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Best Shoes for Tough Mudder

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What are the best shoes for Tough Mudder?

If you’re doing a Mud Run like Tough Mudder or any obstacle race, you may have asked yourself or others what are the best shoes for mud runs. If not,  it may be a good idea to consider what shoes you’ll be wearing. Long distance running, jumping, and all the other extreme activities you’ll be doing during Tough Mudder pretty much guarantees your feet will need to be well prepared and protected.  If you’re looking to find the best shoes for Tough Mudder, it’s always a good idea to go to a shoe store geared specifically to runners such as Road Runner Sports. They’ll help you decide which shoes would be best for your foot type and stride.  You’ll begin to understand your own feet (flat-footed vs. high arch) and the importance of the right “type” of running sneaker for you. Besides sneakers, it may also be a good idea to consider ankle and/or knee supports, orthotics and athletic tape. Since the terrain can be uneven, slippery and down right unpredictable, the old saying “better to be safe than sorry” rings true. As for the best shoes for Tough Mudder and other mud run events, we asked our community of Toughest Mudders their opinion.

Poll Results: Best Shoes For Tough Mudder and Best Shoes For Mud Runs

So far the results from a recent Toughest Mudder poll show a surprising preference for “Regular Ol’ Sneakers” as opposed to any particular sneaker or trail shoes. Coming in close second however are the increasingly popular shoes, Vibram Five Fingers whose “revolutionary design makes feet healthier  by allowing them to move more naturally and freely”.

In third place were the Merrell Trail Shoes which was recently voted Best Debut by Runner’s World Magazine. If you’re looking for a shoe with a little more protection while still maintaining an ultra-light feel, this may be the choice for you. Additionally, its Vibram-soled Trail Glove will literally (as its name implies) fit your feet like a glove.

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Honorable Mention for Best Mud Run Shoes

Even though they didn’t make the top 3, here are other great options for sneakers for Tough Mudder as chosen by our Toughest Mudder Community

   Salomon Speedcross                                   New Balance Minimus                                          Inov-8 Trail Running

Salomon Speedcross

Salomon Speedcross – This amazingly comfortable, and unbelievably lightweight trail running shoe features super grippy tread for unbeatable traction on soft, slippery trails. 10.2 ounce

 Inov-8 Trail Running Shoe

Inov-8 Trail Running Shoe – Get superior underfoot protection and cushioning that can tackle rugged terrain as easy as asphalt. Lightweight and fast, this trail shoe is ideal for high-mileage training and racing. 9.0 ounces

New Balance Minimus

New Balance Minimus – Vibram delivers a sleek, responsive ride so you can connect with every contour of the path while the fitted, minimalist upper delivers a fit that’s perfect with or without socks. Odor resistance on the interior helps keep things fresh while a scant 4mm drop from heel to toe inspires a whole new feel for your sport.


What are your picks for the best shoes for Tough Mudder?

Share with us your thoughts by leaving a comment below.


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  1. skipp

    These are some good selections, especially the INOVs,they clean pretty well. This guy wrote some funny, but insightful things about these other two selections though. Check em out for a chuckle.


  2. Running Efficiency

    I Freakin love any Mud Runs! Especially the Spartan Run! But Im more of a New Balance dude!

    Running Efficiency.

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