Even before the pandemic started, trail running was growing in popularity. But last year was a blowout year for trail runners, who set records (known as fastest known times, or FKTs) on trails all over the world.
I love trail running. I’ve been doing it for more than 20 years, and I still log a couple of miles (almost) every day. 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 hopefully, you can find something you can use among our favorites. Don’t see anything you like? Check out our guide to the Best Running Gear or How to Start Working Out at Home.
Updated February 2021: We added new models and removed older picks.