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: 15ozWomen: 13.7oz
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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Updates to The North Face Storm III Waterproof
- This iteration of The North Face Storm Waterproof is engineered to withstand the challenges of dry and wet terrain. Its water-impermeable upper—thanks to the HydroSeal construction—is redesigned with suede overlays.
- It still employs an EVA midsole but it is now paired with an ESS Snake Plate (previously TPU). The EVA cradle heel-stabilizing feature also exited this latest version. On the other hand, making a comeback is a Vibram outsole for ground adherence.
The North Face Storm III Waterproof size and fit
The North Face Storm III Waterproof is a fairly true-to-length hiking shoe for men and women. Whole and half sizes are offered. It comes in standard width only. The front lace-up closure allows fit and volume customization.
Thanks to the incorporation of a Vibram XS Trek outsole, these waterproof hiking shoes adhere to ground surfaces. Their lugs provide multidirectional grip and enhance stability. The front and back ends of the shoe are curved to promote a more comfortable heel strike and toe off.
The brand’s designers use a compression-molded EVA midsole for this TNF product. It is a lightweight material which helps cushion each user’s step. Also, it is paired with an ESS Snake Plate (situated at the forefoot) which protects the foot from bruising over rugged terrain without limiting its flexibility.
The shoe employs an Ortholite insole. It is responsible for amplifying comfort and support underfoot.
The upper of the TNF Storm III Waterproof is made of breathable mesh. The suede geo quarter panels visible at the midfoot area enhance support and maintain its structure. With the HydroSeal construction method, it is made watertight, keeping the foot dry and fresh. The lush foam used in its collar and gusseted tongue lining optimizes comfort.
Its ghillie lacing system features punched eyelets and a round lace. A strap is added at the heel to assists wearers in on and off.