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.
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Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 15.4ozWomen: 12.6oz
WidthMen: Narrow, Normal, WideWomen: Narrow, Normal
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- The Keen Oakridge Waterproof is a low-cut hiking shoe that prioritizes comfort and support on the trail. Its leather and textile upper is lined with a Keen.Dry membrane for water protection and breathability.
- The shoe’s compression molded ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole is responsible for cushioning and support. It also comes with an outsole filled with 4mm multi-directional lugs for traction on virtually all types of terrain.
This low-cut hiking shoe from Keen is available for male and female adventurers in a standard width profile. It is offered in a range of whole and half sizes. The footgear generally runs true to size. Its lace-up closure permits a personalized fit to the wearer.
Keen’s Oakridge Waterproof uses a non-marking rubber outsole to render traction. It is peppered with 4mm multi-directional lugs to give hikers a grippy ride. The forefoot and heel areas of the sole contain grooves which aid in uphill and downhill conditions. Its front section extends upward to provide extra protection against stubbing.
The Oakridge Waterproof’s compression molded EVA midsole is mainly responsible for the hiker’s cushioning and support. It’s paired with a shank to make the shoe adequately stiff. The said component also delivers stability.
This Keen product features a removable EVA metatomical footbed. It is engineered to deliver arch support and shaped according to the contours of the foot. Also, Cleansport NXT technology is applied to this component to counter odor-causing microbes.
The Keen Oakridge Waterproof features an upper made of leather and textile fabric. This combination grants sturdiness and lightness to the footgear. A Keen.Dry membrane lines the upper to prevent water from being absorbed without compromising breathability.
This low-cut hiker’s closure system uses a series of eyelets to hold its lace in place. Pull loops are found on the tongue and at the back of the collar for an easy on and off. Also, the interior of this shoe is lined with hydrophobic mesh to wick moisture away.
- Metatomical is a term coined by the brand. It is a fusion of the words metatarsal (the set of large bones in the foot) and anatomical.
- Another waterproof option from the brand is the Keen Targhee III Waterproof.