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: 16.7ozWomen: 15oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal, Wide
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81 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews
So far I've walked, I've hiked probably about 50 miles in them so far and I'll have to say that I really like them in my feet.
Overall, the Sawtooth may not be sprightly, but it’s well-built, has a solid base, and feels secure on your feet.
This pair was a standout performer in almost all of our testing metrics, and we looked forward to the days when we got to take them out to play.
An exceptionally durable shoe with extra heel stability, this shoe functioned well across a variety of trail surfaces. Be sure to allow some time for break-in.
Updates to Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry
- The Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry has a reinforced leather upper with the BDry membrane which is ready for the rugged trails. Auxiliary features of the upper include pull tabs, webbing eyelets and molded heel cup.
- Its midsole uses different EVA densities. Partnered with the O Fit insole and a nylon shank, this hiking shoe offers lightweight cushioning and support.
- The brand-owned outsole features the Sawtooth mountain range near Idaho. Its sole profile enables it to provide traction on virtually all types of terrain.
Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry size and fit
A true-to-size day hiking shoe, the Oboz Sawtooth Low BDry is tailored for men and women. Both versions come in standard width, which has a wider forefoot, roomier toe box and narrower heel area. Also, women’s come in a D - wide version too. Its straightforward closure secures a precise fit. The foot is cradled by the sculpted midfoot and form-fitting heel cup.
The Sawtooth outsole features sidewall lugs to grip on camber trails. Its multi-directional and aggressive lugs shed mud and detritus to prevent slips and falls. Its flexibility promotes a more natural rolling motion.
The Sawtooth Low BDry yields a lightweight and cushioned ride through its dual-density EVA midsole. A nylon shank is attached to render firm underfoot support, enhancing walking comfort.
Atop the midsole is the O Fit insole, primarily made of a medium density EVA. Under the forefoot is a low-density EVA pod while a higher density foam is placed at the arch and on the heel cup. This assembly works by providing support, comfort, and promoting proper gait. Also, it has a moisture-wicking top layer to keep the feet dry and fresh.
This day hiking shoe uses nubuck leather and an abrasion-resistant textile for its upper. Rendering protection from water encounters is the brand-owned technology, the BDry membrane. It lets moisture inside escape and blocks water from seeping into the shoe. The breathable mesh panels also enhance ventilation.
An external molded heel counter keeps the heel in place, preventing slippage. Overlays are placed on the toe and midfoot to the heel area. It helps maintain the structure of the shoe and adds protection against rock-strewn trails. Pull tabs are located at the heel and top of the tongue for easier on and off.