How to choose the right trail running shoes? –

Trail running is a sport that consists of running in nature. Like road running, it requires good equipment. And it goes -necessarily- through shoes. Romain Cottier, member of Sport 2000 in the Montbrison store since 2017 advised us. Excerpt from WOMEN SPORTS N°26.


To choose your trail shoes, there are three questions to ask yourself.

We must first consider the amount of running we do each week, focusing on the time spent training. Then, you have to base yourself on your size, what kind of terrain you are doing. Therefore, we will combine the client’s weight and the time he spends in shoes each week to find the right model. For example, when you have a very strong frame, or someone who runs longer each week, we would recommend a model with more cushioning and stability.

Historically, in running, the media has emphasized the importance of shoe cushioning. Yes, it is very important, but it is very much related to stability. Joints hate instability more than shock itself. It is important to find the right combination between these two points.


Just because you’re not an expert doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be good at equipment! belt Clients often come in saying “I’m not a champion”. What now? Sometimes, the condition and technique of the champions tend to partially erase the effects of the shoe. On the other hand, if we put someone starting with a product that is not suitable, it is dangerous. He will have a less flexible stride and will likely tire more quickly.

Ultimately it is important to properly equip a novice. But not only. Experts should provide coaching advice to clients. People who take up running for the first time often make the same kinds of mistakes. On the trail or on the road, they are often want to go too fast, or seek to extend the distance too quickly. However, in order to quickly enjoy the discipline, it is necessary to respect some basic rules. Running is rarely fun from the first training sessions. It takes time to find good feelings.


If you choose your shoes poorly, the first risk is not to have fun, and therefore to get bored faster during training.

Moreover, if you are poorly equipped, and if for example you have road shoes for trail running, you will run the risk of slipping and lack of support. This leads to joint pain, and even potential injuries such as strains and sprains. In addition, if the material is not adapted to our training, it will wear out faster. Thus we are taking the financial risk of having to renew our equipment more quickly.


Don’t focus on a brand: what matters is the product. I usually give the following example: “At Renault, there is a Twingo and a Renault Espace, but they are different products. However, they carry the same brand. It hurts me to hear people say, “Solomon is good, not great Hoka”. All brands have products that may or may not be suitable for a particular person.

When we start running, we often rely on the advice of those around us. However, the shoes that fit our loved ones may not fit us. You have to be careful. However, shoes are an important element to prevent injury and progress. It is important to see a specialist.

Small tip:

For those who already have running shoes, take them back to the store. A professional can more easily plan and redirect you to a shoe that suits you better. By observing the old soles we can determine the customer’s step, see what works or not. It is very interesting.

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