The global trail running shoes market is anticipated to grow at impressive rate during the forecast period due to increasing popularity of trail running events and growing partnerships between companies for rising women’s participation in trail running events.

Off-road footwear with a variety of design features is known as trail shoes. Using trail shoes, users can run or walk on various surfaces outside while taking advantage of each region's unique geographical aspects (usually deserts, mountains, forests, etc.).

The trail running shoes protect runners from potential harm and exhaustion. Running on trails differs from running on roads. Layering is the second requirement for adopting this trail shoe specialization into any shoe profile. Trail shoes have intricately layered tops that produce asymmetrical shapes and patterns that stand out from the norms of what is fashionable and well-modeled.

Through their trail-specific design and appealing features, trail running shoes provide foot comfort and are expected to surpass traditional running shoes in popularity. According to the America Trail Running Association, more than 80% of runners wore shoes designed for trails in 2021. In addition to lowering the danger of an ankle injury, these shoes can withstand rugged terrain. Thus, the multiple features of these products will drive the trail running shoes market growth during the forecast period.

Moreover, the growing awareness of the advantages of trail running running shoes among consumers combined with the technological developments implemented by market players in manufacturing of these products are driving the expansion of the global trail running shoes market during the forecast period.  The main difference between the road shoes and trail shoes is their composition. Trail running shoes made specifically for rough terrain are heavier, more supportive, and more protective. To protect against rocks, sticks, and other potential path hazards, these shoes have thick soles with more active track patterns. The construction of trail shoes minimizes excessive foot rotation. Also, the demand for trail running shoes is being driven by an increase in trail running around the world. Thus, it is projected that the market growth will surge as a result of all these benefits of trail running shoes.

Also, the rising popularity of ultra-trail running is fueling the demand for gadgets, apparel, safety equipment, and footwear required for trail running. Over the past 25 years, there has been an average 14% annual growth in ultra-trail running. The participants that belong to this group are the major consumers of trail running shoes. They prefer this type of footwear in order to prevent foot injuries and keep a grip over soil, mud, gravel, roots, and rock slabs. Hence, the increasing trend of ultra trail-running shoes will boost the global trail running shoes market during the forecast period.

The introduction of new products with enhanced capabilities is increasing the product's overall functionality. Companies are introducing products with appealing features so that customers can adapt to them. For instance, in 2022, Merrell test lab launched the new range for elite trail running performance engineered with adaptable technology. Merrell's latest collection of elite trail running shoes includes the MTL Long Sky 2 and MTL MQM, designed with keeping particularly the trail enthusiasts in mind. Merrell's MTL collection was thoroughly tested in the lab and by athletes to provide agility, adaptability, and trail-specific protection even in the harsh off-road situations.

Additionally, in 2022, Inov-8 launched the first trail running shoe infused with nitrogen gas. Running shoes like the TRAILFLY ULTRA G 280 are made to provide extra underfoot bounce. According to testing by the company, the shoe returns 65%–68% of the energy used as opposed to a normal foam, which only provides 45–48%. The new shoes also contain innovative underfoot flexing technology that makes runners feel more connected to the path and graphene, which is 200 times stronger than steel. Therefore, the rising the introduction of new products by the companies in order to fulfill the requirements of the consumers are driving the global trail running shoes market at a significant rate.

Additionally, as more women take up trail running, there is an increased demand for trail running shoes. The increased safety concerns for off-road running have resulted in a sharp increase in the need for trail running shoes. As a result of increasing the popularity of trail running events will continue to boost the trail running shoes industry globally during the forecast period.

Furthermore, the government's growing support of the trail running industry is another factor contributing to trail running shoes industry. For instance, in 2018, the International Trail Running Association (ITRA) and the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA), two of the leading running groups in the world, announced a partnership with the IAAF. To enhance the attractiveness of trail and mountain running, the two running associations are working together with the International Association of Ultrarunning (IAU), a consultancy partner, under the terms of the new contract. Hence, increasing government initiatives for trail running fuels the global trail running shoes market growth.

Increasing Women Participation in Trail Running Events Fuels the Market Growth

To increase women's participation in trail running events, companies are collaborating, which further increases the trail running shoes market growth. For instance, Life Time, a company announced a new partnership with Trail Sisters, a group for women who enjoy trail running and whose mission is to inspire, educate, and empower women via trail running. The sold-out Women's Trail Half Marathon in Buena Vista, Colorado, was the Trail Sisters' first-ever running event. As part of the relationship, Life Time acted as the presenting sponsor. Together, the two organizations developed teaching materials and experiences on subjects like awareness, equipment, and conservation for online and live events with regional Trail Sisters-run groups.

Rising Popularity of Outdoor Sports & Recreational Activities Fuels the Market Growth

The expanding popularity of outdoor recreational activities significantly impacts the trail running shoes market. Various reasons, such as shifting lifestyles, demography, rising recreational spending, and the benefits of outdoor activities for physical and mental health, motivate consumers to engage in outdoor activities. More than 7.1 million Americans were involved in outdoor recreation in 2020 than in 2019. For instance, over the past 40 years, Merrell has worked to establish a solid reputation as a manufacturer of trustworthy, durable hiking shoes. But Merrell is making a new push into trail running, and light shoes as the popularity of outdoor activities and related gear continue to increase. Two new trail running shoes from Merrell's Merrell Test Lab, a product incubator devoted to enhancing technical construction, have been released. A related marketing initiative, "Same is Boring," targets outdoor runners and allocates half its advertising budget to linked TV.

Off Road Running Factor Drives the Market Growth

Consumer prefers trail shoes for off-road running, which leads to the market growth of trail running shoes globally. Due to their superior built and design specifically for trails, trail running shoes are preferred by consumers above ordinary running shoes. The chances of sprained ankle is less likely because these shoes are more robust and can manage challenging terrain. Compared to other forms of footwear, the rigid sole provides higher traction on muddy and damp trails. Additionally, the expanding ethical consumption movement is opening more market entry options. Consumer awareness is raised through initiatives like Clean Run, a cross-brand open-source platform partnership to hasten the development of sustainable trail running shoes. Hence, the increasing popularity and demand of trail shoes will fuel the overall sales trail running shoes market during the projected period.

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Market Segmentation

The global trail running shoe market is segmented into product type, distribution channel, and region. Based on the product type, the market is segmented into light, rugged, and off-trail. Based on end-use, the market is segmented into men and women. Based on the distribution channel, the market is segmented into supermarket/hypermarket, multi-branded stores, exclusive stores, specialty stores, online, and others (direct sales). The market analysis also studies regional segmentation to devise regional market segmentation.

Company Profile

Nike Inc., Adidas AG, New Balance Athletics, Inc., Wolverine World Wide Inc., Brooks Sports, Inc., Skechers U.S.A, Inc., Amer Sports Corporation, VF Corporation, Columbia Sportswear Company, Puma SE are the major market players in trail running shoes globally.



Base Year


Historical Years

2018 – 2021

Estimated Year


Forecast Period

2024 – 2028

Quantitative Units

Revenue in USD Billion and CAGR for 2018-2022 and 2023-2028

Report Coverage

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments Covered

·         Product Type

·         End-Use

·         Distribution Channel

·         Region

Regional Scope

North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America

Country Scope

United States, Canada, Mexico, Russia, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina; Colombia

Key Companies Profiled

Nike Inc., Adidas AG, New Balance Athletics, Inc., Wolverine World Wide Inc., Brooks Sports, Inc., Skechers U.S.A, Inc., Amer Sports Corporation, VF Corporation, Columbia Sportswear Company, Puma SE, etc.

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Report Scope:

In this report, the global trail running shoes has been segmented into the following categories, in addition to the industry trends which have also been detailed below:

  •  Trail Running Shoes Market, By Product Type:
    • Light
    • Rugged
    • Off Trail
  • Trail Running Shoes Market, By End-Use:
    • Men
    • Women
  •  Trail Running Shoes Market, By Distribution Channel:
    • Supermarket/Hypermarket
    • Multi-branded Stores
    • Exclusive Stores
    • Specialty Stores
    • Online
    • Others

             ·        Trail Running Shoes Market, By Region:

  • North America
    • United States
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Russia
    • France
    • United Kingdom
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • Indonesia
    • Vietnam
  • Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Egypt
    • UAE