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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The Salomon Acro Chukka WR is a cleat capable of providing a kind of performance that is suitable both on trails and on city pavements. It is designed to keep the foot warm in wintry conditions.
It has a single-piece midsole for cushioning and a proprietary outsole for terrain grip. These two components together give the hiking cleat a moderate toe rocker which grants users the ability to traverse level or flat surfaces with improved efficiency.
This cleat built for hikes and urban excursions comes with a gusseted tongue and a set of mudguards. The former fends of intrusive debris, while the latter prevents abrasions.
Salomon’s Acro Chukka WR is a generally true-to-size, mid-top winter hiking cleat for men. Its fit is intended for hikers with standard-width feet. It is offered in half and whole sizes. Getting a secure and personalized fit in it is made possible by the shoe’s lace-up closure and internal Sensifit technology.
The Acro Chukka WR provides sufficient surface traction over different types of terrain with its brand-exclusive Contagrip outsole (also seen in the Salomon cleats X Ultra 3 Mid GTX and Quest 4D 3 GTX). This rubberized layer is packed with low-profile lugs which deliver multi-directional slip and skid resistance over loose soil. Its front end covers the tip of the upper, giving wearers extra forefoot protection.
This Salomon piece relies primarily on its heavy-duty midsole in keeping the foot as stable and comfortable as possible on the trail. It is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA)—a material known for its combination of cushiness and toughness. Salomon designers gave it an overall stocky build to enhance its shock-absorbing capability.
A padded footbed from Ortholite completes the cleat’s midsole equation. Its presence doubles down not only on comfort but also on underfoot support.
The footgear’s sleek over-the-ankle upper is part textile and part synthetic. It is winter-ready, thanks to its warmth-producing inner liner and water-resistant exterior. Both its heel and forefoot zones come engineered with mudguards made of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), which grant the cleat ample protection from cuts, scratches, and scrapes. The gaps between the hiker’s tongue are virtually non-existent; they are sealed shut in order to prevent small rocks and sand from getting in.
Its closure system uses standard eyelets. They are all plated so that the Acro Chukka WR’s flat synthetic lace slides right through them with relative ease during lace-ups.