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Walking Shoes and Trail Running Shoes: 10 Of The Best Plus Buyers’ Guide and Tips

Walking shoes and trail running shoes made simple with this handy guide

Essential Buying Guide: The 10 Best Walking Shoes and Trail Running Shoes

Trail running shoes. Photo: iStock

Buying walking shoes or trail running shoes is often the most formidable part of the whole expedition. Walking, let alone running, in poorly fitting shoes can lead to blisters, misery and a lifelong aversion to the outdoors.

Luckily, walking and trail running shoes just keep getting better. Recent research suggests that restricting the foot too much can cause injury, and the very best pairs on the market at the moment are responsive and lightweight, while still providing support.

Hiking and Trekking: Everything You Need To Know

When choosing what trail running shoes to buy, consider what sort of terrain you will be running on. Are you looking for a shoe grippy enough for grassy banks, sturdy enough for rocky paths, or an all-rounder? Comfort, stability, traction and protection should all be taken into account.

The most important thing is how the trail running shoes feel on your feet. Try on as many pairs as you can stand, and remember that any misgivings you have in the shop will come back to haunt you on the trails. To get you started, here is Mpora’s guide to the best trail running and walking shoes on the market.

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