Men and Women Hiking Shoes Reviews in 2014
Summer – with little opportunity to use poor weather as an excuse, it’s time to get outside and be more active. And what could be a better summertime activity then going for a hike in the woods, or even a leisurely stroll down a country path?
But first, it’s essential you find the right footwear. Heading off without the right shoes for the task can leave you in discomfort, with damp or blistered feet and aching heels. You can even injuries such as sprained ankles if you don’t have the proper support. Hiking and walking don’t require a lot of expensive equipment, but a pair of best hiking shoes is a must.
Thankfully for outdoor enthusiasts, hiking shoes today bear little resemblance to their clunky predecessors. Stylish, supportive, high-tech and lightweight, there are many options available for your summertime pursuits. With a plethora of brands and styles to pick from, we’ve reviewed and ranked our ten favorites for men in the hope it will encourage you to get off the couch and make shopping a little easier:
10. Salewa Wildfire GTX Approach Shoe:
Flashy, neon designs initially set this hiker apart from the others, but its quality composition will too. A high-tech, all-purpose walking and hiking shoe, it’s made of synthetic material with a Vibram sole. You’ll fully enjoy going upwards and downwards on slope as it is lightweight shoe.
9. Timberland Intervale Mid Boot:
This reasonably priced hiking shoe is made of quality leather with a rubber sole. It’s more green-friendly than it’s competitors, too, with 100% recycled webbing overlays and a 100% recycled PET lining. The Intervale also features compression molded EVA midsoles for a comfortable hike. It’s sure to take you anywhere.
8. adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast X FM Hiking Shoe:
This comfortable, light and flexible hiking shoe is ideal for lighter walks in the woods or impromptu treks off the beaten path. Made of durable nubuck leather, it features synthetic details for extra support and toe and heel caps for added protection.
7. adidas Outdoor AX-1 Hiking Shoe:
Another reasonably priced but good quality product, this hiking shoe is built for fast, agile traction in the outdoors. It has an air mesh upper for maximum ventilation and air mesh lining for foot climate control. The AX-1 is a rugged shoe perfect for those who like to play and jog outdoors. The only drawback is it’s not waterproof.
6. The North Face Hedgehog III GTX XCR Light Hiker:
Complicated name, quality shoe. It’s a bit bulkier than some of the others, yet light and high-tech. This shoe is made of leather with a Vibram sole and features GORE-TEX membranes, dual-density, compression-molded insoles, and heel cradle stability support. The North Face knows outdoors, and the Hedgehog won’t disappoint.
5. Merrell Chameleon 4 Ventilator GORE-TEX:
Made in true Merrell standard with a combination of leather, synthetic and textile materials, this hiker doesn’t feature some of the flashiness of the competitors. Still, it’s hard to go wrong with a Merrell. This hiking shoe will give you reliable comfort and support on easier trails and last for ages. Merrell shoes are always a good investment.
4. Teva Riva Event Waterproof Hiking Shoe:
If waterproof is what you need, look no further. Teva is the quintessential outdoors brand and the Riva lives up to expectations. Made of leather with a waterproof, breathable eVent membrane and gusseted tongues that prevent water from getting in, it also features the popular Vibram sole and external shock pads in the heel for added comfort.
3. Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove:
A true hiking shoe, at first glance this ultra-modern item could pass as a casual sneaker. But don’t be fooled; its textile and synthetic composition with microfiber, breathable upper and synthetic leather rear foot sling provide ultimate comfort and stability. The Trail Glove also features a microfiber footbed treated with an antimicrobial solution, which should help keep these shoes smelling better than your old hiking boots.
2. Merrell Chameleon 4 Stretch Hiking Shoe:
This popular hiking shoe has a suede and mesh upper and Vibram sole. In addition, it features a lycra/neoprene blend stretch collar and Vibram Chameleon TC5 plus rubber outsole to maximize comfort. Made with Merrell’s typical quality and technology, it’s even suitable for those who like to “buy green” as it’s made with a 20% recycled EVA dual-density footbed.
1. KEEN Targhee II Hiking Shoe:
With a leather and mesh upper, rubber sole and additional webbing, this durable shoe is waterproof and breathable thanks to Keen’s high-tech textile membrane, so it’ll keep your feet dry and comfortable. With an S3 heel support structure, secure-fit lacing system and removable metatomical footbeds, the Keen is a hot seller and a quality shoe for a wide range of hiking enthusiasts.
When starting your search for new hiking shoes, there is no better place to begin than the Internet. Decide what you can afford to spend and research the brands you’re curious about. Become familiar with what models are available and which technology is used for several different models.
Next, read reviews of what other consumers as well as hiking bloggers or online magazines are saying. It’s also a great idea to visit a local shoe or outdoors store and try on a few pairs to get an idea of comfort and fit; but don’t hurry up and buy just yet. Great deals are often available on the Internet and since hiking shoes don’t come with a small price tag, it’s worth ordering them online if you can save money. Make sure to choose a well-regarded online seller such as Amazon, where you’ll have buyer protection and the option to return the shoes if they’re not what you expected.
Once you’ve got your perfect pair of hiking shoes, it’s time to hit the trails! Hook up with a local hiking group or outdoors club, pick up a copy of a walking guide and see where your new kicks take you.