What Are the Best Mud Run/OCR Shoes?
I’ve run in a lot of different shoes for mud runs, and the Inov-8 Talons are my top vote, especially when it comes to comfort for long events. When I did the 2015 World’s Toughest Mudder, I started with these and had planned to switch them out after every five-mile loop, but didn’t end up doing that because my feet were happy. The cleats gave me solid traction, especially in the mud and they drained water very quickly. Inov-8 also makes the Inov-8 Mudclaw, which is another solid OCR shoe that many long-distance mud runners swear by. However, they’re usually a little more expensive and I liked the Talons just as much.
New Balance Minimus Trail Shoe
If you’re looking for a classic and solid shoe that performs exceptionally well during a mud run, without the bells and whistles, check out the New Balance Minimus Trail Shoe. This shoe is the most popular with Mud Running HQ visitors for its value and its fantastic reviews.
As you probably already know, race designers enjoy planning races to include some of the most intense terrain available at the venue. Trail running shoes give you the support and traction you need, but some shoes are quite heavy and can be quite a burden when they get wet and muddy. The Minimus gives enough support, but it is lighter than other trail running shoes and has plenty of mesh so that it is breathable even when it gets caked with mud.
Vibram Five Fingers
Vibram Five Finger KomodoSport aren’t for everyone, but if you haven’t given them a try, a mud run might just be reason enough to see if you can reap the benefits of minimalist running. Many obstacle course racers like Vibram Five Fingers because they give your feet and toes a little bit more agility, which can be very helpful when it comes to maneuvering over certain obstacles such as wall climbs. Plus Vibrams are light, will not fall off in mud pits, they don’t carry a lot of mud along, and are easier to clean than other running shoes. If you go this route, make sure to break them in before race day.
Or Check Out a List of Mud Runs In Your State