Oboz Arete Low notable features

-Featuring a light construction, the Oboz Arete Low has a mesh upper with no-sew TPU overlays for added support and durability. 

-It has the Tempest outsole composed of multidirectional and perimeter lugs for traction, and active flex grooves for flexibility and freedom of movement.

-A huge reason for its ultra-lightness is the integrated shank that reduces weight while providing support and flex points. It also comes with an ESS forefoot plate for toe protection and prevents over-flexion.

Size and fit

The Arete hikers are low-top footwear only available in standard widths. It also has standard feet volume, which means people who have wider feet with higher arches and insteps may find it a bit too narrow. Meanwhile, the mesh upper comfortably hugs the foot and the lace-up closure lets the wearer achieve a snug fit. 


This shoe features the Tempest Outsole by Oboz. The multidirectional lugs make it really sticky and suitable for relatively rough terrain. There are also flex grooves on the toe and heel sections which enable the wearer to move comfortably without losing balance or stability.


Another reason why the Arete Low is so light is that it makes use of a single-density EVA midsole. Between the upper and the midsole are two TPU stabilizers that boost torsional flex and the natural movement of the foot. 

This hiker comes with the O FIT Insole, a removable footbed that is molded to match the specific shape and construction of the shoe, therefore delivering a more precise fit, feel, and performance. 


Constructed using performance mesh, the Arete Low boasts of great breathability. The synthetic TPU overlays not only enhance the structure and support of the shoe, they also make it more durable. Trails can be full of hazards - sharp rocks, sticks, and all sorts of debris. To ensure that the toes are protected, a TPU cap is welded into the shoe. It also provides durability when moving quickly. The Arete shoes are also equipped with integrated shanks that provide support while adding stability.

Completing the upper is a lace-up closure that enables the wearer to adjust the fit whenever needed.

Nice to know

-Another model features the B-DRY Waterproof, an Oboz proprietary waterproofing system that keeps water out while letting sweat escape. This model is known as the Oboz Arete Low Waterproof or Oboz Arete Low B-DRY.


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