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 Ellipse 2 Mid LTR GTX, the leather waterproof cleat sister of the Salomon Ellipse 2 Aero, is optimized for women’s performance on the trails. Its leather upper with Gore-Tex lining conforms to the shape of the foot for comfort.
- An injected EVA midsole with an Ortholite sockliner delivers cushioning. The Contagrip outsole secures every stride on most ground surfaces. It features multi-shaped and widely spaced lugs that tackle various terrain. The OS tendon system, on the other hand, promotes support.
Catering to female hikers, the Ellipse 2 Mid LTR GTX relatively runs true to size. It is offered in full and half sizes and standard width. The fit is optimized through a specific last, sole hardness and collar shape based on data taken from women.
The outsole of the Ellipse 2 Mid LTR GTX is a High Traction Contagrip. Its profile includes chevron lugs in the middle which assists during descents and ascents. Its multi-directional studs deliver grip even on loose trails. Another outsole component is the OS tendon system. It promotes natural rolling of the foot in every stride.
The injected EVA midsole renders a lightweight and cushioned ride. It is partnered with a durable die-cut Ortholite sockliner which offers comfort and breathability. The structure of this insole also allows moisture management for a drier, fresher in-shoe feel.
The full leather upper of this mid-cut day hiking cleat joined with split suede leather and water-resistant textile yields a long-lasting and hard-wearing facade. The non-insulated Gore-Tex Extended Comfort laminate renders all-day comfort through a breathable and waterproof build.
The synthetic toe and heel caps reinforce the upper. The latter also provides rearfoot stability. With a heel foam and padded collar, comfort is enhanced. Its lacing system uses webbing eyelets and open hooks. The strap attached at the heel assists in on and off wear while its gusseted tongue protects the foot from debris.
- The Salomon Ellipse 2 Mid also comes in low-cut LTR, GTX and Aero versions.