Deciding what kind of hiking shoes or boots to get can be tricky—there are so many options! It helps to think about the terrain you are going to explore and the load you plan to carry.
Consider the type of terrain
- Flat and easy
- Moderate elevation with technical sections
- Difficult, rugged terrain
Pay attention to the following footwear features:
- Flexibility of materials
- Level of protection
- Support and traction
If you're hiking on well-marked, well-maintained trails with low elevation levels, opt for flexible, lightweight hiking shoes or boots. They're usually made with breathable, waterproof fabric, which offers less support but plenty of comfort to keep you going for several kilometres, even when carrying a small backpack.
Planning on tackling narrow, technical mountain trails while carrying a heavier load for one to several days? Go for boots with a high cuff to get optimal support on technical sections. Those rocky slabs and muddy slopes won't stop you! Although they are heavier than hiking shoes, hiking boots have rigid midsoles that help absorb shocks, as well as toe bumpers and heel counters to protect you from roots and rocks. Their durable soles provide good traction on rocky and slippery surfaces.
Heading out for an off-road, long-distance hike on rugged terrain? Look for boots that provide high torsional rigidity, increased protection, and superior shock-absorption.
Soles play a critical role in providing traction and grip as well as absorbing shock. All of our hiking footwear is equipped with soles that provide maximum traction, whether designed for easy, moderate or difficult trails. It's part of our commitment to safety.