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.
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
- This limited edition collaboration by Engineered Garments and Hoka One One comes with a protective and waterproof upper thanks to a combo of leather and textile with eVent bootie.
- Underfoot it comes with an EVA midsole and a Vibram Megagrip outsole. The former provides lightweight cushioning, and the latter gives surface traction.
- This low-cut day hiking shoe is designed with a late-stage Meta-Rocker to promote a smooth roll-off motion. It grants a more stable base of support in the forefoot region.
The Tor Ultra Low EG is a unisex hiking shoe from Hoka. It is offered in standard width only and generally runs true to size. Women’s should get one and a half size down to get the best fit. At the topmost part of its lacing system, there are three eyelets arranged triangularly. It permits users to adjust the overall volume of the shoe.
Making the shoe adhere to most ground surfaces is a Vibram Megagrip outsole. The lugs on the perimeter offer stability on bumpy terrain while the circular cleats at the center render multidirectional traction. The textured space in between these studs prevent build up of mud and other trail debris.
This Hoka hiking shoe comes with an ethylene-vinyl acetate or EVA midsole. This lightweight material yields cushioning and comfort without adding bulk to user’s foot. Its thick construction from the toes to the heel grants a more responsive ride.
The upper of the low-top Tor Ultra Low EG is made of a combination of full-grain leather and textile. It also comes with an eVent full bootie construction which makes it waterproof yet able to breathe when the weather gets warm. The vent holes at the midfoot area help maintain a fresh in-shoe feel.
Extra protection comes from the shoe’s toe and heel caps. Flexibility and comfort are enhanced by its molded collar.
Its closure system is primarily made of punched metal eyelets. Lastly, a pull tab at the back of the shoe assists in on and off.