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.
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100 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews
I couldn’t really find anything to criticize, as they’re well-made, feel great, look great, and they get you from point-A to point-B safely.
Updates to Lowa Sesto GTX Lo
- As a multifunctional hiking shoe, the Lowa Sesto GTX Lo is designed with technologies that create a balance between performance and durability. The hybrid construction of the upper, with split leather and fabric, grants support and comfort at the same time.
- The Monowrap Frame technology together with the injected DuraPU and ATC footbed gives the user a cushioned and supportive ride. It includes a Lowa patented outsole, the Multicross Evo, which bites into grounds.
Lowa Sesto GTX Lo size and fit
A hiking shoe for men, the Lowa Sesto GTX Lo comes in regular sizes and standard width. It generally runs true to size. The front closure is a classic lace-up type that grants a snug fit.
The Multicross Evo, a Lowa exclusive outsole is what makes this day hiking shoe grippy on virtually all types of terrain. The tread design at the heel and toe renders improved traction on ascents and descents. Its deep lugs are also self-cleaning.
With the Monowrap frame technology, the Lowa Sesto GTX Lo renders underfoot protection and support without sacrificing comfort. It has a dual-density PU insert at the heel counter which provides stability. The durable and shock-absorbent injected DuraPU midsole is embedded with a soft stabilizer for ample stability. Cushioning is further enhanced by the ATC footbed.
The Sesto GTX Lo has a split leather and fabric upper. This combination creates a balance between durability and flexibility. It is lined with a breathable and waterproof material, the Gore-Tex laminate. It helps keep the feet dry and ventilated.
The closure features fabric loops and a pair of eyelets at the top for a secure lockdown while a heel pull tab aids in easier on and off.
- Lowa offers this silhouette in a mid-cut version.