Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Comfiness: More than a dozen reviews speak of the Columbia Pivot hiking shoe’s astonishing level of comfort.
  • Support system: Its arch zone provides excellent security underfoot, according to numerous sources.
  • Fit: The Pivot, based on several reports, runs true to size.
  • Traction: Some testers swear by its incredible grip performance.
  • Stylishness: This is a looker of a hiker, a couple of patrons claim.
  • Break-in period: It loosens up and conforms to the foot quickly, says an experienced trail-goer.

1 reason not to buy

  • Tongue: An owner finds the Pivot’s tongue to be too big.

Bottom line

Lace up with the Pivot and conquer the great outdoors with true versatility and day-one comfort. Whether your day involves trails or a tour around town, this Columbia offering is bound to impress. It might not have a perfect resume, but the Pivot’s nice blend of function and form will make a few heads turn as you walk by.


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Things that make the Columbia Pivot a worthy investment

A stunner of an asking price. This piece finds a spot in our collection of highly affordable hiking shoes. Indeed, jumping on the Pivot bandwagon is easy access in terms of affordability.

Innately breathable. A good chunk of the Pivot’s comfiness comes from its well-ventilated upper, which is a combination of knit fabric and synthetic leather.

Low-profile lugs. The Columbia Pivot’s grippy studs are just right in terms of depth and stiffness, allowing you to traverse both trails and pavements with ease.

Minimal weight. At around 600 g a pair, this hiker is pretty light. For more kicks that promote agility, check out our list of lightweight hiking shoes.

Columbia’s Pivot family

The Pivot shares the limelight with two other urban trail kicks—the Pivot Waterproof and the Pivot Mid Waterproof. The former pretty much resembles the featured hiker but with waterproofing. The latter, on the other hand, ups the ante by providing extra ankle support in a fully watertight shell.

If you hike mostly in wet conditions, you can opt for the waterproof option (although, if you have wobbly ankles, the mid-cut variant is the way to go). Otherwise, that is, if the trails you frequent hardly ever receive moisture year-round, the regular Pivot is for you.


How Columbia Pivot ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 19% hiking shoes
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Bottom 13% Columbia hiking shoes
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Bottom 29% urban hiking hiking shoes
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