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Difference Between Trail Runners & Hiking Shoes

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Suzy Kerr graduated from Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia. She completed her Master's degree in Nutrition Sciences, also at the University of Georgia. Suzy has been a successful health, fitness and nutrition writer for more than 10 years, and has been published in various print and online publications.
Difference Between Trail Runners & Hiking Shoes
One factor that will help you determine the right footwear is the terrain you are going to cover. Photo Credit: lzf/iStock/Getty Images

If you plan on hiking or training in the woods or on trails, you need to ensure you are wearing proper shoes to reduce the risk of injury, according to the Davenport House Clinic. There are many different options, but some of the most common include basic hiking shoes and trail runners.

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Trail running shoes are meant for runners who train on both natural surfaces and dirt trails, and they offer support and traction. The soles are able to withstand things like mud and rocks to keep the runner safe. Hiking shoes are meant for those carrying extra weight, such as a backpack, and they provide lateral ankle support. These shoes are also a good option for those who train for extended distances because they provide additional cushioning.

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