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The Best Trail Running Shoes for 2024

Nothing quite beats the feeling of trail running, and often there’s nothing more exciting than shopping for your next pair of trail running shoes. Whether you have set a new years’ resolution to try something new, or you’re a seasoned pro out there on the dirt track – check out our picks of the best trail running shoes you’ll slide your feet into this 2024.

Best Trail Running Shoes for Beginners

If you’re just starting out on the trails – finding the right balance of support, comfort and tech is key. For this we recommend looking into options from Mizuno or Saucony. Both brands also providing great unisex options.


As a trail running newbie, it might feel overwhelming knowing what kind of footwear to choose. If you’re unsure about finding the right fit for your style of running (neutral vs overpronation), book an appointment with a member of our instore team, and our myfit3D program to find your perfect pair of trail running shoes. 



Best long-distance trail running shoes

If you’re looking to travel further with your trail running this year, we have a great range of trail running shoes that are perfectly suited to running longer distances. Middle to long distance trail running is considered to be distances over 20km, so you need shoes that will take you there. You’ll want to look for things like versatility, and lightweight technology. Engineered mesh in the upper is one strong indicator that you’re opting for that lighter shoe. For long distance running we really love the options that HOKA and New Balance offer in their trail shoe collections. 

The HOKA challenger Atr for example, is designed to take on whatever is underfoot, no matter how tricky. Its midsole construction utilises compression moulded EVA foam for increased impact absorption and added spring on the toes. The outsole combines tightly spaced lugs in the centre, with larger, more aggressive lugs at the perimeter for improved traction.

Get unmatched comfort and protection on the trails with the New Balance Fresh Foam Hierro V7 Gore-Tex. This silhouette is lighter than its predecessors offering faster performance. The breathable mesh upper utilises a no-sew construction to prevent irritation, blistering, and debris from entering the shoe. Particularly important when you’re spending a long time out there on the trails.



Best trail running shoes for uneven terrain

If you’re a mountain runner, or you’re expecting uneven ground, ensuring that you have footwear that can master versatile terrain is key. Rugged terrain needs footwear that blends a strong stack of cushioning and versatility in the lugs that can cope with uneven pathways. Versatile shoes by Brooks and Altra are both strong options in this category.

Altra's best-selling trail shoe has evolved, The Altra Lone Peak 7 comes equipped with everything you could need to conquer the most rugged of terrain during your trail adventures. The streamlined upper and sleek outsole are designed to allow you to run confidently on any terrain. You’ll find the Lone Peak 7 is built on Altra's Balanced Cushioning.  The toe box also allows for more room, keeping the big toe in a straight position, allowing for more stability and increased power during toe-off.

The Brooks Cascadia 17 is great for multi-terrain adventuring, with lugs that offer enhanced control and stability, as well as a midsole that provides a soft cushion underfoot no matter what surface you’re running on.



Our favourite all-round trail running shoes 

From those transitioning from road running through to multi terrain winners, there’s a great choice of trail running shoes that offer all round versatility, and choice. From plushness underfoot keeping you comfy, through to zero-drop footwear – we love these options from New Balance and Altra.

Experience a new level of softness on the trails with the New Balance Fresh Foam More Trail V3.  This can be worn on and off the trails, with the elevated platform sole. Delivering plush cushioning with every step, and engineered mesh upper to gently wrap the foot for a breathable feel. The Altra Olympus 5 is the Zero Drop shoe you’re looking for – Zero-Drop shoes are great options for those runners who are transitioning from road running to trail running and looking for something extra supportive. The Olympus 5 offers protection and comfort for your feet with a foam packed midsole. With a sturdy platform sole, these are a great choice.



There you have it – our list of our favourite trail running shoes for 2024. Can’t wait to see you out there on the road, happy running!

The Best Trail Running Shoes for 2024
Posted on 31-01-2024
By TheAtheletesFoot
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