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.
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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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Updates to Keen Axis EVO Mid
- The Keen Axis Evo Mid is designed with agility and breathability in mind. This lightweight hiking boot employs an upper made of knitted polyester.
- It has an ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole for cushioning and support. The KEEN.All-Terrain outsole handles traction over a variety of surfaces.
Keen Axis EVO Mid size and fit
This mid-cut hiker from Keen is available in standard length options for men. It comes in regular width. The boot’s knitted upper and stretch collar creates a sock-like hold. It comes with a lace-up closure to allow fit adjustment. The top webbing eyelet that goes around the heel grants a secure lockdown. The boot generally runs true to size.
The Axis Evo Mid is armed with Keen’s patented All.Terrain outsole. This component is made of a kind of rubber that withstands constant contact with various ground conditions. It has aggressive, 4mm multi-directional lugs that deliver traction.
The outsole is ridged on both ends to aid in uphill and downhill trails. It slightly extends upward in the forefoot section to prevent stubbing.
Cushioning, shock absorption, and stability are handled by the footwear’s midsole unit. It’s made of EVA, making it lightweight and durable at the same time. The Keen Axis Evo Mid is equipped with an external stability shank to create rigidity. There’s a removable dual-density EVA footbed that supplies the user with arch support and underfoot comfort.
The Keen Axis Evo Mid features the brand’s proprietary EVOFIT technology. It’s a specialized knitted upper that’s paired with a dynamic stretch collar sleeve. This combination allows the boot to adapt to the foot’s contours. The end result is a snug fit without the added weight.
The interior of this footgear is coated with Cleansport NXT to combat odor-causing microbes and keep the foot fresh. A rand wraps around the base of this hiker for protection against abrasive elements. There are pull tabs positioned on the collar (back part) and tongue for quick on and off.