Selecting the proper shoe or boot should be one of the first decisions you make when it comes to gearing up for a hike. We are here to help you choose the proper footwear so you avoid stubbed toes, sore feet and blisters. Hiking footwear can be broken down into different categories based on things like location (terrain) and distance. When trying on shoes and boots, make sure you’re wearing the same type of socks you’ll be hiking in. Ideally, the heel should be snug with enough wiggle room for your toes up front. If you’re planning to do hiking in wintry conditions, look for extra toe room for thicker socks and better foot circulation. The miles will pass quickly when you're wearing footwear that suits you best!
Trail Running Shoes
If you are hiking on well-established paths that do not have a lot of debris to get over, a pair of trail running shoes will do the trick. Trail running shoes are usually offered in low cut designs that are built with soft rubber outsoles, thick tread patterns and breathable mesh or nylon uppers. Glide down the trails in the Adidas Duramo 7! Designed to be light and fast, the Adidas Duramo 7 trail running shoes (for men and women), offer excellent cushioning and phenomenal support. The trail-specific outsoles feature lug patterns for maximum grip and traction on faster-paced journeys. These shoes caught our eye because they still maintain a sleek stylish design on top of delivering a high performance!
Hiking shoes are lighter and more flexible than boots. They are useful for day hikes and shorter excursions. The women’s Merrell Siren Edge H20 waterproof hiking shoes keep your feet dry and feeling good with mesh lining and fatigue-fighting cushioning. Equipped with a Vibram outsole, this hiking shoe delivers unparalleled traction on multiple terrains and has a bellows tongue that acts as a protective barrier against debris. The men’s Keen Saltzman Lo hiking shoes feature a springy midsole and high-traction outsole that provides long-lasting cushioning. Keen treated the mesh lining with a quick-drying hydrophobic coating and Cleansport NXT organic odor control. Hiking shoes are also a great choice for day-to-day casual wear, too.
When backpacking or tackling rougher terrain, hiking boots lend better ankle support and reinforced protection that lower the risk of ankle injury in uneven areas. They are tough and capable of coping with different weather conditions as you face the wilderness. The women's Timberland Chocurua trail waterproof hiking boots are versatile and feature an active lug texture designed for four motions of the foot including braking, supporting, flexing and propelling for grip traction and stability. Make footprints on your favorite trail in the men's Merrell Phaser Peak waterproof hiking boots. The Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock, while the Nubuck leather and bellows tongue are backed with a polyester mesh lining for a comfy feel across your dry feet. Both of these hiking boots have an adjustable lacing system for a tailored and personalized fit.
Once you purchase a pair of boots or shoes, break them in slowly starting with shorter hikes. Hiking footwear can be used for various outdoor activities…from actual hikes, to yard work or just simply looking trendy and snug as the weather gets crisp. Spend this fall climbing to the highest peaks, crossing ridges and enjoying the change in scenery while sporting one of these new arrivals. The trail awaits!