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 Laurel Mid Waterproof
- The Keen Laurel Mid Waterproof features a blend of textiles which contribute to its rugged yet feminine appeal. It is also equipped with materials that are designed to promote women’s natural biomechanics. The brand added their Keen.Dry technology to provide waterproofing and breathability.
- This day hiking boot uses a direct-attach PU midsole which offers impact protection and long-lasting cushioning. Its molding technique yields a more durable and bonded structure. On the other hand, ground adhesion comes from its non-marking dual-compound rubber outsole.
Keen Laurel Mid Waterproof size and fit
A women-specific hiking boot, the Keen Laurel Mid Waterproof runs true to size. It is offered in B - standard width and comes in full and half sizes. Its lace-up closure enables users to customize the fit.
This mid-cut day hiking boot uses a dual-compound rubber outsole which grips on most types of terrain. The brand also added Keen.Protect feature, which acts as a toe bumper for protection against accidental knocks.
The Keen Laurel Mid Waterproof has a direct-attach polyurethane (PU) foam midsole. During its manufacturing process, it immediately connects to the upper and eliminates the need for sewing. As a result, its structure becomes more stable and secure.
The midsole is integrated with a PU heel cushion which absorbs negative ground impacts for a more comfy ride. Also, it has a stability shank which promotes a steadier gait. The removable metatomical footbed cradles the foot for arch support.
Protecting the user’s foot from the harsh outdoors is a combination of suede, nubuck, and breathable mesh. It is also equipped with Keen.Dry, a brand-owned waterproof membrane that safeguards the foot from any wet elements while allowing it to breathe.
Round laces pass through fabric eyelets and open hooks to lock the foot in place. Its collar and tongue are padded to give an extra cushioned feel. Its rear pull tab makes on and off easier while the rubber rand which wraps the lower part of the boot reinforces the upper.