Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The North Face Trail Escape Edge has gotten excellent ratings from many reviewers for its superb traction.
  • Most of those who have purchased this footwear product are impressed by its quality build. 
  • It's as snug as a bug, note some users.
  • A handful of wearers also praise this lightweight hiking shoe for being so comfortable.
  • One hiker commends this sandal for delivering good lateral support.
  • It's a great-looking shoe, according to most of North Face Trail Escape Edge reviews.

1 reason not to buy

  • One hiker is quite annoyed by its flimsy lacing system.

Bottom line

A hiker that looks good on the streets as it is on the trail, the North Face Trail Escape Edge shoes get incredibly high marks for its top-notch performance. Reviewers are in awe of its impressive traction, quality construction, perfect fit, and most of all - its amazing lightness. This stylish hiking shoe from The North Face is truly one of a kind. Despite its sleek design, it scores high in terms of support.

While there are concerns over its lacing system, the Trail Escape Edge is still a big hit especially for adventurers seeking light, durable, and stylish hiking shoes.

Tip: see the best hiking shoes.

Good to know

-Another addition to the Trail Escape Collection, the Trail Escape Edge features a synthetic and mesh upper for optimal breathability. It has an EVA midsole that delivers lightweight cushioning, an OrthoLite footbed for added comfort, and a durable rubber outsole with multidirectional lugs for superior grip and traction.

-This model has a stylish city aesthetic look so you can wear them for casual activities before or after hitting the trail.

The Trail Escape Edge is a low-cut TNF hiking shoe for men and women. It has a stretchy mesh upper that hugs the foot snugly, a lightly padded tongue and collar for freedom of movement, and a lace-up closure for a secure fit. 

This outdoor shoe uses a durable rubber sole developed by the brand itself. It features triangular lugs that deliver enhanced grip and traction on varying terrain, from rocks to loose dirt, gravel, and sand. The indentations are deep which are ideal for muddy terrain.

This lightweight hiker comes with an EVA midsole. EVA stands for ethylene-vinyl acetate. It's a special type of foam that has several good qualities that make it ideal for hiking footwear, such as responsiveness, durability, and cushioning. While it isn't as tough as PU, EVA is very lightweight and soft which makes it ideal for performance footwear.

For added cushioning and comfort, the Trail Escape Edge comes with the industry-leading hybrid OrthoLite footbed. It's a removable insole that is breathable and very durable (as it's made of recycled rubbers and proprietary polyurethane material). 

The North Face Trail Escape Edge has an upper made of synthetic and mesh. Together, these materials create a protective, abrasion-resistant "home" for the foot that is very breathable at the same time. Lining the toe is a protective rubber that guards against sharp objects and other trail hazards. It also reinforces the stitching between the upper and the sole.

Completing the upper is a lace-up closure with round laces. There are also pull loops at the back and front for easy on and off. This shoe is available in different colorways. It features a modern urban look with bold details.

- The North Face is an American outdoor recreation product company founded in 1966. Aside from hiking shoes, they also sell outdoor gear and apparel.


How The North Face Trail Escape Edge ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 42% hiking shoes
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Bottom 41% The North Face hiking shoes
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Top 44% urban hiking hiking shoes
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