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Buy Trail Running Shoes

Trail running shoes should feel different on your foot from a road runner. Speak to an expert at a running store to make sure you get the right fit and features for your running style and environment.

buy trail running shoes

Trail running shoes, in their most simplistic definition, are any running shoes that you run on trails with. Every type of shoe or brand of shoe can technically be a trail shoe. But that does not mean that all trail running shoes are created equal. As well, that does not mean all shoes are marketed as trail running shoes, and this is for good reason.

For trail running shoes, the upper of the shoe should be durable enough to handle whatever the trail throws your way. Each trail will have its list of specific obstacles and terrain. This is why there are a plethora of different types of trail running shoes with different upper constructions.

A trail run that is mostly flat with minimal technical terrain will not require the runner to have a highly abrasion-resistant shoe. But a trail that requires running over a lot of technical sharp rock, will require the runner to use a high abrasive trail running shoe. You want to find a shoe that you have full confidence in its ability to handle the terrain.

You will always be out in the elements when running on the trail. Some shoes have a more breathable upper construction while others have less breathability. You may be asking yourself why a shoe would need less breathability and that is a valid inquiry. It is not so much as to why the shoe would need less breathability but more so it is an unfortunate side effect of certain materials.

Heading out for a trail run on a clear sunny day at 100 degrees Fahrenheit will likely leave your foot feeling pretty warm. On the flip side, going for a trail run in the rain or snow can leave your feet feeling wet and cold. For this example, the hot run will be better suited for a mesh upper that is highly breathable, this will keep the foot cool and let heat escape. While the cold and wet trail run will be better with a Gore-Tex waterproof upper or other water-resistant material.

There are many different tread types that you will see when selecting a trail running shoe. The tread of a trail running shoe will usually be designed to handle surfaces that are rougher than what you will encounter off the trail. A good pair of trail running shoes should have some degree of grip for the flat, uphill, and downhill sections.

Flat and easy terrain will not require the same tread as shoes designed for snow or technical terrain. Companies will use different technologies in the make-up of their tread material and most of them are designed for grip and durability. Another feature of the tread that contributes to its grip is the lug.