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: 14.7ozWomen: 12.1oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
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So if you're looking for a lightweight, adaptive style, whether it be for an everyday use or to take out on the trail, the Cham 7 Stretch is the style for you.
Updates to Merrell Chameleon 7 Stretch
- Merrell Chameleon 7 Stretch offers protection and stability in a lightweight package. It features a breathable construction through its mesh lining and panels.
- Working together to give wearers shock absorption and stability are the EVA midsole and the heel area’s Merrell Air Cushion. The Lightweight Flexplate provides the torsional rigidity while its Vibram TC5+ outsole offers grip on a variety of terrains. Merrell categorizes this product under Flex Grade 2 shoe which means it is highly flexible.
Merrell Chameleon 7 Stretch size and fit
Merrell Chameleon 7 Stretch is a relatively true-to-size hiking shoe for men and women. Both versions are offered in regular lengths and standard width. Its stretch collar, elastic cord and lock lacing system work together for a snug and secure fit.
Chameleon 7 Stretch is equipped with the Vibram TC5+ outsole. This component includes oval-shaped, 3 mm lugs that deliver traction and slip resistance even on wet surfaces.
Working together with the Vibram outsole is the Flexplate technology's outsole pods. This provides stability, protection, and integrated grip.
Offering lightweight foot stability is the Flexplate technology of Merrell. Its material composition allows one end to create stability and the other to deliver flexibility.
The Chameleon 7 Stretch features an EVA midsole for cushioning. Its performance is amplified by the air unit found in the heel area.
Finally, it uses a Kinetic Fit Base insole. It is contoured like the foot and delivers a kind of support that’s intuitive and flexible. As a result, foot movements are connected and protected.
Giving the Chameleon 7 Stretch a combination of durability and breathability is the nubuck leather and mesh upper. It is partnered with a mesh lining for ventilation.
This slip-on model uses a stretch collar for an easy on and off. The elastic cord and lock lacing system allow quick management of fit. A rubber toe cap also protects the shoe against scuffing. Lastly, a molded TPU heel counter grants stability.