Editor’s Note: We reviewed our shoe selections on July 29, 2022 and have updated our recommendations. The below models now include the top-performing shoes from our most recent rounds of testing.

Ready to hit the trails for your runs this summer? While there’s no bad time to explore off-road, it’s especially fun to escape the baking pavement and retreat to cool and shady singletrack during the hottest months of the year. Of course, if you’re going to conquer mud and technical terrain, it helps to have dedicated trail shoes that bite into dirt and cushion your feet against rocks on your runs. See some of our top-rated trail options below, or scroll down for full reviews of these trail shoes and more of our test team’s favorites—plus buying info on how to choose your next pair.

The 12 Best Trail Running Shoes