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: 26.3ozWomen: 22.4oz
WidthMen: Normal, WideWomen: Normal, Wide
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While the leather should eventually soften up, it isn’t worth it for most people to deal with a long break in period when there are comparable boots on the market with no break in time.
One of our all-time favorite boots is back.
- Vasque re-released the old-school Skywalk GTX with revisions using the latest technology of today. Its proven and much-loved leather upper design now comes in contemporary colorways. The boot is also made waterproof by a Gore-Tex lining.
- For support and comfort, this classic hiking boot features a lightweight polyurethane midsole that provides long-lasting cushioning and underfoot stability. Its original rubber traction sole offers grip on different types of terrain. The sole unit comes with a rockered heel. It promotes natural foot transition and stability on the trail.
The Vasque Skywalk GTX is a mid-cut boot that caters to both genders. It’s available in regular and half sizes, as well as medium and wide width variations. It’s built on the Sundowner Classic last which has a low-profile and straight-line angle that delivers durability and comfort. The traditional lace-up closure creates a snug fit. The Skywalk GTX generally runs true to size.
Traction comes from Vasque’s proprietary Pyrenees rubber sole. Gaining its original ‘80s structure, the Skywalk GTX outsole is designed with an aggressive, mud-clearing lug pattern. Its prevention of gunk buildup keeps the wearer from slipping.
The Vasque Skywalk GTX’s midsole and footbed are made of molded polyurethane. This cushioning material absorbs impact and facilitates an energized toe-off.
A TPU shank is placed in the midfoot area. This component creates torsional rigidity, rendering stability and gait control.
The Skywalk GTX upper combines mesh and the 2.4-millimeter, waterproof, rough-out S.B. Foot leather. The former is abrasion resistant, and the latter is a material that will not break down or rot easily,
The Gore-Tex Extended Comfort membrane lines the inner bootie. This non-insulated technology inhibits wet elements from infiltrating while allowing heat and moisture to escape.
Its collar and tongue are padded to give the ankles comfort. Its traditional closure is made up of flat laces and metal combination eyelets.