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Trail Shoes

The best trail shoes, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on January 4, 2023. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Oboz Bridger Low Waterproof
$150 - $160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe / Water Shoe
$85 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX
$112
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vasque Juxt
$95 - $120
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell MQM Flex 2
$70 - $110
user rating: 4 of 5 (11)
Merrell Moab Gore-Tex XCR
$58 - $144
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Lowa Renegade GTX Lo
$225 - $240
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Lowa Innox Pro Lo
$175
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Moab Speed GTX
$104 - $160
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Adidas Terrex Fast R
$66
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Oboz Firebrand II BDry
$140 - $145
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Danner Trail 2650
$96 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Merrell MQM Flex
$44 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Moraine GTX
$129
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (16)
Keen Targhee II Waterproof
$116 - $155
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Chaco Suntrail
$60
user rating: 3 of 5 (14)
Keen Voyageur
$90 - $145
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Vasque Kota
$160
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Keen Jasper
$94 - $125
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
The North Face Hedgehog Futurelight
$90
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Merrell Altalight Waterproof
$140
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Asolo Flyer
$60 - $119
user rating: 1 of 5 (2)
Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator
$56 - $110
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
$125 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Vasque Scree 2.0 Low UltraDry
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Keen Koven
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Keen Bryce WP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon Ellipse GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Vibram FiveFingers TrekSport Barefoot / Minimal Shoe / Trail Shoe / Trail Running Shoe
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Patagonia Drifter A/C
$120 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Adidas Terrex Fast X GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Merrell Chameleon II Traveler
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Patagonia Drifter Gore-Tex
$155 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Boaris
$115 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ecco Track II
$210 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Merrell Proterra Sport
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Columbia Master of Faster Low
$135 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ecco Exceed Low
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Columbia Switchback Omni-Tech
$90 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Five Ten Dome
$145 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ahnu Montara II Low
$130 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Merrell Capra Sport Gore-Tex
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Eskape Aero
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Vibram FiveFingers Komodo Sport LS
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Saucony Adventerra GTX
$170 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Limmer Boots The Oxford
$325 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Everbound Low
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Recent Trail Shoe Reviews

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Adidas Terrex AX2

Sticky, durable soles and decent uppers ruined by terrible heel holding and resulting sprained ankles. These are now a version behind so this is a long-term review. I tried the new AX4 on, walked around the store and found the same heel slip. So I wanted to warn others. I bought these in 2019 for our Grand Canyon North Rim to river to rim jaunt. During training for the trip, I mildly sprained my ankle while wearing the AX2. I thought it was just the terrain, and my poor footing. I did some PT and… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Merrell Moab Speed GTX

These shoes score well on most points including comfort and traction but seem to be wearing fast. Overall I walk a lot, typically 2,000 to 2,500 km a year so it is important to have shoes that work well in all sorts of conditions. After my fifth pair of North Face Hedgehog Fastpack GTX shoes failed to come up to the standard of the earlier ones I decided to look for a replacement and chose these Merrell Moab Speed GTX. For the most part I am very happy with the change. They are noticeably lighter… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Asolo Flyer

Good fit, but terrible in the toebox. I have been a fan of Asolo but lately it seems like their quality and build has gone down.  This shoe runs true to size, has a wider toe box so unlike many shoes out there it is not narrow which is good for wide feet. However the top of the shoe is strangely built—the edges of the shoelace bite into the toes causing quite a bit of pain. However this does subside after a mile into your walk. I have used this shoe for urban walks and noticed that there is very… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Limmer Boots The Oxford

Limmer’s Oxford is an old school leather walking shoe. It is firm-fitting and heavy, more than twice the weight of modern low hikers. They are also quite expensive for a low walking shoe but should last a long time—you can resole these, and the leather will last for years with normal care. I like how they feel, the soles offer nice traction, and I appreciate being able to wear them in social situations without looking like I just left the trailhead. The Oxford   Basic Details Limmer’s Oxford… Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Oboz Sawtooth Low

Fall apart too soon with only moderate wear. Two replacements in just 1 year say it all! My retailer was great at replacing these shoes. The whole problem was that they fell apart with an adhesive breakdown plus the stitching is not all that abrasion-proof either. There is little warning that this is going to happen so I ended up carrying duct tape and Ados cement to get me through. I walk up to 10 km each day on hills and mountain country so my footwear is important. OBOZ just does not cut the… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Ozark Trail Shoe

Ozark Trail men's hikers are junk!! Less than two months old and they fell apart! Shoe coming loose from soles! Junk shoes from Wal-Mart! Will not give money back! They own Ozark Trail! Ripped off again by Wal-Mart! Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
The North Face Hedgehog Futurelight

This product has been around for years and has always been great, but now the fit is not the same as the previous version of the Hedgehog. Great grippy soles and waterproof membrane are a must in the Pacific Northwest—especially with the "Atmospheric Rivers" lately. I've owned three pairs of Hedgehog Fastpack with Goretex liner over the past 6 years and they have always fit my foot extremely well. With my last pair knackered, I've had to replace with the Hedgehog Futurelight thinking it would… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator

Purchased directly from Merrell Canada and was told that the soles will mark wood floors. The soles left sticky marks on wood flooring so I could not break them in indoors or check for fit so I returned them. The marks had to be removed from the floor using a Teflon scrubber, paper towel didn't touch work at all! Beware. Can't advise about fit, comfort, support, features, etc. without walking around to break them in—but the soles leave sticky marks on wood flooring so they were returned hours… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Lowa Zephyr GTX Lo

Comfortable, but the soles not sturdy enough. Very comfortable shoes. Although on heavy side you will not feel this while using them. Well built upper part with natural materials, relatively breathable. The worst thing as many Lowa shoes are the sole durability, which get easily broken, while the upper part is still intact. Actually these last longer than other Zephyrs and my first Lowa shoes. I was lucky to use them three years, mostly at town, which is a shame for such expensive shoes. Size goes… Full review