A hiking shoe, sometimes called trail runners or hiking sneaker, is essentially a more durable version of a running sneaker. It features a tread designed to provide traction on rock and dirt trails, plus greater support than a normal running shoe.
Do Wear Hiking Shoes
- If you are hiking in a dry climate and on well-established paths.
- If you are hiking one-hour to multi-day hikes.
- If you are looking for a shoe that is lightweight if you need to run.
- If you are looking for a good shoe to wear around a campsite or during calmer portions of a trail.
- If you want to keep your feet cool as they are ventilated.
- If you are looking for a alternative to sneakers as hiking shoes come with great arch support, shock resistance, adjustable straps and toe protection.
- If you are looking for a compromise between comfort and functionality. They are sturdier than your average running shoe because of their thicker soles and leather reinforced fabrics while at the same time are lighter and more comfortable than standard hiking boots.
Don’t Wear Hiking Shoes
- If you need or want ankle support.
- If you hiking in rough terrain.
- If you hike off trail.
- If you go through water, as they are ventilated.
- If you are hike in an area with snakes, insect, ticks and other small animals. Wearing boots you can tuck your pant legs into the boots to prevent unwelcome visitors.
Via Dr. Jennifer Flo