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.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 10.9ozWomen: 9oz
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
Updates to Columbia Wayfinder
- The Wayfinder, a trail-centric Columbia product, is a low-profile shoe that offers a combination of performance and protection in a breathable package. Its overall construction is robust yet light, allowing hikers to cover that extra mile with heightened confidence.
- Two of Columbia’s sole technologies are present in the Wayfinder: Omni-Grip and Techlite. The former grants the shoe sufficient surface grip, while the latter provides adventurers with enough stability and comfort on the trail.
Columbia Wayfinder size and fit
Columbia’s Wayfinder is a low-cut day hiker for both men and women. Its fit, which according to the brand runs large, is targeted at wearers with medium-sized feet. It comes in full and half sizes. A firm, personalized lockdown is made possible by the shoe’s fairly straight-forward lace-up closure.
Thanks to the Columbia Wayfinder’s Omni-Grip outsole, trail seekers can move from point A to point B with adequate surface traction. This company-exclusive outsole, a non-marking component made of rubber, has aggressively shaped lugs which claw into soft-soiled terrain for more footing security.
Users are promised ample cushioning underfoot and stability over rugged terrain with the footgear’s lightweight midsole, called Techlite. It is capable of delivering a comfy ride thanks to its enhanced shock absorbency and high energy return rate. The amount of comfort it provides is further bolstered by the shoe’s cushioned default footbed.
This protective below-the-ankle hiking shoe cradles the foot in its mesh upper with synthetic overlays. Columbia designers made its frame sturdier and more supportive by furnishing the gear with a heel counter and a toe cap. Its lacing system is comprised of combination eyelets and a synthetic lace.
- For buyers who prefer boots that are watertight, see the Columbia Wayfinder Mid Outdry.