North Face Running Shoe Review

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Nothing helps me shake the stress of the holiday like a run. This month I've been hitting the trails and streets in new running shoes from The North Face. I know this brand from their ski and hiking gear, now they've turned The North Face tech and design team onto running shoes. I usually log 7-10 miles a week. After weeks of road testing I'm ready to give The North Face a terrific review.

Mr. Momtrends and I both have narrow feet, these shoes hugged our foot and gave us amazing flexibility along with plenty of arch support.

For Him
Single Track ($100)
An award-winning lightweight, everyday training sneaker, Mr. Momtrends uses this both as his gym shoe and on trail runs (see photo above--we were both outfitted in The North Face prior to a country run). This shoe uses a "Snake Plate" protection on the outsole to reduce stone bruising underfoot without sacrificing flexibility. He did experience some slight rubbing on his ankle--bu the Single Track was quick to break in and is now his favorite lightweight shoe.

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For Her
WOMEN'S ULTRA 105 GTX XCR ($110)
Running is my therapy. And I do believe in treating my feet and legs to supportive (and stylish shoes). During the week, I'm mostly a treadmill runner. But on the weekend I hit the trails whenever we can sneak out of NYC. The Ultra is a terrific trail running shoe. It can handle wet, muddy conditions without feeling clunky (like so many other trail shoes). The show is made with waterproof, GORE-TEX® membrane and breathable mesh upper. My favorite feature? The trails I run have many small rocks. In other shoes, tiny rocks get lodged into the soles of the shoes. This can be painful and distracting. These treads keep the rocks out and the comfort inside.

Running shoes make a great holiday gift to you or your spouse. A fit mom is a happy mom!

Momtrends was not paid for this post, did get two pairs of shoes to test.

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