Find Your Feet is focussed on preparing athletes for the sport of trail running. We have a comprehensive selection of trail running shoes for all types of trails. Our trail running shoe brands include:
Running shoes are designed with two purposes in mind. Firstly, to protect the feet and body from injury that can result from the repeated impact of striking the ground. Secondly, to assist forward propulsion by gripping the trail or road surface to provide traction, thereby maximising speed.
Trail running shoes have highly specific designs and functionality. They feature a varyingly aggressive sole to provide heightened traction on the trail surface. The design of the shoe's cushioning is also more hardy than a 'normal' road running shoe and thus, whilst often firmer to protect the feet against sharp obstacles, a trail running shoe will last longer than a road running shoe. Other important benefits of trail running shoes vs running shoes are:
Durable fabrics for the shoe uppers
Grippier sole compositions
Often advanced lacing techniques that cannot come undone easily
Occasional addition of waterproof technologies
Choosing a Trail Running Shoe
Step 1: Where do you normally run in your trail running shoe?
The most important consideration when choosing a trail running shoe is what the predominant trail surface is going to be:
Road/Fire Trails: We have provided a small but comprehensive range of shoes suitable to trail runners spending time on roads and firmly packed fire trails. On such surfaces, grip is less of an issue and a smooth sole tread on a shoe is the most comfortable.
Smooth Trails: A shoe with a smoother tread on the sole and a breathable mesh upper are best suited to smooth single tracks or walking trails. Higher levels of cushioning in a shoe are also often best suited to smoother trails as proprioception and balance are less of an issue.
Mixed Trails: When you will be running over a mixture of terrains and trails, there are a few shoes that can assist you.
Rocky Trails: When the predominant surface type is rocky terrain, you will require a tread that is not too knobbly as this means you will have less of the shoe's sole on the trail and therefore, less grip. We suggest a smoother tread pattern with a durable upper on the shoe.
Muddy Trails: When the predominant surface type is wet, mushy trails then you will require a shoe with a deeper tread pattern on the sole of the shoe.
Orienteering/Off-Track: Shoes suited to this category must have extreme grip and durability suited to harsh terrains. They must also provide enough flexibility in the sole of the shoe and sensitivity to the sole of the foot to enable adequate proprioception when running off-trails.
Step 2: What running shoe are you currently running in?
Next it is important to consider what shoe you have mostly been running in. Try to avoid making massive changes. For example, if you are currently running in a highly cushioned road running shoe, avoid transitioning straight to a very minimal trail running shoe.
Step 3: What distance will you use this trail running shoe for?
It is important to consider the distance of the race (or training runs) you are using this shoe for. We believe that some of our shoes are better suited to long distance trail running races and some are more suited to shorter distance trail running races. We have based our considerations on the combination of comfort, cushioning, support, drop and weight of the shoe.
Weight: We have provided an accurate measurement of the weight of a shoe based on the standard shoe size for each gender. This weight of trail running shoes is measured for 1 shoe and should be doubled to find the complete weight of a pair of trail running shoes.
Drop: This is a measure of the height of the heel above the forefoot. In general, 0-4mm is considered low; 6-8mm is moderate; and 9mm+ is a higher drop. A low drop trail running shoe can feel dynamic and light. However, athletes with concerns about aggravating issues such as achilles tendonitis often prefer a higher drop shoe.
Cushion: We have tried to highlight how much protection a shoe provides from the trails and how much 'sponginess' you feel in a shoe. Low cushioning can provide a very dynamic and sensitive feel on the trails, helping to increase your dynamics on rough surfaces and reduce the weight of a shoe. A higher cushion shoe can make longer training and racing miles more comfortable, and suit athletes who are prone to overuse or impact injuries, such as stress fractures.
Step 4: Choose your optimal trail running shoe size
We understand that buying trail running shoes online can be intimidating. We warmly welcome your queries and have a supportive Returns Policy. However, we strongly encourage you to:
Begin by considering the size of your current running shoes.
If they are slightly tighter fitting and you plan to run longer distances then consider going up 1/2 a size to allow for the foot expansion that occurs during longer races or training sessions.
If they feel slightly more relaxed this is likely to be the right size.
We recognise that buying trail running shoes online is highly difficult. That is why we have compiled a Trail Running Shoe Comparison Guide for our entire Find Your Feet trail running footwear range. Our Trail Running Shoe Comparison Guide highlights the key features of the shoe, what distance they are suitable for and which trail surface type they are best suited to.