Investing in a good pair of slip-resistant shoes or boots now will pay off all the way until next summer.
The crowds are gone, the leaves are changing color and the weather is still pleasantly mild. It’s the perfect time to hit the trails.
Investing in a good pair of slip-resistant shoes or boots now will pay off all the way until next summer. Wear them for hiking now (and next spring) and on slippery streets during the winter. These favorites provide support, traction and good looks.
Brooks Cascadia 13 ($130 at Brooks Trailhead, Wallingford, and brooksrunning.com). Updated this year, local company Brooks’ trail jogger gets a sleeker design and extra cushion with all the stability and traction as before. Available in men’s and women’s styles and sizes.
Danner Portland Select Danner Light ($380 at danner.com). For both style and support, extra-tall hiking boots are trending. These new boots, made in Portland, added an extra inch to a classic Danner style, while denier nylon panels cut weight and a Gore-Tex liner keeps it all waterproof. In men’s and women’s sizes.
Adidas Terrex Fast Mid GTX-Surround Hiking Shoe ($200 at adidasoutdoor.com). For a sporty look, check out this lightweight pair that can cross over from hiking to trail running. Waterproof and grippy, they’ll look as good in the city as they’ll perform in the woods. Available in men’s and women’s styles and sizes.
Naglev Unico Kevlar Hiker ($230 at huckberry.com). If you love knit sneakers, you can now get the same look in a hiker with these Italian beauties that combine Kevlar fabric and a wool sock liner with a footbed made from leather and coconut fibers. A natural rubber sole provides grip and a cool, contrasting look. In men’s sizes, with women’s coming soon.
Superfeet Trailblazer Comfort Footbed ($50 at superfeet.com). Have a pair of boots that is perfectly broken in, but starting to lack in support? Give them another year with a pair of these locally made insoles with a deep heel cup for support and impact-dispersing technology throughout. They also wick moisture and control odor to keep your boots smelling as fresh as the outdoors. In men’s and women’s sizes.