Vegan Trail Runners

Last updated 5/18/17

Trail runners are great for hiking as well as … trail running, obviously! There are tons of options out there. Take a look here and I’m sure you’ll see a few that fit your needs. And then get out into the woods!

I want you to feel confident, instead of frustrated, when purchasing outdoor gear. Like my other gear pages, I’ve checked in with each company to find out which trail running shoes are 100% vegan. These shoes are all made of completely synthetic materials, including the glues used, so you don’t need to worry about hidden animal products. (Please read this disclaimer before purchasing.)

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Altra

Altra Lone Peak 3.0 Designed to tackle the gnarly terrain of the Wasatch 100, the updated 3.0 trail-running shoes were inspired by one of the most rocky, rugged mountains in the Wasatch Range.
Also in Men’s 

Altra Superior 3.0

Altra The Superior 3.0
Using customer feedback, the women’s Altra Superior 3.0 trail-running shoes improve on the award-winning 2.0 with accurate sizing, stronger uppers, and lateral flare on the outsoles for stability.
Also in men’s

Altra Superior 2.0

Altra Superior 2.0
Why mess with perfection? The award-winning trail-running shoes are back with the same look and feel of their predecessors, plus new colors and sidewall reinforcements.
Also available in men’s

Altra Olympus 2.0

Altra The Olympus 2.0
The popular, max-cushioned trail-running shoes return with completely revamped Vibram® outsoles and softer, more flexible uppers
Also in men’s

Brooks

Brooks Cascadia 12

Brooks Cascadia 12
Off-road adventures start with this winning combo of cushioning, traction and fit now includes an evolved pivot that improves cushioning and flexibility at toe-off.
Also in men’s

Brooks Cascadia 11

Brooks Cascadia 11
A standout performer in wet, sloppy conditions, designed with ultrarunner Scott Jurek, and pair waterproof protection with rugged performance.
Also in men’s

Brooks Mazama

Brooks Mazama
These shoes make the most of every step on rocky, rooty terrain. They bring best-in-class fit, biomechanics, strategic protection and grippy outsoles to the dirt.
Also in men’s

Brooks Calera

Brooks Calera
Stay solid on the trail with sticky rubber outsole lugs and responsive, well-cushioned midsoles, they deliver ample ground protection.
Also in men’s

Inov-8

Inov-8 Roclite 295

Inov-8 Roclite 295

Inov-8 describes their Roclite line as “Our most versatile all-round shoe for long adventures where the terrain and surroundings are unpredictable. Features integrated gaiter clip system for debris free running.”

Inov-8 Roclite 295 Also in men’s

Inov-8 Race Ultra 290

Inov-8 Race Ultra 290

Inov-8 describes their Race ultra series as “The ultimate shoe for running limitless miles over mixed terrain, the award-winning RACE ULTRA™ series brings comfort, protection, grip and debris free running with integrated gaiter options”

Inov-8 Race Ultra 290 Also in men’s

Inov-8 Mudclaw 300

Inov-8 Mudclaw 300

Inov-8 describes their Mudclaw line: “Propels fell and mountain runners over the muddiest of terrains by delivering unrivalled grip in mud through an aggressive outsole, with a unique stud design that releases mud as quickly and efficiently as it grips to it.”

Inov-8 Mudclaw 265 (men’s sizes only)
Inov-8 Mudclaw 300 (men’s sizes only)

Inov-8 X-Talon 212

Inov-8 describes their X-Talon line as ” A flexible, lightweight racing shoe that delivers unrivaled grip over soft or off trail terrain and is super-fast on dry trails too. The number one choice for elite athletes wanting to run fast off-trail.”
Inov-8 X-Talon 212 (men’s sizes only)

Merrell

Merrell Pace Glove 3

Merrell Barefoot Run Pace Glove 3 (women’s sizes only)
According to Merrell: “… The Vibram sole on our minimalist running shoes connects you securely to the earth beneath your feet so you can fly down trails with confidence. Plus, the ventilated, vegan-friendly construction creates a breathable running shoe with a conscience.”

Merrell Trail Glove 3

Merrell Barefoot Run Trail Glove 3 (men’s sizes only)
According to Merrell: “These men’s barefoot running shoes are an enhancement of our previous model. They’re super lightweight and flexible with a low profile, anti-microbial lining, and thin mid- and outsole. ”

Patagonia

 

Patagonia Tsali

Patagonia Tsali

Patagonia Tsali
According to Patagonia: “The neutral-cushioned Tsali 3.0 running shoe is up for the challenge, with an air-mesh upper that’s super breathable and minimizes seam discomfort. Perforated nylon reinforcement for additional breathability; dynamic lacing system provides a precise fit. ”
Also in men’s

TrekSta

TrekSta Alter Ego

TrekSta Alter Ego

TrekSta Alter Ego
According to TrekSta: “Thin HyperGrip® sole provides superior traction and durability.
Ultralight EVA midsole provides cushion and support without bulk.
Highly breathable mesh upper keeps your feet cool and dries quickly.
Flat sole profile allows for more ground contact and better ground feel.”
Also in men’s

** Women’s model has been discontinued. Edict II in men’s only. **

TrekSta Edict
According to TrekSta this shoe is an “ultra light barefoot feel trail running shoe with superior cushioning and support. ”

*I have these shoes and have used them on quite a few day hikes as well as an overnight backpacking trip. I love them for warmer weather because they’re light and keep my feet cool. I ended up with cold feet on one of my last trips, because my feet got wet. Luckily they now have a Gore-Tex version available!
Also in men’s

Vibram

Vibram Classic

The Classic Vibram are  great for running and gym workouts, offering a natural barefoot feel.
Also in men’s

Vibram EL-X

Vibram FiveFingers EL-X multisport shoes boast a slim minimalist design for casual or low-impact, multisport wear.
Only in men’s.

The KSO Evo are lightly padded tongue and have a speed lacing system as well as a serrated blade lug design.
Also in men’s

Vibram Trek Ascent

For off-road adventures and hiking in all conditions, the FiveFingers Trek Ascent shoes offer rugged traction and sure grip to keep you firmly grounded, on and off the trail.
Also in men’s

Vibram V-Run

Redesigned with softer uppers and perforated to maximize breathability, the women’s Vibram FiveFingers V-Run road-running shoes offer more comfortable ventilation than ever.
Also in men’s

Vibram V-Trail

The Vibram FiveFingers V-Trail trail-running shoes offer minimalist, technical protection for runners who love to feel the ground under their feet. The soles give serious grip on wet and dry surfaces.
Also in men’s

V-Train

Ideal for training and fitness whether in or out of the gym, the Vibram FiveFingers V-Train shoes feature specially designed soles that provide grip during lateral movement and rope climbing.
Also in men’s


Salomon & Montrail

Upon contacting Salomon and Montrail, I was told that both offer no 100% vegan shoes. Bummer.


Is this list missing anything? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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  • Have you tried Newton Running Shoes? They have a trail runner I’ve used.

  • Great list! I was wondering if you could provide any information on Saucony or New Balance?

    • Also, any knowledge on the Altra Lone Peak 2.5 please?

    • Hi Chris, I haven’t talked to them yet. I’ll check and let you know! – Jessica

      • Thank you! I’ve now also become interested in La Sportiva if you get a chance to find any info on them. Cheers

  • I needed a pair of trail runners for a half marathon in the Swiss Alps, and this list really helped a lot! I would have loved to try a pair of Altras, but they’re not available in Europe. Luckily I found the Merrell Barefoot Bare Access here and have been really happy training with them. Race day is less than 2 weeks away now! Thanks for your help

    • Hi Wendy! That’s awesome! I’m so glad to hear the Merrell’s are working out for you. Good luck in your race! 🙂 ~Jessica

  • Anne

    Met you at New England veg fest. Going to be ordering new trail running shoes with your recommendations. Thanks for the great work!

    • Hi Anne! VegFest was great, wasn’t it? I’ve still got a bag of tasty goodies to finish eating! 🙂

      Which trail runners are you leaning towards? I was so happy when I was researching to find so many vegan options! Yay!

      ~Jessica

  • I’ve heard mixed feedback on Salomon, so it must be glue related as some of then are all synthetic. Merrell has 38! vegan shoes: http://www.merrell.com/US/en/vegan-friendly-shoes-sandals/

    • Hi Erik! Yes, the issue with Salomon, is the glues unfortunately. They told me they use “all natural” glues and when I asked if that meant animal-derived ingredients they said yes. Bummer. I’m loving Merrell’s vegan-friendliness. 🙂 ~Jessica

  • Thank you for this list!! 🙂 It’s so good to see a growing number of vegan, cruelty-free options.

    • It is great, isn’t it? This list got so long… I couldn’t believe it! It’s awesome! 🙂 ~ Jessica

  • jim

    Altra came out with new version of Superior ( now 2.0 ) And it looks great! Better traction and a little more cushion. I currently am running with Lone peak 2.0’s but loved the Superiors they just didn’t hold up. Need to run more and wear these out so I can get updated Superior : )

    • Hi Jim! Thanks for the update! I’ll have to add the Superior 2.0 to this list. Good luck wearing the Lone Peaks out. 🙂 ~ Jessica

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