Best SKORAS for the Trail


While we do not make trail specific shoes, we do have a couple models that will be perfectly adequate for all but the most wet and muddy trails, and even then you may be good.

The characteristics of trail shoes that most distinguish them from road shoes are more prominent lugs and rock plates to protect the bottom of the foot from sharp stones.

When we are asked about trail running and our shoes, the three models that are generally recommended will be COREFORM, and TEMPO.

CORE and FORM feature our goat leather upper. This tough material does a great job of protecting the foot from rocks and roots. Unlike the FIT with its very flexible mesh upper, the leather is strong enough to keep the foot in place when navigating technical terrain.

FORM’s outsole is made of a higher density material than that of most running shoes. While this increases the durability of the shoe, it also does a good job of protecting your feet from harder rocks or roots, yet at the same time allows your foot to feel the ground and react properly to where you step. The flexibility of the sole can also help with traction and maneuverability, as it’s not a completely stiff and ridged shoe.  

For those that prefer a very minimal shoe, CORE will be a nice trail choice.

Along with the leather upper, it has a pad of harder rubber under the forefoot, but overall compared to FORM it is a much thinner and more flexible shoe. If you are comfortable in a lighter shoe, this will be a great option for all but very rocky terrain, and even then some prefer to opt for a more minimal shoe for the highest available ground feel.

Our most cushioned shoe, the TEMPO, is another great trail option for trails.

Since it features a plushcious 22mm of cushion, there is ample protection against sharp rocks that you may step on. Wearing this shoe allows you a bit more freedom to let loose a bit when bombing down a technical descent. Through weartesting of TEMPO in 2014 through now, it’s been my trail race shoe of choice and has served me quite well!

TLDR: CORE & FORM are great thin soled trail shoes, TEMPO is our most cushioned/protective shoe and is also a super option.

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