Are you looking for a pair of light hiking shoes or “boots” for dayhikes? You’re on the right page! Otherwise, if you’re looking for something with more support for more rugged terrain check out my tips on backpacking boots. Read below for my tips about what to look for in hiking shoes and boots!
Hiking Boot Features:
For day hikers, I recommend low-top or mid-cut hiking boots that are lightweight, have a durable rubber sole, and are made of a combination of leather and synthetic materials. When I am hiking on well-maintained local trails with a daypack filled with my 10 Essentials, a light hiking shoe is the best. They provide more protection and support than trail running shoes, but aren’t heavy and stiff high-cut boots. Unless you’re backpacking with heavy loads or traveling on rugged trails or blazing your own trails, light hiking shoes will be more than sufficient.
Vasque Mantra Women’s Cross-Training Shoes: These are great light hiking shoes that provide a little more support than typical trail running shoes. Vasque shoes run narrow, so stick to Keen’s if you have wide feet.
Vasque Hiking Boots – Breeze Gore-Tex XCR: These Vasque hiking boots have built in Gore-Tex material, keeping your feet dry if you step in a puddle or when crossing a stream (or if you’re like me and tend to get caught hiking in the rain!)
Merrell Moab Mid Gore-Tex XCR Hiking Boots: These Merrell boots are known for their comfort. If you find that all other hiking boots are too stiff for you, try out a pair of Merrell’s and I have a feeling you’ll have happy feet! They offer slightly less support, but enough for all dayhikes.