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.
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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.
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Generally, for trails that are easy to tackle, go with low-cut shoes. Go mid to high if there are more trail obstacles.
WeightMen: 18.1ozWomen: 14oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal, Wide
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70 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews
I would only recommend these shoes for your average day use; some light trails, biking but nothing that is going to introduce you to impacts.
- The Vasque Mantra 2.0 is updated to work with hikers who prefer a low-cut gear offering the support of a boot. Its upper is made of durable nubuck leather with breathable mesh panels to create a balance between durability and breathability.
- Acting as a unit, the polyurethane midsole (with TPU stabilizer) and Vibram outsole render a cushioned and supportive ride. The compound used in the outsole makes it suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
This low-cut day hiking shoe is built on Vasque's Perpetuum last. It is formed on a straighter line which caters to those with a flat foot. Its broader toe box and tapered instep render a propulsive and friction-free stride, respectively. Its lacing system allows fit customization.
The outsole of this day hiking shoe is Vibram Nuasi made of XS Trek compound. Its profile enables it to bite on most types of terrain. It has multidirectional lugs which enhance ground sensitivity. Its lightweight and non-marking characteristic, on the other hand, makes it suitable for indoor use.
The Vasque Mantra 2.0 uses a molded polyurethane midsole to provide long-lasting cushioning. It is integrated with a thermoplastic urethane (TPU) midfoot stabilizer to yield stability when tackling uneven terrain. Comfort is enhanced by the removable dual-density EVA footbed.
The upper is made of 1.8 mm thick nubuck leather with panels of breathable and abrasion resistant mesh. Aside from providing its rugged look, the leather construction also gives this shoe durability, flexibility, and water resistance.
The lacing system of this low-cut hiking shoe uses webbing and plated eyelets. The men’s version includes a closed hook and an additional webbing eyelet. Its cuff and tongue are padded for comfort, and the pull loop at the back of the foot aids in on and off. A strip of leather is added to the toe and heel for protection.