See the shoes one hardcore trekker won't hit the trails without—plus, 12 more pairs pros swear by.
Something happens when you go off the grid: Your mind quiets, your breath deepens, you feel calm, yet energized, happy... that is, until you get blisters.
Yeah, clocking miles on uneven ground and scaling mountains isn't just about being fit. It requires some serious gear to get you through—including comfortable footwear to carry you and all your baggage to your final destination and back.
How to pick the best hiking shoes: First, examine the water resistance, weight, and durability of your kicks, says Irene Loi, D.P.M., a podiatrist at New York University Langone’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery.
“Look for a water-resistant or waterproof label, insulation to maintain warmth of the boot if you’re hiking in cold weather, and a lug pattern [the spikes on the bottom of the shoe]—the deeper and wider the lug, the better the grip and stability,” she says.
The midsoles—that layer between the inner and outer soles of the shoe—are important too, says Loi. "Polyurethrene (PU) is firmer and usually fit for backpackers. Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) is lighter and more cushioned, but also provides good support for the foot.”
Roll your ankles all the damn time? Ramona Brooks, D.P.M., a podiatrist with the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons, says to consider a higher-cut shoe. You should also consider more breathable materials for warmer weather.
Both experts suggest trying on boots at the end of the day when your feet are a little more swollen. And make sure you have about a finger-width amount of space in the toe and bring your orthotics along if you have them.
Of course, in the end, the shoes you pick comes down to preference. Below are the best hiking shoes out there for you to choose from, according to the outdoor gear experts, athletes, and enthusiasts who know their stuff.
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