Recommended Shoes

A perfect shoe is one that should protect the skin from lacerations and cold, while minimizing the interface between the foot and the ground. The better the shoe is at replicating a bare foot situation, the greater its neurophysiological response: an essential protective mechanism in the human body.


In other words, the less the shoe interferes with the foot's natural mechanism, the more the foot will solidify and the greater it will perform to attenuate the forces of impact brought on by racing dynamics. Moreover, the majority of stability and absorption technology are redundant; they are without scientific basis and are especially ineffective in reducing the impact on the skeleton, natural pronation and the incidence of injuries! It is essential when changing your shoes that you do it very gradually in order to aid the mechanical change and the requirements on the muscles of the foot and calf to adapt progressively. Moving towards a shoe less absorbent and more delicate like a racing flat shoes or a minimalist shoes can be done just a few months.


The three main qualities of running shoes are:

  • Dynamism (Do the absorbent qualities of the shoe create a loss of energy and stability?)
  • Flexibility (Does the stiffness of the shoe place additional restraint on the foot’s natural motion?)
  • Lightness (Do the weight and size of the shoe interfere with the proprioceptive qualities of the foot?)

Discover what The Running Clinic thinks about each shoe by comparing the (+) or (-) elements.

  • 9 + : Ultra-minimalist / 7 + : Minimalist / 5 + : Semi-minimalist / 3 + : Intermediate / 3 - : Intermediate / 5 - : Semi-maximalist / 7 - : Maximalist / 9 - : Ultra-maximalist

Recommended Shoes

Trail Racing Shoes

Trail Racing Shoes

This section presents shoes specifically designed for uneven surfaces such as cross-country, trail…or the Canadian winter. These shoes typically feature non-perforated outer soles that are textured for improved traction. The upper is usually constructed of abrasion-resistant or even waterproof material. The prime feature of a trail shoe remains, however, its minimalist qualities.

TrailRoc 150

Inov-8
TrailRoc 150
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Minimus MT 00

New Balance
Minimus MT 00
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Trail glove 2

Merrell
Trail glove 2
Men

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Baregrip 200

Inov8
Baregrip 200
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Breatho Trail

Vivo Barefoot
Breatho Trail
Men

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Neo Trail

Vivo Barefoot
Neo Trail
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Ascend Glove

Merrell
Ascend Glove
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
X-Talon 190

Inov8
X-Talon 190
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Wave Evo Ferus

Mizuno
Wave Evo Ferus
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Minimus MT20

New Balance
Minimus MT20
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
TrailRoc 235

Inov-8
TrailRoc 235
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Bare Access Trail

Merrell
Bare Access Trail
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Roclite 243

Inov-8
Roclite 243
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
MT10 v2

New Balance
MT10 v2
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
X-talon 212

Inov8
X-talon 212
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Hyper XC

Asics
Hyper XC
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Go Bionic Trail

Sketchers
Go Bionic Trail
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Oroc 280

Inov8
Oroc 280
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Minimus AMP 1010

New Balance
Minimus AMP 1010
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Superior

Altra
Superior
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
MO80

New Balance
MO80
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
f-lite 220 or f-lite 230

Inov8
f-lite 220 or f-lite 230
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Kilkenny

Saucony
Kilkenny
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
MT 110

New Balance
MT 110
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Minimus Trail Zero v2

New Balance
Minimus Trail Zero v2
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Mix Master 2

Merrell
Mix Master 2
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Lone Peak 1.5

Altra
Lone Peak 1.5
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
EVERmore

Patagonia
EVERmore
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
A86

Keen
A86
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Vertical K

La Sportiva
Vertical K
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
X-Country

La Sportiva
X-Country
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Kinvara TR

Saucony
Kinvara TR
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Hyperfeel Trail

Nike
Hyperfeel Trail
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Fluid Flex

Montrail
Fluid Flex
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Mt110 All Weather

New Balance
Mt110 All Weather
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Pure Grit 2

Brooks
Pure Grit 2
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
MT1010 v2

New Balance
MT1010 v2
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Pure Grit

Brooks
Pure Grit
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
S-Lab Sense 3

Salomon
S-Lab Sense 3
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
MT/WT 100 Trail Racing Shoe

NewBalance
MT/WT 100 Trail Racing Shoe
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Gel Fuji racer

Asics
Gel Fuji racer
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Sense Mantra

Salomon
Sense Mantra
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Perigrine 3.0

Saucony
Perigrine 3.0
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Progrid Peregrine

Saucony
Progrid Peregrine
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
E-Motion Trail N1

Pearl Izumi
E-Motion Trail N1
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
MT101

New Balance
MT101
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Hayasa

North Face
Hayasa
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Rogue Fly

Montrail
Rogue Fly
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Spirit OLX

Icebug
Spirit OLX
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Adizero XT 4

Adidas
Adizero XT 4
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Fore Runner RS

Patagonia
Fore Runner RS
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
S-Lab Sense Ultra SG

Salomon
S-Lab Sense Ultra SG
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Skylite

La Sportiva
Skylite
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Fellcross 2

Salomon
Fellcross 2
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
RocLite 295

Inov8
RocLite 295
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Rogue racer

Montrail
Rogue racer
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Hayasa Single track 2

North Face
Hayasa Single track 2
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Masochist

Montrail
Masochist
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
SpeedCross 3

Salomon
SpeedCross 3
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Feline

Dynafit
Feline
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Peak II

Pearl Izumi
Peak II
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Snowcross CS

Salomon
Snowcross CS
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
MTR 141

Mammut
MTR 141
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Wave Ascend 4

Mizuno
Wave Ascend 4
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
XR Crossmax

Salomon
XR Crossmax
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Response Trail

Adidas
Response Trail
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Gel Fuji Trabuco

ASICS
Gel Fuji Trabuco
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
TRS Inferno Max

Technica
TRS Inferno Max
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness
Mafate 3

Hoka
Mafate 3
Men or Women

Dynamism
Flexibility
Lightness

The ratings and reviews of the shoes described above are fully borne by their analyst Blaise Dubois, Lee-Manuel Gagnon and collaborators. The analysis process has NOT been influenced by shoe companies. The comments are personal views and opinions.