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You might be needing trail running shoes.
It’s always best to come into one of our stores to get a proper shoe fitting so we can make sure you end up with a suitable shoe for your foot strike and foot shape. No amount of internet research compares to the experience of going into a specialist and trying on a variety of different options and jogging up and down outside in them. Here is a small selection of popular trail shoes from the Run and Become range this season.
Trail shoes are built to cope with grass, hard-packed parkland, canal sides, forests and woodland trails. They can handle a little road running, but they have less cushioning than road shoes. The outsole has a deeper grip, and the upper is more durable as well. Some have more cushioning and less grip, and vice versa.
For seriously rugged terrain, have a look out the Fell Running Shoe Guide.
With Hoka’s trademark maximal cushioning, the Speedgoat provides cushy shock absorption for long and ultra-distance trail running. Hoka’s “bucket seat” design means your foot sits lower in the midsole than you’d expect which makes it more stable than it looks. A hard-wearing Vibram Megagrip outsole with 5mm lugs helps keep your footing secure when the terrain is treacherous. Built on a 4.5mm offset so you’re on an even platform as you tackle the trails.
Dubbed by Brooks an “SUV for your feet”, the Cascadia packs plenty of grip and its four pivot points – one on each side of the heel and forefoot, where the wheels would be if your foot was a car – serve to balance the foot on uneven terrain and provide an amount of pronation control if you’re running on firmer ground for any length of time. Extra 2mm of improved DNA LOFT 2 foam added to the midsole, offering the feet more cushioning for increased comfort. “Water in, water out” upper, which drains easily after getting wet, makes this a favourite for multi-surface running. New Ballistic Rock Stop plate protects the foot from sharp rocks.
A support system on the inside holds the arches upright and prevents overpronation. A deeply lugged sticky rubber outsole grips the ground when it's wet or dry. Flytefoam and Gel absorb shock when you're running over hard surfaces and a rock-stop plate protects the soles of your feet from sharp stones.
The design of this premium cushion trail running shoe comes from La Sportiva, based in the Italian mountains, where they do all their testing. Trail Rocker technology in the midsole promotes a smooth heel -to-toe rolling motion. The dual mix FriXion XT sole offers durable, aggressive grip for exceptional traction. The Impact Brake System technology helps traction by enhancing grip downhill and absorbs impact. No need for a rock plate in the Akasha as its midsole is very thick, alongside the grippy, durable outer sole offering lots of protection.
These offer better proprioception, i.e. you can feel what’s going on beneath your feet, allowing you to be nimble over uneven ground with less risk of turning your ankle...
This is Inov-8’s trail running shoe with the toughest Graphene rubber outsole, the TerraUltra G270. Graphene material is 50% stronger, 50% more elastic and 50% harder wearing than any previous outsole material, so you get excellent traction with enhanced durability. Inov8’s G Series shoes have lasted over 1000 miles in testing. TerraUltra G270 is built on a zero-drop heel offset to encourage your natural body movement. Meta-Flex Grooves in the midsole deliver flexibility by constantly allowing your foot to adapt to the uneven terrain. Lug depth is 4mm.
The Peregine is a minimal, multi surface trail running shoe or what Saucony call a “run anywhere” shoe. A 4mm drop midsole with super bouncy PWRRUN cushioning gives you an energised feeling and a 5mm lugged sticky outsole gives you the security to run nimbly over your chosen terrain. A trail-specific upper protects the foot from off-road hazards.
The Spin Ultra is the perfect choice for moderate- to ultra-distance runs. It offers adaptive cushioning that provides comfort and absorbs impact from hard surfaces. Ample upper protection and stability for all types of terrain, thanks to its built-in foot stabiliser control technology. Reliable MultiTraction Vibram megagrip outsole and Sock-Fit Lw will deliver springy, responsive, and smooth running. Awarded Trail Runner Magazine’s Editor’s Choice and Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Year.
Scarpa Spin Infinity is like the Spin Ultra but with limitless cushioning. If you need a shoe you can trust on long- and ultra-distance trail running and racing, this is your winning combination: extra cushioning, outstanding grip, protection and stability to help you reach your goals.
Like all Altra shoes, the Lone Peak has a spacious, rounded, 'footshaped' toebox to encourage toe splay, and a zero-drop platform to keep you on a level footing. A sticky rubber outsole with a TrailClaw lug pattern gives grip in boggy, wet conditions. Lugs are positioned directly beneath the metatarsals so they dig into the earth as if they were an extension of your feet. A rock plate protects the foot from sharp stones.
Most trail running shoes are not waterproof because if you step in a puddle that goes over the top of your waterproof shoes, the water will get in and won’t be able to get out so you’ll end up with waterlogged feet. Instead they are designed with easily draining materials so if the water gets in, it can get out just as easily. However if waterproofing is important to you, you can try these...
This is the fully waterproof version of the supportive Asics Gel Fuji Trabuco (please see above) keeping the same features: FlyteFoam Lyte midsole with el cushioning, Duomax anti-pronation support, aggressive sticky multidirectional grip and the rock plate to protect your feet against sharp stones and rocks. The Gore-Tex fully waterproof mesh upper keeps your feet dry in wet conditions.
All the benefits of the Spin Ultra in a Gore-Tex version, so you can hit the trails in challenging weather. Strike the perfect balance between comfort and breathability, while keeping your feet warm and dry in wet conditions. Receive fully waterproof protection from this exceptional 6mm-drop shoe.
It's always been hard to find a good trail running shoe that fits a wide foot. Up until now it's been a question of trying the widest of the standard width options. But finally there's a decent trail shoe on the market that's made for the wider footed amongst us...
Cascadia (2E for men, and D for women) is Brooks’ first incarnation of a wide-fitting trail running shoe, offering protection and comfort for wide feet on rocky, muddy or uneven terrain. The built-in rock plate gives extra protection against sharp rocks and stones. The heel drop is 8mm for better connection to the ground. Featuring a velcro gaiter attachment so you’ve the option to use gaiters when running on sandy terrain (gaiters are not included).
With the right trail running shoes you’re equipped for anything the weather might throw at us this season. Enjoy getting off the pavements and discovering the countryside.
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