For multi-day trips with a heavy pack. Manufacturers emphasize durability and support in the creation of backpacking boots. See backpacking boots
Designed for users who want to cover a greater distance by going fast, usually with a light pack. See speed hiking shoes.
Boots that grant insulation to the user during hikes. See winter hiking boots.
Mainly sandals. Aside from hiking they can be used for other purposes such as water activities. See multi-sport hiking sandals.
Good to know
Casual hikers can choose day hiking footwear or multi-sport sandals. More info here.
Shoes with a cuff that goes below the ankle. See low-cut hiking shoes.
Good to know
Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 11ozWomen: 9oz
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Normal
- This Vasque shoe is designed to help hikers stay nimble on the trail with as much comfort and protection as possible. Its lightweight upper is watertight thanks to Gore-Tex. It has a moisture-wicking construction which allows its interior to expel sweat-inducing heat.
- In this shoe, wearers can stomp on the ruggedness of the terrain in safety with the Enduralast midsole. They can also remain surefooted on slippery surfaces with the hiker’s Vibram Megagrip outsole.
A relatively true-to-size, low-top day hiking gear for men and women is the Vasque Breeze LT Low GTX. It is offered in full and half sizes in standard width. Owners may adjust its fit to their preference via the shoe’s ghillie lacing.
For surface traction, this Vasque Breeze LT Low GTX hiking shoe is equipped with Vibram’s Megagrip outsole. Since it is imbued with the Vibram Lightbase technology, it is about 25% lighter than most outsoles. Its ability to claw itself into loose terrain is attributable to its many cross-shaped lugs. The horizontal grooves at its forefoot and heel regions provide enhanced security during downhill and uphill traversals.
A brand-exclusive dual-density midsole called Enduralast is the component primarily responsible for shielding the foot from destructive terrain hazards and giving wearers adequate stability and cushioning. It is made entirely of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA).
Vasque designers opted to pair this protective layer with an anatomic footbed for additional comfort underfoot. Aside from cushioning, this insert also improves the shoe’s rebound rate and shock absorption.
The low-cut upper of the Vasque Breeze LT Low GTX hiking shoe is made with a combination of microfiber mesh and synthetic overlays. It is engineered with Gore-Tex’s Extended Comfort technology, making its confines both breathable and waterproof. The synthetic overlay present at its forefoot and heel doubles down on the footwear’s defenses against scratches and scrapes. Combination eyelets and a round lace constitute the Breeze LT Low’s lockdown system.