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: 15.6ozWomen: 13.8oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal
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These have just the right amount of arch support and cushioning and a nice rugged sole.
The Sawtooth Low is Oboz’ best-selling shoe, thanks to its combination of robust construction, comfort and versatility - all at a reasonable price.
The Oboz Sawtooth Low is a budget-friendly hiking shoe that will work great as a day hiker or light backpacking shoe.
The Oboz Sawtooth hiking boots provide the durability, stability and comfort of a more heavy duty backpacking boot without the extra weight.
Updates to Oboz Sawtooth Low
- The bottom part of the outsole is shaped like the map of the Sawtooth mountain range near Sun Valley, Idaho. Its facade grants a steady foothold on trails.
- The O Fit insole, together with an EVA midsole, renders a comfy ride. The multi-density EVA used in the O Fit insole benefits users by providing support and cushioning.
- Nubuck and an abrasion-resistant textile are used for the upper. It is created with air vents to facilitate airflow in and out of the shoe.
Oboz Sawtooth Low size and fit
The Oboz Sawtooth Low caters to men and women and runs true to size . This hiking shoe comes in standard and wide widths for men and is only offered in standard width for women. It is designed with a spacious forefoot and toe box. The traditional lace-up closure allows users to adjust the fit.
The Sawtooth outsole is designed to boot out mud while maintaining its stable and grippy aspects. The lugs on the sides offer traction even on bumpy trails while minimizing weight.
The Sawtooth midsole uses double-density EVA. It grants a supportive and cushy ride. A nylon shank is added to enhance support between the forefoot and heel. Likewise, it does not limit the flexibility of the user's foot.
Primarily composed of EVA foam, the O Fit insole addresses underfoot comfort and support through varying EVA densities. Low-density pads are placed in the forefoot and heel for cushioning. High densities of EVA are placed in the arch for natural foot positioning and in the heel cup for additional support.
Creating a balance between durability and protection, the upper of the Oboz Sawtooth Low is made from a combination of nubuck leather and an abrasion-resistant textile. The mesh panels promote breathability and help eliminate unnecessary weight.
A 3D molded heel counter locks the back of the foot in place. A toe rand grants protection against knocks while the pull loops at the heel and tongue facilitate smoother on and off.