Verdict from +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • This Columbia Wahkeena shoe got high scores on the comfort front. Most verified purchasers noted that they wore it all day and felt no discomfort at all.
  • A majority of users indicated that it runs true to size.
  • It performed well on and off the trails, according to a number of wearers.
  • A female hiker declared that she loved the feel of the Wahkeena on her foot.
  • A delighted owner attested to the durability of this Columbia hiking shoe.
  • Based on a consumer review, it was great for light hiking.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A not-so-pleased online buyer gave the Wahkeena from Columbia a poor rating in cushioning.

Bottom line

The Columbia Wahkeena ticks all the boxes when it comes to the basic needs of hikers on the trail. It delivered a satisfying level of comfort and a reliable performance whether on city streets or backcountry paths. Lady hikers will surely enjoy its cozy confines. However, it failed to provide the expected cushioning. Overall, the advantages of the Columbia Wahkeena shoe can still appeal to outdoor lovers.

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Good to know

  • The Wahkeena from Columbia is made durable yet lightweight to give its users a versatile kind of performance in their hiking adventures. Its grounded aesthetics comes mainly from its stitched-on upper made of suede leather and textile.
  • It sole unit is comprised of two Columbia-exclusive technologies—Omni-Grip and Techlite. The former offers surface adherence, while the latter provides energy return on top of cushioning and stability.

Columbia’s Wahkeena is a low-cut day hiking shoe for women. The brand claims that its fit runs true to size. It is built specifically for hikers with standard-width feet. It is offered in a range of whole and half sizes. A secure and personalized lockdown is made possible by its lace-up closure.

The Wahkeena grants wearers enough terrain traction with its non-marking rubber outsole, known as Omni-Grip. It is built with aggressive lugs and shallow grooves, giving enhanced foothold over slippery and soft-soiled surfaces. The lug formation at its heel and forefoot provides improved maneuverability while tackling slopes and inclines.

What cushions the foot against trail hazards, the likes of which include pointy rocks and gnarly roots, is the hiker’s Techlite midsole. This hardy layer, which is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (or EVA), is engineered robust enough to withstand the unevenness of the terrain, thus providing adequate stability. It comes topped with a cushioned insert for extra cushioning underfoot.

Columbia designers used three kinds of materials in the Wahkeena’s low-top upper: suede leather, textile, and webbing. Its leather parts are attached to the main bootie with double the stitching to bolster the gear’s overall durability. It has an amply padded interior to give the foot a nice in-shoe feel, especially around the ankle and along the instep.

The combination eyelets of the lightweight shoe’s front closure are comprised of ghillie-styled loops made of fabric and regular lace holes. Its equation is made complete with a synthetic lace.

  • The Columbia Wahkeena shoe is also available in low- and mid-top waterproof variants.

The brand recommends cleaning dirty shoes immediately after use. Storing it without removing stuck dirt may cause premature breakdown of the components. It is suggested to rinse it under clean tap water with the aid of a soft bristled brush. Removing the insole allows a user to clean the product thoroughly.

Do not dry the shoe under extreme heat (from the sun or a heater). Let it dry naturally.

Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.