Updates to Columbia Wahkeena

  • The Wahkeena from Columbia is made durable yet lightweight to give its users a versatile kind of performance in their hiking adventures. Its grounded aesthetics comes mainly from its stitched-on upper made of suede leather and textile.
  • It sole unit is comprised of two Columbia-exclusive technologies—Omni-Grip and Techlite. The former offers surface adherence, while the latter provides energy return on top of cushioning and stability.

Size and fit

Columbia’s Wahkeena is a low-cut day hiking shoe for women. The brand claims that its fit runs true to size. It is built specifically for hikers with standard-width feet. It is offered in a range of whole and half sizes. A secure and personalized lockdown is made possible by its lace-up closure.


The Wahkeena grants wearers enough terrain traction with its non-marking rubber outsole, known as Omni-Grip. It is built with aggressive lugs and shallow grooves, giving enhanced foothold over slippery and soft-soiled surfaces. The lug formation at its heel and forefoot provides improved maneuverability while tackling slopes and inclines.


What cushions the foot against trail hazards, the likes of which include pointy rocks and gnarly roots, is the hiker’s Techlite midsole. This hardy layer, which is made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (or EVA), is engineered robust enough to withstand the unevenness of the terrain, thus providing adequate stability. It comes topped with a cushioned insert for extra cushioning underfoot.


Columbia designers used three kinds of materials in the Wahkeena’s low-top upper: suede leather, textile, and webbing. Its leather parts are attached to the main bootie with double the stitching to bolster the gear’s overall durability. It has an amply padded interior to give the foot a nice in-shoe feel, especially around the ankle and along the instep.

The combination eyelets of the lightweight shoe’s front closure are comprised of ghillie-styled loops made of fabric and regular lace holes. Its equation is made complete with a synthetic lace.

Additional Info

  • The Columbia Wahkeena shoe is also available in low- and mid-top waterproof variants.

Columbia Wahkeena Care and Maintenance

The brand recommends cleaning dirty shoes immediately after use. Storing it without removing stuck dirt may cause premature breakdown of the components. It is suggested to rinse it under clean tap water with the aid of a soft bristled brush. Removing the insole allows a user to clean the product thoroughly.

Do not dry the shoe under extreme heat (from the sun or a heater). Let it dry naturally.


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