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Best Hiking Shoes

By Perry Hua

Looking for the right hiking footwear for your next adventure? We thought so, otherwise, why would you be here? But, before we get down to brass tacks, we assume you already have somewhat of an idea of what you want. It’s okay if you don’t though, we’ve included some tips for picking hiking shoes below and you can also read our short and sweet guide as well. However, picking the best hiking shoes for you is all a matter of knowing what will suit your lifestyle needs. Are you more of a casual hiker, a geared up outdoor enthusiast, or do you basically live outside? And what about the type of terrain and weather you usually find yourself in? These are all important questions to ask yourself beforehand, but if you’re all ready to go and want our suggestions for the best hiking shoes, continue on.

Tips for Picking Hiking Shoes

Best Hiking Shoes

Best Hiking Shoes for Men 2017-2018

Hiking Shoes Mid-Weight Boots Heavy Boots

Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

Asolo TPS 520 GV

Best Hiking Shoes

Vasque Breeze III Low GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

Zamberlan Vioz GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

Keen Targhee III Waterproof

Best Hiking Shoes

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

Asolo Fugitive GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator

Best Hiking Shoes

Danner Explorer 650

Best Hiking Shoes

Vasque St. Elias GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

Adidas Outdoor Terrex Swift R2 GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

Oboz Bridger Mid BDRY

Best Hiking Shoes

La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

     

Best Hiking Shoes for Women 2017-2018

Hiking Shoes Mid-Weight Boots Heavy Boots

Oboz Sawtooth Low BDRY

Best Hiking Shoes

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

Oboz Sapphire Mid Waterproof

Best Hiking Shoes

Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof

Best Hiking Shoes

La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

Keen Targhee III Waterproof

Best Hiking Shoes

Oboz Bridger Mid BDRY

Best Hiking Shoes

La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator

Best Hiking Shoes

Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

Lowa Renegade GTX Mid

Best Hiking Shoes

Vasque Grand Traverse

Best Hiking Shoes

Keen Targhee III Mid

Best Hiking Shoes

Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX

Best Hiking Shoes

     

The Differences Between Hiking Footwear

Hiking Shoe

Best For: Casual hiking, trail, and lounging around camp

Best Hiking Shoes

Hiking shoes have been gaining lots of popularity in recent years, mostly due to its lightweight construction and minimal restriction. This makes them a perfect choice for anyone who wants to do some casual hiking on well-maintained trails, or sitting around camp and relaxing.

Most hiking shoes are low cut for mobility, and often very flexible with lots of ventilation for the utmost comfort. However, if you’ll be in damp or cold weather, opt for waterproof shoes. Their flexible nature also means you won’t have to break them in. The only downsides to wearing hiking shoes are the fact that you can’t carry much weight with them, they are not as durable as boots, and there is not so much support, traction, or weather-resistance.

Mid-Weight Boot

Best For: Day hikes, long hikes

Best Hiking Shoes

Mid-weight boots are more like the stereotypical boots you’d imagine most hikers wearing. They might be heavier and less flexible than hiking shoes, but they provide a lot more features for those who enjoy day hiking or just long hikes in general in rugged outdoor terrain.

Often coming in mid or high-top form with a stiffer sole, mid-weight boots are perfect for hauling light to medium loads of under 30 pounds. They offer more support, protection, and weather-resistance than hiking shoes, although they aren’t as breathable. You’ll also notice that hiking boots are built a lot more durable than shoes.

Heavy Boot

Best For: Backpacking, multi-day trips

Best Hiking Shoes

Heavy boots are the tanks of the outdoors, built extra tough to endure anything you might encounter outside. Highly durable, weather-resistant, supportive, and protective, heavy hiking boots are ideal for backpacking warriors who engage in multi-day trips.

Often stiffer and in high-top form, these supportive boots are perfect for hauling heavy loads over 30 pounds. As you can imagine, they are very heavy and not as breathable as shoes or mid-weight boots, and often need to be broken in before you can comfortably hike around in them.

Best Hiking Shoe Brands

Adidas Outdoor

Best Hiking Shoes

Arc’teryx

Best Hiking Shoes

Asolo

Columbia

Best Hiking Shoes

Danner

Best Hiking Shoes

Garmont

Best Hiking Shoes

Keen

Best Hiking Shoes

La Sportiva

Best Hiking Shoes

Lowa

Best Hiking Shoes

Merrell

Best Hiking Shoes

Oboz

Best Hiking Shoes

Salewa

Best Hiking Shoes

Salomon

Best Hiking Shoes

Scarpa

Best Hiking Shoes

The North Face

Best Hiking Shoes

Vasque

Best Hiking Shoes

       


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