Off-road, or ‘trail’, shoes offer increased outsole traction, and uppers with toe bumpers and reinforced stitching for more durability. The foot often sits slightly lower to the ground than usual, for stability and responsiveness; and the shoes often have less cushioning than a road shoe, because they're designed for softer surfaces.
You should buy these if: you do a lot of off-road running and need shoes with extra traction, more durable uppers and extra protection from the terrain.
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