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.
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Updates to Teva Minam
- The Teva Minam is a rugged pair of sandals that can take on various trail adventures, including ones that require the user to cross rivers and streams. Its synthetic upper affords durability to the gear. Its straps are designed to repel water and prevent them from getting soaked.
- For cushioning and support, the Minam is built with a midsole made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). The sandal’s Spider Original outsole supplies traction on wet and dry surfaces.
Teva Minam size and fit
Teva’s Minam is a men’s hiking sandal that’s available in whole and half sizes. Its fairly true-to-size fit is offered in standard width. The sandal’s easy hook-and-loop closure system permits a personalized fit to the wearer.
Surface traction is rendered by the Teva Minam’s non-marking Spider Original outsole. It is engineered to grant traction and withstand constant contact with various ground conditions. It contains an aggressive lug pattern to optimize grip on wet and dry terrain.
The Minam’s midsole is made of EVA, a material that provides lightweight cushioning and rebound. It’s paired with a nylon shank in the midfoot area which grants stability to the wearer and rigidity to the sandal. The gear’s EVA footbed cradles the arch for support. It’s also treated with Microban, a zinc-based technology that prevents odor from building up by hindering bacterial growth.
Its insole incorporates Shoc Pad, a unit made of blended polyurethane and EVA located in the heel cup. It functions by transferring impact away from the heel and spreading it throughout the footbed as the forefoot pushes off.
The Teva Minam features an easy hook-and-loop closure system to facilitate fit management. It has three velcro straps positioned around the back heel, the hindfoot, and vamp areas to secure the user’s foot. These same straps are waterproof to prevent them from getting soaked during a hike. Additionally, a pull tab is found on the heel for an easier on and off.