Made of lightweight materials. They don't have much top-of-the-foot coverage so they're mostly suitable for well-maintained trails and summer hikes. Also useful for crossing rivers and streams. They come in open and closed-toe designs. See the best hiking sandals.
The low-cut equivalent of hiking boots. Comfort is paramount in the creation of these shoes so they often have flexible materials. Generally used for day hikes. See hiking shoes.
Mid to high-cut models designed for more aggressive hikes and backpacking. See hiking boots.
Specialized footwear. Often insulated and used in technical routes, ice climbing or expeditions. See mountaineering boots.
Good to know
For hikes that won't last for more than a day, go with hiking sandals or hiking shoes. Tackling trails with greater challenges will require hiking boots or mountaineering boots.
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.
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94 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews
My wife really likes this.
These sandals are super comfortable and offer just enough support without being too heavy or cumbersome.
And AAAH, the Jessie sandal is exactly what my feet want after a big day in the mountains.
I'm happy. I'm so happy that I got them.
I really like the Xero Jessie: they’re cute minimal sandals that you can dress up or down.
I was able to try a pair, and have not really taken them off all summer long. They’re THAT GOOD.
It felt a lot more stable than I expected, even with wet feet.
Updates to Xero Shoes Jessie
- The Xero Shoes Jessie is built for female hikers who wish to take on trails or enjoy hanging out at camps with a higher level of freedom. Its ultra-thin outsole, which offers adequate grip on various backcountry surfaces, is the prime contributor to its lightness.
- It is a vegan-friendly sandal. This means all the materials that make up its entirety do not have a single trace of animal products in them.
Xero Shoes Jessie size and fit
A generally true-to-size multi-sport sandal for women is the Xero Shoes Jessie. It comes in regular width in standard sizes. Its trim-able feature gives wearers the ability to shape the sole to their preference. Its adjustable ankle strap, on the other hand, provides a secure lockdown.
The Jessie gets to grant users surefootedness on the trail thanks to its 5.5-mm FeelTrue outsole. Most of its capability to provide terrain grip comes from the V-shaped lugs engineered throughout its surface. It comes with heel and forefoot grooves that help the sandal flex even further during transitions, improving the user’s overall mobility as a result. Past these grooves are chunkier lugs that enhance descent and ascent control.
An integrated footbed is what provides users with minimal underfoot cushioning in the Xero Shoes Jessie. It is adequately textured to prevent slippage.
An ankle strap and a simple yet durable toe loop form the Jessie’s synthetic upper. Xero Shoes engineers used Velcro pads to make the sandal’s ankle strap adjustable.
- The Jessie is part of the brand’s 5000 sole mile warranty. When the sandal’s outsole gets worn out, Xero Shoes will replace it for a small fee.
- It got its name, Jessie, from the wife of one of Xero Shoes’ product designers.