Today's hiking shoes are lightweight and versatile. Although not designed for hiking with a heavy backpack, the hiking shoe category is the best place to find products designed for day hiking. This category is where hiking boots meet running shoes. The category includes low-cut and mid height footwear that is ideal for day hiking, adventure travel and walks in the park. Lightweight hikers are essential footwear for active men, women and kids. Choosing the best hiking shoe for your needs means deciding what your primary use will be and understanding the variety of features available.
Footwear technology offers incredible comfort and stability in low-cut styles for hiking. Every hiking shoe we carry includes quality cushioning to make sure your feet are happy while hiking, but some offer more stability than others. For example, Keen adds stability and structure to several models for men and women for all-day trail comfort.
If you want a lightweight hiking shoe, but like the idea of added stability and protection of a more conventional boot, look to the mid-height or mid hiking models. Garmont, Keen, Merrell and Timberland all offer lightweight mid-height hiking shoes for men and women.
Some lightweight hikers are more akin to running shoes than hiking boots, and several models from Merrell, The North Face and Columbia offer crossover performance between hiking and running. These shoes have cushioning and support designed for trail use, but are lightweight and ready for fast paced hiking. Their aggressive, sure-grip treads afford excellent off-road traction for dynamic hiking. They are excellent for walkers and hikers with a fast and light bias.
If casual day hiking is more your style, you can find the perfect footwear to keep your feet comfortable on the trail. Keen, Merrell and Columbia offer models that are ideal for day hikes in the mountains. If you anticipate mixed weather or wet conditions, consider models that include GORE-TEX® or eVENT® waterproof and breathable technology. These waterproof and breathable membranes are designed to keep outside moisture at bay while wicking sweat to ensure your feet stay comfortable. If your adventures are mostly in warm and dry climates, look for models that simply feature "breathable uppers" or "moisture wicking liners." These features will help keep your feet cool and dry.
We have no doubt that regardless of which hiking shoe you choose for your next adventure that you will find today's modern styles provide excellent comfort and functionality. You may just find that your new hiking shoe is also your first choice for running to town or working in the garden.
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