Getting Started, Rucking Questions

What are the Best Shoes for Rucking?

There is a lot of online discussion surrounding what shoes are the best for rucking. But, if you want to know the truth, the best shoes for rucking are the ones that feel best to you.

Can I ruck in Running shoes?

Yup! In fact, the shoes I started rucking in, and still use quite often, are Brooks Glycerins. I also have a pair of LaSportiva Wildcats for when I’m rucking on trails and want a little added traction and toe protection.

But, really, any athletic shoe that feels good on your feet is going to be a good shoe for rucking.

But, someone said I need to wear boots to go rucking.

I’m sure they did.

If you are adding a lot of weight to your ruck and heading on long rucks with potentially uneven terrain, then sure, boots might be helpful to add some ankle stability. But, it really is a matter of preference as we’ve done multiple ruck events over 20-40+ miles in all types of terrain and never found that we “had to have” boots.

That said, we did recently pick up a par of the new GORUCK MACV-1 Rucking Boots and have to say that they are more and more becoming our go-to rucking footwear (here is our review). These boots took 4 years to develop and were literally designed for rucking. They are light and feel like your walking on a cloud. If you want some rucking boots, these are worth a look.

Are _____ good for rucking?

Maybe. Maybe not.

I’m not sure I’d go for a ruck in my Chucks or my Vans. I certainly wouldn’t go for a ruck in cowboy boots or flip-flops. I’d also avoid rucking in my Jordans.

But, again, generally speaking, any athletic shoe that you like and feels comfortable to you should be sufficient for rucking.

Got any questions? Drop them in the comment section below and we’ll try to help.

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Ryan Burns

Ryan Burns is the founder of The Rucking Collective, LLC, which runs a number of ruck-related websites, including Rucking.com. Ryan discovered Rucking through GORUCK and has completed numerous GORUCK events, including their 50-mile Star Course. When not rucking, Ryan enjoys time with his family and helping others on their fitness journey as a Level 1 CrossFit trainer. You can reach him at ryan@rucking.com

5 Replies to What are the Best Shoes for Rucking?

  1. If you really love your Chucks or Vans then might I suggest looking at Altama.com for the Maritime Assault Low.

    They are apparently built to Mil-Spec for maritime assault forces, and they are reasonably priced. Mine were cheaper than a comparable Chuck or Vans from Kohls.

    I’ve been wearing them for several short rucks and have to say they feel great and drain water exceptionally well.

    Just an FYI, I have no affiliation to Altama or Amazon.

  2. Are the Macv-1s good for running, though. I don’t exactly ruck like a hiker. I want to blast up and down vert trails at high speed, which usually means high impact, especially on a downhill.

    I weigh 265lbs, so I find a lot of “trail running” shoes don’t offer enough forefoot protection with added weight on top of that.

    Will these boots work for this? Do you recommend something else?

    1. Hey – not sure if you found a good answer to your question yet – but I’ve been wearing a pair of GoRuck MACV-1’s for about 2 years now, daily wear. They don’t feel heavy or uncomfortable to run in, but it definitely helps if you wear the right socks. My suggestion on socks is to find some actual boot socks with a decent amount of padding in them, not only will it help cushion your feet, but it will help prevent your feet from shifting around as much and developing blisters. I have some boot socks from Bates, and Fox River, both of them are great. I know SmartWool and Darn Tough also have some highly praised boot socks, but they’re also quite expensive as well.

  3. Garmont is the best pair of boots in durability and confort from rucking to deployments this is one of the few that has held its own and the only one to never make my feet hurt. No blisters no pain. Having gone through various pairs of boots these are the top dog. They’re heavier than the lightweight nikes, but they don’t fall apart after getting wet. Just be sure to pretreat the leather with lanolin, and do periodic maintenance to keep the leather up to snuff.

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