Hiking shoes have evolved quite a bit over the last decade and offshoot categories have been born. One such offshoot is what is called a ‘trail running’ shoe. Initially invented for runners who took to the trail, these shoes were lightweight without much support. However, over the last few years, manufacturing technology has allowed these shoes to remain lightweight but improve their stability and support dramatically. Because of these improvements, modern trail running shoes are ideal for nordic hiking, having impressive traction, support and stability to handle the rugged trails, yet are lightweight allowing you to hike faster and farther.