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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95 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews
Comfortable and breathable for easy terrain.
My conclusion is that I think the Ethos mainly resembles a crossover / hybrid form between sandal and trailrun shoe.
They still feel very ‘outdoorsy’ to me, but for trips where that is the main focus, they are definitely perfect.
I’ve found the perfect trail shoes for summer adventures: The new Keen Terradora Ethos shoes.
Updates to Keen Terradora Ethos
- The Terradora Ethos creates a balance between the comfort of a hiking sandal and support of a hiking shoe. Its upper has vents and is lined with a quick-dry lining. The patented lacing system from Keen is also featured in this footgear for a more straightforward adjustment.
- An EVA midsole, PU footbed, and ESS shank deliver support and cushioning underfoot. A rubber outsole developed by Keen renders surface traction.
Keen Terradora Ethos size and fit
The Keen Terradora Ethos caters to women who have a standard-width foot. It is offered in regular sizes too. The brand recommends getting it in a half size larger than the user’s usual size as it runs small. Additionally, the quick lace-up closure allows customization of fit.
Rendering grip on virtually all types of terrain is the brand-owned All Terrain rubber outsole. Its profile uses a combination of medium and deep treads which are able to self-clean.
The toe and heel are uniquely designed to yield enhanced grip on downhill and uphill slopes. Keen.Protect (sole extension marked by a triangle with exclamation point inside) adds protection to the user’s foot.
Offering lightweight cushioning and supportive ride are the low-density EVA midsole and ESS shank, respectively. The dual-density PU foam footbed, on the other hand, delivers arch support.
The sandal-like look of the Terradora Ethos has a quick-dry lining and synthetic leather overlays, with the latter helping to maintain the structure of the upper. It also features the Cleansport NXT technology which keeps an odor-free environment.
Keen equipped this day hiking shoe with their secure-fit lace-capture system which allows quick adjustment. It uses a one-piece elastic cord which has a lock on top for tightening. Also, the heel is reinforced to promote durability. A pull loop is attached to the back of the shoe to assist during on and off.