True Grit: 6 Shoes for Your Toughest Runs

Erica Bellman
by Erica Bellman
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True Grit: 6 Shoes for Your Toughest Runs

You have the training base — the months of focus and discipline, the early mornings, the aching muscles. You have the will to make it through the longest runs, the steepest climbs, the most relentless weather. But is your footwear up to the challenges to which you rise? Your gear should have the same grit and endurance that you bring to each and every run. For those who constantly push the limits, these shoes are your answer for protecting your feet while keeping your edge through every mile.

For Him


UA Overdrive Fat Tire
Confidently tackle gravel and rocky scrambles in an all-terrain shoe that’s the equivalent of a mountain bike tire for your foot. Midrise ankle coverage prevents sprains and rolls, while an innovative outsole co-created with Michelin gives you unparalleled grip, wherever your trail takes you.

What You Say: “The moment you open the box, the appearance of these boots scream traction!” —SimplyTopi

UA Charged Core
Push the limits on every surface, through every move. Whether you’re competing in a Tough Mudder or working through your weekly circuits, pick a pair with maximum support and responsiveness. You’ll never worry again about slipping on the gym floor midsprint: Flexible grooves grip every surface to power up your stride.

What You Say: “I own a lot of trainers, and these have been the most comfortable, lightweight and durable.” —Ampedupon1

UA Noorvik GORE-TEX®
Whether for sport or for work, your boots should offer optimum protection. This pair provides layers upon layers of defense that are fit for everything from hiking to hunting to heavy lifting outdoors. Wrap your feet and get to work in waterproof GORE-TEX, pillowy Ortholite®, anti-fungal Cupron® and a fiberglass underfoot plate.

What You Say: “Completely waterproof, warm and comfortable. I didn’t get a single blister and didn’t need to waste time breaking them in.” —TimMC

For Her


UA Charged Bandit 2
You need a running shoe that doesn’t quit, even when you’re tempted to. Look for the trifecta of benefits for long distances and tough conditions: cushioning, flexibility and durability. Your feet get the white-glove treatment with a stretchy, anatomical fit that hugs the heel and forefoot.

What You Say: “Perfect to wear for long periods of time walking. Breathable and form-fitting.” —KHill22

UA Verge Mid GORE-TEX®
Wet, muddy conditions shouldn’t stop you from hitting the trail, but soggy socks can make the difference between miles of misery and a successful summit. From aggressive day hikes to multiday treks, keep your feet dry with a GORE-TEX insert that’s 100% waterproof, yet still breathable. A Michelin® outsole guarantees no slope is too steep.

What You Say: “I’m getting back to hiking — finally! — and none of my other brand-name shoes were doing the job. From the moment I put these on, they were a definite yes!” —Dragonflye

UA Tabor Ridge Low
When purchasing a new pair of boots, it’s usually advisable to allow for an uncomfortable, blister-filled period of breaking them in. Our fans tell us the Tabor Ridge Low has surprised them with out-of-the-box comfort and reliability, for trails of every distance and grade.

What You Say: “Wore these on a recent trip hiking in the Rockies; super happy with their performance. They were brand-new and got me up 4 summits without any blisters.” —UAhuntressab


No matter how tough the conditions, trust what’s on your feet: These pairs won’t quit, even when your body wants to.

Give those shoes the ultimate test at UA Run Camp.

UA Run Camp brings together the world’s most passionate runners and pits them against some of the world’s worst conditions. The goal: to push the limits of athletes farther than they ever thought possible.

The first challenge was extreme elevation. Next up: the desert. Got what it takes? Find out how you can #EarnYourSpot to UA Run Camp.

About the Author

Erica Bellman
Erica Bellman

Erica Bellman is a San Francisco-based writer and editor. An avid hiker, trail runner and yogi, Erica’s favorite thing about San Francisco is its proximity to nature. Next on Erica’s West Coast bucket list: hiking the John Muir Trail, summiting Mt. Shasta, and perfecting her veggie chili recipe.


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