10 Best Running Shoes For Both Trail And Road

Updated on: February 2021

Best Running Shoes For Both Trail And Road in 2021


New Balance Women's Fresh Foam Arishi Trail V1 Running Shoe, Light Aluminum/Black/Neo Mint, 9 M US

New Balance Women's Fresh Foam Arishi Trail V1 Running Shoe, Light Aluminum/Black/Neo Mint, 9 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • AT Tread outsole provides versatile traction during both on and off-road activities
  • EVA foam insert increases comfort
  • Fresh Foam midsole cushioning is precision engineered to deliver an ultra-cushioned, lightweight ride
  • Toe Protect technology helps protect feet from rocks, roots and debris
  • Upper features no-sew construction for a sleek fit and feel

Brooks Womens Ghost 12 Running Shoe - Navy/Majolica/Beetroot - B - 7.5

Brooks Womens Ghost 12 Running Shoe - Navy/Majolica/Beetroot - B - 7.5
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • THIS SHOE IS FOR: Neutral runners looking for a lightweight shoe and a smooth ride without sacrificing cushioning. Whether you’re a Ghost loyalist or are lacing one up for the first time, you’ll find plenty to like.
  • SUPPORT AND CUSHION: The neutral support type provides high energizing cushioning. Ideal for road running, cross training, the gym or wherever you might want to take them! Predecessor: Ghost 11
  • BALANCED, SOFT CUSHIONING: BioMoGo DNA and DNA LOFT cushioning work together to provide a just-right softness underfoot without losing responsiveness and durability - yet it feels lighter than ever.
  • SMOOTH, STABLE RIDE: No matter how your foot lands, our Segmented Crash Pad - an integrated system of shock absorbers - will cushion every step and stride for smooth heel-to-toe transitions.
  • SOFT, SECURE, FIT: The newly engineered mesh and 3D Fit Print practically disappears on your foot with strategically placed stretch and structure.

ALTRA Women's Torin 4 Road Running Shoe, Black/Teal - 9 M US

ALTRA Women's Torin 4 Road Running Shoe, Black/Teal - 9 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • Lower Stack Height And Lightweight Mesh
  • Performance Ready
  • Lighter, faster and more responsive Torin
  • Flexible but smooth ride throughout
  • Stack Height: 26mm; Available in women’s 11.5

New Balance Men's Fresh Foam Arishi Trail V1 Running Shoe, Black/Team Red, 8.5 M US

New Balance Men's Fresh Foam Arishi Trail V1 Running Shoe, Black/Team Red, 8.5 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • AT Tread outsole provides versatile traction during both on and off-road activities
  • EVA foam insert increases comfort
  • Fresh Foam midsole cushioning is precision engineered to deliver an ultra-cushioned, lightweight ride
  • Toe Protect technology helps protect feet from rocks, roots and debris
  • Upper features no-sew construction for a sleek fit and feel

ALTRA Women's ALW1957F TIMP 1.5 Trail Running Shoe, Gray/Lime - 9.5 M US

ALTRA Women's ALW1957F TIMP 1.5 Trail Running Shoe, Gray/Lime - 9.5 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • Softer midsole for comfort and flexibility
  • Improved upper fit and 4-point gaitertrap
  • Upgraded super-grippy maxtrac outsole

ASICS Women's Gel-Excite 4 Running Shoe, Shark/Flash Coral/Parachute Purple, 9.5 M US

ASICS Women's Gel-Excite 4 Running Shoe, Shark/Flash Coral/Parachute Purple, 9.5 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System: Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
  • Removable Sockliner: A sockliner which can be removed to accommodate a medical orthotic.
  • AHAR Outsole: Acronym for ASICS High Abrasion Rubber. Placed in critical areas of the outsole for exceptional durability.
  • Reflectivity

Saucony Men's Cohesion 10 Running Shoe (11.5 W US, Royal | Black)

Saucony Men's Cohesion 10 Running Shoe (11.5 W US, Royal | Black)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • Successor to the Cohesion 15
  • Heel Grid system offers stable cushioning
  • Injection molded EVA midsole provides a cushioned underfoot ride
  • Mesh upper helps provide breathability
  • Plush tongue and collar

Inov-8 Mens Parkclaw 275 - Trail Running Shoes - Wide Toe Box - Versatile Shoe for Road and Light Trails - Blue Green 12 M US

Inov-8 Mens Parkclaw 275 - Trail Running Shoes - Wide Toe Box - Versatile Shoe for Road and Light Trails - Blue Green 12 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • ➤ WIDE TOE BOX - The shoe has a spacious toe box that allows extra room for foot splay and toe wiggle, helping to aid with comfort and stability on longer trail runs where your feet would naturally begin to swell.
  • ➤ VERSATILE DESIGN - 4mm deep lugs offer phenomenal grip on both the road and light trails. Super light for all the cushion and support, the perfect shoe for runners wanting to step off the roads and onto the trails more often.
  • ➤ ADDED COMFORT - The padded tongue is thick enough to feel soft and plush without feeling too bulky, whilst the padded heel cage offers additional cushioning for a really comfortable fit straight out of the box.
  • ➤ SIZE NOTE - The shoes come up a 5 on our fit scale (1 narrow - 5 wide).

Merrell Men's Trail Glove 4 Runner, Black, 11 M US

Merrell Men's Trail Glove 4 Runner, Black, 11 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • Mesh, TPU Upper. Vegan friendly
  • Zero Drop
  • Vibram TC5 Outsole, Trail Protect Pad. Stack heel or toe height is 0.45 inch. Trail protect pad offers underfoot protection
  • Insole: 3mm, 3mm lugs
  • Mselect Fresh Lining

Salomon Men's Alphacross GTX Trail Running Shoes, Castor Gray/Ebony/Black, 10.5

Salomon Men's Alphacross GTX Trail Running Shoes, Castor Gray/Ebony/Black, 10.5
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • Aggressive Grip: Contagrip outsole features a versatile lug pattern that is ready for any surface, wet or dry
  • Comfort: instant comfort from the first time you put it on. The mesh upper and proven Salomon fit deliver
  • Weather protection: a full GORE-TEX membrane ensures year-round climate comfort to keep feet dry and moving forward

The Speed 2 Hydration Belt by Nathan Sports: Product Review

Staying hydrated is important for runners. The Speed 2 is a perfect mix of light weight and capacity - it's worth considering for any runner.

I'm not exaggerating when I say that Speed 2 has changed the way I train and race. It's far easier to carry water - I've always gotten annoyed with holding a bottle when I run.

The two flasks hold enough fluid to get me about halfway through a half-marathon during the winter months. That means I don't have to give up time slowing down at the water stations. For a 10K, they negate the need to use the water stations at all.

For summer training, I freeze four of the bottles. I start my run with two of them. The other two I leave in a cooler in my car. I create a 10-mile route that brings me back to my car at the halfway point, and I can exchange my empty flasks for two full (and frozen!) flasks. I usually split the flasks between frozen water and frozen energy drink to lessen the dehydration danger of training during July in Arizona.

Whenever I finish a run, I just throw the bottles back into the freezer. Later, I'll refill with water and energy drinks so they're ready for the next run.

As good as the Speed 2 works for me, I can still think of one improvement: Two small mesh pockets further toward the front would really help. They would be perfect for stowing an energy gel within easy reach, along with an MP3 player. I've noticed a lot of running products put their MP3 pockets in the back - not all of us use freakishly long headphone cords.

But that's a minor quibble among many great qualities. I still think the Speed 2 is about the best $30 or so you can spend on running. It's also been durable, with no signs of wear over eight months of use. Finally, it's available in three colors: gray/blue, gray/pink and gray/darker gray.

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