Hiking Shoes

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I came for their looks. I stayed for their all-day comfort and all-terrain performance.

Scarpa is pushing approach shoes to new heights—and distances

These hikers will help you carry your load and stay comfortable and secure, no matter the terrain

After finishing the Appalachian Trail, I experienced severe pain in my lower right leg. Little did I know, toe socks and spacers would be my saving grace.

Thanks to these boots, hiking went from painful to pure bliss

Wes Siler helps find the best shoes for you

Now’s a great time to save a few bucks on hiking gear

Keen's Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain describes how he got into the shoe business.

The gap between performance and style has never been wider—or has it?

The iconic leather hiker is now better than ever

In his latest video for Backpacking TV, Eric Hanson breaks down what kind of shoe might be the right choice for your hiking style

Kicks to keep feet fresh no matter what your mileage

This gear has kept me active without bogging me down

An ideal shoe for high-altitude adventure runs

You don't need mountain trails out your door to get your boots ready for a big hike

Weather’s nasty? No need to stay inside if you’ve got a pair of these.

One pair to (mostly) rule them all

This shoe is a multisport machine, tackling technical approaches, long hikes, and overnight backpacking trips

Lightweight hikers that command the path

Heavy has gone the way of the dinosaur

A road-warrior parent of two small children shares his favorite gear for wee ones on the go

The beloved max-cushion brand is branching out with its new Sky collection

The Altra Lone Peak 4 Mid RSM is lighter, more comfortable, and more supportive than any other boot I've tested. They're not stylish, but hey: Looking good in the woods is overrated.

A dash of style doesn’t have to mean reduced traction

Seven approach shoes we're obsessed with

The first-of-its-kind approach shoe returns in spring 2019

We had the chance to see the brand’s new packs, running shoes, hiking boots, and apparel nearly a year before they’ll hit shelves.

The latest hikers are as cozy as they are bombproof

Say goodbye to cement blocks—the latest crop of hiking shoes and boots is lighter and comfier than ever

Including a classic like Crocs to a pair of $100 down booties

Five adventurous kicks that look good enough to wear in the office

After years of testing, I've determined that these must be the most versatile approach shoes around

We stopped six trekkers passing through Oregon to find out what they love most so far

As summer approaches, the risk of deadly heat stroke grows. Here’s a list of gear and advice on how to avoid it.

A basketball-hiker mashup? These two brands totally make it work.

The perfect mix of heritage, style, durability, and comfort

Treksta releases an award-winning new boot with a hands-free lacing system

The latest hikers are lighter and more tricked out than ever before.

2015 Gear of the Year Winner

The Bikepacking Essentials of 2015

Arrive prepared no matter where the trail takes you.

Hiking boots get a long-overdue dose of style.

Lightweight and bomber, these are the shoe-boots you want when the singletrack gets muddy.

Eliminate goggle fog with such a simple fix? Genius.

Shoes fall into the “do not skimp” category when it comes to gear.

Comfort and support in an unbelievably lightweight shoe

Trail shoes still fall into two basic categories: (1) heavier-duty, backpacking-boot-inspired high-tops that can handle off-trail travel and have serious ankle support, and (2) lighter-weight low and mid cuts that are designed to be worn either on less technical terrain or when you’re shouldering a lighter pack.

Outside picks the best hiking gear of June 2012, including the Helly Hansen Odin Fastpack.

It’s “the perfect fourteener shoe,” one Colorado-based tester proclaimed, which is perhaps the best compliment a running-hiking hybrid like the PeakFreak can receive.

I need a shoe for hiking several miles in the heat that has sticky rubber for wet rock and comes in size 14. I've found that approach shoes are too hot and heavy, and the rubber on trail running shoes isn't sticky enough. Worse, brands like Sportiva and Salewa don't carry anything that fits.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Timberland's Lite Trace Mid boot.

Design and Technology Special: The world's most streamlined and innovative new gear, gadgets, tools and toys, including Merrell's Wilderness Canyon hiking boot.

I planning a hike through the Narrows in Zion National Park, which involves wading up the Virgin River. What do you recommend to keep warm? Dry is obviously not possible. How about footwear? Connie New Haven, Connecticut

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Lafuma Xmotion Leather Low hiking shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Teva Forge Pro Event hiking shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Keen Red Rock Low hiking shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Merrell Covert shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Columbia Master of Faster Low hiking shoe.

Outside reviews the best gear in the 2011 Summer Buyers Guide, including the Merrell Avian Light Sport Hikers.

July 15-17, Alta, Wyoming.

I am going on a Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim day hike in several weeks. I have done a lot of hiking mainly in light boots but I am wondering about using trail runners for this one. Any suggestions? Mark Henderson, NV

Because great adventures start with dependable kicks.

I am trying to find a good, durable approach shoe for both lightweight packing and climbing/canyoneering without have to change shoes. I am a minimalist when it comes to gear. I have read good things about the Five Ten Guide Tennies. Any thoughts or recommendations?FredSanta Monica, CA

If you were only going to take one pair of shoes or boots to Belize to hike in the jungle, visit some ruins, and screw around on some zipline and cave tubing tours, what would you take? I'd love both a male and female option (for my companion).-AdamBoulder, CO

Despite nasty conditions—slushy snow on the way up; a boulder-strewn snowmelt streambed on the descent—one tester reported dry feet and not one slip, even on ice. Credit the Gore-Tex liner, grippy outsole, and stiff midsole. asolo.com…

TOUGHER THAN IT LOOKS The waterproof Terrex may look like every brightly colored sneaker out there, but one of our testers proclaimed it “rugged as hell” during an off-trail scramble up Santa Fe’s ski basin. We think he was referring to the outsole’s combination of soft, grippy rubber and deep…

Don’t let the discount-store price fool you: This nimble, sticky-soled shoe is a standout on performance alone. The breathable upper is slipper comfortable out of the box. And when one tester leaped across a creek, the grippy tread helped her stick the landing—and avoid a butt-plant. Choose the Multiterra…

Thanks to beefy waterproof-breathable uppers and grippy lugs, the Alby Low is our top pick for inclement weather. Ultra-cushy soles pad finicky feet on long walks, and on a snowy day hike, one tester reported perfectly warm and dry toes. 13 oz; hellyhansen.com…

GREEN KICKS WITH GUTS Eco-friendly shoes used to be fine for backyard lounging, not the backcountry. With its new footwear, Patagonia makes it clear such restrictions no longer apply. Here’s why. Performance: The outsole’s narrow profile and stiff edges boosted my confidence on sketchy downclimbs, while the upper’s durable leather…

Most Versatile You can certainly find less expensive day hikers out there, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any as versatile and sturdy as the Thunder. Testers reported this lightweight hiker was comfy and reliable during every stage of the review process—right out of the box, on day hikes, and…