The 7 Best Fashion Forward Trail Running Shoes for Men & Women

Lightweight, futuristic, and engineered for rugged terrain, yet perfectly styled for the urban environment too

The 7 Best Fashion Forward Trail Running Shoes for Men & Women


Annie Kluger

Courtesy of your highly caffeinated and ever thankful editorial team at FM HQ

For many, running has become just about the only outlet from an otherwise entirely indoors life. Whether you're pounding the pavement—while appropriately distancing, of course—or you're lucky enough to have trails nearby (or running around your living room for our 0.5k Fun Fun Fundraiser this weekend), having the right footwear that can hold up to the challenge is key. Ideally they strike a balance between fashion and function, too.

For all my fellow design nerds and raging aesthetes, we've rounded up 7 of the most stylish trail runners out now, useful for both getting exercise and getting likes on IG (yes you can still get fits off in quarantine).

1. Salomon S/LAB XT-4 ADV

Salomon’s S/LAB line stays having a moment (ex: District Vision Mountain Racer). The hyper engineered arm of the French-founded (though owned by Adidas since 1997) brand has found a lasting popularity away from the mountains and among the city streets of Tokyo, NYC, LA, etc. The graphic-driven S/LAB XT-4 ADVANCED trail runner is the perfect example of why, made of a technical blend of elevated fabrics and mesh welded in stitch-free construction with a toggle fastener and Contagrip MA outsole.
Price: $250 $175 SHOP NOW

2. Mammut Saentis Knit Low

There is something freeing about bare feet—but unfortunately the city sidewalks don’t lend themselves to the shoeless lifestyle (please don’t try). Fortunately, the futuristic Saentis Knit Low from Swiss mountaineering brand Mammut features a 3D Knit construction, giving them a sock-like feel. Flexibility, combined with a specially developed Michelin outsole and toggle lace fastener, make these lightweight kicks ideal for your everyday hustle.
Women's Option: YES
Price: $179 SHOP NOW

3. Nike Wildhorse 6

One glance at this trail runner and it's no surprise the selling point is an ultra stable outsole with all the traction in the world. On top of this, a foam midsole makes for a comfortable ride—or, stride—and a Virgil-esque rear pull tab make for easy on and off. Gotta hand it to the Swoosh for continuing to innovate and put function first—even if the result is visually polarizing.
Women's Option: YES
Price: $130 SHOP NOW

4. Hoka One One Speedgoat 4

The fourth Hoka shoe to bare the nickname of ultra running record holder Karl “The Speedgoat” Meltzer, this maximalist shoe is designed to tackle any trail, any terrain, any time. A durable shoe with an ultra-comfortable fit (thanks to Hoka’s signature oversized EVA midsole and lugged Vibram outsole) and now upgraded with a Gore-Tex membrane liner, the Speedgoat 4 has enhanced heel support, midfoot lockdown, and extra “seatbelt” support on each side. Plus, the mesh construction increases breathability without compromising waterproofing, making these comfortable and supportive in all conditions.
Women's Option: YES
Price: $160 SHOP NOW

5. Arc’teryx Norvan VT 2 GTX

Designed as a high-performance trail running shoe with climbing and rock scrambling in mind (Arc’teryx is a BC-based company after all), the Norvan VT 2 Gore-Tex delivers supportive traction and aggressive good looks in all environments. An adjustable 360 support system allows for an adaptive, comfortable fit, even if all you’re doing is walking to work or scrambling for a precious seat on the L Train. The Norvan VT 2 will get you where you need to be, and in style at that.
Women's Option: YES
Price: $205 SHOP NOW

6. Danner Trail 2650

A marked departure from the legendary Oregon bootmaker, the Trail 2650 ($112) finds inspiration in the diverse terrain and massive expanse of the iconic 2650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. Made for moving, whether it’s logging 10 before 10 on the trail or from the subway to your desk, the Trail 2650 is lightweight, cushioned, and durable, making it an ideal go-to for everyday adventuring.
Women's Option: YES

7. La Sportiva Blizzard GTX

Italy’s La Sportiva makes some of the wildest footwear in the entire outdoor industry. Their bright colorways and aggressive designs are impossible to ignore. The Blizzard GTX is a lightweight mountain running shoe designed to perform under all weather conditions. With sturdy grip, enhanced underfoot stability, a Gore-Tex upper, and fast lacing system, the waterproof GTX is ready for anything.
Price: $199 SHOP NOW

Published 06-18-2019