Top 11 Trail Running Shoes for Women

For woman trail runners who need the right running shoe for off-road conditions, these trail runners provide great traction, stability and durability to help you glide over roots, rocks and uneven terrain. Designed specifically for women's feet these shoes are best for trails, but also work well on pavement. Trail running shoes often come with water-resistant or more durable uppers,  a thicker sole, and less sideways flex. Here are some great trail running shoes for women.


Montrail Trail Runners are light, stable and very durable trail running shoes. There are models that provide motion control for pronators and models that are made for warm weather and high mileage. I've used the Montrail Masochist for over a year and find it a perfect trail shoes for running and light hiking. The GTX is a waterproof mode that has a Gore-Tex liner that is perfect for the wet trails I often tread in the Pacific Northwest.


Brooks offers that Cascadia and the Adrenaline trail shoes for women. Both models have strong support balanced with great cushioning. They have a tough sole that stabilizes the foot and reduces excessive pronation. The Adrenaline offers water-resistant uppers. Brooks has begun offering recycled laces, a biodegradable "BioMoGo" midsole add other eco-friendly touches.


New Balance makes a variety of trail runners in every price category and style. Most are heavy-duty off-road runnings that combine stiffness, traction and tough uppers, but they also offer the 101, the latest in minimal running shoes designed specifically for the trails without the big, bulky tread and cushioning of typical trail runners.


Nike is still one of the most popular trail shoes on the market. Nike has trail running shoes for the all-season, all-condition and all-trail runner who want a good-looking, functional shoes that transitions easily from the road to trail and back.


Great trail running for those needing traction and a good, snug fit. The Kanadia is designed for primary off-road use but can be used for road running. I like the snug fit, but the extremely lightweight feel of this sturdy shoe. 


The North Face offers a stable full of great trail running and light hiking shoes for women. You will find a shoe in your price range and favorite color with this huge variety of trail runners the offer all the latest features including gore-tex uppers, rubber toe caps and quick tie laces on some models.


Lafuma trail shoes for women offer a great fit, nice cushioning, and plenty of stability and grip for the needs of serious trail runners.


Vasque has a reputation for making great hiking boots and now they have a good selection of trail running shoes for women. The entire Vasque collection provides stability, traction, and good cushioning in a lightweight design. Vasque runners are a great value.


Asics offers several trail runners (my personal favorite is the Attack). All are designed for tough, uneven terrain, rocks, gravel, roots, and mud. Look for the water-resistant synthetic and mesh upper if you run in bad weather. Most offer a lightweight and protective support cooling mesh lining to wick away moisture and keep your feet nice and dry.


Merrell is known for great hiking shoes and now they have a great variety of trail runners as well. From the ultra stable Grid to the sleek, flashy Cruise, they offer a great fit and all the features trail shoes should have. If you have good luck with Merrell casual shoes, the trail shoes should fit you well. 

Teva Trail Running Shoes for Women

New to the trail running market, Teva offers the Ligero Trail Running shoe for women. Build on a running specific footbed, it is designed to provide the best combination of cushioning and stability in all trail conditions. Teva is great for all-terrain traction and comfort for long days on the trail.


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