The best shoes for men when trail running need to have soles that have semi-deep tread and are aggressive for running rocky, off terrain, and muddy trails. They are different than the regular running shoes in that they provide more stability. Shoes for running on rough trails must be flexible for both walking on smooth surfaces and rugged terrains, and the transition to different paths, undetectable.
- Type of the Shoe
Unlike most comfortable walking shoes for men, trail running shoes are categorized as light, rugged, off-trail, and hybrid running shoes. No matter what your preference is, look for shoes that give you great support and stability while keeping excellent responsiveness and offers protection on uneven terrains.
- Heel Fit
Differentiating between tight and snug is the key. Try different models, and sizes to have a sense of how your heel feels when you stand up, walk, or run. The shoes should come off easily when you take them off laced.
Every model has a different cushioning level. There are shoes in the market without padding that still offer protection, and to counter, there are models with massive cushioning too. The various cushioning models to look for in trail running shoes are minimal, moderate and maximum padding in the midsole. Also, try the newest ‘barefoot’ model that works on your biomechanics and has no padding whatsoever.
- The Heel-to-Toe Drop
Heel-to-toe drop is the measurement of the height at the heel and the height at forefoot, ranging from 0 mm to about 12 mm. Typically, barefoot shoes have 0 mm, minimal is between 0-4 mm and so on. Running shoes for men can be used to decide and compare the drop when buying trail shoes since the biomechanics are the same.
- The Fit
The fit is the most important consideration than anything else. Factors to consider are the shape of the arch, arch length, and the foot volume. Never buy shoes just because they fit your neighbour well or just because of a good review. Find the best trail running shoes that are best for your feet.
- Get Help
- Never assume your shoe size: always measure in the store when buying a new pair.
- Get your fit assessed: There are footwear specialists who can help you assess the shoe and size of your feet and advice on the different models that you can try before you find the right shoe.
- Consider ‘last’: Every brand has a ‘last’ which is the basic foot form that they use to build their shoes around. Essentially, if you find your ‘last’ you have your shoe!