Safety is always important when you run, but especially when doing so in low light. Whether you jog in the early morning or late at night, you’ll want to be able to spot road and trail hazards ahead as well as alert oncoming traffic to your presence. Many shoe lights achieve both of those goals, while keeping your hands free for optimal comfort and performance.
Since these handy little devices are a strong investment for runners at any level, we’ve rounded up our favorite running shoe lights to add to your rotation now. They’re also available across a range of price points, so you’re bound to find a pick here that fits your budget. Read on to shop them all.
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1. Apace Vision LED Running Lights
Affordable, ultrabright and versatile, these lights are a must for any early bird or night owl.
Pros: This option comes as a bargain pack: In addition to two shoe lights, it features four extra batteries, a mini screw driver for changing the batteries and three hook and loop straps of different lengths for additional wearing options; the lights can either be clipped onto your shoes or strapped onto your ankle, wrist, bike or even your dog’s collar. They include three light settings — steady, slow flash and fast flash — and come in a range of bright hues to beam colorful light while you’re pounding the pavement or negotiating off-road terrain. They’re also water-resistant, making them perfect for taking with you in all sorts of weather conditions.
Cons: The batteries are able to last up to 100 hours, but need to be replaced (they aren’t rechargeable).
2. Benvo LED Shoe Clip Lights
An even more wallet-friendly pick, these lights strap on the back of shoes so you can be visible for up to half a mile away on city streets.
Pros: They simply slip onto the backs of shoes without any fasteners or straps and stay put via tiny grips. They also fit most shoe sizes. They’re made of flexible and water-resistant PVC material and include two colorful light settings: a steady and a flash strobe to help you really stand out to traffic.
Cons: The batteries are not rechargeable. The design doesn’t feature illumination in front, so you may need an extra light or flashlight to help you see what’s ahead on the road.
3. Night Trek X Tactical Shoe Lights
Perfect for both road and trail runs, this pair offers 360 degrees of visibility, and the battery is rechargeable so you never have to replace it.
Pros: This pair offers a forward light beam of up to 30 feet so you can see what’s ahead on the road, plus two back-facing safety lights to alert oncoming traffic of your presence. These clips are also designed to easily slide on shoes and stay put thanks to a lace grip. They come in a waterproof case to withstand the elements and feature three light settings: low, high and flash for a strobe-like effect.
Cons: These lights are on the more expensive end. The battery lasts only a few hours before it needs recharging.