Trail Running Shoes Market

Trail Running Shoes Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report

Trail Running Shoes Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Type (Barefoot Shoes, Low Profile Shoes, Traditional Shoes, Maximalist Shoes), By Application (Men Trail Running Shoes, Women Trail Running Shoes), Based On Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2022 - 2029

Report ID : BMRC 369
Number of pages : 300
Published Date : Apr 2023
Category : Consumer Goods
Delivery Timeline : 48 hrs
The global demand for trail running shoes market, in terms of revenue, was worth of USD 3.58 Billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 6.09 Billion in 2029, growing at a CAGR of 7.9% from 2022 to 2029.

The global trail running shoes market is expected to grow at a significant rate due to the number of driving factors.

Trail running shoes market has shown a significant growth in the recent years owing to the trail running is booming worldwide. There are more opportunities than ever before for runners to experience the trails. In addition to races of varying distances and level of difficulty, there are group runs organized by specialty retailers, camps, clinics and how-to articles and books specific to trail running. Trail running provides better strength training benefits for the legs compared to road running. Trail running also challenges coordination, agility and balance more so than running on roads, especially if running on technical trails full of rocks, roots and uneven terrain. Increasing awareness regarding health benefits of trail running is one of the major factors driving the demand for trial running shoes.

Increasing government support for trail running is also supplementing the market growth. For example; On August 28th, 2018; the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) announced a partnership with athletics’ governing body, the IAAF, marking a new era for two of the largest running communities in the world. Under the new agreement, the two running organizations became technical partners of the IAAF and will work alongside the International Association of Ultra running (IAU), a consultancy partner, to tap the potential of trail and mountain running.


The global trail running shoes market is expected to witness a lucrative growth within the forecast period owing to growing awareness about the benefits of trail running shoes coupled with the latest advancements in its production drives the growth of global trail running shoes. The major difference between road shoes and trail shoes is their composition. Trail running shoes are heavier and designed to support and protect the foot on rugged terrain. These shoes offer durable soles with more aggressive tread patterns to defend against rocks, sticks and other obstacles one might encounter on the trails. Trail runners are built to prevent excessive foot rotation. In addition, because running on trails involves a shorter, more variable stride as the users adjust to land where footing is optimal, pronation control isn’t a big consideration. In addition, increasing trail running globally is also driving the demand for trail running shoes. Thus, all these advantages of trail running shoes are anticipated to foster the market growth.


Global Trail Running Shoes market report covers prominent players like

  • Brooks
  • Salomon
  • Asics
  • New Balance
  • Deckers
  • The North Face
  • Montrail
  • Saucony
  • LOWA
  • Tecnica
  • Adidas
  • Nike
  • Vasque
  • Scarpa
  • La Sportiva
  • Pearl Izumi
  • Under Armour
  • Mizuno
  • Puma
  • Zamberlan
  • Hoka One One
  • Skechers U.S.A Inc.
  • VF Corporation
  • Inov8
  • Altra Running
  • others

Furthermore, increasing investment in trail running segment by the leading players is also fostering the market growth. For example; Salomon is one of the brands that have been investing in trail running right from the start. In workshops and with a broad media campaign, Salomon is making trail running come alive for many runners. The company has spent a lot of time and resources over the past few seasons to help the sport of trail running grow beyond its core group.

Also, at the peak of the outbreak in China there has been a shortage of raw materials & inputs and it is the primary concern for footwear producers causing disruption to manufacture across the world. The impact of the COVID-19 crisis has been imitated in a sharp drop in sales of footwear product as more and more shops are forced to close due to government restrictions and as consumers are instructed to stay at home. Major brands have been forced to close stores and have consequently faced substantial drops in sales worldwide. For instance, according to International Labour Organization, Adidas sales in China fell by about 80% between January and February 2020, with the sportswear & giant forecasting a sales drop for China of about US$ 1.13 billion for the first quarter of 2020. Hence it has adverse effect on sale of trail running shoes and probably negative impact on the growth of global train running shoes market.

The type segment of trail running shoes market is dominated by minimalist shoes segment by capturing the largest market share 36.67% in year 2020. On the basis of application, the market is segmented into men trail running shoes and women trail running shoes. In the application segment men running shoes gained the largest share 64.20% of this market in the year 2020 and expected to continue the same within the forecast period.

As per the market analysis, North America held the largest market share of 38.08% in 2020 of global trail running shoes market within the forecast period owing to the increasing trail running and high technological adoption trends in this region.


By Type

  • Barefoot Shoes
  • Low profile Shoes
  • Traditional Shoes
  • Maximalist Shoes

By Application

  • Men trail running shoes
  • Women trail running shoes

By Regional & Country Analysis:

  • North America

    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe

    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Netherland
    • Turkey
    • Switzerland
    • Belgium
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia-Pacific

    • South Korea
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Australia
    • Philippines
    • Singapore
    • Malaysia
    • Thailand
    • Indonesia
    • Rest Of APAC
  • Latin America

    • Mexico
    • Colombia
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Peru
    • Rest of South America
  • Middle East and Africa

    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Egypt
    • South Africa
    • Rest Of MEA

The The Popularity of Adventurous Activities among Urban Dwellers to Seek out Escape from City Life is driving the Trail Running Shoes Market
The popularity of urban dwellers to seek out escape by trekking and hiking in hills, jungles and mountains is driving the trail running shoes market. The benefits of trail running shoes such as physical exercise, mental simulation, safety to feet and toes and stability are the main factors for its growing popularity among adventure wanderers and hikers. People are becoming more aware of having appropriate shoes for different occasions to avoid muscle injuries, knee & hip pain and back pain. This in turn propels the trail running shoes market to grow. Youngsters are keener on healthy life style and keen on going to adventurous tours, along with rapid development of adventurous tour and travel companies has helped in increasing demand of trail running shoes. The outdoor footwear industry is trending towards lighter weight products along with trail running shoes, traditionally which was heavy weighted compared to other shoes. According to FDRA (Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America) in America 37% of sales of footwear is due to need of having shoes for different occasions and 30% of total sales is depending on the price of shoes, which also shows the trend of trail running shoes demand among customers. It is worth noting that this industry is being influenced by the emergence of numerous growth propellants. Considering the recent industry assesment statistics, the trail running shoes market 2023 is showing significant progression and is projected to witness similar trends in the ensuing years. The trail running shoes are made for specific activity and situation, which is restraining the market.

Emerging Trends 

Trail running is become a popular sport in recent years. It's a mix of endurance and careful footwork that takes runners deep into nature. The trails running shoes are footwear designed for off-road travel and include many design features not available in road-specific modes. Trail running shoes involve running or walking in an outdoor environment on a natural terrain, taking advantage of the geographical features offered by each region such as; mountains, deserts, forests and etc. Currently, the main materials used for trail running shoes are; mesh fabric, EVA, Rubber, glue and others. But different manufacturers choose raw materials as per the special functions. The main consumption group is outdoor enthusiasts.

According to market research by manufacturer Salomon, 72% of all runners like to run in nature. The actual experience (in nature) is more important to them, than the result. That’s why Salomon and a number of other brands from the running and outdoor industry have been betting on the trend discipline trail running for several years now. Running is the most heavily practiced sport in the world, with trail running experiencing exceptional growth over the last decade as more people enjoy spending time in the outdoors. Footwear is the most important piece of equipment for a runner, especially in the mountains where the level of performance, support, grip and comfort are critical to safety and performance. Some of the latest developments are:


On August 15th, 2019; INOV-8, British-born brand launched a new trail running shoe, the TRAILROC G 280. 200 times stronger than steel, graphene is the world’s strongest material. Collaborating with scientists at The University of Manchester, inov-8 has infused the Nobel prize winning material into insanely-grippy rubber outsoles, which are scientifically proven to be 50% harder wearing. It is designed for off-road runners tackling long distances on hard-packed trails, is expected to be another huge success for the brand which was forged in the fells of the English Lake District.

Tecnica Introduced ORIGIN: The First Custom-Fit Trail Running Shoe

On June 12th, 2019; Tecnica announced launched ORIGIN – the first trail running shoe with a customizable fit. The concept introduces a completely new design approach to the running shoe category, based first on the anatomy of the consumer and then by utilizing a proprietary in-store thermo-molding process. The end-result delivers all trail runners the same intended level of performance and ideal fit, regardless of gender or body characteristics, and provides specialty retailers with the opportunity to better serve their customers. A simple digital app will drive the specialty retailers to select the right version of ORIGIN to better match with the unique requirements of the runner in front of him/her. ORIGIN is a high performance, 10.5-ounce mountain running shoe designed to perform best on technical terrain, both in wet and dry conditions, due to the exclusively designed outsole with VibramMegagrip compound. Tecnica will preview ORIGIN at Outdoor Retailer, booth 49055-UL. A small selection of retailers was soft launch ORIGIN in July '19, with the full retail launch hitting outdoor and will run specialty retailers in Spring ’20.

Hoka One One EVO Mafate 2

A roomier upper makes this trail shoe even more comfortable for long days on the trail. Mafate is made for aggressive running on technical terrain. The highly durable Kevlar-infused Matryx upper gets a few tweaks to increase comfort over long miles. While many Hokas fall on the narrow end of the spectrum, the EvoMafate 2 is quite a bit roomier. The ride of the shoe is largely unchanged. The tall stack height provides plenty of cushioning and protection. The rubberized foam midsole provide a soft landing for comfort, but with increased energy return to go fast.

Hoka One OneSpeedgoat 3

The Speedgoat has an aggressive lug pattern with Vibram’sMegagrip compound, an upgrade in stickiness from the Lone Peak which holds very well on a variety of surfaces. The Speedgoat 3 is Hoka’s technical trail offering, and the thick cushioning does inspire a lot of confidence while running over roots or sharp rocks, but the tall stack height has its downsides. When foot placement is very important, such as when descending steep switchbacks, the shoe lacks the precision of a low-slung design like the Bushido above or Arc’teryx’sNorvan VT 2 below. Hoka did make some small tweaks to the fit with this updated version, including a new integrated tongue, but the shoe isn’t as nimble as a true off-trail model. For a lighter and toned-down alternative for mixed road and trail use, check out Hoka’s Challenger ATR 5. The latest Speedgoat 4 is just starting to hit shelves (the full release is due for spring 2020). In terms of changes, the lug design has been slightly tweaked, but the big news is that the Speedgoat will finally be available in wide sizes.

Nike Air Zoom Terra Kiger 5

Terra Kiger 5 is a quality cushioned option for trail work. The three-color options available includes; “Black/Metallic Silver-White-Pink Blast,” “Electric Green/Metallic Silver-Sail,” and “White/Metallic Silver-Sail-Safety Orange.” Each feature nylon uppers, hairy suede overlays, large Swooshes on each side panel atop a colorful spiked outsole. Other details include Bright Orange tab, “SHOELACES” printed on the laces, and the iconic zip tie returning in Green. Combined with a rock plate, sturdy toe cap, and revamped outsole that grips particularly well in hardpack dirt and rock, the Terra Kiger amounts to a solid all-rounder.

Brooks Cascadia 14

The latest Cascadia got new rubber in the form of Brooks’ TrailTack outsole, a sticky compound that gave user excellent grip on wet rocks, mud, and gravel. Yet unlike many trail-focused shoes, the Cascadia 14 also works on pavement due to a springy, responsive foam midsole.

Saucony Peregrine ISO

The shoe excels in all of the categories that matter: traction, cushioning, protection, and weight. Its major features include; its signature trail-eating, teeth-like tread that grips anything from wet rocks to hardpack dirt, and the premium midsole is responsive and comfortable even on high-mileage days. For 2019, Saucony has added their ISOFIT lacing system, which includes more substantial “wings” at each eyelet to provide a more sock-like feel. The changes aren’t revolutionary but should make it a little easier to customize the fit on the ISO compared with the old Peregrine 8.

La Sportiva Bushido II

It is with a semi-stiff platform and burly lugs and is majorly recommended for technical trails as it grips remarkably well and is stable over challenging terrain. And unlike a heavily cushioned model, the La Sportiva retains an excellent trail feel (this can be a downside, however, if you prefer a lot of isolation from harsh impacts). The Bushido was lightly updated to the “II” for spring 2019 with a new EVA midsole, rubber toe cap, and moderate boost to the durability of the upper.

Thus, these are some of the major trends in the trail running shoes market.

Report Coverage

Report Analysis Details
Historical data 2015 - 2020
Forecast Period 2021 - 2027
Market Size in 2022: USD 3.58 Billion
Base year considered 2020
Forecast Period CAGR %: 7.9%
Market Size Expected in 2029: USD 6.09 Billion
Tables, Charts & Figures: 175
Pages 300
Key Players/Companies Brooks, Salomon, Asics, New Balance, Deckers, The North Face, Montrail, Saucony, LOWA, Tecnica, Adidas, Nike, Vasque, Scarpa, La Sportiva, Pearl Izumi, Under Armour, Mizuno, Puma, Zamberlan, Hoka One One, Skechers U.S.A, Inc., VF Corporation, Inov8, Altra Running, and others. 
Segments Covered By Type, By Application
Regional Analysis North America, U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Asia Pacific, China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia, South America, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, The Middle East and Africa, GCC, Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa