 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Darn Tough Merino 1/4 Sock Cushion reviewed Jun 28, 2018
$18
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sole Thin Sport Moldable Footbed reviewed Jun 28, 2018
$36
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (8)
Barefoot Company Free Your Feet (Classic Swiss) reviewed Jun 24, 2018
$80 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Salomon Sense Mantra 3 reviewed Jun 14, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Adidas adizero Boston 6 reviewed Jun 12, 2018
$120 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Sole Active Medium with Met Pad Footbed reviewed Jun 8, 2018
$50 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Altra Lone Peak 3.5 reviewed May 30, 2018
$60 - $120
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Salomon XA Pro 3D reviewed Jan 1, 2019
$65 - $130
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas Response Boost reviewed Feb 11, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salomon S-Lab XA Alpine reviewed Nov 17, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Spyridon LS reviewed Sep 21, 2017
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 3 reviewed Aug 30, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Kahana 7 reviewed Aug 27, 2017
discontinued
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Sof Sole Airr Orthotic reviewed Jul 17, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Venture 5 Trail reviewed Jul 9, 2017
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hoka Challenger ATR 2 reviewed Jun 29, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon Speedcross 4 reviewed Mar 6, 2019
$78 - $130
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Drymax Maximum Protection Trail Running Sock reviewed Jun 17, 2017
$25 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
New Balance 910v2 reviewed Jun 12, 2017
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Altra Lone Peak 3.0 reviewed Oct 30, 2018
$60 - $149
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Sock Ultra-Light Cushion reviewed May 7, 2017
$10 - $18
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Superfeet Orange reviewed Apr 18, 2017
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Asics Gel-Arctic 4 GTX reviewed Mar 9, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sockwell Ski Medium Compression Socks reviewed Jan 3, 2017
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sockwell Stabilizer 1/4 Sock reviewed Dec 9, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Cushion reviewed Dec 2, 2016
$12 - $17
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Icebug Insoles FAT Medium reviewed Nov 29, 2016
$47 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hoka Bondi 4 reviewed Nov 28, 2016
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Inov-8 Roclite 243 reviewed Nov 22, 2016
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
VIM & VIGR Nylon Compression Socks (20-30 mmHg) reviewed Oct 15, 2016
$40 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Coolmax Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light reviewed Oct 10, 2016
$15 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
New Balance Leadville v3 reviewed Oct 6, 2016
$125 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nike Air Pegasus+ 30 reviewed Sep 29, 2016
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Altra Superior 2.0 reviewed Dec 4, 2017
$110
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Darn Tough Merino No-Show Sock Mesh reviewed Sep 23, 2016
$10 - $11
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Kalenji Kiprace Trail 3 reviewed Sep 21, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vivo Barefoot Trail Freak reviewed Sep 15, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hoka Mafate Speed reviewed Sep 4, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
CEP Dynamic+ Merino Short Cut Socks reviewed Sep 2, 2016
$23 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX reviewed Aug 28, 2016
$100 - $120
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