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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.

One Reply to What are the Best Shoes for Rucking?

  1. If you really love your Chucks or Vans then might I suggest looking at 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.

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