The answer to this question is largely a matter of personal preference. As you start looking at specific styles, there are several
things to consider:
- What you’re doing: Will you be primarily hiking on dirt, gravel, or pavement? How technical is the terrain? Will you be day hiking, backpacking, or thru-hiking?
- Where you’re doing it: What’s the climate like? Is it hot and dry or wet and rainy? Will there be mountains and rivers or beaches and deserts?
- Who you are: Are you a beginner, intermediate or advanced hiker? How hard do you like to hike? How fast do you like to go?
All of these questions will factor into the footwear you choose. To make it simple for you, we’ve put together a list of footwear recommendations based on different adventures you may be planning.