Choosing the Best Hiking Shoes for Men

Choosing the best hiking shoes for men is a very personalized experience. Not only do you have to go in to try the shoes on to see how they fit, but you also want to make sure the shoes you choose are comfortable. There are other important factors to consider when purchasing a pair of hiking shoes since they are all made with a purpose in mind. Other than comfort and fit you want to factor in what type of hiking you will be doing; will it be hiking, day hiking, or back packing, or would you rather have a versatile shoe that can be used for everything. And what type of terrain will you be hiking on the most, do you need traction for rough terrain or water resistant? Other things to consider are the materials that the shoes are made out of. These materials will help determine what kind of arch and ankle support the shoes have, how heavy the shoes are and how durable they are when hiking.

Midsoles

The midsoles provide cushion to help buffer feet from too much shock. They also can determine whether or not a boot is stiff, which may sound uncomfortable but when it comes to long hikes on a rocky terrain, they can remain stable and provide greater comfort. Midsoles are made out of either EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) or polyurethane. There is a difference between the two materials. EVA is a lot cushier and lighter, which means that shoes that are made with this material will be less expensive. On the other hand though, polyurethane is firmer and more durable, which can guarantee it to last longer.

When choosing a hiking shoe you want one that will hold up to the experience and trails that you are hiking. After reviewing the best hiking shoes it is difficult to just choose one because there are so many for the different types of hiking. Below we have listed the best men’s hiking shoes

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1. The North Face Men’s Ultra 109 GTX Trail Running Shoe

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This hiking shoe is the most versatile of the bunch, with its snug fit and slim profile it is a good for everything shoe. This shoe provides a lot of arch support than most shoes. It features a GORE TEX WCR membrane that provides a water resistant shoe, and it has a vented cloth to keep the shoes cooler in warmer temperatures. The EVA midsole creates a stiff midfoot but also a flexible forefoot, that creates a good combination for being able to run and move quickly in any type of terrain. The traction at the bottom of the shoes have a pattern of lugs in varying sizes and depths, perfect for any type of terrain. Overall this shoe is light weight and perfect for any type of hiking, with its overall durability and traction it can face any terrain or length of hike

2. KEEN Men’s Targhee II Hiking Shoe

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The Keen Targhee is a lightweight wide fit hiking shoe that provides both comfort and durability. The EVA midsole makes this shoe a great option for backpacking with light and medium loads. This shoe also includes unique features that most hiking shoes don’t have, such as a wrap-around toe box for extra protection, and an adjustable lacing system, that allows for all-around tightness, including around the heel. Not only does this shoe provide these unique features, but they also feature a water proof and breathable membrane. While these shoes are perfect for light backpacking and day hiking, the traction lugs that appear on the bottom of the shoes only performed well in certain conditions. It was definitely the best shoe when it came to wet surfaces, muddy slopes, and dry rocks. But this shoe’s traction seemed to fail when put up against small gravel. Overall this shoe is a great buy for its price, but its chunkiness, this shoe is not very versatile for multiple types of hiking.

3. La Sportiva Men's FC ECO 2.0 GTX Hiking Shoe

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This visually appealing shoe is casual, comfortable, and durable. Although these shoes are a little heavy and stiff at first, the foot bed is solid, which means that it is supportive and strong. A mesh top portion of the shoe and tongue keep the shoe breathing and cooler than most leather bound hiking shoes. As well as mesh, there is a protective toe-cap and leather uppers contribute to the support and durability of the shoe. The durability of these shoes and support mean that they are perfect for rough terrain and longer back packing trips. They are not really shoes for smooth trails and shorter hikes. The La Sportiva hiking shoe is the most attractive shoe, while it is a little heavy, it is definitely a hiking shoe that will last long and versatile.

4. Vasque Men's Juxt Multi-Sport Shoe

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If you can schedule your hiking around rainy days, then these shoes are for you. With breathable materials, and a casual look these hiking shoes can take on rough terrains and every day. Although they come in a narrow profile, Vasque Juxt can also be purchased in wide sizes. While these shoes can sustain through hiking on rough terrains, they are light weight, coming in at only 2.1 pounds. And, as for traction, these shoes only proved to have great traction on dry and rough terrain, rock, and loose gravel. With 8 eyelets for the shoe laces, these hiking shoes fit snug and tight and are perfect for hiking and running in dry conditions.

5. Men's The North Face Hedgehog Hike Gore-Tex Hiking Shoe

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A perfect shoe for back packing on rough terrain is the North Face Hedgehog. The leather toe keeps the shoe durable for rocky terrains, but the mesh on the top of the shoe cuts on the weight factor and keeps your feet cool. With two eyes for lacing close to the top it keeps it the options open to adjust the tightness near ankle collar for more support. This shoe also features an EVA midsole which provides great foot support overall. But when it comes to traction it appears that these shoes are best in dry conditions, and only holds up to mud a little bid. It appears that the shallow lugs on the bottom of the shoe don’t hold much traction when compared to the higher profile lugs. Overall this hiking shoe is best for back packing and not used well for trail running.

6. Lowa Men's Renegade II GTX LO Hiking Shoe

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The Lowa Renegade hiking shoe is the most supportive and durable shoe, that is also water resistant and comfortable. With suede uppers the foot is hugged tightly and the foam insoles provide comfort for an all day hike under the feet. Even though this shoe is stiff, it helps protect the foot and provide long lasting durability. The durability of this shoe does impact its weight, and the Lowa Renegade weighs in at 2.73 pounds, a little heavier than most hiking shoes, and not ideal for running trails. If you can get over the weight of this shoe, it is greate for hiking in wet or dry conditions on any type of terrain, and other than running it is a very versatile shoe.

7. KEEN Men's Marshall WP Hiking Shoe

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This minimalist hiking shoe is available in many different colors to adhere to your own personal style. But this shoe has much more to offer than multiple colors. When it comes to comfort, the mesh uppers fit tight and comfortable around the foot, and has great arch support. Although these shoes fit a little wide, the upper eyelet for the lacing helps fit these shoes snug for people who have narrower feet. On top of that the mesh uppers create a more breathable shoe that repels water and keeps your feet dry when hiking in wet conditions. Also, when hiking in wet conditions, the traction on the sole of this shoe keeps you from slipping when on rock or mud. The Keen Marshall is perfect for light day hiking, or people that don’t need a lot of foot support for trail hiking.

8. Salewa Men's Wildfire S GTX Technical Approach Shoe

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The Salewa Wildfire GTX hiking shoes have the same appearance as stylish gym shoes, but with the same durability and features as hiking shoes. This shoe is lightweight, low-profile, and fits snug. Although it has minimal cushioning under the foot, it still upholds long distances and has great traction that basically sticks to rocks and wet surfaces. Another feature to include is how water resistant these shoes are, the uppers resist absorbing any water and the liners never leak, these shoes are about as water-proof as a hiking shoe can get. While these shoes are very versatile in the sense that they can be used for both running and hiking, their bright color options make it hard to wear these shoes casually in public.

9. Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe

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Even though this shoe is not waterproof, it is comfortable and had great traction in dry terrain. It is great for long-distance backpacking, with the combination of traction and comfort. Even the weight of only 2.11 pounds helps make this shoe popular for hiking. This shoe is incredibly versatile, for light day hikes, long-distance trips, or even just an everyday shoe. And even though it is not waterproof or resistant, it quickly dries when soaked, and is perfect for hiking on a hot day. With the lack support, these shoes aren’t meant for trail running, but they have the durability to last for short hiking.

10. adidas Outdoor AX2 Hiking Shoe - Mens

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The Adidas Outdoor Hiking shoe is perfect for light hikes. It has great traction and is incredibly breathable. This hiking shoe is built with trail running in mind, it has cushioning in the heel and flexible forefoot. It is the lightest hiking shoe in the list, and provides traction in both wet and dry conditions, including muddy trails. And if this shoe were to get wet, it keeps water from getting to your feet and dries quickly. Although comfort isn’t on the top of this list for main features, the shoe provides an excellent hiking experience.

Overall, the best way to choose a hiking shoe for your own personal experience is to decide what type of hiking you are going to be doing. The best versatile hiking shoe if you want a variety of hiking experiences would be The North Face Ultra 109 GTX. The best bang for your buck would be the Keen Targhee 2, it has great protection and traction that is great for day hiking in either wet or dry conditions.

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