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.
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.
WeightMen: 10.6ozWomen: 8.4oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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I've come to depend on KEEN’s out-of-the-box comfort and I’m happy to report that the Versago passes the test.
The light, breathable construction makes this an ideal day-walking shoe on dry, warm summer days. It’s very comfortable and decently cushioned with a trainer-like fit.
Updates to Keen Versago
- Structure, Stability and Suspension—the S3 Heel Support System was developed to promote support. It takes care of landing impacts and prevents ankle sprains. The technology also functions as a cushion.
- For an odor-free and fresh feet for long hours, Keen has incorporated the Cleansport NXT technology in the Versago. It guarantees an all-natural, eco-friendly process that has no detrimental effects on both the environment and user.
- The outsole is made of non-marking rubber. It delivers traction on trails. It also extends all the way to the front to shield the toes.
Keen Versago size and fit
The men’s version of the Versago is offered from sizes 7 to 15 with half sizes until 11.5. The women’s variant has whole and half sizes from 5 to 11. Keen notes that this shoe runs a half size bigger. It is advised to purchase a half size smaller than the wearer’s usual size. The integrated tongue construction gives wearers a sock-like feel.
The Keen Versago uses a non-marking rubber outsole that grips on the ground. It has the signature Keen.Protect which adds protection against bumps and thumps. It extends to the front and is connected to the toe cap. This reinforcement shields the toes when stubbed on rocks and tree roots.
To provide cushioning that absorbs shock from impacts, Keen’s Versago uses a dual density compression molded EVA midsole. This material is lightweight and flexible. Its flexibility allows it to adapt to the foot for added comfort.
This shoe is also embedded with the S3–Structure, Stability and Suspension–Heel Support System. This technology addresses the shock received from impacts. The heel cup is responsible for locking the feet in place. These features reduce the chances of having sprained ankles.
The Metatomical footbed of the Versago provides arch support and cradles the natural contours of the foot. This mechanism is anatomically engineered with an emphasis on the metatarsal. The big toe area is reinforced for improved support.
The Cleansport NXT natural odor-control system is an additional feature of the Versago. It works on a molecular level and is activated when perspiration becomes present. The good enzymes eat the odor-causing bacteria until they are removed. They remain latent until stimulated by sweat.
The Keen Versago is both lightweight and breathable. It features a synthetic and mesh upper. It has an integrated tongue construction with elastic reinforcement. It is a wrap-over, where one side is joined with the rest of the shoe while the other has a regular opening. This style prevents unwarranted shifting of the foot.
This hiker also features the secure fit lace capture system. It includes a single, elastic cord that uses a clasp at the top of the tongue. It automatically locks the cord in place.
Reinforcing the back of the shoe is an EVA heel counter. It also firmly locks the foot in place. The pull tab on the heel allows easy on and off.
- When caring for the Versago, Keen recommends using a soft, damp sponge to get rid of loose dirt. In case there are stains, a gentle cleaner should be used immediately to remove them.