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Trail running has been growing in popularity for years, with a boom during the pandemic seen on trails all over the world. Trail running shoes are also a lighter, more affordable, and more versatile alternative to traditional hiking boots. Everyone’s feet and running practices are different, so it’s hard to recommend one shoe that works for all. But you can find something great among our favorites.

Don’t see anything you like? Check out our other guides, including the Best Running Gear, the Best Rain Jackets and Hiking Gear 101.

Updated June 2023: We’ve overhauled this trail running shoe guide, removing older picks and adding new models from Hoka, Saucony, Adidas, and more.

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