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Whether you’re running along towpaths, through fields, or up and down mountain trails, having durable trail running shoes with good grip is vital. Proper footwear will give you the confidence you need in your feet to stopping second-guessing your every step, helping you run faster and more efficiently.
Like road running, you need to first identify your gait and what you need from a shoe. If you overpronate and need extra support you’ll still need that out on the trails.
For a more comprehensive running trainer fitting service All Runners Need stores offer free video gait analysis.
Using video technology to analyse how your feet respond to every step, our expert fitters can assess how much you pronate – that’s the extent to which your foot naturally rolls inward when you run – and where your foot strikes the ground, to help you choose the right level of support for you.
Once you know your gait you can start looking at how trail shoes differ for terrain and purpose.
If you’re racing or doing speed work then having a lightweight shoe becomes important. Look for shoes with less structure, support, and protection but still with good grip.
For occasional off-road, recreational trail running, or very muddy paths go for a sturdy trail shoe, with deep lugs and still soles for extra grip.
Many trail shoes are waterproof, designed with uppers made from fabrics such as GORE-TEX, to keep your feet dry.
Look for a padded collar and tongue to add support and avoid rubbing, particularly if you run for long periods of time, these small details can make the difference.
Hitting the trails for the first time can be a little daunting so here are a few tips to help you get going
Take your time – If you’re new to trail running, go slowly at first to get used to placing your feet on uneven surfaces and slippery terrain. Don’t rush or you’re more likely to trip or injury yourself.
Notice your technique – You may even find yourself running as if you’re on egg shells, with higher knees and a faster stride turnover to stop yourself tripping on unexpected roots and stones. This is completely normal, but don’t rush, just relax into it.
Strength training – Make sure you add some simple strength training exercises to strengthen your legs and feet, ensuring good stability.
Pace yourself – Don’t go too far too fast. And don’t go too fast either. Aim to gradually build both distance and speed, even if you can already run much further on road.
Proper kit – As well as correct footwear you need correct running clothing. Ensure you have a good waterproof jacket and technical running socks to keep you running dry and comfortable.