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.
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.
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The best men’s boot.
Updates to Ecco Track II High
- The Ecco Track II High has a classic look which works from city strolls to backcountry hikes, thanks to a combination of full-grain and nubuck leather. It uses a Gore-tex lining to grant a breathable and waterproof build.
- This over-the-ankle boot comes with a cushioned midsole and a flexible outsole. The former yields underfoot comfort and the latter renders surface traction.
Ecco Track II High size and fit
The Track II High is a fairly true-to-size men’s-only day hiking boot. It is based on European sizing. This gear comes in whole EU sizes which according to the brand site, corresponds to a full and a half US size.
In relation to width, Ecco states that this gear features the proprietary Freedom Fit. It offers generous room for toe splaying which allows a more comfortable walk. It also lets the boot to accommodate a wide range of foot types.
The Ecco Track II High wears a durable TPU outsole. It grants ground adhesion in a lightweight build. Its profile consists of aggressive side lugs which aside from providing traction, can also offer stability on bumpy grounds. The circular lugs at the center deliver a 360-degree grip.
To optimize shock absorption, the brand’s designers incorporated a polyurethane (PU) midsole in the Track II High. Atop this is a removable leather insole which features the brand’s very own Comfort Fiber System. Also, this moisture-wicking material cradles the foot for arch support.
This high-cut day hiking boot provides long-lasting protection on the trails thanks to a combination of durable full-grain leather and oiled nubuck. It uses a Gore-Tex lining to expel moisture out and prevent water penetration.
It uses metal hardware (grommets, D-rings, and hooks) for its closure system. At the back of the boot is a pull tab which assists in donning and doffing.