The Best Trail Running Shoes For Women 2020

Why review the best trail running shoes for women?

Trail running and Ultramarathons are an incredibly fast-growing sport in the past few years. Within these two sports, there is a very high percentage of women and I can tell you they are getting absolutely amazing results.

It seems the longer the distance, the more competitive the ladies are – in some cases, they are overall winners in some of the races. Generally, this wouldn’t happen over a shorter distance.

With the ever-growing popularity over the past few years, there has been a greater demand for trail running shoes. So in the post, I’m going to review the best trail running shoes for women.

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Trail Running Shoe Buyers Guide

Whenever you are considering any pair of trail shoes there are a number of things that need to be taken into consideration. Where are you going to be running, what sort of grip do you need, do you have wide or narrow feet, what sort of distance am I going to be running.

There’s a lot to take in, so this buying guide has been created to help you decide what shoe may be best suited to you for your trail runs.

Type of Terrain

One of the first things to consider is the type of terrain you are going to be running on. This is important as you don’t want to be under or overprotected for the trail you are running on. Let me explain in more detail:

Gravel or Hard Packed Trails

For this type of trail, you can get away with minimal toe protection due to the lack of roots and rocks. You can also get away with a lighter less protected shoe as the hazards are very limited. Just make sure you have sufficient grip to cope with the loose gravel – you might get away with a road shoe but the grip won’t really be sufficient.


This is where we get into the more rocky, rooted and muddy type trails. For these, there is certainly a requirement for toe and foot protection as there are plenty of hazards on this type of trail. The sole needs to have a better multi-directional grip to cope with all the underfoot ground you need to cope with.

Muddy and Soft Ground

The main requirements for this type of ground are deeper lugs on the sole of the shoe and ideally ones that are spaced apart enough to allow the mud to come away from the shoe. There’s nothing worse than trying to drag 2lb of mud around on the bottom of your foot. Another good option for this type of environment is to have a waterproof shoe to save having uncomfortable wet feet.

Shoe Fit

Unlike normal everyday shoes, the trail shoe should fit a certain way. They need to be close fitting around the heel and snug around the midfoot so your foot doesn’t move around inside the shoe. It’s also advisable to have a bit of room around the toes as well – the width of a finger is a good gauge of where they should be. Have your toes too tight to the front of the shoe and you are going to notice it on downhill rock sections. I smashed my toes to bits a few years ago by not taking this advice.

Heel to Toe Drop

Another important factor for you to consider. Heel to toe drop is just what it says. If you have a heel stack height on a shoe of 28mm and its 20mm on the forefoot then you have a drop of 8mm. It’s important to understand what drop is best for you. The smaller drop will promote a mid to forefoot strike which is a great way of running. A higher drop may promote heel striking which causes a lot of unnecessary impact on the joints and should be avoided where possible.

Some shoes have a Zero Drop (0mm). These are generally great shoes to run in as they promote a more natural running form. However, these types of shoes should be phased in gradually as they stretch the Achilles and calf muscles if you are used to ‘normal’ shoes. Start off gradually and allow your body to get used to the new way of running.

Then we have the 4mm – 8mm range of shoes. This is the middle of the road as such and is suited to those who run the trails regularly. Like the zero drop shoe, they promote a more efficient running style.

Finally, we have the 8mm to 12mm range. Less stress on the calves and are probably better for those just starting out on the trails. It has also been said that this type of drop is good if you have suffered from injuries like Plantar Fasciitis – however, having suffered from this, I found that a good quality pair of insoles did the trick and I could still run in 0mm – 8mm shoes easily.


One thing you will find, especially if you move into the ultramarathon world is that your feet will sweat and swell up. Try and make sure you purchase a pair of shoes that are not only breathable but also dry quickly too. At some point, over time you are going to encounter very hot weather and probably water. Getting shoes with good upper material will be one of the best decisions you can make.

With everything outlined above in mind, let’s review the best trail running shoes for women in 2019.

Altra Lone Peak

The Altra Lone Peak is the companies flagship Trail running shoe and for very good reason. The shoe is hugely popular among the trail running community due to its ability to keep you comfortable on the longest of runs. Whilst it is a phenomenal Ultra Marathon shoe, it’s also great for shorter distances as well.

altra lone peak 4.5The shoe has a zero-drop platform, which means the heel to toe drop is nothing. This allows you to run far more naturally with a barefoot style feel. But don’t worry, the cushioning underfoot is also excellent, giving you a hugely comfortable ride. The toe shaped forefoot allows the toes to splay out which in turn offers more stability. Personally, it’s something I love as my toes are not jammed together as with standard shoes so I can run for very long distances without any worries at all.

The upper of the shoe is made mainly of a quick-dry mesh plus support from a reinforced toe cap and heel cup. You can be assured that this will protect you from those protruding roots or rocks whilst out on the trail. With the quick-dry mesh you will find that the shoes drain very quickly after those puddles we always seem to find. The midsole of the shoe is made with Altra’s very own foam blend and also has a stone guard to protect you from anything sharp you may encounter on the run.

After 100+ miles of running the shoes still, look new with no scuffs or wear and tear to the soles or grip. This tells me that this is a very durable shoe and should last well. Certainly, the previous versions of the shoe I have owned have lasted very well and I used them in all conditions and terrains.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a solid trail shoe that will keep you protected and comfortable whilst out on the trails then look no further than the Lone Peak 4.0. A solid trail shoe that will keep you comfortable all day long.


  • Zero Drop is a Stable Platform
  • Very Comfortable
  • Drain Well When Wet
  • Great for All Distances


  • Wide Fit Not For Everyone
  • Maybe a Little Heavy for Some

Lone Peak Latest Prices

Inov-8 Women’s Terra Ultra 260

The Terra Ultra is Inov-8’s first venture into an ultra marathon shoe. They have always made excellent trail shoes but this one has the comfort for the long haul. I have personally been using the male version of this shoe for a few months now, covering 100+ miles and can honestly say that the comfort levels won’t disappoint in any way.

Inov8 TerraultraThere is ample room around the toe area which is something I personally love about the shoe. With the right socks, these are a dream out on the trails. The shoe fits snuggly around the heel and at no point do you feel that your foot is moving around too much. In fact, your foot will feel secure when you are going over the different terrains, which is great news for any trail runner.

Much like the Altra shoes, the Terra Ultra is a zero drop shoe, meaning it really suits runners who have a mid or forefoot strike. As I have said on many occasions, if you are not used to zero-drop, take your time and don’t go on huge runs from the off. Allow your body to get used to them – once it has, you will wonder why you haven’t always run like this.

The outsole has 4mm lugs which are great for hard-packed trails, wet rocks, and some slightly muddy conditions. The grip overall is very good and the traction is great when going up those hills or rocky areas.

Overall the Inov-8 Terraultra 260 is a very good shoe, not only for Ultra Marathons but is equally proficient at smaller distances. Certainly, in the past few months, this has been one of my go-to shoes and I am really enjoying running many distances and terrains in them. Certainly, a big thumbs up for Inov-8 and definitely a shoe you should be considering for your long runs.


  • Zero Drop
  • Very Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent Grip
  • Lots of Toe Room


  • Might Be Expensive for Some

Terra Ultra Latest Prices

Saucony Peregrine ISO

The Saucony Peregrine ISO is, without doubt, a hugely comfortable shoe. Some say it’s like wearing a pair of slippers they are that good. I had a pair of Peregrine 8’s which were the last version of the shoe, and they really were very comfortable indeed.

peregrine isoThe sole is very flexible which in turn allows for a comfortable ride over many terrains with its 4mm drop. Saucony has a unique grip on the sole with multi-directional lugs. The company calls this PWRTRAK (not really sure why), but they do offer a very good grip on a multitude of surfaces. Surprisingly, the shoe actually performs quite well on the tarmac as well as mud. So if you are running from home to the trail then these shoes will cope well.

The upper has a nice hugging fit to the foot and the material has a slightly stretchy feel to it. The heel and midfoot are well protected and you feel safe around this area. The only downside, in my opinion, is the toe protection could be a little better. I’m not sure I would feel confident kicking a rock and knowing my toes would be ok. However, if you’re not running on rocky terrain then that should be a problem.

Overall, the Peregrine ISO is a hugely comfortable shoe that will suit many runners with its Medium and Wide fitting options. The grip is very good and is comfortable over many surfaces. The only negative with the shoe is that some say it isn’t as durable as other manufacturers. My only thoughts on this would be to not run them through the harshest of terrains – if you are planning on doing that then a different shoe might be for you.


  • Comfortable
  • Standard or Wide Fit Options
  • Lightweight
  • Competitive Price


  • Toe Guard Could Be Better
  • Not as Robust as Other Makes

Peregrine ISO Latest Prices

Inov-8 Roclite 290

Inov-8 is one of the top manufacturers of trail shoes in the world. So because of this, they know a thing or two about producing great shoes for a variety of different surfaces. The Roclite 290 is the shoe they have produced as an all-terrain beast and it’s up there with the best of them for sure.

inov8 roclite 290 womensIt has a Graphene enhanced G-Grip outsole which is tough and built to last with 6mm lugs capable of gripping in muddy and wet conditions. The shoe itself works equally well on the mountain rock, muddy grass, and hard-packed trails, making it a true all-rounder.

It has a 4mm drop making it very efficient to run and allows for fast-paced running on top of that. Inov-8 also states that with the POWERFLOW midsole, the shoe gives 10% better shock absorption as well as 15% better energy return than that of standard midsoles. With the integrated rock plate it gives great protection against rocks and roots underfoot.

The upper is made with a breathable mesh, giving the shoe great comfort, breathability as well as being highly durable. The materials are also non-water absorbing, meaning they dry quickly when they have been through the wet areas on the run.

Having owned around 8 different pairs of Inov-8’s over the past couple of years, I can honestly say the quality of the shoe is excellent and they fit wonderfully – even for my wider feet. The Roclite 290 is no exception and is definitely a shoe you should be considering for your varied trail runs. The shoe has no arch support, so if you have high arches then you should consider your own insole if required.


  • Comfortable
  • Lots of Toe Room
  • Lightweight
  • Competitive Price


  • No Arch Support

Roclite 290 Latest Prices

Columbia Variant XSR

Columbia Montrail has been making mountain trail shoes for years. The brand might not be well known as other big manufacturers, but don’t let that fool you with the quality of their shoes. The Variant XSR is no exception and is a great choice of shoe if you run on the roads and the trails. It will certainly save you from having to buy a pair for each.

COLUMBIA VARIANT XSR WOMENThe shoe comes in an 8mm heel to toe drop so it is ideal for the ‘normal’ runner and they are very comfortable indeed. With a stack height of 23mm at the heel to 15mm to the forefoot, there’s plenty of cushioning to give you a comfortable ride. With the new PEARLFOAM, Columbia state that you will receive superior energy return in a very comfortable package.

The outsole is a highly durable and abrasion-resistant rubber. There are no lugs, only grooves as this shoe is meant for the road and harder packed trails. I have tried the men’s version in wet and slightly muddy conditions and they held up fairly well. I just wouldn’t purchase them if wet and muddy trails are your thing.

The upper is a seamless mesh that is very breathable, and the heel is cradled very well. I had no issues with the shoe moving around when I was out on longer runs and the upper was very comfortable. The rubber toe guard is pretty good too. If you were to kick a rock I think this would offer pretty good protection.

Overall, the Variant XSR would be a great choice if you are considering road to trail shoes. They aren’t as light as a lot of road shoes, but as there is additional protection required for the trails I think they hold up fairly well.

The only concern I might have is that the mesh upper might wear quickly, but then again looks can be deceiving. I had a pair of Columbia Bajada 3’s that lasted nearly 1000 miles of running and the upper and outsole held up just fine.


  • Comfortable
  • Breathable Upper
  • Decent Prices
  • Plenty of Room


  • Upper not as Durable as Other Makes

Variant XSR Latest Prices

New Balance Hierro 

If maximum comfort and cushioning are your thing then the Hierro v3 might just be for you. The shoe has a drop of 8mm with a stack height of 30mm at the heel and 22mm in the forefoot. That’s a lot of cushioning to keep you comfortable on those longer runs.

new balance hierro womenThere is a Vibram outsole which means it’s of the highest quality and will grip any surface really well. The lugs on the outsole are not particularly deep, which is helpful for tarmac, but there are plenty of them. They are also multi-directional which means they can grip very well whichever direction you move out on the trails.

The base of the shoe is also quite wide so there is plenty of stability. It may just take a little while to get used to this sort of width on narrow trails.

This shoe boasts a sock-like upper to give you maximum comfort. Being a sock-style upper, the material grips around your ankle which in turn stops any little stones or bits of grit getting into the shoe. It’s also a no-sew upper so you won’t have any stitched joins irritating your foot when you are out and about.

Overall the Hierro v3 is an excellent shoe if you are looking for maximum comfort and cushioning on your runs. It copes very well with both road and a multitude of trail surfaces, making it a great one shoe does all option.

At this point, it’s hard to tell if the upper will be durable in the long run, but they certainly haven’t been any concerns up to now as far as I can tell.


  • Vibram Outsole
  • Highly Cushioned
  • Wide Base Aids Stability
  • Sock Style Upper


  • The Upper May Not Be Durable

Hierro Latest Prices

Salomon Speed Cross

Salomon has been making trail shoes for years so they know what they are doing. Speedcross 5 has to be one of their most popular shoes to date. It doesn’t matter what races I attend, you will always see loads of Speedcross shoes. There are many reasons for this, so here are just a few.

salomon speedcross 5 womenThe grip on this shoe is second to none. Most trails shoes will have a maximum 4mm lug but these have 6mm arrows like lugs that grip the most gnarly of rocks and muddiest of tracks. You will feel completely in control with the grip on this shoe and I can say that when I owned my pair of Speedcross shoes, they never let me down at all.

The upper is very robust and has maximum foot protection whilst not adding too much extra weight. The shoe can also be bought in a waterproof version which is worth thinking about if you are going to be going through streams and very wet muddy areas. It also boasts Salomons quick lace feature, which is basically a drawcord, so there is no need to try and tie laces with cold wet hands.

Overall, if your planning to run on rocky or muddy terrain, or maybe planning an obstacle race or two, then Speedcross 5 might just be the perfect shoe for you. The shoe is very narrow and is designed for fast racing so if your feet are wide you need to consider this before buying.


  • Grips Anything
  • Very Rugged
  • Good Protection
  • Can Buy Waterproof Model


  • Not for Road Running
  • Maybe Narrow for Some

Speedcross Latest Prices

Inov-8 X Claw 275

Here is another shoe from the Inov-8 range. This time it’s the X Claw 275 which is just perfect for those wet muddy trails. Inov-8 originally started as a company that specialized in Fell running shoes and these fit that mold completely.

xclaw 275 womenThe X Claw has 8mm lugs along with specific grooves in the outsole which grip muddy conditions really well, but also expel the mud really well from the shoe so there is no clogging up of the mud. A feature that is fantastic for fast running and keeping the weight off the shoe.

There is an 8mm drop with a stack height of 16mm at the heel and 8mm at the forefoot. That’s just enough cushioning to keep you happy whilst keeping the shoe as light and sleek as possible.

The upper is a fine mesh material that happens to be really durable but also very lightweight. The material also has a water-resistant coating and there is a great toe bumper at the front to keep your toes safe.

Overall the X Claw is a great option for muddy or rocky runs whilst keeping you comfortable and allowing you to race fast. If you haven’t tried Inov-8 shoes before, maybe this is the time to give them a go.


  • Lightweight
  • Great Grip
  • Good Protection
  • Water-Resistant


  • Not for Road Running

X Claw 275 Latest Prices


Whatever type of shoe you are looking for to match the terrain, the shoes outlined above will do it justice. These shoes have been chosen as they are class leaders for the terrains they suit. If you haven’t tried shoes from Inov-8 before then I would recommend these as a great option.

You can also check out my other review posts for the best trail running gear out there today.

The Best Wide Trail Running Shoes for 2019

The Best Hydration Packs for Trail Runners

Do you have a shoe you use for the trails? Is there another shoe you would like to see my review?

Drop us a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Happy trails,


22 thoughts on “The Best Trail Running Shoes For Women 2020”

  1. Wow, thanks for this insightful and informative post. Trail running is really gaining a lot of ground and its development is interesting. I do go for long distance hiking before but I really do want to give trail running a trial soon. All the tips you have given before giving the shoes suggestion are what I will hold unto and make sure to remember. I think I prefer the Inov-8 X Claw 275. It seems to cover a higher rating and also, a person had suggested it to me before. 

    thanks for the post

    • Hi RoDarrick, thanks for the comments about the post. The Inov-8 X Claw 275 is a fantastic shoe, but mainly for the muddy wet type of trail. If this is the sort of conditions you will be out in then they are great. If you plan to go on slightly longer runs or walks in different conditions then a different shoe might be better for you.

      I also did an article on wide trail running shoes which may be of use if you plan to do multiple terrains and distances:

      All the very best,


  2. Hi Mark
    What a great article and review about the best trial running shoes. I am thankful for coming across your article timely before I purchase one.
    My question is slightly over step from the scope of your article but I hope your would be able to provide me a recommendation.
    I am new to the trail running but this is something I am looking in to as my doctor recommended me do some physical activity before it is too late. I choosed Trial running because I love nature and I live close to a few beautiful trails.

    Given I was recommended to use a very breathable shoe to help with slight nerve pain, out of the what you recommended which one would be the most breathable in your opinion?
    I appreciate your thoughts.
    Best wishes and I am glad I came across your site.

    • Hi Skamalka, first of all, thank you for your comments and great question. Getting out on the trails is a wonderful thing to do for all that fresh air and wonderful views.

      I’m not sure where you nerve pain comes from, but in terms of a breathable shoe, I would choose the Altra Lone Peak. Not only because they are breathable, but because they have a wide toe box which allows the foot to splay out naturally. My wife is not a runner, but we do spend a lot of times walking out on the trails. She used to have a lot of discomfort walking in certain shoes so I bought her some Lone Peaks. At first, she was skeptical, but now says they were the best shoes she has ever used for our long walks. She has bought more since then.

      Hope this helps and good luck out on the trails whatever you decide to do.

      Many thanks,


  3. Hi Mark! From all the shoes you have reviewed here I think I have made up my mind to buy Salomon Speedcross 5.

    I like that the grip is awesome. And that the upper is very robust (they seem to take foot protection very seriously). My feet are narrow too, so I won’t have a problem with them. And I really like their design.

  4. I absolutely love the Saucony shoe.  I used to run and that was my shoe of choice.  I still wear them because I like the comfortable feel and the support.  I have been needing a new pair, and really love the Perigrine ISO.  You list a con that the toe guard could be better, but if I am not a runner, that should not be a huge deal for me right?

    • Hi there, thanks for the great comments. The Peregrine ISO is a great choice of shoe for sure. The con for the toe guard is there for people that may be running in rocky or wooded areas with roots sticking out. The toe guard is ok but wouldn’t offer the best protection if you were to kick one of them. Personally, I only find myself at risk of doing this after a very long run and my legs are starting to tire. Under normal running conditions, this isn’t something that would bother me at all.

      Many thanks,


  5. Super informative post to help dumbos like me understand more about how to choose the right shoe for me, and how to phase in the right shoes, with zero drop. This was great for me to read, because I am actually trying to spend more time barefoot, and in shoes with as minimal ‘interference’ as possible, due to health issues, so reading about this was really beneficial. Thank you

    • Hi Josie, thanks for the feedback. I’m glad the post helped you with the information on zero drop shoes. Altra does a great range of both Road and Trail shoes, all of which are zero drop so it may be worth checking out some of their other models to suit your requirements. Below is a non-affiliated link to their site showing all the styles they have – they even do casual shoes as well.

      Many thanks,


  6. You can’t go wrong with New Balance. I’ve tried Filas in the past which were comfortable and lightweight but they didn’t hold. I’ve never been a fan of Nike, having yet to find a running shoe by them I like. New Balance, on the other hand provided both comfort and durability. I look for all-terrain, since I engage in trail running during the spring, summer, and fall months while I’ll also run at tracks, parks, and sometimes on the road. My next buy will definitely be from New Balance as again, they’re by far the best I’ve ever had. 

    • Hi Todd, thanks for the feedback. I agree with your thoughts on New Balance shoes. They are a great manufacturer of both road and trail shoes and what’s more, they have a huge range to choose from. They also do great running clothing as well.

      Many thanks,


  7. Hey there Mark, 

    Great article, lots of good information.  I do a lot of hiking on fairly well maintained, hardpacked trails, some steeper inclines, too.  My wife does some running in the local races, so this information has helped us get a better feel for what type of shoes she needs when we combine our two sports.  I think the heavier lugs, with more waterproofing, would work the best, as sometimes I’ll encounter some rain on the trails, which leads to mud puddles here and there.  Also, we are looking for a wider sole as there are more opportunities to twist an ankle.  I would like to see more information along that line when you get it, on the width of soles.   We are thinking the Salomon Speedcross sounds interesting, I might even try a pair of those out myself!  

    Thanks for the article,


    • Hi Steve, thanks for the great comments. I did a post on more wide fitting shoes here:

      The wider fitting shoes are something I definitely prefer as I struggle with makes like Salomon due to them being quite narrow around the toes. I found that the Altra Lone Peak was a shoe that was great for both walking and running with plenty of stability as well. Also, they are zero drop shoes so you are naturally more stable and less likely to twist an ankle that’s for sure. Plus there is an option to purchase a waterproof model of these.

      Many thanks,


  8. Thanks for sharing this great post. I’ve gone through your article and I felt in love with virtually every single shoe you mention. I understand the plethora features embedded on them making them a top choice for users. I love shoe that are very breathable, for proper ventilation that keep feet cool and dry after a long day running and gym section. The outsole offering an optimal grip to the ground to ensure maximum support and traction. They would really be great option for my gym section. Thanks so much for sharing, I would always come back for more article.

  9. Hi 

    I thank you for this detailed review of trail running shoes as I found it to be very enlightening. This is true as my girlfriend likes running on rough terrain, where other shoes could be difficult to use or cause severe discomfort.

    I  am looking for new running shoes for her and these look amazing. One of the measure I use is the price per mile walked. In other words divide the price by the number of miles walk before the shoe fails. The lower the number the better the shoe.  Do you have these numbers?

    Thank you


    • Hi Antonio, thanks for the comments and great question.

      I don’t specifically have numbers on the number of miles run against the price of the shoe. It would be a very difficult number to come up with for many reasons. To start with, everyone has a different running style, so the way I run may affect the sole of the shoe differently on how you may run. I may run on very rugged trails that have an impact on the upper of the shoe whereas you might run on hard packed park trails. There are just so many variables.

      I have spent $80 in Columbia Montrail shoes that have lasted 700+ miles and $150 on other shoes that only lasted 250 miles. This was mainly because I didn’t take care of them when they got wet and muddy so the upper material deteriorated.

      The Inov-8 shoes have a new Graphene material which is supposed to be super tough so these outsoles should last for a long time. I have Inov-8’s that have lasted very well.

      So, my first thought would be to consider the terrain that the shoes will be used on. Then ensure you look after the shoes when they get wet and muddy, and then buy some with good outsole materials. If looked after, all shoes should be good for many miles of running.

      Hope this helps,


  10. Hi Mark,

    I am new to trail running and was just wondering the other day what sort of trail running gear and accessories do I need?

    Shoes were the first thing that came into my mind. And here today, I come across your article about the best trail running shoes. What a coincidence!

    After reading all the different types of shoes you mentioned in your post, I think I would be interested in The Saucony Peregrine ISO. This is due to its comfortability flexible sole and the unique sole grip with multi-directional rugs. 

    Thanks for sharing this informative article.



    • Hi Nick, thanks for the great comments, I’m glad the post had the relevant information for you.

      Good choice with the Peregrine ISO. A very comfortable shoe with lots of toe room and great grip for many surfaces.

      All the best,


  11. Hi; Trail Running Shoes. Are there special shoes to compliment all types of the trail? 

    There is the discomfort that the wrong fitting shoes can cause. I believe that feet should be comfortably into the shoes that hold the feet. 

    Wearing the wrong shoes have long-lasting after effect. I am comfortable that you have taken the initiatives to sensitise folks on choosing the right shoes for the trail. Damage feet gives discomfort to the whole body and mind that the pocket cannot reverse.


  12. Wish me luck, tomorrow I’m running a 10K trail marathon up in Bear Mountains New York. This is my first ever trail marathon and it will be raining. I really like Inov Roclite 290 Trail Runner. The price is very reasonable and I can live without the arch support. If I really enjoy tomorrow, I will definitely get them. Thanks again for the riew!

  13. Hi Mark, what a thoroughly comprehensive guide for choosing the right trail running shoes for women. I have to admit that I have no immediate plans of running an Ultramarathon, but I do love to hit the trail on our neighborhood Riverwalk with my dog for an hour or two. Half of it is paved, and half of it is just a trail through the woods.

    I have a small foot even for a woman and what I’ve been doing is just buying Boy’s basketball shoes from K-mart. I didn’t really know about heel to toe drop before, and had never considered it. This is some valuable information for a serious runner, and I’m glad you give us an all-inclusive look at the best ones for the right terrain. I checked out some of the prices too. In your opinion, If I were to purchase a pair of the Inov-8, would it last me for several years if I run about 4 hours a week? Thanks so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge.


    • Hi Sue, thanks for the great comments and questions. The Inov-8 shoes will last a long time if you are only running 4 hours per week. Obviously different people have different running styles so shoes will wear differently based on the user. However, Inov-8 use a Graphene material which is very strong and durable so I can see no reason why the shoes won’t last you a very long time under the conditions you have explained.

      Many thanks,



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