Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
WidthWomen: Normal, Wide
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Updates to Chaco Z/Cloud X
- Pillow-like comfort was in the minds of Z/Cloud X engineers when they created this sandal. It features a dual-density polyurethane midsole (that's softer than the typical Chaco midsole) and the brand-owned Luvseat footbed design. This combination yields a cushioned and supportive ride. In addition, the ChacoGrip outsole makes it bite on various types of terrain.
- Its upper consists of double-strapped webbing and heel risers. These features are made adjustable to be able to optimize fit and comfort.
Chaco Z/Cloud X size and fit
The Chaco Z/Cloud X is a multi-sport sandal for medium- and wide-footed lady hikers. It comes in whole sizes only. It generally runs true to size. The double-strapped webbing and heel risers are adjustable to allow users to customize the fit.
The Z/Cloud X is equipped with the non-marking ChacoGrip compound. This rubber material includes 3 mm deep lugs and has a women-specific tread design. It aims to deliver traction on both wet and dry ground surfaces. Additionally, the toe and heel areas are designed with a larger ground contact to assist in uphill and downhill tracks.
For extra comfort underfoot, this multi-sport sandal employs the Cloud technology. It is a lightweight, bi-density polyurethane (PU) midsole which features the podiatrist-certified Luvseat footbed design. It also provides durable cushioning and support.
The open-toe construction of the Z/Cloud X from Chaco uses a double-strapped, quick-drying polyester jacquard webbing. This durable material and an injection-molded ladder lock buckle help keep the foot in place.
- This multi-sport hiking sandal is constructed using vegan-friendly materials.