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.
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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90 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews
This women-specific lightweight hiker doubles as an around-town shoe.
From the very first time I opened the box and saw these hiking shoes to the first time I wore them and every day since then, these boots have impressed me time and time again.
They’re not just about high performance on the trails, they look good too.
They do fall short regarding support and durability, but this is to be expected in a boot that is both lightweight and entirely made of fabric.
Comfortable on most types of terrain and sturdy enough for mountains or rocky trails.
I love these boots.
- The Keen Terradora Mid Waterproof is a mid-cut cleat that delivers lightweight flexibility to female day hikers. Its synthetic and mesh upper is lined with a Keen.Dry membrane to achieve waterproofness and breathability.
- The cleat’s low-density ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) midsole is paired with an ESS shank to create a cushioned and stabilized ride. Its non-marking rubber outsole is engineered to grip on virtually all types of surfaces.
The Terradora Mid Waterproof is available for female adventurers in a range of whole and half sizes. It is available in a standard width profile. Also, the cleat fairly runs true to size.
This Keen product is built on the TrailFit last which is specifically designed for women. Its upper grants a glove-like feel. The cleat’s lace-up closure system permits a personalized fit.
Keen’s Terradora Mid Waterproof is equipped with a non-marking rubber outsole. Its profile is filled with 4mm triangular lugs which render traction on wet and dry surfaces. The outsole’s forefoot and heel areas contain grooves to provide additional control in uphill and downhill conditions. The unit extends in front, serving as a bumper that protects the toes.
This mid-cut day hiking cleat uses a midsole made of low-density EVA foam for lightweight cushioning. It has an ESS shank which provides stability and rigidity to this gear.
The footwear’s dual-density polyurethane (PU) footbed supplies arch support and underfoot comfort to the user. This component is coated with Keen’s patented Cleansport NXT technology for odor control.
The Keen Terradora Mid Waterproof features a synthetic and mesh upper. These materials make the cleat lightweight and flexible. A Keen.Dry membrane lines the upper for water protection with breathability. There is an overlay at the base of the upper for additional protection. A toe cap shields the forefoot against stubbing.
The waterproof footgear’s closure system uses a series of eyelets and metal hooks for lace management. The collar’s panels are cushioned to take pressure off from the Achilles. A pull tab is positioned at the back of the collar for an easy on and off.