10 Best Summer Trail Shoes

Updated on: April 2021

Best Summer Trail Shoes in 2021


New Balance Women's Summit Unknown V1 Trail Running Shoe, Voltage Violet/Summer Fog, 9 D US

New Balance Women's Summit Unknown V1 Trail Running Shoe, Voltage Violet/Summer Fog, 9 D US
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021

ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 5 Trail Runner, Dusky Green/Black/Cinnamon, 10.5 M US

ASICS Men's Gel-Venture 5 Trail Runner, Dusky Green/Black/Cinnamon, 10.5 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System: Attenuates shock during impact phase and allows for a smooth transition to midstance.
  • Removable Sock liner: A sock liner which can be removed to accommodate a medical orthotic.
  • Trail Specific Outsole: Reversed lugs provide uphill and downhill traction on all types of terrain.
  • AHAR Outsole: Acronym for ASICS High Abrasion Rubber. Placed in critical areas of the outsole for exceptional durability.

Teva Women's Omnium Sandal,Slate,7.5 M US

Teva Women's Omnium Sandal,Slate,7.5 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • W on the label refers to womens
  • Closed-toe sandal with grosgrain webbing overlays, multiple drainage ports and quick-dry mesh lining
  • Molded EVA foam midsole
  • Shock-absorbing ShocPad technology in heel
  • Bungee lacing with quick-release buckled strap at vamp and hook-and-loop backstrap
  • Non-marking Spider Rubber outsole

XPETI Women's Dimo Mid Waterproof Lightweight Hiking Anti-Slip Outdoor Boot Trail Trekking Shoes Black 7

XPETI Women's Dimo Mid Waterproof Lightweight Hiking Anti-Slip Outdoor Boot Trail Trekking Shoes Black 7
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Waterproof mesh upper and Hydroshield Membrane waterproof, always keeps feet dry.
  • Rubber Toe cap protection and Rubber outsole for optimal trail grip. It may be a bit smaller than normal size, recommend ordering a half-size up or full size up from your normal size
  • Molded TPU ankle support and Moisture-wicking mesh lining
  • Integrated hided EVA midsole, Light weight and Sturdy enough even when carrying weight
  • This lifestyle hiking boots provide special technology to protect your feet, molding rubber toe cap and molding TPU at heel for perfect protection, innovative design of hiding EVA midsole makes the boots durable, stable, feel light weight and comfort in your trip

Merrell Women's All Out Blaze AERO Sport Hiking Shoe, Dark Slate, 9 M US

Merrell Women's All Out Blaze AERO Sport Hiking Shoe, Dark Slate, 9 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • Merrell Omni-Fit lacing System provides a precise, glove-like fit
  • Bellows tongue keeps debris out
  • Molded TPU heel counter for added stability
  • Breathable mesh lining
  • Vibram TC5+ outsole

KEEN Men's Arroyo II Hiking Sandal,Slate Black/Bronze Green,10.5 M US

KEEN Men's Arroyo II Hiking Sandal,Slate Black/Bronze Green,10.5 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Performance sport sandal featuring bungee lacing system and rear pull-on loop
  • Patented rubber toe cap
  • Removable metatomical dual-density EVA footbed
  • Hydrophobic mesh lining
  • If you're wearing your KEENs daily, they won't always be scuff and dirt-free. To treat day to day wear and tear, especially on lighter color leathers, we recommend using a leather cleaner and conditioner, found at most footwear dealers and/or shoe repair shops.

Merrell Men's Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe, Walnut, 10.5 M US

Merrell Men's Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe, Walnut, 10.5 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • Performance suede leather and mesh upper
  • Bellows, closed-cell foam tongue keeps moisture and debris out
  • Protective rubber toe cap
  • Breathable mesh lining. 5mm lug depth
  • Vibram TC5+ sole

ASICS Frequent Trail Men's Running Shoe, Grand Shark/Black, 12 D US

ASICS Frequent Trail Men's Running Shoe, Grand Shark/Black, 12 D US
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • SYNTHETIC LEATHER AND MESH UPPER: Lightweight, comfortable and breathable, enhancing performance and fit.
  • TRAIL SPECIFIC OUTSOLE: Reversed lugs provide uphill and downhill traction on all types of terrain.
  • REINFORCED TOE CAP

bridawn Men Women Quick Dry Barefoot Hiking Water Shoes for Swim Surf Exercise

bridawn Men Women Quick Dry Barefoot Hiking Water Shoes for Swim Surf Exercise
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • 【Comfortable & Breathable】 Made from breathable and quick-dry upper fabric & anti-slip Rubber sole, our Bridawn water shoes is flexible and easily slip on and off.
  • 【Drainage Holes】Our amphibious Shoes is constructed with drainage holes at the shoes bottom to ensure proper water flow out of them and remain a cooler and healthier shoes environment as you participate in various water sports.
  • 【Lightweight & Quick Dry】 Ultra-lightweight upper and sole make the shoes easily and conveniently be placed inside a bag or purse for leisure or any other sport activities. And the upper fabric is superior breathable and quick-dry.
  • 【Various Size Available】 Features a stretch fabric upper that accommodates most small and wide widths comfortably. Notice: Please read carefully of the size chart before order, this is the most effective way to choose the shoes that best suits you.
  • 【Multifunctional Shoes】 These unisex soft shoes are perfect for many aqua sports, like walking, hiking, jogging, trekking, norkeling, swimming, diving, surfing, boating, yoga training, kayaking, driving, fishing, cycling, kayaking, windsurfing, weight trai

Salewa Men's Ultra Flex Mid GTX Mountain Training Shoe, Black/Holland, 10.5 D(M) US

Salewa Men's Ultra Flex Mid GTX Mountain Training Shoe, Black/Holland, 10.5 D(M) US
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • MICHELIN ULTRA TRAIN OUTSOLE: Outstanding traction and stability over hard and uneven terrain.
  • GORE-TEX EXTENDED COMFORT LINING: Waterproof and breathable protection.
  • FLEX COLLAR FOR NATURAL REAR ANKLE MOTION: Your ankle's rear range of motion is increased for better performance during descents.
  • 3F SYSTEM: The trademark SALEWA 3F System connects the instep area of the shoe with the sole and heel; ensuring flexibility, support and the correct fit where it's needed.
  • IDEAL USES: Mountain Training, Trail Running, Speed Hiking, Walking. WEIGHT: 13.6oz./385g.

Five Differences Between Road Races, Trail Races

When it comes to the differences between road and trail races, there's more than just what's underfoot. Both types of races have advantages and disadvantages, but the most important thing is to get to the starting line prepared for what's to come.

1. Terrain

Obviously, the terrain is going to be different between a road race and a trail race. During a road race, besides not tripping over a curb or any spectators, there are few hazards to watch out for, save for some cups and wrappers as you pass through an aid station. Depending on the trail, a runner has to watch for rocks, tree roots, and even some animals.

2. Aid Stations

Aid stations vary greatly from road to trail. Most shorter road races are equipped with water and sports drink. Some of the longer distance races will also offer gels towards the end of the race. Trail races, even short ones will offer a smorgasbord of choices, including homemade cookies, pretzels, soda, gummy bears, along with water and sports drink.

Another difference is in the frequency of aid stations. Typically during a road marathon, a runner can expect water every one to two miles. However, because it can be difficult to transport supplies to remote locations, trail racers may go 5-10 miles between aid stations.

3. Hydration

Due to the significantly longer distances between aid stations during trail races, runners must choose a hydration system carefully. Running with a water bottle in one, or both hands, can take some getting used to, especially when negotiating technical terrain. Another option is to wear a hydration pack, which is a backpack that has a bladder inside that is attached to a long tube that allows the user to drink without removing it from their back.

4. Mile Markers

Mile markers can be an extremely important part of a road race. Not only does a mile marker tell a runner how many miles she has run, it also can be instant feedback to let her know what her time per mile is. This information is especially useful for someone who is trying to set a personal record. Most trail races do not have any mile markers on the course. It is up to the runner to find out ahead of time, the distances between land marks such as aid stations, or how long each loop is if it is a multi-loop course.

5. Crowd Support

Anyone who's ever done a large race knows what it's like to feel like a rock star as spectators line the streets to cheer on the runners. Often, it's the fans that get a runner through a particularly tough time mentally. This is quite the contrast to most trail races, as often, viewing spots are too remote for many spectators to view the race. It therefore behooves those running a trail race to mentally prepare for this before getting to the start line.

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