Nike Zoom Rival Waffle $65


Nike originated the cross-country specific shoe with their introduction of the original Waffle. In the current line it is the good, of a good, better, best option. The upper is a close-fitting closed mesh, with securing straps across the forefoot providing a visual and structural support to the foot.

New Balance XC 7 Spikeless $65

The 700 has been New Balance entry level cross country offering, now known as the XC 7, and the gap between top and bottom has narrowed. The upper is a closed mesh with an all-over fused support pattern for structure and durability. The snug fit conforms well to most feet because of its curved shape.

Hoka One One EVO Jawz $130

Hoka was founded on a principle that traditional thinking is less effective than disruptive thinking. The Evo Jawz is a hybrid cross between a track spike and a trail racer, making it perfect for the gnarliest cross country mud fest. The upper is lightweight closed mesh with welded overlays, somewhat formulaically routine, but effective in its execution.

Saucony Kinvara 9 $110

The Kinvara has been Saucony's most efficient and versatile running shoe, thanks to its weight and durability - light enough for a racer and sturdy enough for daily training. The upper has been improved with a better fit through the mid-foot, while retaining the roomy toe box. The forefoot of open mesh gives it an airy and well-ventilated feel. 

Skechers GoRun Ride 7 $95

The GoRun Ride was Skechers first max cushion shoe. Round number 7 has taken the concept to a new level, without forgetting where it came from. The upper features a new knit construction and minimal synthetic leather overlays at the eyestay and in the heel.