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Trail shoes to go off-roading

Whether you’re venturing off pavement for the first time or training for an ultra, hit your stride in durable trail runners from Salomon, Merrell, La Sportiva and more.

While you can wear road running shoes on trails, you’ll likely be more comfortable in trail-specific runners. Deep lugs offer reliable traction on slick surfaces. Gusseted tongues block out grit and sand. Protective toecaps and rock plates help you tackle even the gnarliest trails with confidence.

If you’re wondering how to choose trail running shoes, think about where you’ll run. Technical terrain and loose dirt call for shoes with aggressive tread, while crushed gravel paths don’t require as much grip. Muddy, wet runs are more comfortable in waterproof shoes. And if ice and snow threaten to derail your training plans, winter running shoes with spikes are the answer – they’re like studded tires for your feet.

What to wear trail running

Pair your trail running shoes with synthetic or merino wool running socks to wick moisture and prevent blisters. Wear quick-drying layers, plus sun protection like a hat.

On short runs through local parks, a waist belt or handheld water bottle can work well. A running vest or pack lets you carry more water and safety essentials for longer runs in remote areas or mountainous terrain.

For more tips, check out our beginner’s guide to trail running.