Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoes: My Experience

Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Running Shoes: My Experience

March 10, 2019 20 By Ciara Groesbeck

Walking into Eastern Mountain Sports, I had no idea I would be leaving with Salomon running shoes. I was new to running and really wasn’t knowledgeable about my options. I can also be very frugal at times, so was extra happy to see shoes that were on sale.

Upon a quick try-on and run around the store, I said ‘YES’ to these shoes as it felt as though they were specially made for my feet.

I’m sure you are curious to know about the features of these shoes and I plan on delivering! I have been wearing Salomon Speedcross 4 shoes consistently for over a year now, so I feel equipped to give you all the deets– good, bad & ugly (honestly, there is mostly good and only a few improvements!).

Cinch System

Let’s start with my favorite feature and then work from there!

Just a few things about me:

  1. I really dislike tying and/or retying my shoes, especially on a run (Lazy? Maybe. True? Yes.)
  2. I always tie my shoes way too tight to compensate for ankle weakness and then my feet go numb.

These shoes (and most of the Salomon running models) have a quick lace cinching system instead of ‘tie’ lacing. I love this feature because I can cinch it really tight (without it putting too much pressure on my feet, aka no numbness) and then I can loosen it as needed throughout a longer run.

You can easily tuck the end into a little hidden pocket on the tongue of the shoe so you won’t trip over it either (I’m clumsy enough as is!).

This is by far my favorite feature and after a year of use, the lace has only partially worn out, stretched out a bit. This doesn’t have effect the function of the lace at all, still tightens perfectly well.

No improvements here.


This trail running shoe comes in regular width and wide with a roomy toe box. My particular shoe is the regular and while they are so, super comfortable I think my feet would have enjoyed the wide better as there is some sign of wear and tear where my pinky toe rests within the shoe.

Erik has the wide model and he has nothing but amazing things to say of the fit of his shoe.

Trail Running with my favorite men

While our shoes are the same model, they do react differently to our feet (as they should). More specifically Erik’s tongue moves around on him a bit, which forced him to sew it in place so no ankle rubbing would occur. Mine, however have not moved at all and I have never had any signs of rubbage. I guess it just depends on your feet and the way you move in them.

Improvement: Have the tongues be attached to the shoe to avoid this issue.


These are trail running shoes, so they have some mean rubber ‘spikes’ to them. I have worn these shoes in all different terrains; snow, mud, ice, dirt, over rocks and roots– you name it, they have conquered it.

I can not say enough about the grip– and I have yet to see any wear and tear on mine. Erik’s shoes though, are pretty much considered roads shoes now since he has run several marathons on pavement with them. This isn’t recommended for this type of shoe, but they are so comfortable that he felt most confident wearing them for his races. While, I have quite a few less miles on mine with black top so they are still holding strong.s

Winter Trail Running

No improvement here.


Personally, I always expect to pay over $100 for a good pair of shoes, so when I found these on clearance for just over $90, I couldn’t have been happier.

Without the sale price you can expect to spend a little over $100– so I think this shoe deserves an ‘A’ in the cost department.

No improvement here.

Reasons to Buy (Summarized)

I can only think of reasons TO buy and try these shoes:

  • Great fit
  • Comfortable
  • Attractive
  • Versatile
  • Great grip
  • Low cost
  • Happy feet

Go to your local running store (or gear store) and try them out for yourself. Look for sales online too, Amazon has a sale on them now!

If you have any specific questions, I would love to answer them for you. Just comment below!

Happy trail running,

Ciara, Boone & Crockett (And Erik!)