The Best Trail Shoes for Off-Road Running

Saucony Peregrine 13

Best All-Around Trail Shoe

Peregrines have graced the feet of trail runners for years. Saucony recently released an updated 13th iteration, continuing the model’s reputation for dependable performance in the dirt.

Xero Mesa Trail II

Best Minimalist Trail Shoe

Spend some time browsing trail-running subreddits, and it won’t take long before you start seeing people talking up the Mesa Trail. It’s a well-regarded shoe among the minimalist running crowd, and Xero recently updated the shoe for improved performance.

New Balance Fresh Foam Garoé

Best Affordable Trail Shoe

The Garoé is a bargain pick that includes some top-shelf features, most notably New Balance’s plush Fresh Foam cushioning and an upper with lots of overlays for protection and durability. It’s designed for a comfortable ride, and the lugged AT Tread outsole should create dependable traction for jaunts on mellow trails.

Asics Trabuco Max 2

Best Cushioning

If you prefer a well-cushioned running shoe, the Asics Trabuco Max is a good model to consider. This shoe features a thick slice of the brand’s FlyteFoam Blast+ foam, a soft, highly responsive material that’s also used in the NovaBlast training shoe.

Hoka Speedgoat 5

Best Cushioned Shoe for Technical Trails

Another much-loved model among trail runners, Hoka’s Speedgoat is a capable pick for challenging terrain, but it offers more cushioning than the Salomon and Inov-8 shoes above.

Trail shoes are your ticket to the wilder side of running. Instead of logging miles on suburban sidewalks or city streets, these off road-friendly kicks allow you to run with confidence on dirt trails. While your typical road running shoes can handle the occasional flat gravel path, trail shoes are a worthwhile investment if you plan on mixing off-road routes into your training plan.

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