• Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 10.9oz
    Women: 9.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
  • Special editions
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  • This shoe is a trail-running shoe designed to excel in muddy, wet, and dirty terrains. It is ideal for runners who have high arches or a neutral gait cycle.
  • The upper is comprised of the Anti-Debris Mesh that acts as a deterrent against debris and other objects. Sensifit™ overlays support the mesh by giving a secure fit all around the foot.
  • Lightweight Muscle compound complements the injected EVA foam in the midsole; these components work together to bring cushioning and shock absorption. Underneath the midsole is a Wet Traction Contagrip® outsole supplying grip on wet and slippery surfaces.

The Salomon Speedcross Vario 2 possesses a standard running shoe length and is designed to fit runners with a low to medium foot volume. Width profiles are available in medium for both men’s and women’s versions.

This shoe makes use of Salomon’s own Premium Wet Traction Contagrip®, an outsole material that is a mix of various compounds resulting in an optimal level of grip and tackiness, especially on wet and slippery running conditions. The lugs are broader and shallower compared to the shoe’s predecessor, but it still has the signature siping for additional traction and flexibility.

Covering the length of the outsole is a protective film called Mud Guard, and it works by shedding mud and soil quickly, thus maintaining the base of the shoe clean.

The midsole uses a full-length injected EVA foam which offers an adequate amount of underfoot cushioning. It also has shock-absorbing properties, as well as a high energy return for a smooth transition.

Blended with the EVA foam is the brand’s signature Lightweight Muscle, a cushioning compound that offers additional shock absorption. It also ensures a soft and comfortable ride even when running on rough trails.

Sitting on top of the midsole is a Die-Cut Ortholite® sock liner. It’s made from foam that creates a cool and dry foot environment for the foot. It is also designed to be durable.

Making use of a mid-feather construction, the upper of the Speedcross Vario 2 consists of the Anti-Debris Mesh. It acts as a protective unit that prevents potentially damaging elements from entering the shoe and possibly injuring the foot. It is naturally breathable; thus, an airy and dry in-shoe environment is still promoted.

Same as in the popular Salomon Sense Ride 2, this shoe uses the Sensifit™ overlays which wrap the foot firmly for a secure and a virtually-customized hold. It aims to give a precise fit.