Trail shoes can take you from pounding the pavement to all of your off-road adventures. There are a wide variety made for many different conditions and activities. This guide will identify the top 12 trail shoes so that you can easily figure out which would be best for you.
Hoka One One Speedgoat 2 ($140)
This shoe is designed around grip and comfort. It is roomy with long-run cushioning that is designed to provide comfort to your foot regardless of the terrain. It also has a Vibram Megagrip outsole with curved lugs and engineered mesh.
Saucony Koa TR ($110)
This shoe provides extra grip with closely spaced 3.5mm lugs that are smooth enough to run comfortably on flat surfaces but indented enough so you won’t lose your footing on dirt. Additionally, the shoe has an extra layer of foam for added cushioning.
New Balance Fresh Foam Gobi v2 ($100)
This shoe is budget friendly and high performing. It has large diamond shaped lugs that are spaced out enough to transition from flat surfaces to rough terrain.
Merrell Bare Access Flex ($90)
This shoe is the cheapest on the list and provides decent cushioning, with a thin upper made of breathable stretch-resistant mesh.
Under Armour UA Horizon RTT ($110)
This shoe is a great option when it comes to running on damp or snow-covered roads and paths. The upper part of the shoe is coated in polyurethane skin which waterproofs the shoe and keeps the mesh intact. The sole of the shoe has a sturdy construction and nice lugs to increase grip.
New Balance 910v4 ($110)
This runner has a great midsole that adds stability to the shoe when running over uneven ground. In the sole there is a hard plate that is wedged in between the rubber of the sole and the foam cushioning of the insole which prevents any hard objects from coming through the sole. The sole also has triangle shaped lugs that can move and adapt to the terrain
Salomon Sense Ride ($120)
This shoe takes a different approach with a light outer sole and it works over several terrains. It is best on wet rocks and has a foam inner sole that reduces vibrations and increases stability. It is made with Salomon’s Premium Wet Traction Contagrip rubber.
361 Degrees Ortega 2 ($120)
This shoe is made with water-resistant mesh and can handle flat surfaces, dirt roads and snowy paths. It is designed with a gusseted tongue that keeps things out of your shoes. The sole also includes a hard plate in the middle of it to protect your foot from truly rocky terrain.
Brooks PureGrit 6 ($120)
This runner is both light and close to the ground to keep you nimble. It has a hard rock plate in the sole to protect your foot from rocky terrain and a gusseted tongue to keep you dry and comfortable.
Altra Timp Trail ($130)
This shoe is water resistant and has great grip to increase your traction. You can also attach optional gaiters.
La Sportiva Akyra ($140)
This shoe is a great walking and hiking shoe for rough terrains if you want a relaxing adventure. The sole is made of sticky rubber with lugs for added grip and traction for steep climbs.
Inov-8 TrailRoc 285 ($150)
This shoe is a great option for really rocky and rough terrain. The sole of the shoe is designed with hard, sharp, angled, studded, lugs with a sticky rubber sole that provides traction and grip. This makes it easier to go both uphill and downhill.