Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Nearly everyone who did Salomon Vaya reviews is impressed by how lightweight this hiking shoe is.
  • Most are satisfied by how well it protects the foot from rocks and other trail hazards.
  • It has a unique ombre look that looks good on the streets, according to some.
  • Many people also talk about the incredible comfort level of the Vaya shoe. The very soft upper doesn't need breaking in, an expert review states.
  • Several reviewers also praise the roomy toe box of this hiking shoe by Salomon.
  • A few hikers also commend its knobby and grippy sole.

1 reason not to buy

  • While it is very comfortable, the highly flexible upper makes it less supportive, according to an in-depth review.

Bottom line

Soft, cushiony, and comfortable - the Salomon Vaya hiking shoes are a top choice among female hikers. It has gotten the approval of many for its soft yet protective upper, unique ombre design, and the roomy toe box that allows the toes to move naturally. This Salomon shoe also gets high marks for its grippy outsole that does a good job on mixed surfaces, from sandy soil to rock slabs. 

It's a pretty tough shoe, for sure. Overall, it makes a great option for female hikers looking for comfortable and protective hiking footwear they can take to the trail in the summer.

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Good to know

-The Salomon Vaya women's hiking shoes feature the long-wearing Contragrip outsole for dependable traction on different terrains. It also has the EnergyCell midsole which uses lightweight EVA for cushioning. 

-This shoe is made of a tough and breathable mesh upper that protects the foot against the elements while keeping it cool in summery hikes. Meanwhile, the SensiFlex technology promotes a comfortable and supportive fit all the time.

The Vaya hiker is a low-cut shoe designed specifically for women. Unique to this model is the inclusion of SensiFlex panels in the upper which are soft and stretchy, wrapping the foot snugly and comfortably. It is also quite flexible which promotes freedom of movement. This hiker has a noticeably wider toe box. Together with SensiFlex technology, it supports natural foot expansion and forefoot flex. 

Meant for varying terrains, the Vaya hiking shoe by Salomon is equipped with the brand's famous Contragrip rubber outsole. It's a long-wearing sole made of sticky rubber compounds that bite into wet and dry surfaces. There is plenty of space in between the pentagon-shaped lugs 

This shoe has a midsole made of EVA - a lightweight foam that absorbs impact really well. However, since EVA tends to decompress over time, shoes that use this cushioning system aren't for heavy use and abuse. The Vaya comes with a thin Ortholite insole for additional support and comfort.

Making up the shoe upper is the performance mesh and SensiFit fabric. There is no waterproof membrane lining the shoe interior as this shoe is meant for dry and warm climates. It's also very breathable, flexible, and comfortable. It has a padded collar that is quite flexible. Completing the upper is a traditional lace-up system for a secure fit.


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