Trail running shoes for wide feet should have a few key features to provide the best possible fit and support. First, they should have a wide toe box to allow for natural toe splay and prevent blisters.
Second, they should have a secure lacing system that can be adjusted to provide a snug, comfortable fit. Third, they should have good traction to provide grip on varied terrain. Finally, they should be durable and well-constructed to stand up to the rigors of trail running.
20 Best Trail Running Shoes For Wide Feet
1. New Balance Men’s 410 V7 Trail Running Shoe, Wide – Black
Stay comfortable on your next adventure in the Men’s New Balance 410 V7 Medium/Wide Trail Running Shoe. Mesh upper in a trail running sneaker style with a round toe. Lace-up closure. Padded collar and tongue for increased comfort.
I bought this for my son who has wide feet. We sized down 1 size because it fit better. Maybe wide shoes have more room so we didn’t need his usual size. It’s hard to find running shoes that are lightweight and comfy and in wide sizes so I was happy to find this one in a brand name I trust.
Unfortunately, he’s wearing a hole at the side after 1 week of wear, where his foot is the widest. He’s a very active teenager. Probably can’t fault the shoe. Mesh fabric keeps the shoe lightweight so it’s a trade-off I guess.
Like most people. I think I have tried every brand out there. I can’t spend $130+ on shoes that will just wear out in 2-3 months. I had to break away from Hoka’s and Saucony’s. wasn’t convinced with New Balance at first years ago but I always came back to them when they had sales/deals.
They are consistently dependable and comfortable to me. I’m also older so. I’ll take comfort over flashiness. Right out of the box – I checked the insert soles. aligned correctly and the comfort was instantaneous.
(Saucony’s quality has been so poor the late 8 years. and I had a habit of checking soles since I noticed the Saucony’s were failing) These shoes are not narrow but I can see someone with narrow feet not having a relaxed snug fit.
just double up on socks. I have used these shoes to run daily (2-4 miles). and almost a week in. I bought another pair. Like most of my New Balance shoes. I will retire them for yard work but when I see the tread/usuage of them.
I am a supinator and I have a stress fracture in my right foot that hasn’t healed for two years now. I bought these shoes in the Rogans store and I love them so I bought a pair online at Rogans. My right foot doesn’t hurt anymore and my stress fracture has healed because of these shoes.
I highly recommend these shoes. The salesman at the Marshfield, WI store spent a lot of time with me helping me find the best shoes for me. I’m so grateful for his help and I’ll only shop at Rogans.
The trail icon you know and love, just got an upgrade. And now it is available in extra wide fit. The Lone Peak 6 is here to show it’s still legendary with updated features like new upper construction and a customizable lacing system designed for a better fit on the trails.
This evolution provides the ultimate trail features like our grippy MaxTrac outsole with TrailClaw canted lugs designed to conquer any terrain.
Altra says their shoes will typically last between 300-600 miles, which is a wide range, but it is accurate in my experience. After looking at the use I kept track of, I think I got between 400-450 miles on these so far, but they don’t have much longer left in them.
As I get ready for some longer trips this summer, I will likely be purchasing another pair of these to use due to how much I like them, while opting for other shoes for my typical 20-40 mile/week hiking activity.
It may seem “extra”, but these fulfill a pretty niche but important part of my footwear quiver. I switched to the mids after a rough ankle injury that made me look for a little more support than I usually used, and these offer great support, while also being flexible.
I appreciate that. I think some people may have issues with these because they use the typical convention for sizing up when purchasing other boots. Doing this may cause issues with seams and stress on the parts of the boots that flex the most.
With my experience of ~8 pairs of Altras, in a few styles, I have had the best experience buying them in my “true” size, meaning regardless of the size listed on the shoe, they aren’t the equivalent of a half-size larger, which is what I typically do with other brands.
I typically need a “wide” option for most footwear, and I think a lot of people may think these are a “wide” shoe because of the toebox. While they do work pretty well for me, I think some of my past experiences with them wearing out in the same spot they tend to wear out (outer foot, about an inch below my pinky toe) is because despite the toe box being so open, they aren’t wide in other spots like some boots/shoes are.
Still, I have enjoyed Lone Peaks while they lasted, and haven’t been dissatisfied with how much mileage I got out of them. One other thing to note is the zero amount of drop between toe and heel. It might not seem like a big deal, but you probably will feel it after a long day if you haven’t worn them before.
It may be worth taking things a little slower at first. When I first started, they felt fine on flat ground, but uphills were a bit tougher on my calves. I definitely felt the burn after some initial long hikes that I didn’t have issues with while wearing shoes with a typical drop! After a little bit of time, you will probably acclimate and be just fine.
I simply suggest keeping that in mind the first few times you wear them. One issue I had with this particular model was the tread starting to wear down pretty quickly on the rocky trails I usually go on.
By the time the tread was nearly gone, I had just started to get some holes in the outer fabric near the outer edge of my foot where it bends. Even with this, it was a drastic improvement in durability from previous years.
I think a large part of that was that I went for the “ALL-WTHR” version this time, which likely gets more durability from the liner. For this kind of boot, I did find the ventilation to be solid. I was pleasantly surprised by it, as someone who has feet that typically run hot.
“I REALLY want to like these shoes,” I think to myself as I spend the second night in an Icelandic hotel room thankful for the complimentary hair dryer while I sit on the bathroom floor blow drying the life back into these shoes.
My Salomon hiking boots are heavy and the waterproofing was potentially compromised from multiple stream crossings so I thought I’d purchase a smaller lightweight versatile waterproof trail running shoe for my Iceland and Europe trip because my friends have converted to hiking in trail runners and it’s something I’ve considered for hot weather anyway.
I tried them on at REI and loved everything about the fit. They had wide toe room, were very supportive, and didn’t hurt my feet when running around Ladybird Lake during the Texas drought. However, within 30 minutes into a rainy, muddy hike the waterproofing over the top of my left foot failed.
It definitely wasn’t from rain paints dripping into my shoes, which I wouldn’t have faulted the shoe for. It was like the very dorsal middle aspect of the toes where only sky water touches. My feet were soaked by the end of it as my right foot eventually became compromised too.
Disappointed, I dried the shoes and tried again the next day thinking it was probably my fault/user error. When waterfall viewing at Seljalandsfoss, just getting the spray on me soaked through to my feet.
The tread was at least very good though. I tried no socks but ended up with blisters on my heel. Now I’m not even halfway through my trip and wishing I could have a do-over. The inside of the shoe says waterproof eVent waterproofing and REI calls them waterproof, but the Altra website says “weather resistant”.
I feel like I’ve been duped. These will be going back to REI upon my return. I would consider purchasing Altras for running in dry weather only but I’m pretty bitter right now. Going to stick with Salomon.
I refused to try these on for a long time, as they do look a bit. ungainly, with that wide toe box. After spending 8+ months damaging my feet and knees with other shoes and boots, I finally gave in, and I could kick myself (actually, I can’t.
I’m not that flexible). The second I tried them on they felt like I was walking on air. All the negative reviews I’d read on them (how weird the loose toe box felt, how the lack of stability caused more ankle turns, how it would take a lot of effort to relearn how to walk with the zero-drop heel) – none of them were true for me.
That’s why it’s important to find out what your particular feet need, rather than what folks favorite shoes are. For me, I have a decent-sized bunion on one foot, and also poorly-healed broken toes on that same foot, then both knees are inflamed from hiking in shoes that were too inflexible.
I am MUCH steadier in these, not experiencing the pounding sensations in my feet, and had zero issues transitioning. The big toe box? I am addicted to the feeling!! There’s definitely a certain method one needs to tie their laces – I was tempted to go too tight, and they pain on top of my foot literally felt like I’d broken it.
So, that’s part of the learning curve. As far as traction – I’ve hiked appx 30 miles so far in them, and they are excellent on rock that some other shoes are slippery on. I mean, really good. I also ended up having them on (not my intention, but you know how it goes on the trails) for a number of water crossings.
The current was quite strong and flowed over rock, rather than loose rocks and sand, so I thought there was no way they’d fare well. My feet never slipped once. However, on any muddy surfaces, loose soil and/or leaves, this is where I have to slow down to a snail’s pace, because they have no ability to navigate them.
That’s understandable when you look at the lower profile treads, and it’s something I’m willing to sacrifice for the comfort that brings. I can see myself becoming an Altra loyalist for sure. They earned 4 instead of 5 stars due to the traction, and the feel of the top of the shoe when the laces are tightened.
The GEL-VENTURE 8 (Wide) running shoe is designed for the great outdoors. Excellent for trail runs, light hiking or exploring a new city, this style is complemented with a wide fit for runners who require less width in their footwear.
This model has been updated with a more accommodating forefoot fit, while reducing the amount of overlays around the forefoot without sacrificing durability. Lastly, the outsole is more durable with a traction pattern that’s been improved with re-engineered lugs under the heel.
All of these updates make the new GEL-VENTURE 8 (Wide) shoe a recommended companion for your next adventure.
I bought this in Orange/grey color but the quality of new models of Gel ventura is really bad. The shoes tore within two months of using. I only used them for walking 10K steps a day but they tore from inside at the heel.
Sponge is totally gone. Earlier I used Gel Ventura 6 for hiking and it worked for years but this one didn’t work for even 2 months. Same thing happened with Gel Ventura 7, and I returned them. But this one I cannot return as I am past my timeline because I didn’t use them immediately after I bought.
I bought these recently while on a shopping trip with my husband. I hadn’t planned purchasing any that day ~ until I saw the terrific selection of Asics. This Brand has always been a favorite for me because of the support, comfort and the great variety of styles.
I definitely was not disappointed this time either ~ they are Oh, So Comfortable. My feet are very sensitive and I have back issues that demand well fitting shoes with great support and these fulfill every requirement.
I am so happy my husband decided to go shopping that day at DSW ~ and I am delighted with my Asics Gel Venture shoes.
I’ve had these sneakers for a couple of weeks now. For most brands I wear a size 8. 5-9 but a size 10 wide is the size I purchased and they fit perfectly. I recently had a total hip replacement and have had spine surgeries (fusions) so I am very particular when it comes to any footwear as my body can get to a point of true pain very quickly and if footwear doesn’t fit correctly the effect it has on my gait causes issues.
I’ve been wearing these daily for my walks and have not had any issues or discomfort; I am completely flat-footed and the arch of the sneakers has not cause any discomfort whatsoever. I hope this helps.
People love the idea of adventure in the great outdoors, but there’s more to the natural landscape than fresh air and scenic views. Uneven terrain, debris, and moisture are unique challenges to footwear that require specialized construction.
For those who take going off the beaten path literally, there’s the Fresh Foam X Hierro, a dedicated, off-road application of our best running technology. The Fresh Foam X Hierro v7 employs a Vibram Megagrip outsole to create a protective shell of durability and traction around the signature Fresh Foam X cushioning and a breathable, lightweight upper.
I have been eagerly awaiting the Hierro v7 for many months and immediately purchased a pair in the blue apricot color way (looks amazing btw) that day it launched. Wearing the shoes around the house felt ok but after using the pair on two back-to-back day hikes, I realize that the toe box is very rigid and unforgiving.
Even with the wide version, my feet are unable to splay properly and I developed blisters on my pinky toe and the outer side of my big toe. At the end of my hike, I took my socks off and could see the mesh imprint of the toe guard fabric on my middle toe.
This never happened to me with other New Balance shoes (1260, 860, Leadville v3) and the main difference I observed is the material of the toe guard which wraps around the toe box. With Hierro v7, the toe guard seems to be made of hardened, laminated plastic instead of flexible rubber-like material.
It’s really disappointing because I was really looking forward to this shoe, I even put off purchasing a new pair for almost a year.
I got these for a trail race. Only got to put five miles on em before the race. I ran a 26. 5 mile race with these. No blisters and no hot spots. The outsole was grippy and handled scrambling and bouldering without issue.
The toe protector provided adequate protection. Despite not having a rock plate, there’s enough cushioning to minimize sharp rocks poking the feet. I liked the toe box. It was more roomy than my Peregrines and Cascadias but not as wide as Altra.
The only change I would hope is made in future iterations is that they reduce the drop from 8mm to 4mm. That may be personal preference as I find the lower drop more comfortable for long races.
I had the v5. Should have bought more. I have high volume foot and like wide toe boxes. I bought same 11. 5 wide in both versions. The v7 fits more like their traditional running shoe and had a noticeably smaller toe box than v5.
The heal in v7 was wider than v5 which led to foot sliding a lot more. The length was also about. 25in longer in v7 than v5. They really shouldn’t have kept same name redesign was substantially different enough to merit being called a different name in my opinion.
Had two trail runs in them one half marathon and one 10k. Hoping I can find an insert that improves them since new balance might not take them back since they are got pretty dirty on those runs.
Explore new places in the New Balance 481 Trail Running Shoe. Synthetic and mesh upper in a trail running shoe style with a round toe. Lace up entry for a secure fit with easy on pull tab on heel. Logo detailing with durable overlays.
Fabric lining with a cushioned comfort footbed. Cushioning midsole provides shock absorption. Lugged rubber outsole for all-terrain traction. Available in extra wide sizes.
I’m not fond of toe box material or cut ( much too loose over top of my foot & puckers upward around the toe box) while there is a strange reflective mirror or shimmering effect going on in the woven material.
Quite distracting. Sizing is ~1/2 size off in length (short) width is smaller than other 4e’s I own. Footbed is a strong point, sturdy support & seems durable. I’ve owned this model earlier & remember as being much better.
I have been running for about 45 years and some version of this shoe has been my go to running shoe for many years now. Whether 476s, 479s or now 481s this has been a great shoe. Whether I run on the street or compete in 8 mile trail runs these shoes are comfortable, tough, durable and give good traction on most surfaces.
I do change out the insole for a running insole I purchase separately for more comfort. I also think they are a great value.
Ive almost had to buy New Balance shoes since. they became available. I wear a super wide in 13 and New Balance is about the only store in town and Sportsmansguide has been selling them for years. I tend to wear shoes til they rot off my feet and have the last two overly worn pair that I use when its muddy out or in the winter when I have to go fetch wood.
they are long past the washing stage and are held together by remnants of nylon. These shoes LAST, are comfortable and flat out fit well. Great product!.
To create the next generation Speedcross 5, Salomon went back to the source code, capitalizing on the values that make Speedcross legendary. Even more grip, and a more dynamic upper set a new high-bar on performance and fit.
And with better stability and a refined look, a new legend has arrived.
I go back and forth between these and the Hoka Speedgoat trail runners. These Salomon shoes are unrivalled for traction – massive pointy lugs which simply do not give up or wear down. Definitely worth putting in the mix.
They are pretty narrow so keep that in mind if you have wide feet. The shoes are wonderfully supportive and hold up possibly more than any other trail runners I have ever run in. Recommend buying up a size: I am an 11 but only run in 12s and this formula has worked for me now for a few years.
I bought these after having them recommended to me by a number of people. They are perfect shoes for when you just don’t wanna care about your shoes! Trail running, light hiking, walking outside the house in the country.
So quick and easy to put on too. Fit is true to size. I am 6’4” and west 12. 5 in all my Salomon footwear. Only caveat is that they aren’t waterproof. I thought they were but turns out I was wrong.
I really bought these shoes on a whim – I was looking for a pair of trail-running shoes for my husband and I made my purchase based on the number of positive reviews for this model. He had run with a few other pairs of trail running shoes in the past – never really completely satisfied but never could define what he was looking for in a perfect trail-running shoe! He went on a few runs with these Salomon and he loves them so far! I’ll be interested to see how they hold up with wear and tear, in heat, and rain.
Stride through the day with durable comfort in Skechers Max Protect. This lace-up features a water-resistant leather and mesh upper, Skechers Air-Cooled Memory Foam insole and a Goodyear performance outsole.
It is difficult to find a classic style sneaker. We look for utility use not for ‘what’s in’ or popular at the mall. Skechers usually makes a great line with enough variety to satisfy customers of all types and this one fit the bill.
The sizing is true and the width is great (my husband usually wears a W but by looking at the cut, I could see the M would fit, and it did). The color is as pictured Gray/Black-not a stitch of blue. I think 90% of our shoes are Skechers and this one did not disappoint.
Bought on the web and shipped to the house because we were too busy to shop and try on. Fit exactly like the size 12 sketchers from years ago. Nice insole, and nice to have a new pair, though the old Sketcher held up well.
Bought a second pair as soon as the first was tried out and walked in for a bit. Easy to buy, easy to wear.
Take to the trails in the New Balance 412v3. Featuring an AT Tread outsole and ACTEVA performance foam, this women’s shoe is formulated to deliver support without compromising weight or flexibility so you can challenge all terrain with comfort and ease.
Click this FOOTWEAR GUIDE to find the perfect fit and more! SHOE TECHNOLOGIESResponse 1. 0 Performance insert All-terrain tread Breathable mesh Durable cushioning SHOE CONSTRUCTIONLeather, mesh upper Fabric lining – IMEVA midsole Rubber outsole – SHOE DETAILSRound toe – Lace-up closure – Padded footbed Size: 6.
5 Wide. Color: Black. Gender: female. Age Group: adult.
I am a size 6. 5 but had to size up to a 7 for just a little more toe room. This is typical for me w/ athletic shoes. I purchased these to replace the Under Armour’s from last year that I paid a bit for.
I cld not find a pr of New Balance that were suitable for me at that time (I shld have been looking at Academy). I did not do much outdoor activity during Winter, but recently noticed that when I wear the Under Armours the soles of my feet are sore after a run/long walk (they are still like new too).
I am glad I found these New Balance online (noticed all the great reviews for this shoe). Free shipping is awesome! The price is a great value, & like the dark grey/light grey combo colors. I happend to see these exact same shoes on sale for $20 more elsewhere right after I placed my order w/ Academy.
I have worn for walking & running, I have no issues at all. no more sore feet! They are comfy & good looking! I’ll just have to stick w/ New Balance in the future. & I’ll be back to Academy.
I work on my feet 15 hours a day. I purchased this shoe because I have had great luck with NB. From the first day I put them on until now, I have been able to work without tired achey feet. My experience from the time I saw this shoe until now has been great.
I visited the Missouri city Academy store on their Grand Opening day. I saw the shoe, but could not find my size. Robert a very helpful, knowledgeable associate looked for my size and when he couldn’t find it he offed to order for me.
He was able to look up the shoe with his handheld unit and found my size, and placed the order. He handed me the handheld unit so I could input my information, but due to me not having my glasses I could not read the screen.
He offered to key the info for me. When it came time to put in my credit card info in, he keyed and the cleared the system, ensuring my info was no longer visible to him. During this whole time I was struggling to see he respected my imparement, and never once did he say mam “you glasses are hanging on your shirt” lol.
This I noticed when I was leaving the store. I have thought of this experience and this young man often. My husband always tells me you need to order another pair, and I suppose this time I will listen.
I’ve had New Balance recommended to me by podiatrists and Ortho doctors. I’m in the medical field and on my feet all day and have spurs and chronic plantar fasciitis in both feet. As little no as I have my New Balance on, I am fine all day! Plus, with these particular ones, I can assist patients with showers without fear of slipping! I have a pair pa Asics that I actually slipped down and landed on my hip! I had to order these online due to not being able to find them in the stores.
I hope you’ll start carrying more Nre Balance shoes again! Kathy.
Break new ground. Feed your curiosity for trail adventures with the Cohesion 14 TR. It’s equipped for off-road explorations with lots of feel-good VERSARUN cushioning, rugged grip, and a secure, protective fit.
Cohesion used to be my favorite shoe. This version however does not fit me well. The shoes fit but My heel keeps slipping up and down with every step. I wear ankle socks with the tab at the back to prevent this from happening, but the socks do not work with these shoes.
These shoes are also to narrow in the toe box. I tried order one size up to see if they would feel better, but they didn’t really work either. My personal favorite fit is cohesion 12. I order them from amazon.
They are perfect for my plantar fasciitis and my foot fits down in the shoe perfectly. I miss cohesion 12 :(. I have worn the same color schemes and ordered the same dang shoes for years now. The same silver/silver, silver/purple, silver/green.
Please make these shoes wider again and accommodate the extra cushioning with a deeper heel support. if that makes sense.
Desperately needed a new pair of shoes and agonized over which brand to buy for my 5 day Orlando trip knowing they’d have to support my already achey feet. I had a hard time finding ones I liked in my go to Sketchers or Asics and tried on a lot of pricier brands trying to branch out.
I went to this brand as more of a last resort to find something in my size but I’m so glad I landed on these! My feet were by far more rested and supported than with any other pair of tennis shoes I’ve owned in the past.
And the price was half of some other brands I tried. I did try these for running once or twice but preferred my running shoes. But these did great as cross trainers and walking shoes. I carried 3 pairs on my trip and wound up only wearing these.
I plan to buy another pair in a few months. I bought a half size larger than I normally wear but they fit very well. Other brands tend to be too narrow buta “wide” is too wide for me. These fit my arched slightly wide feet great.
When I initially tried them on I thought they were great. Lightweight, comfortable, good price. So I wore them for a whole day where I spent a lot of time on my feet and now I don’t love them anymore.
The bottom of the laces area rubs on the knuckle of my big toe something awful. By the end of the day my knuckles were super sore. So I didn’t wear them for a few days and then tried them again thinking perhaps I just needed to break them in.
This time they immediately started hurting my knuckles. So I took them right back off rather than go another full day in pain. But now since I wore them I’m stuck with shoes that I can’t wear because they hurt my feet.
The fit already trusted by 50 million feet, now made to cover more distance. The Moab Flight is a protective, cushioned trail running shoe designed to give you underfoot confidence in any trail condition.
I normally wear Brooks in running shoes and occasionally will buy Keen. I hadn’t worn Merrell for many years. I saw these were on sale, tried them on, and they are now my go-to shoes! I walk 4+ miles per day on both hard surfaces and trails in the woods.
They provide stability, comfort and they look great. Because they are light colored, I managed to get them dirty rather quickly so I wanted to see how they would hold up in the washing machine. They turned out fabulously and look like new.
I love these so much that I purchased the same model in black. I would highly recommend if you are also a Brooks and Keen fan. You can add these to your shoe wardrobe. Choices are good!.
I only wear Merrell sneakers for my daily 4 mile walks, size 10. 5/42. This pair is more cushioned than other types, which is Great! A little short in the toe box but ok. I go through a lot of shoes, almost every 3 months, as I wear the heels down on the outsides.
The best thing about these shoes is that gravel doesn’t get lodged in the sole! Many of my Merrells have had terrible soles where gravel gets wedged in between the bumpy things. Not a problem with this shoe, which is excellent.
We’ll see how they hold up, as the vibrate tread looks a bit thin at first glance, but maybe that’s just an illusion.
These shoes forced me to pronate terribly. They had a large sole – especially to the outside of the shoe – and it lifted ny foot too much abd forced it inward. making me walk very pigeon toed. Logged many miles in these and my ankles and knees hurt terribly afterwards from walking in such an unnatural position.
Had I continued using them they would have caused serious injury. Glad I didn’t try to run in them. I have a normal gait and these shoes were not good. Someone who supinates might have good luck with these but not someone with a normal gait.
The GEL-VENTURE 8 (Wide) running shoe is designed for the great outdoors. Excellent for trail runs, light hiking or exploring a new city, this style is complemented with a wide fit for runners who require less width in their footwear.
This model has been updated with a more accommodating forefoot fit, while reducing the amount of overlays around the forefoot without sacrificing durability. Lastly, the outsole is more durable with a traction pattern that’s been improved with re-engineered lugs under the heel.
All of these updates make the new GEL-VENTURE 8 (Wide) shoe a recommended companion for your next adventure.
Get ready for your next adventure in the Men’s Saucony Excursion TR15 Medium/Wide Trail Running Shoe. Mesh upper in a trail running sneaker style with a round toe. Lace-up closure. Padded collar and tongue for increased comfort.
Heel and tongue pull tabs. Soft lining with VERSARUN cushioning. Outsole with durable lugs. Lighter footprint this style contains recycled materials.
I’m a delivery driver that works 8-14 hours a day walking 25-40,000 steps a day (according to my fit bit). My uniform has to be either black or brown shoes and I always look for cheap shoes because I tear them up in a matter of months.
I usually wear $300 boots in my wet Northwest environment, but during the dry summer months I look for a light weight, cheap shoe to make my day easier I bought these off a win and have been thoroughly impressed.
The grip from the “trail running” sole performs amazing on the different surfaces I encounter. The weight (or lack of) makes it easier with all the walking/stairs (200+ flights a day) I encounter. The sole itself has held up very well, typically “knobby” type of soles break down faster because of more space/less material between tread, but these has been great in general, and especially great for the price and comparing them to Nike Air Max 90’s I’ve used in the past that cost roughly ~$30-50 more.
The only area these are lacking (like more generic shoes), are the insoles. The insoles are flat with no cushion. I put in other insoles I have and they are a PERFECT summer shoe for my job that takes more abuse than any average person will put them through.
They aren’t waterproof, but if you need a lightweight, breathable, good traction, comfortable shoe for any reason, these are the shoes to buy. I don’t do any type of running, but I do hike. I would 100% wear these shoes for a dry summer hike.
And with different insoles, I could image these shoes being phenomenal choice for any avid runner. The cheap cost of these shoes is great for spending a little extra to upgrade the insoles and make a great shoe that you’d have no reason buying anything else after using.
Not my first pair of Saucony; I must have purchased at least 10 pair. A friend had a different looking pair of “walker” shoes, and I asked about them. and decided to try a pair. I needed comfortable, rounded toe area shoes and was willing to try anything to ease comfort for Plantar Fasciitus.
The arch fit is the key. These are wonderful: comfortable in the exact area of need–the arch. Been using for a few years now; will keep using as long as I can find them. Although I have personal arch inserts ; I am very pleased with the toe room of Saucony Trail/Walkers/R Not my first pair of Saucony Trail Shoes.
I asked a friend about her different shoes; and she told me about the Trail Running Shoe. I got a pair and have been using this brand ever since. I do more walking than running now; and the transition is still comfortable–as long as I can find either the Trail Runner and/or Walker; I am a happy customer.
I have been buying the same shoes for years now. I am an ER Dr (on my feet all day) and spent many years in the army so I have terrible feet and have to wear orthotic inserts. I’ve tried so many different shoes before these and these are so great that I have been buying the same shoe over and over again for years.
These are water resistant so I don’t have to worry about gross/random body fluids getting through the material like with other sneakers. They are wide enough to accommodate my orthotics and sooo super comfy and supportive.
I work a lot and wear them almost every day and they last longer (while still being supportive) than any other work shoe that I’ve had. Plus they are still cute shoes. I don’t look like an old lady in them.
Shoes that match your love for adventure, the Altra Lone Peak has long been a fan favorite of trail runners and hikers looking for a lightweight and comfortable trail shoe. A 0 mm heel-to-toe drop and soft yet responsive EGO midsole is the perfect amount of cushioning to protect your feet on long runs while still giving you plenty of ground feel for a communicative and fun ride on the trail.
The support and grip you get from Altrarsquos MaxTrac outsole lets you dig into the dirt when you need to push a little harder and gives you extra control for soft landings while you descend steep terrain.
As you approach stream crossings and puddles on your route, a protective toe cap with drain ports helps drain water out of your shoes fast when the only way across is through. And when debris starts creeping down your socks, Altrarsquos attachments for their trail gaiters help keep stones, pebbles, dirt and sand out of your shoe.
From trails to towns, cities to summits, the men’s Altra Lone Peak 6 gives you a versatile, wide-fitting trail shoe perfect for trail runs, hikes and outdoor adventures.
I wanted to love these shoes. They were recommended by a friend who is an avid thru hiker. While they are extremely comfortable for wide feet (go an entire size up as many reviews say this brand runs small in general), I was disappointed in the shoe for several reasons.
First off, the shoes are not waterproof. They don’t let water in immediately, which makes you think that they are. But a half hour or so after a water crossing, the water soaks through and your shoes are wet and the insulation keeps them that way.
Secondly, the sole on the shoe is extremely slippery on both wet and gravel-covered surfaces. I have never felt scared of rock hopping across water or going down steep surfaces covered in scree in other hiking boots.
These shoes had me in fear of a serious injury in both cases. And lastly, the zero drop break-in period is much too long for me. I wore the shoes on progressive 3-mile, 5-mile, and 10-mile hikes over the course of a few weeks before taking them on a low-grade 20-mile backpacking trip.
The day after the trip, I did another 10-mile day hike and felt like the bones in one of my feet were bruised or broken. I was limping around Big Sur and in pain for months afterward. At one point I was worried that my foot wouldn’t heal in time to be able to go on any of the serious summer backpacking trips I had booked (thankfully the pain subsided after three months).
I would not recommend these shoes for anything other than low-impact, dry hikes fewer than 10 miles–and only if you have extremely wide feet and can’t find another comfortable fit.
In my usual hiking boots I began to notice aching feet as I hiked beyond 4-5 miles, but not when I wore my Lone Peak 3 trail running shoes. So, when this boot popped up I ordered a pair in the same size as the LP3 (I typically wear a 9.
5, but 10. 5 in Altra) which worked perfectly and achieved the goal of happy feet. I’ve put a couple of hundred miles on them (asphalt, groomed trails and rocky horror Arizona) as day hikes with a light day pack.
Because of their lightness, I was (and remain) somewhat skeptical of their long term durability, but they have held up very well and don’t have that “beat up” appearance. I’m impressed with how the sticky grip and the lightness allow for “quick feet” moving from rock to rock.
Looking through many of the other reviews, I am in general agreement with most of the points made except sizing. I lucked out choosing the size I did, but there’s nothing better than going into REI with your own socks and sizing rationally for you.
The other points about waterproofing (not), maybe wanting a stiffer sole under heavier loads, the clunky lacing are true, but unimportant to me. What is important to me is that I can take a moment to lace these up, go on a 10 mile day hike with my little pack, stop at the grocery store on the way home and then proceed with the rest of the day not thinking of my feet or even changing into other shoes.
I have loved all the Altras I’ve purchased. Maybe these the most.
It’s no secret that Salomon’s trail shoes tend to run a little narrow, so even though the newest edition of their famous Speedcross trail running shoe is wider than its predecessors, wide-footed runners with trust issues can turn to the Speedcross 5 Wide Trail Running Shoe for a fit that’s guaranteed to give their feet room to move around on technical trails.
This special version of the Speedcross 5 is designed to accommodate runners with wider feet who may have found the standard Speedcrosses too narrow, and features the same updates as the regular version of the Speedcross 5 that make it an ideal choice for sloppy days on the trail.
The outsole of this shoe has been updated with deeper and more generously spaced lugs, giving you greater traction in soft and loose conditions like mud and snow. The softer and tackier rubber is also ideal for grip in soft conditions, and the unique heel-unit design of the midsole provides greater stability for those times when you’re worried about slipping out as you wind your way down muddy switchbacks.
The forefoot stays plenty flexible too, so you can really dig into steep trails as your toes splay out comfortably and you kick things into high gear.
After doing some slightly obsessive research, I settled on the speed cross 5 gtx because of their seemingly impressive specs. Unfortunately, they’re possibly the most uncomfortable shoes I’ve ever bought.
I’m a size 12uk and whilst the length is ok, they’re extremely tight in the middle. They feel a bit like the plastic ice skates you hire at the ice rink. I’ve tried to grin and bear it hoping my feet/shoes will adjust but I just get blisters every time: I can’t wait to take them off.
The lace design is cool however most of the pressure is at the very top. The heel area is very solid and uncomfortable due to the junction where the goretex lining is. Which is the cause of my blisters and has already showing signs of wear/fraying after only approx 100km of use.
(Bought these in Aug21 but didn’t use over winter) The grip is incredible. The goretex works great. They look awesome but ultimately I feel like I’ve bought an expensive sports car with all the extras, but gives me chronic back ache to drive.
These shoes aren’t cheap and I blew my budget on something I can’t wear so will have to find an cheaper alternative 🙁 Wish I could go back in time and spend the money on something else or return/exchange them.
Help would be hugely appreciated to find a solution but if not my wife will just remain mad at me for spending so much on something that sits in the closet.
As with all the speedcross shoes I’ve had was able to wear them up the hills straight out of the box. Differences (between v4 and v5), and my thoughts/experience: – Lug size increase/change. Seems to make the shoe much more aggressive, particularly going downhill (on rocky/slippery dirt trails).
– Shoe feels much higher off the ground than what I recall with previous versions. Definitely is, and by a lot, when put next to my other versions, but of course the lugs on them are well worn down. – Higher collar at the back.
Read some reviews saying this caused rubbing for some, I haven’t experienced that. – Got the GT version this time (first time out of 5 pairs). Haven’t experienced any feet sweating despite walking/running 25km a few times in reasonable heat (25 degrees plus).
– As has been the case with all pairs of speedcross I’ve owned fit true to size. Now my only gripe with Speedcross, and the reason I gave them 4 instead of 5 stars, is the colours are limited for men (LOL).
Women get all sorts of colour combinations. I had to settle with the pretty boring black/phantom combination. Note: Much credit to Athlete’s Foot. Not only was the purchase price for these the lowest of anywhere I looked, price included delivery and they arrived the next day.
Where the trail begins. For the price conscious who want to hit the dirt, the Excursion TR14 packs the necessities for a good time-essential cushioning, rugged traction, and durable protection-with a new streamlined look.
Lightweight and breathable mesh and synthetic upper, Lace-up closure for a custom and secure fit, Cushioned insole for added comfort, Supportive midsole, Durable rubber traction outsole, Breathable fabric lining, Padded collar and tongue for added comfort, Saucony branding details | Women’s Saucony Excursion TR 15 Trail Running Shoes in Black/Raz/Blu Size 9 Wide.
You don’t have to be hitting the trails to appreciate these stylish mens trail running shoes. Once you do, you can count on a durable outsole with high traction and innovative Ultra Heel that keeps feet snug and secure.
The lightweight upper has a sleek look that makes them perfect for everyday wear. No matter where your feet take you, the cushioned midsole and footbed provide all-day comfort and make each step feel natural.
These are great little sneakers! I’m normally a 10 but the 10 was super tight on my feet so I exchanged them for an 11. I suffer from bouts of plantar fasciitis so I normally wear a compression sleeve and a sock and there was no way that was happening with those shoes.
I’m hoping (praying) they still have them by the time they get my return. Otherwise this a great little shoe. Incredibly comfortable (without a sock) and I’m looking forward to wearing them. I’m not really a sneaker person but these are pretty snazzy too lol.
I was disgusted that I was sold obviously used and already broke in sneakers with dirty bottoms. It was obvious who ever had them had them for a while. It was shipped with a box bottom made a the warehouse I’m sure.
When I returned them the employee was looking crazy and I to let her know that is how I received them yesterday! This is the first time I was shipped shoes in poor quality. Do better DSW!.
These shows are cute but at least at first they’re kind of tough to pull onto your foot although I thinking/hoping they will loosen up a bit over time. Once in, they seemed very comfortable. Maybe this was my mistake but I wore them all day long on their first wear and I got little cuts on the outside of my ankles from the sneakers rubbed up against them (these sneakers are cut to have a fairly high profile).
I’m taking a break for a couple of days in the hopes that if I break them in slowly, I won’t have any more issues.
The GEL-VENTURE 8 running shoe is designed for the great outdoors. This versatile shoe is excellent for trail runs, light hiking or exploring a new city. This model has been updated with a more accommodating forefoot fit, while reducing the amount of overlays around the forefoot without sacrificing durability.
Lastly, the outsole is more durable with a traction pattern that’s been improved with re-engineered lugs under the heel. All of these updates make the new GEL-VENTURE 8 shoe a recommended companion for your next adventure.
WIDE WIDTH. GEL Technology: Cushioning provides excellent shock absorption. Support: Neutral. Heel Drop: 10 mm. Weight: 354 g12. 5 oz. Spot clean. Imported.
This is marketed as a neutral shoe for underpronators who are prone to plantar fasciitis. That’s me. I underpronate because I have high arches. I bought this shoe for all those reasons. When I got them, the fit was good, but the sockliner is a completely flat piece of memory foam; not a hint of arch to it.
I tried the shoes and it actually made the top of the arch in my left foot hurt–which is a whole new kind of ache in addition to my usual plantar fasciitis. Unfortunately, the usual arch support inserts I use aren’t a good fit in this shoe because the heel cup of the insert raises my heel height, so the ankle of the shoe rides lower around my ankle, which feels unstable.
I contacted customer support to ask them if they have any suggestions on an arch support insert that would fit this shoe, and rather than answer my question, they responded with a very unhelpful email with a link on how to return them–they didn’t answer my question at all.
The info on returns states: “Merchandise must be returned in its original condition within 90 days of purchase. Returns received after 90 days will not be accepted. Original condition is defined as: All tags still attached to product.
Material must be unworn, unwashed, and unaltered. Merchandise must be in its original packaging. Return shipment must include the packing slip. ” Well, I can’t return them: they’ve been worn; I did remove the tags, though I saved them in case I needed to return; and my order didn’t come with a packing slip.
So these shoes were a very poor choice for me because they lack any arch support, and the brand, well, it’s apparently a poor choice for me as well since customer service ignored my actual question in favor of a useless form email on how to return.
This was my first ASICS purchase in several years, and I thought I’d try them again, and I’m very sorry I did. A bad experience all around, and now I’m stuck with a shoe I basically can’t wear.
Pros: – Plenty of room for all my toes and a bit of a bunion – Normal, non-flashy colors. Don’t feel like clown shoes. – I like the laces actually. A bit of texture to them so they stay tied. – Nice grippy soles – Light-weight Cons: – An usual amount of padding (imo) at the back of the shoe/ankle area.
I walked 3 mostly paved miles in these the first day and was starting to get a blister at the back of my ankle. – Zero arch support. I mean z-e-r-0. – Soles aren’t as cushioned as my last pair of Asics Overall these shoes are fine.
I know they’re running shoes, but I’m going to mostly walk around my neighborhood or aerobicise at home in them. Once I get some inserts to raise my heel to avoid blisters and provide some arch support I think they will be great.
I can’t blame Asics too much for the ankle blisters since it’s a problem I have with most shoes. My big concerns were color and having enough room for all my toes.
I waited several weeks before posting this review to see how the shoes felt on my feet and I’m here to say these shoes are great. I bought these to walk around my 1. 7M sq ft warehouse for work. Concrete floors, climate controlled and I walk about 6 miles a day.
These shoes have stood up to the challenge. I have BIG FAT feet like Sasquatch/Fred Flintstone and ordered these in a 13 4E and have zero regrets. Plenty of room in the toe box and the gel heel feels great all day.
The typical swelling of the feet through the day doesn’t seem to be an issue with these shoes as with other shoes and boots I have. They are light and feel cool on the feet with excellent breathability.
Overall I am extremely pleased and only time will tell about the longevity.
No matter what trail or terrain you’re finding yourself on, the Speedgoat 4 is the one you want on your feet. Back are all the things you loved from previous versions from the lightweight, nimble feel to the responsive and plentiful cushioning and second-to-none grip, but HOKA added a few more 3D printed overlays on the midfoot for extra security and lockdown.
Also greatly appreciated is a more accommodating toe box to keep the feet comfortable all day and all night (and really, as long as you want to keep it on your foot). It’s no easy task to make a perfect product better, but HOKA keeps finding a way with the Speedgoat 4.
I am so grateful for the Speedgoat, AND for HOKA’s awesome return policy. I was needing to upgrade trail shoes to something that could get me through a 50 mile ultra over LOTS of ROCK. After reading many reviews, I narrowed my search to THIS shoe, and another brand that I use a LOT which features a foot shaped toe box.
Both shoes were advertised to have lots of cushioning, which is what I needed to move swiftly over the terrain I was going up against. The other shoe was more familiar/comfortable to me out of the box.
This one, however, won out on the up-and-down-hill-aggressively-rocky-terrain-test. The footshape felt awkward to me, but the “bounce” and comfort the Speedgoat provided on the bottoms of my feet was unparalleled.
! The other company also offered a 30 day trial period, so back that shoe went. Fast forward to my 50 miler. I am sure that the Speedgoats saved me foot fatigue from the terrain. I am sure that I felt more confident charging down rocky downhills w/o worrying about exact foot placement with every step.
BUT I MISSED MY BELOVED FOOTSHAPED TOE BOX SO MUCH! Mid-ultra I noticed a lot of tenderness in the toes, and it affected my ability to charge downhill in the last 20ish miles. Post-ultra, after my recovery week, I noticed that when I wore my Speedgoats for gentle trail runs, my feet “relived” their toebox trauma, but when I wore out my less cushioned, but roomy footshaped trail shoes, my toes felt awesome post run.
The Speedgoat is an awesome shoe. HOKA is an awesome company. But my other trusted brand is also really awesome, and I am just wishing for a merger! For my chill training runs, I’m grabbing my footshaped trail shoes every time.
I only feel the “tradeoff” of bounce and cushioning are worth it for racing, or very aggressive trail workouts on rocky terrain. BUT I WOULD BE A CONVERT IF A SHOE LIKE THE SPEEDGOAT CAME IN A MORE NATURAL FOOTSHAPE.
🙂 🙂 🙂 Lmk, HOKA if you ever lean this way in shoe development. ;).
I still give these 5 stars, because I think my only complaint will be corrected once I break them in. My only problem is that the fabric upper is a bit stiff over my big toe and the natural crease point there pinches the top of my toe a bit.
Generally, though, I have never worn a running shoe that has felt so custom-made for me. I overpronate/supinate. I have normal arches, but very wide feet. I was skeptical, but according to measurements, Hoka recommended EE instead of EEEE or whatever the widest option is.
To my surprise, the penultimate width option is true to measurement and fits like a glove. The big winners for me with this shoe are that the wide versions are legit, but more notably, the insole/footbed supports my gait like no shoe I’ve ever experienced.
I usually just get a neutral sole and try to correct my gait with my ankle position. With these, I don’t have to think about how my feet are landing. They just strike how they’re supposed to automatically.
I never realized how much extra effort I was putting into running all my life. It’s been kinda crazy, actually. I’ve worn Brooks, Mizuno, Saucony, New Balance, and more, and nothing comes close to these Hokas.
These shoes are very comfortable, and lightweight, and fit true to size. Toebox is roomy enough and there is basically no break-in required. I work in search and rescue and often put in long mileage, and recently did 14 miles with minimal breaks, with no hotspots or heel pain.
If you run in Hokas, you’ll like these boots. The ankle support is better than regular running shoes, but given the lightweight materials not as good as a heavier pair of hiking boots. My only feedback for Hoka on this one is to use hooked or D-ring lace eyelets on the top 2 eyelets; to get the boot on and off you have to basically pull a lot of slack into the top 3 layers of laces to allow your foot to slip in- not a deal-breaker but seems like an easy fix.
While I didn’t buy them to be waterproof, they are constructed of Goretex and in spite of several miles with some slushy trails my feet/socks didn’t get wet. My general rule about Hokas is they last about 1-2 years tops, and I’ve only had these for about 2 months so a bit early to tell about durability, but the Vibram soles have held up well and none of the lugs are missing or damaged.
I would recommend them and will buy them again when this pair wears out.
Offering lightweight comfort built for going the distance, the Salomon Ultra Glide Trail Shoes are crafted from soft, light and cushy fabrics from the snug collar design to the breathable mesh to ensure your feet stay cool and well ventilated with each stride.
SensiFit snuggly cradles the foot from the midsole to the Quicklace system to provide a secure fit and provide an easy on/off. Featuring an ultra-soft Energy Surge midsole, which combines with a new rocker shape to deliver a responsive ride so you get that irresistible rolling feel for hours on end.
To achieve this, Salomon footwear designers co-moulded a piece of foam into the forefoot that, in combination with the outsole geometry, creates more ground filter and protection against rocks. Offering a much softer feeling than many of Salomon’s trail running shoes but still ensuring the grip and forefoot ground protection you expect from the brand thanks to the Contagrip outsole.
I left a review having first bought these shoes a few months ago and said I’d leave another long term review as those were lacking at the time. The first major caveat with this review is that out of the 200+ks I’ve done in these shoes, only about 50 have actually been running.
That’s principally because all the talk of “wider toe box” is fine but for my mildly wide feet the midfoot is simply too narrow, this combined with the harshness of the overlays means blisters. I cannot run more than 6 miles in these shoes before blisters appear just back from the ball of my feet on the instep.
After this happening a few times I lost patience, bought another pair by a different brand and thought I would break these in with some low impact dog walks, in the hope that they would ease and I could enjoy the lightness and bouncy ride.
So after over 200k of walks + runs later these are my findings: – Upper; has just about softened up so a 6 miler is now more comfortable but still stiff, on the plus side the upper would likely last for 1000 miles, it’s that intact still.
The overlays are great for fending off early morning due on walks but are still a real issue for me working in tandem with the tight midfoot to cause blisters. – Quick lace; I still love this system, lockdown is great, no heel slip at all.
I’ve even enjoyed using the shoes as slip ons with the system untightened for ultra comfy quick outings. – Lace garage; it’s not hard to work this out but after time it does become frustrating that with a tight lockdown you are spending a minute or two simply trying to get the toggle into it.
It’s just unnecessary faff when you’re keen to get out the door. The right one’s stitching also frayed and came loose after 2 uses. – Heel counter material; the material on the inside of the ankle and heel isn’t great, it started bobbling and gathering material from my socks after the 3rd run and now looks like it’s a veteran of many years of action, a side effect of this is it’s now a bit coarse when wearing thin socks (which I need to do due to the fit) – Midsole; no issues here for me, still really fun to run in, light, bouncy, comfortable, but I have only actually run 50ish k.
– Outsole; here is another real frustration, I am just about getting the upper to a tolerable place and yet the outsole is noticeable worn already, where I strike with the outside of my foot I reckon ive got another 50 miles before the tread is completely gone, that really isnt good enough.
So there it is, 200k of frustration as this shoe has great potential and is really fun to run in, until it starts shredding my feet. I really want to use it more but it’s only ever going to be a sparing quick and short runner and vastly over qualified summer dog walker I’m afraid.
I took these out of the box, and ran 100kms in a mountain race. I did not plan to do this, but due to low stock in my local stores I had to drive last minute to another city to try on a pair. I had planned on running a quick 5 mile the night before just to see how they felt, but alas, with race prep taking longer then expected I opted to go to bed early to get a good night of sleep.
These shoes were amazing! comfy and stable with a generous toe box. I found the cuff a little bit high and stiff, I had a just a tiny bit of irritations on my ankles, however a break in period would have addressed this.
I walked away from my race with 1 minor blister (on my toe that almost always blisters on a run over 50km). I literally opened up the box, put on these shoes, and toed the line. The best part is that these still look in alright shape.
I stubbed my toes a bunch on some fast descents and you can hardly tell, my previous shoes would have torn right open upon contact with some of those sharp rocks. I would never recommend racing in shoes without break in, this was not a deliberate choice, but simply an inconvenient necessity.
These were not the fastest shoes, I normally would opt for something a little bit more stiff and propulsive, however running in a shoe for the first time in that kind of distance, those are not the most important qualities.
for the intended purpose, I was overall very impressed with the ultra glides. a no nonsense shoes that has great ground feel, ultra comfy, drains water easily, and very stable, even on steep and fast descents.
Liked a lot when I put it on. Performed well at first with good, middle of the pack cushion. Not too much like the Hoka Speedgoat , and not too stiff like a Saucony Perigrine. Unfortunately the build quality isn’t quite there.
The blue over white rubber started peeling like a cheap shoe after my 4th trail run. After about 10 runs (typically 10k) the midsole foam started getting beat down and was not nearly as soft as the start.
Also since there is no rock plate I started feeling everything more than I wanted to. This coincided with the lugs at the forefoot wearing down to almost nothing. That is where I lost all confidence in grip and found myself slipping a lot on gravel and smooth, large, dry rocks.
The large amount of overlay on the upper also tended to pucker and stayed that way at the flex zone (ugly). Last negative is when you crank down the lace system, you can no longer cram the excessive lacing into the “garage”because your tight laces are right on top of the opening, so you are left to tuck the end under the lace at the toe.
Not ideal and the large loops would catch on brush. The positives were: Excellent lockdown Excellent initial comfort Excellent initial traction The negatives: Build quality not premium for price point Poor longevity A bit warm in warmer climates with all the upper overlays (but good protection) Poor lacing execution I’m betting this shoe will be amazing next generation if Solomon see’s the faults and listens to the customers.
The HOKA ONE ONE Men’s Torrent 2 Trail Running Shoes provide you with cushioning and agility so you can enjoy the trail like never before. These nimble trail racers are made from an engineered mesh with recycled polyester fibers that give you the freshness your feet need when running while the overlays provide protection against trail debris.
The Torrent 2 feature a symmetrical bed of cushion without additional prescriptive technologies designed to provide the support you want and nothing you don’t, while the low-profile cushion bed keeps your foot closer to the ground, utilizing a firmer material designed to provide an efficient push-off.
Their realigned, multi-directional lugs are designed improved traction allowing you to tackle a variety of terrain with a sticky rubber outsole. The HOKA ONE ONE Men’s Torrent 2 Trail Running Shoes will become your favorite running companion!.
I love the shoes for steep gnarly mountain running. I have worn speedgoats for years and have really liked them as well. I also had a couple pairs of the original torrents which I loved but always kept them for lower distances and thought of them for a marathon and under distance.
Living in the San Juan’s, and with my less then ideal running form I shred shoes fast. I wear down the heels of the minimal lug vibram in the speedboat 5’s in less than 125 miles. I originally ran in the Challengers and as much as I loved those the durability was terrible for me.
The torrents are more responsive than other Hoka’s for me, have ample cushioning for my torn up knees (3 knees reconstructions) and have the best grip for loose steep gnarly mountain trails that lasts longer than other hoka’s at a much better value.
Ran the San Juan solstice 50 and they felt more than adequate as far as cushioning for that distance. I would not hesitate to run my next 100 in a fresh pair of these. They do not have a rock plate and you will feel the occasional non-ideal foot strike but the featherweight feel of this shoe while being super nimble with an aggressive grip for loose technical mountain running checks all the boxes for me! Good on width and size, may want to consider a half size up with a light/medium cushion sock as a general rule to keep your feet happy, also gives the ability to switch to a non-cushion sock to give more room later in a race.
I’ve run through 3 pairs of Torrent 2 shoes and have really liked them. I live about 25 minutes from the Great Smokey Mountain Nat’l Park, so I do most of my trail running there on single/double track track and some packed gravel roads.
The trails can range from smooth and flowy to ruggedly steep and technical. These shoes perform great right out of the box. They’re light weight, nimble, grippy, drain water easily, and really keep my feet from feeling abused even at the 50k+ distances.
From wet rocks and roots I’ve found them to far outperform Altra Lone Peak, Inov-8 Trail Talon, Solomon Fellraiser and Speedcross. They’re as closes to a road running shoe as I’ve run in that still provides ample cushion and protection for the soles of my feet.
The trails in the Smokies are littered with rocks of all sizes. I rarely am able to feel the jagged edge of small rock through the soles of the Torrent even while running hard on a downhill grade. I’ve run several 50k races in this line of shoe including Cloudsplitter, Cloudland Canyon, Firewater, Norris, and Frosty Foot.
In 2019 I got a pair of Torrent in the mail on a Friday and ran the Firewater 50k in them the next day. Probably not wise, but I knew exactly what to expect from these shoes. They are ready to run right out of the box! I would not describe my feet as narrow and some Altra shoes so feel great to wear in general.
But for hard trail running the Torrent 2 are my go-to shoes. I actually have 3 more pairs of them (new in the boxes) ready to roll once my current ones wear out. I really do think that highly of them.
Overall fit. perfect! I can wear a thin pair of ankle socks in the summer or some thicker (Darn Tough type) in colder weather and they still fit great. I’m 45 y/o, 5’10”, a lean 166lbs, and I run 28-40 miles per week (could do more, but I bike a lot too).
I’ve found them to be true to size every time. Running experience. well. years! Am I a pro? Heck no! But I can hold my own in 50k distance races no problem and you’re welcome to check out my races on Ultrasignup or my activities on Strava.
My profession is a pharmacist, so I’m on my feet a lot each day. I know which shoes work for me on the roads and which ones thrive on the trails. It’s my opinion that the Torrent 2s will become one of your top trail running shoes in no time! See you in the woods!! :-).
Purchased these shoes for a rim to rim to rim run of the Grand Canyon in the middle of May 2022. ￼ Purchased them about two weeks prior to the trip and put 32 miles on them, mostly on a flat non-technical trail close to my home.
During that time, I learned maybe a little more wiggle room in the toebox then I prefer. But, I was also Dublin upon sucks to help minimize/prevent blisters and the extra layer of socks helped snug up the front of the shoe.
￼￼￼ Took the shoes to Arizona and commenced with the R2R2R. ￼￼ all went well. Mike did post title says, the shoes are comfortable. The trip from the south rim to the north rim was approximately 21 miles for us.
Upon settling in that evening for dinner at the Grand Canyon Lodge, I noticed a spot on the sole of my shoe that appeared to be delaminating. I did not see any evidence of damage that may have caused the separation, but the separation was evident.
That spot was on the front toe of my left shoe. ￼￼ That minor issue had no negative affect on our north to south return the next day. The uppers of the shoes seemed to hold up extremely well on all sections of the Grand Canyon trails.
If you’ve ever been on those sections, you know they are moderately technical and some sections in the terrain varies greatly. Definitely not the most technical of trails however. After returning to Georgia and putting a few more miles on the shoes, I began to notice more issues with the soles.
Traction nubs tearing. So, I have stopped using them. It’s disappointing, considering these are my first HOKAs and because they are trail shoes, which I would expect to be able to get it many miles out of and on much tougher trails than these have seen.
There are a few factors to consider when choosing the right pair for you. Firstly, make sure to pick a pair that have a wide toe box. This will allow your toes to spread out and grip the ground properly, giving you more stability on uneven terrain.
Secondly, look for a shoe with a good amount of cushioning. This will help to absorb the impact of running on hard surfaces, and protect your feet from any sharp objects on the trail. Thirdly, make sure the shoes you choose have good traction.
This will help you to keep your footing on slippery or loose surfaces. Finally, consider the weight of the shoe. A heavier shoe will be more durable, but a lighter shoe will be easier to run in. Ultimately, the best trail running shoes for wide feet are the ones that fit you best and meet your specific needs.
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A bike carrier is a device that is attached to the frame of a bicycle and is used to carry objects. The most common type of bike carrier is a rear rack, which is mounted on the back of the bike and is used to carry objects such as panniers or a child seat. Other…
Baby Deals Amazon Prime Day is a great time to save on baby items! You can find deals on everything from car seats to strollers to clothes. If you’re a Prime member, you can take advantage of Prime Day deals and save even more. 15 Best Baby Deals Amazon Prime Day 1. Cry Babies –…