Verdict from 4 experts and +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Most of the Oboz Arete Low reviews say that it's an excellent shoe for all-day comfort.
  • Out of a handful of reviews, the majority suggests that it's a sturdy shoe.
  • The Oboz Arete Low hiking shoes look more like casual shoes which make them great for urban walking too, note several users.
  • The sticky outsole enables an avid hiker to safely traverse wet boulders and the dry Slickrock.
  • It has one of the better stock footbeds for hiking shoes, says an expert reviewer.
  • A couple of avid hikers give it five stars for being a super lightweight hiking shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The grippy tread squeaks a little on wood floors, says one user.
  • Another customer is disappointed because this footwear is not offered in wide widths.

Bottom line

Having solid leather uppers with no sewn areas, the Oboz Arete Low men and women's hiking shoes make great footwear choice for people who enjoy extraordinary outdoor adventures. It gets remarkable ratings for comfort, versatility, support, style, and performance. The sticky rubber outsole is the "talk of the town", with many claiming it grips well on really challenging terrain. 

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Good to know

-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.

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.

-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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Paul loves adventure. Over the past 20 years, he has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He’s summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races. He has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and outfitting specialist at places like The National Outdoor Leadership School, No Barriers USA, and Sierra Trading Post. He has been quoted in NYMag, NBCNews, and Business Insider to name a few.