Looking for a convenient, enjoyable way to maintain or increase your physical fitness? Hiking—a long walk taken outdoors in nature—might just be perfect for you. Good for you and economical too, hiking requires only specialized shoes designed to deal with rugged, uneven terrain, but no other special equipment.
Since traction is key, hiking outsoles have very pronounced lugs, designed for both stopping and starting. Often featuring midfoot stabilizers and heel reinforcements, high-cut versions of the hiking shoe help prevent ankle injuries. A firm upper and reinforced toe area protect feet and offer durability, while a strong heel counter prevents injury. A moisture control application in the sock lining helps perspiring feet stay dry.
A speedlacing system promotes easy on and off.