Best Trail Running Shoes

 trail running shoes

Trail Running Shoes overview

These shoes are actually running shoes that have special features to facilitate mountain trails and rougher terrain. In general, they will have higher cuts and extra padding and sole reach for your toes. The soles are generally tougher and the shoes will be constructed in a way that they give better protection from bad weather and trail conditions. Trail Running has greatly increased in popularity and most of these types of shoes are used for running but they can be used for walking as well.

Best Trail Running Shoes Brands

Brands like Inov-8, Salomon, Montrail, New Balance, La Sportiva, Saucony - have good trail running shoes.

Footwear trend of making trail- and road-running shoes that are lighter and more flexible has made me a happier, healthier runner. After switching from heavily-padded running shoes a few years ago to more minimal models, I went from long strides and sloppy heel flops to an efficient gait with a mid-foot strike that has made me both faster and more efficient on the trail. Inov-8, La Sportiva, Saucony, and New Balance (Minimus line), are among my current preferred minimalist brands.


#1Topo Mountain Trainer shoes (new)

Topo Mountain Trainer shoes


Mountain trails, Trail running

Lightweigh, quality, Design, New brand


8.2 oz. (size 9)



The former Vibram President and CEO is the man behind Vibram FiveFingers and, more recently, a split-toe design at his new company Topo Athletic. See our article, "'Split-Toe' shoe launched by former CEO of Vibram."

But the newest iterations of the Topo Athletic line, the Mountain Trainer and Speed Trainer, abandon the separated-toe design. They look all the world like simple running shoes.

"We didn't want to be pigeon-holed," Post said, explaining that his company's philosophy focuses on light weight, accurate last shape, and near zero-drop, low stack platform.

Both new models have a wide toe-box to allow for foot splay, welded seams, and co-molded rubber-EVA midsoles.

I had a quick look at the to-be-released MT and ST shoes during a meeting with Post last week. While I haven't run in them, the designs look good, well thought out, and the shoes feel really light in the hand

The Mountain Trainer (MT, $100) weighs a scant 6.9 ounces for a women's size 7. The men's shoe is 8.6 ounces (size 9). It has a 3mm drop, from 19mm in the heel to 16mm in the forefoot. A 3D printed PU upper eliminates stitching and helps achieve the light weight of this trail shoe.

The MT (Mountain Trainer) offers the ultimate hybrid experience by pairing the best features of a trail and road shoe. A rugged lug outsole provides multi-directional traction and the three density sole platforms offers plating protection without sacrificing ground feel. Reduced weight and increased flexibility will help you maintain your pace when you move from trail to road.