The best word to describe today’s world is “busy”. The entire universe has become so fast-paced that people feel that they are missing out on something if they are not contributing to the rat race. Sometimes, for our own mental peace, it is indispensable to take a breath and enjoy life. The best way to do that is to indulge in the goodness of nature, to bask in its warmth, and to take a long and peaceful hike.
Hiking is good for the body and the mind, but one must have the right equipment to go with it. Shoes are one of the most significant parts of this set up. The following list will show you the best shoes tried and tested by our experts to accompany you on this adventure. We have tested these shoes on various aspects and brought to you our honest opinions.
Mountain 600 is a trusted name and brand for hikers worldwide, and they did well on this trust when they launched Danner Mountain 600 Enduro Weave. The shoes elevate the experience of the hiker in every way possible. The design of the shoe brings together Danner’s classic outdoor silhouette with modern materials.
The shoes are incredibly lightweight and hence do not seem to be a burden while walking through challenging terrain. It is incredibly comfortable because of its new carbon-washed textile upper that’s lighter and more breathable than leather.
One of the best things that I experienced while wearing these shoes is that it can be worn in any setting because of its sleek look and features. Though the cuff is slightly weak, it does not affect the overall performance of the shoes. They are available in the color brown and black, and its techy look will enhance your overall style.
The Forge is the first hiking model brought out by ski boot manufacturer Tecnica. One of its unique features is that it is fully customizable. The upper part of the shoe is available in both synthetic ripstop and nubuck leather. The Gore-Tex liner and Vibram rubber sole of the shoes make it a solid hiking boot.
They can only be bought in offline stores that keep its boot-fitting robot in stock. They are available in the color black. The boots actually feel and look significantly different after molding, which shows that it adjusts according to the conditions. To achieve this, Tecnica does two rounds of heating and molding on each of the pairs.
After wearing them, the one thing that I noticed was its perfect fit. The whole experience was extremely comfortable, and it did not feel stifling. There is no break-in period as well; hence you can enjoy the experience of wearing the shoes immediately. Its Vibram Sole, wrap-around cuff, and upper are of exceptionally high quality.
One of Keen’s best offerings is undoubtedly their range of Targhee Vent Mid shoes. The range is hugely versatile and budget-friendly as well. It has been launched this year with the aim of making their brand accessible to more people. It is not waterproof, but it’s windows of mesh paneling increases breathability in warmer weathers. Apart from this feature, it is more or less like the original model, released by the company.
The shoes have a water-resistant oiled nubuck leather, a supportive footbed design, and a grippy rubber outsole with deep lugs. Like its predecessor, it offers a wider fit that gives more movement to its owner. Its super breathable and prevents the feet from sweating and getting clammy. They are offered in the color of olive and bungee. Wearing them gave me ample room for movement as well as exceptional heel hold. The boot is overall very supportive, and it has an aftermarket insole. The cuff is also not that tall, which makes it a perfect fit for hiking.
Although they are not waterproof and it might be a dealbreaker for some. But this shoe has other aspects that make up for it.
Hoka One One Kaha GTX is definitely one of the most fashionable and stylish shoes on this list. It has a lot of eye-catching features along with plenty of cushioning. While walking on long trails, this cushioning brings a lot of comfort. For those who find it difficult to walk on challenging and rough terrains, these shoes are your dream.
At first, the sole’s thickness could feel a little out of place, but regularly wearing it reduces the discomfort. It has a rockered bottom, which facilitates the boot to roll from one step into the next.
Even though the sole is enormous and the cuff is tall, the shoes are incredibly lightweight and weigh around 17.92 ounces. The shoe’s upper portion is made of leather and provides appropriate ankle support. It also has a waterproof eVent sock liner. Choose this pair if you want your footwear to give you comfort and maximum support.
This piece by Salomon is their best selling hiking boots. The reason why it is so popular with the public is that it is an all-round player. One of its unique features is that it has a Contagrip rubber sole with an aggressive lug pattern. These features provide an excellent grip through varying surfaces and conditions. It also has a Gore-Tex-lined synthetic upper. It is available in colors burnt brick, black, and bleached sand.
The shoes also have a full-sized cuff that supports and protects the ankle and gives the entire structure stability. These boots are quite versatile and suitable for different landforms as well as for everyday life.
Vasque Saga GTX had a lot to prove as it followed the footsteps of the company’s best-selling Breeze III GTX. This pair has a lightweight and breathable double-engineered mesh upper and a Vibram MegaGrip sole that’s designed for walking over the most rugged terrain. The shoes’ protection and support are further enhanced by the molded TPU toe cap and heel with windows of ventilation so that the boot doesn’t get too warm. The shoe’s structure is made in such a way that it keeps the heel locked in. The shoes also have a sturdy TPU that creates a lace yolk extending from the ankle toward the tongue, providing midfoot support.
After wearing them, it was clear that the shoes don’t have a long break-in period and were instantly comfortable. It has a lot of cushioning, which prevents pressure points from lacing. The cuff in the shoe is also shaped to provide a firm and supportive wrap that is flexible and gets better with wear. It is available in the color jet black and magnet.
Though it is not light by any means, it’s other qualities and comfort more than make up for it. The laces are not of the highest quality but can be easily replaced and hence shouldn’t matter much in the long run.
Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX is currently the topic of the town. It has found its way to many ‘Best for hiking’ lists. Most of the professional mountain climbers have recommended it, and rightfully so. It is suitable for both everyday life as well as high-elevation climbs. The stylish shoes have a suede upper and a heavy-duty Vibram sole.
It shows a ton of versatility and has so much cushioning. The laces in the shoes extend really down the boot and result in exceptional fitting. Additionally, it has a pair of lace hooks on the top of the foot, which is lower than where most companies place it. It is available in the color black and orange.
Wearing the shoes was an effortless experience for me. The whole experience was improved by the unique lacing system. The shoes have a really sturdy base and structure. It can cover a lot of different types of areas because of its rigid and hard form.
One of the unique features of Adidas Terrex Free Hiker is the energy-returning Boost foam. It provides a comfortable platform but also rebounds to keep you moving without wasting energy. The shoes also have a Primeknit upper for a close and breathable fit. The pair reigns high if you judge it in terms of comfort.
It has a streetwear/sneaker style element that is not present in other hiking shoes.The shoes don’t look like the typical hiker boots, which provides more options for the owner. It is available in color black, sesame, and raw white.
It provides all the features of a sneaker with the durability of hiking shoes. The shoes also give more support than the usual choices. It is incredibly lightweight and, therefore, the perfect choice for people wanting to move quickly.
Pick up any of the shoes from this list and get out in nature away from the crowd and corona. All the shoes are professionally designed for enhancing your comfort during hiking and are fit for a variety of weather conditions.