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What are Trail Running Shoes?

Trail running shoes are shoes specifically designed to provide support for people who run on trails. Trail running shoes are usually made of lightweight material.

It is very important to buy a good pair of trail running shoes. A good pair of trail running shoes will make your runs more comfortable and enjoyable. If you run without a good pair of shoes, you will probably increase your risk of injury.

Difference Between Trail Running Shoes and Running Shoes

The main difference between trail running shoes and running shoes is that trail running shoes are more sturdy, durable and provide greater traction.

What is a Good Pair of Trail Running Shoes?

A good pair of trail running shoes will fit your needs. The shoes need not be expensive to be a good pair.

The first step in finding a good pair of trail running shoes is to determine your needs. Will you be running at night? If you run at night, you may want to wear shoes with reflective colors. Will you be running in wet weather? If you run in wet weather, you may need waterproof shoes. Do you have high arches or flat feet?

Once you determine your needs, you can start looking for shoes that meet your needs. It is best to purchase trail running shoes at a specialty running store. Specialty running stores usually have staffs that are knowledgeable and helpful in finding shoes that fit your needs. General purpose sporting goods stores often don't train their staffs properly about the specific needs of runners.

Make sure you try on different sizes, brands, and models. When trying on running shoes, try them on with the types of socks you wear when running.

Picking Your Trail Running Shoe

  • It is best to shop for your shoes while your feet are at their largest. Your feet are at their largest in the evening and just after a run.
  • The width of the shoe should be snug. If it is loose, the shoe will slide and cause blisters.
  • If you wear orthotics, bring them also. You need to see how the shoe fits with the orthotic inside.
  • Bring your old shoes with you. Your old shoes will help the salesperson in determine your degree of pronation.
  • Wear the socks you'll wear when you run.
  • Walk or run in the store to see how they feel when you run. Some specialty running stores have treadmills for you to practice on.
  • If you plan to run on very uneven terrain, look for a shoe specifically designed to keep a runner's feet in a neutral position on even the most uneven terrain.

Winter Running

Cold temperatures can make shoes less absorbent.

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