Hiking Shoe Comparison Tables
We researched the top hiking shoes on the market and narrowed our list to the top ten hiking shoes for men and women. After talking with experts, we set forth criteria to establish the best hiking shoes. Then we tested each pair on trails on mountains, the beach, and in temperate rainforests in British Columbia. Below is a table of the pros and cons we found of each pair we tested.
We also reference when a respected review site has recommended a model we liked and encourage you to further inform yourself about our preferred models by reading the best reviews we found available from: Switchback Travel, Outdoor Gear Lab, Outside Online, Clever Hiker, GearWeAre, Adventure Junkies, Gear Institute, Section Hiker and Backpacker.
PROS / CONS / NOTABLE REVIEWS
We condensed the review down to pros, cons, and notable reviews for easy reference.
|HIKING SHOES||PROS||CONS||NOTABLE REVIEWS|
|Best stability, support, durability of shoes we tested||Price||Gear Institute|
|Good balance of comfort, support, price, and nimbleness; aggressive lugs; comfortable out of the box||Lacing system is polarizing; not as durable as leather shoes||Numerous for the slightly newer version|
|Affordable; often on sale; available in the most styles: mesh/wide/waterproof/GoreTex; comfortable out of the box||Can feel clunky and less nimble than other shoes; traction||1000+ positive reviews on Amazon, the most of any shoe; Switchback Travel; Clever Hiker|
|Stability, support, lightweight||Waterproof version absorbs water; not as sturdy as other models||Outdoor Gear Lab|
|Good for wide feet; stylish||Not as form fitting as other shoes||Switchback Travel|
|Excellent grip; most trail feel of any shoe; repels dirt and water||Laces are too long; sole is thin; limited stability||None|
|Excellent traction; waterproof system that works and is breathable||Feels heavy||Gear Institute|
|Sporty and stylish; athletic feel||Laces are polarizing; sole lacks stiffness||Outdoor Gear Lab|
|Cushioned while still offering stability||Least trail feel of any shoe||Outdoor Gear Lab|
|Excellent breathability||Durability; not as comfortable as other shoes||None|
MSRP / FIT / WARRANTY
There’s quite a range in price, fit, and warranty. To research sizing, we used data from the Fit Sizing function at data Zappos.com because they have the biggest data source for customer-based reporting on fit. We provide these details so you don’t have to go hunting for them.
hiking shoes materials
Only like shoes with classic lacing? Prefer a certain kind of sole? The stickiness rating is based on our own measure of how the shoes performed during hiking. However, user beware: oftentimes, there’s a trade-off between stickiness and durability. Sort the table below to see which shoes fit your needs.
|Gore-Tex Surround||TPU Harness||Vibram Nano rubber||♦♦♦|
|M Select DRY (Gore-Tex also available)||Classic lace up||Vibram TC5+||♦|
|Gore-Tex||Classic lace up||Vibram rubber||♦|
|KEEN.Dry||Classic lace up||Keen all-terrain rubber||♦♦♦|
|Gore-Tex||Quicklace||Michelin outdoor compound rubber||♦♦|
|N/A||Classic lace up||Sawtooth rubber||♦♦|
|Gore-Tex||Drawcord lace||Continental Traxion rubber||♦♦|
|eVent||Classic lace up||Vibram MegaGrip rubber||♦♦|
|Gore-Tex||Classic lace up||Vibram Contact Grip with Megagrip||♦♦|