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10 Trail Running Shoes to Help You Break Away from the Pavement

Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 4

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Go bold with this orange-swoosh trail running shoe. The thick outsole will protect your feet no matter what terrain you decide to take on. (Read these other beginner trail running tips if you're new to the trails.)

Buy It, $110

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Brooks Cascadia 13 GTX

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Support and comfort—two important elements of all good trail running shoes. This Brooks pick has both key features with the added bonus of color and style. We'd say that's a win-win.

Buy It, $160

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New Balance Summit Unknown

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Hit the trail in these cool New Balance kicks, complete with spike-like lugs on the bottom for superior grip. This lightweight pair is ready to give you a smooth ride on your next off-road adventure—without the chunkiness of other trail running sneakers.

Buy It, $110

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Adidas Outdoor Terrex Agravic GTX

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Sending much praise your way, Adidas. These trail running shoes take the cake for style, comfort, and functionality. The GORE-TEX membrane helps keep your feet dry in any conditions, while the BOOST foam gives you the same great cushion as their fan-favorite Ultra Boost road running sneakers.

Buy It, $160

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Under Armour Horizon 50

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Unstable ankles? Opt for a high-top, sock-fit sneaker like this trail runner from Under Armour for extra support (and protection against ankle scrapes and bites). (Related: How Weak Ankles and Ankle Mobility Affect the Rest of Your Body)

Buy It, $150

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The North Face Women's Endurus TR Trail Running Shoes

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Hit the trails with the company that has made getting outside cooler than ever. These TNF trail runners feature a Vibram XS Trek sole and wide heel base for extra foot comfort and support. 

Buy It, $105

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Saucony Women's Grid Excursion TR12

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The bottom of this Saucony sneaker—made with heel-grid technology—looks just like a hiking boot for a reason. Feel the grip on every inch of the trail while scoring some moderate cushioning, so you're not just floating over the terrain but really feeling it. (Related: 5 Surprising Things I Learned During My First Trail Race)

Buy It, $70

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Merrell Agility Synthesis Flex Trail Running Shoe

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You can trust legendary hiking boot company, Merrell, to make a pair of sneakers ideal for off-roading. Bonus: This pair feels just as smooth on the road too.

Related: The Best Outdoor Adventure Clothes and Gear for Anyone Traveling to a National Park

Buy It, $110

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Salomon Sense Ride Trail Running Shoes

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Ditch your loose-lace worries with Salomon's Quick Fit lacing system: Just pinch and slide the lace eyelet as tight as you'd like, and slip the leftover laces inside the designated pocket. Then, say goodbye to sticks stuck in your laces and mud-drenched lace tips forever.

Buy It, $95

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Vasque Constant Velocity II

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Trail performance footwear brand Vasque knows a thing or two about rough terrain. These super-cushioned trail sneakers feature an ESS plate to protect against rocks and other sharp objects and are ideal for rugged, loose trails. (All that crazy terrain is worth it for the benefits of trail running.)

Buy It, $120

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