Spring's warmer weather has us yearning for the outdoors.
Blue skies, a quiet forest, fresh morning air… there's no better feeling
than getting outside and hitting the trails. If the wilderness is your home
away from home, you probably already know the importance of wearing tough,
high-quality, supportive hiking boots. At Englin's Fine Footwear, we're ready
to help you get out and enjoy the sunshine. Check out our suggestions below to choose the right hiking boots for Spring 2017, then find some trailmates and let the adventure
Why Do I Need Boots Specifically for Hiking?
Maybe you're asking yourself why your work boots, gym shoes,
or other comfy kicks won't cut it out in the wild. Why should you buy a pair of
shoes or boots that only gets worn on camping trips or weekend excursions?
Don't make the mistake of heading out into the woods unprepared. A good set of
hiking footwear is an absolute essential, and a great pair will enhance your
outdoor experience more than you could imagine.
First, hiking boots and shoes are durable.
They can handle the tough terrain and unexpected conditions that are par for
the course when you're exploring the outdoors. Hiking boots are made of tough
materials that can stand up to your active, rugged lifestyle.
Hiking boots and shoes are also comfortable and supportive.
When you're miles from civilization, the last thing you want is aching,
blistered feet. Hiking boots are made to protect your feet and ankles, and they
offer the cushioning and stability you need to keep going. If
you hike in shoes that are made for other purposes, you run the risk of pain
If you're headed for the trail, keep in mind that the wrong
pair of shoes can completely ruin your wilderness adventure. Only trust your
feet to actual hiking boots!
How Do I Choose the Right Boots for Me?
Once you've realized how important hiking boots are, your
next question will probably be, "Which pair should I buy?" With so
many choices, picking the right pair can be difficult and confusing. Here are
some things to consider:
- Boot or
You can choose hiking boots that cover your ankles or hiking shoes
that more closely resemble sneakers. Mostly, it's a matter of personal
preference, but if you need extra ankle support, mid-height boots are the way
to go. You may also want to consider higher-cut hiking boots if you're going to
be tramping through brush or over treacherous terrain. If you're a trail
runner, there are specific shoes for that as well.
Consider your hiking plans. If you don't plan on going
off-trail or beating up your shoes too much, you can probably get away with
very basic hiking footwear. If you want something more high-performance, seek
out tried-and-true features like GORE-TEX® or M Select™ DRY waterproofing, a
grippy Vibram® outsole, and an anatomically contoured footbed. Your feet will thank you!
- Fit. Comfort
is key in hiking footwear. Sore feet can cut short an otherwise wonderful hike. When
choosing your hiking shoes or boots, make sure there's a bit of extra room in
the toe box. One good tip is to try on hiking boots in the afternoon or evening,
when your feet have naturally swollen a bit from the day's walking. And you'll always
be better off breaking in your hiking boots by wearing them a few times in your
daily life or on a short hike before you take them on a longer trip.
What's in a name? Quite a lot, actually. Brands like
Merrell, New Balance,
and Keen have proven themselves as
names you can trust when it comes to hiking boots and trail running shoes. One
look at the reviews, and you'll understand why choosing these brands over less
dependable ones always pays off in the end.
What are Some Examples of Great Hiking Boots and Shoes?
Now that you have an idea of what you're looking for, it's time to check out some of our favorite styles. These reliable hiking boots, hiking shoes, and trail running shoes will carry you through your favorite outdoor activities in comfort. Don't mistreat your hardworking feet. For a wilderness experience to remember, choose from our premium quality hiking footwear and feel as great at the end of the trail as you did with the first step!
Left: Women's Merrell Moab Waterproof in Dusty Olive. // Right: Men's Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof in Espresso. Also available in Bark Brown.
The Merrell Moab collection is legendary for a reason. These hiking boots and shoes give new meaning to the words "high performance." Beloved by outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes, the Merrell Moab line has something to offer hikers at every level.
The Women's Merrell Moab Waterproof boasts an upper of waterproof leather and mesh with a synthetic leather toe cap and heel counter. A cushy bellows tongue repels debris, while a breathable, moisture-wicking mesh lining keeps feet cozy and dry. The Moab Waterproof also features Merrell's proprietary M Select™ FIT.ECO odor-controlling footbed, which is contoured for comfort and support.
For men, the new Men's Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof is a smart choice. This recently released update on the classic Moab style is made from performance suede leather and mesh, and M Select™ DRY waterproofing technology locks out moisture. A foam-cushioned bellows tongue and a rubber toe cap help to protect your feet. In the men's style, the reimagined M Select™ FIT.ECO+ footbed offers arch and heel support as well as odor control. A durable, traction-enhancing Vibram® TC5+ sole finishes off this impressive hiker.
Curious about the difference between the new Merrell Moab 2 and the original Merrell Moab? Read more about the new Merrell Moab 2 collection.
Left: Women's Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof in Grey/Periwinkle. // Right: Men's Merrell Moab Mid GORE-TEX® in Dark Tan. Also available in Beluga and Dark Earth.
More Moabs? You'd better believe it. The ankle-high version, known as the Moab Mid, offers a little added protection and ankle support. If you prefer hiking boots to hiking shoes, Merrell has you covered!
The Women's Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof has many features that are similar to the hiking shoe version, including the waterproof leather and mesh upper, synthetic leather toe cap and heel counter, and protective bellows tongue. A Merrell QForm® Comfort midsole and an Ortholite® anatomical midsole combine to make every step as easy and comfortable as the last. A lug depth of 5mm on its Vibram® Multi-Sport Sole gives the Moab Mid Waterproof excellent traction on challenging terrain.
The Men's Merrell Moab Mid GORE-TEX® is a near-twin to the women's Moab Mid Waterproof, with just a few slight differences: These boots keep out moisture with a layer of GORE-TEX® rather than Merrell's own waterproofing technology, and they feature a compression molded EVA footframe for comfort. Don the Merrell Moab Mid of your choice and you're ready for a day of outdoor fun!
Left: Women's Merrell Agility Peak Flex in Liberty. Also available in Black and Navy. // Right: Men's Merrell Agility Peak Flex in Black. Also available in Dark Olive, Merrell Orange, and Wild Dove.
Trail running is one of the most invigorating ways to get your exercise. Out in the wild, it's just your pounding heart, your feet on the path, and the beauty of nature. If you love running, you already understand that quality shoes are crucial. Trail running shoes are built for distance and rugged terrain in addition to the stability, comfort, and support that runners need for success.
It's all in the name with the Merrell Agility Peak Flex. Both the men's and women's versions offer the same impressive list of features, starting with an upper of breathable fabric, mesh, and TPU that's enhanced with reflective details for visibility in low light. Merrell's precision Omni-Fit lacing system gives you a personalized, perfect fit. A supportive TPU heel counter protects your ankle during descents and sharp turns, while an EVA footbed and EVA midsole give you stability and comfort. Worried about odors? M Select™ FRESH antimicrobial agents help keep your shoes smelling fresh and clean. Underfoot, an M Select™ GRIP outsole keeps you upright with dependable traction on wet or dry ground.
What Else Do I Need to Know about Hiking Boots and Shoes?
Merrell is a premier brand for outdoor footwear, but you'll also find high-quality options from other brands like Keen hikers and water sandals or New Balance trail running shoes. Whichever shoe style or brand you choose, you'll find the very best hiking boots and shoes at Englin's Fine Footwear!