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: 13.1ozWomen: 10.8oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
- This lightweight hiking shoe from Columbia offers versatility through its all-weather-ready build. Its mesh upper is bolstered by synthetic overlays and heel and toe caps.
- The brand’s very own Techlite midsole cradles the foot and provides sufficient cushioning. The Omni-Grip outsole, on the other hand, renders grip over rugged terrain.
The Columbia Wayfinder Outdry is a waterproof hiking shoe for men and women. It is manufactured in regular sizes and standard width. Generally, it runs true to size. Its closure system is a lace-up type which allows fit customization.
This Columbia hiking shoe uses the trademarked Omni-Grip outsole. This non-marking material grants grip on almost all terrain types. The triangular lugs strategically placed across the sole provides multidirectional grip. Its heel section is designed to promote its braking power, especially on steep descents. The sole extends a bit in the toe area to render extra protection on the trails.
For responsive cushioning, Columbia brand designers used the Techlite midsole in the Wayfinder Outdry hiking shoe. It absorbs shock from ground impacts and gives high energy return. A cushioned footbed enhances comfort.
The Wayfinder Outdry from Columbia comes with a closed mesh upper. It has synthetic overlays which enhance its durability and helps maintain its structure. For a watertight yet breathable interior, it uses the Outdry construction method. Also, in the toe and heel areas are screen print caps which optimizes trail protection.
Its lacing system employs webbing loops and a pair of triangular metal eyelets at the topmost part. A heel pull tab assists during donning and doffing.