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.
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Updates to Keen Sarasota
- The Keen Sarasota is an open-toe, multi-sport sandal with a part mesh, part leather upper. It is engineered to be odor-resistant, thanks to the Cleansport NXT technology.
- Primarily delivering comfort and stability on the trail is the sandal’s compression-molded EVA midsole. Giving surface traction, on the other hand, is the footwear’s non-marking rubber outsole.
Keen Sarasota size and fit
A fairly true-to-size, medium-width hiking sandal for women is the Keen Sarasota. It is offered in a fair range of sizes, both whole and half. Getting a quick and personalized lockdown is all thanks to the sandal’s Secure Fit Lace Capture system.
With its non-marking carbon rubber outsole, Keen’s Sarasota is capable of producing and maintaining traction on surfaces characterized by mild to moderate ruggedness. Its shallow lugs, tread patterns, and grooves allow wearers to gain a secure footing over loose soil.
To provide users with ample stability and cushioning whether stationary or on the move, Keen engineers gave the Sarasota a compression-molded midsole made of ethylene-vinyl acetate—a rubber-like foam that is both tough and flexible. The sandal’s Metatomical footbed comes extra thick for added comfort. It is made with a combination of sponge rubber and cork.
Keen’s Sarasota has that classic look thanks to its oiled nubuck leather upper. Its hydrophobic mesh lining minimizes the amount of water the sandal absorbs, and thus keeps the user experience as light as possible, especially after going through shallow waters.
The Sarasota’s Secure Fit Lace Capture system trades the usual hook and loop fasteners for synthetic speed laces. It comes with an adjustable locking clip.