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.
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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.
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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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I love this shoe for city and short trail walking, garden work, and all day comfort
The Oboz Sapphire Low B-Dry Hiking Shoes provide the easy comfort of lightweight trail shoes without compromising on the robustness and stability of hiking boots.
The Oboz Sapphire Low BDry is built for wearers who need a combination of support, comfort, and stability in their travels, whether over rough terrain or on city pavements. Its tongue and asymmetrical collar are engineered in such a way that promotes ankle motion.
Underfoot protection and footing security are handled by the gear’s sole unit, called Swiftcurrent. It consists mainly of a sturdy outsole and a one-piece midsole. This unified sole also houses a chassis made of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) and the ESS plate.
Oboz’s Sapphire Low BDry is a low-cut day hiking shoe for women. Its fit, which is molded on a gender-specific last, is considered true to size by the brand. It is offered in full and half sizes in regular width. A customized lockdown is made possible by the hiker’s closure system.
Giving ample grip over slippery terrain is the shoe’s Swiftcurrent outsole. It has circular protrusions (lugs) and grid-like treads to help trail seekers traverse soft-soiled surfaces with more slip and skid resistance. Oboz designers extended its front end all the way to the tip of the toe box, giving the footwear enhanced bump protection as a result.
With its dual-density Swiftcurrent midsole, the Sapphire Low BDry helps hikers go through rugged trails with sufficient cushioning and terrain balance. It is made entirely of EVA or ethylene-vinyl acetate. It is engineered with two protective subcomponents: a TPU chassis around the arch and the ESS (EVA Super Skin) plate at the forefoot. The former provides additional torsional stability, while the latter—an armoring with a thickness of 1 mm—lessens hyperflexion.
A multi-density Oboz-exclusive footbed called O Fit Insole sits atop this cushy layer for added support and comfort underfoot. It is made primarily of EVA. It has moisture-wicking and heel-centering capabilities.
The Oboz Sapphire Low BDry’s below-the-ankle upper is chiefly made of waterproof nubuck leather. Heavy-duty overlays cover its vulnerable parts, which include the toe box, to protect the footgear from destructive and abrasive hazards. A plush in-shoe feel is courtesy of the shoe’s padded collar. Its liner is imbued with B-Dry, a proprietary technology that walls off moisture and expels heat and sweat.
Three pairs of fabric loops and a pair of riveted open hooks make up the shoe’s combination eyelets. A semi-round synthetic lace is set through them.