What You Need to Know About Your First Pair of Running Trail Shoes

Wanna come on a running adventure with me?

Like….how can you say "no"?

Have you ever made the leap and committed to a pair of running trail shoes?


To be honest, I'm brand new to this whole trail shoe thing. Maybe you're a pro! Or maybe, you're just like me and "oh hey, we're new here!"


And that's ok. We all start here at least once. Whether it's new to trail running, new to ultras, or just new to running in general…it's ok to be the new kid on the block and NOT know everything!




That being said, after 10+ years of "normal" running, I've pick up a trick or two. I know what I need from a running shoe in general. And I bet you do too when you think about. There are certain characteristics you absolutely *must have* and then there's others that a dead no.


But, when it's a brand new experience, anything can happen. So I thought I'd share the new-ness that with you in a *new* and different way this week.


*enter the VLOG!*

It's nothing long; a quick chat. It's like we're just sitting down to compare notes about what running shoes we're looking forward to coming out…because if you're here, you're probably a running nerd, too. ;)

So here are a quick list of 3 things that might be helpful for you too if you're thinking about joining me on this running trail adventure:



So I realized, as we were chatting, that collectively, we have MORE questions. And those questions will heavily influence our mutual running trail shoe adventures. So we should probably get some answers.


Here are some of my questions:

Can I run on some pavement with trail shoes?

From what I've gathered from the shoe pro's in the stores and online, you technically can.


However, the shoe isn't made for that.


It's going to feel heavier, clunkier, some of the lugs that would naturally bite into the ground might end up biting your foot instead because it has nowhere to go in the pavement. Also, it's not going to quite propel you forward the same way a road shoe. Think of it this way: anything can turn into a hammer if you try hard enough but just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

Do you need new trail shoes every 300-500mi?

Short Answer: typically yes, but it depends on how it's wearing for you.


Long Answer: a running shoe is running shoe.


Regardless of what type.


And after so many miles, the materials in any shoe will start to wear out. That being said, a trail shoe has much more rubber typically and therefore, tends to absorb the load of running a bit better than your typically road shoe.


However, the life span of the trail shoe can still depend on the weight of the running, the technicality of the trail, and the mileage (duh.)


One thing I found interesting, and something to keep in mind for runners like myself that live surrounded by concrete, running pavement will wear out your shoe faster. And this makes sense: your trail shoe was built to be durable, but on softer surfaces compared to the constant shearing force it experiences when running on pavement. Just another reason to get off the black top and back onto the trails!

Do trail shoes actually fit more snug compared to regular road shoes?
Hello, this is future-Marie talking to you from after the shopping experience!