5 Trail Hiking Shoes

The Best Trail Hiking Shoes


Since most people call sneakers, running shoes. I would like to know ” Who Started That?” I have always called them sneakers my whole life. The only time kids had sneakers on was in the High School Gym or when running track or some sports after school. Then when we would get home, change the shoes we were wearing all day, to sneakers and go out and play. But as we were growing up, all we had, after a while, were the sneakers. A pair of shoes were only when we dressed up to go somewhere.

Nowadays when we want to buy a car, we check out everything on line before going to a dealer. We want to make sure, first of all, they have one in stock, second we want some toys that go with it. The color, inside and out, cruise control, tilted steering wheel, special mirrors, etc.

So when we want to buy sneakers on line, it should be the same procedure. What brand, kind, color etc. I would like only to suggest to you that for these sneakers, hiking shoes, sandals, associated accessories and almost anything you would be looking for, should be checked out before buying. So this is the place to do that. Below happens to be Trail Shoes, but the other posts here in “Sneakers on the Run” has everything.

Nowadays everyone wears sneakers everywhere. We even have dress sneakers for going out on a date. Sneakers for going to the gym, for running, for going to the store and even for Church. A pair of shoes are almost never worn unless we are dressed in a suit and tie for a job in the office or traveling to see clients, mostly somewhere else in the world. So I would like you to see some TRAIL HIKING Boots (Sneakers) that are out there for the Fall, which is coming up very shortly.

Back to School already is here, and all the college kids need things before they go back. Not to mention all the kids in Grammar School, Middle School and High School. There are even STEEL TOED SNEAKERS for the Construction Men and Women. There are three types of Trail Running Shoes (Sneakers) :

  • Light Trail Shoes — Great for packed dirt roads, gravel paths, and rolling hills.
  • Rugged Trail Shoes — Designed for running on hiking trails with unstable surfaces.
  • Off Trail Shoes — Rocky, extremely variable terrain which calls for more rigid shoes.


1 – Salomon Men’s Speedcross 4 Trail Runner


With these improved traction on muddy single track and dusty roads gives you the freedom to roam. When your adventures take you off-road, throw on the updated Salomon Men’s Speedcross 4 Trail Runner Sneakers. These sneakers are for Rugged Trails. The traction on these sneakers have an updated lug pattern with more contact surface area on the bottom of the foot, giving more stability and enhanced traction.

Having a Sensifit design to cradle your feet for a comfortable fit that minimizes foot slippage inside the shoe. With the upper design of mesh and water-resistant synthetic leather overlays that give a supportive fit that is light, flexible, quick drying and highly breathable. They have updated the upper design to a slightly lower silhouette that gives more freedom of movement around the ankle.

The midsole design offers a dual-density EVA padding for the stability, cushioning and rebound throughout your stride. A quick lace system ensures a secure and customized fit, just pull, lock the toggle and go, the pockets on the tongue store the laces out of the way. Synthetic mesh linings give comfort and wick moisture away from your feet.

Protective toe caps guard against bumps and abrasions, removable Ortholite foot beds add shock absorption with antimicrobial treatment which helps deter odors. Also having outsoles built with rubber compound Contagrip WT (wet traction) which provides solid traction and made to grip on snow, slush and mud.

These sneakers have 1457 Customer Reviews and a 4.4 out of 5 star rating.



2 – KEEN Women’s Targhee II Hiking Shoe


These Keen Women’s Targhee ll Hiking Shoes are ready, right out of the box for your off-road challenges. The Keen.Dry membrane creates a waterproof seal. A removable foot pad quickly lets your foot mold to your shape for personalized comfort. Breathable and durable the leather and upper mesh lets you meet challenges with confidence.

The opportunities are endless in the Targhee by Keen. Waterproof nubuck leather works in tandem with a hydrophobic mesh lining for levels of durability and breathable comfort. Keen.Dry waterproof technology keeps water out, whether you’re voyaging across a river or dodging rain drops. On the bottom lies an aggressively lugged outsole that grips to the variety of terrains. Packed with a four-wheel drive performance for your feet, this hiking shoe has it all.

The mid-cut height increases ankle support through canyons and over mountain tops. These shoes run a half-size short. Keen recommends ordering a half-size up from your normal size. (If you normally wear an 8, then order an 8.5)

These Hiking Boots have 1164 Customer Reviews and a 4.3 out of 5 star rating.



3 – Merrell Capra Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)


These durable, waterproof hiking boots keep your child’s feet dry while the heels buffer their decent while walking. The M-Select Dry membrane seals out water and lets moisture escape to stay dry when on the move. M-Select Fresh prevents odor before it starts. M-Select Grip gives each outsole the durable traction that grips when and where you need it. Having removable EVA foot pads while still having traditional lacing.

One of the reviews were: 7 days, 6 nights — 11.6 miles at Lassen Voilcanic National Park and 9.2 miles at Olympic National Park. Jedi, as he calls himself, says we hiked in dusty volcanic heat, mountain snow, coastal rain, beach sand, Northwest mud and on slippery beach rocks. The boots performed great. My daughter loved the styling and didn’t complain once about her feet being wet, hot or soar. These Merrell Capra’s are a great all terrain boot for just about any condition you can stomp your feet into.

A second person had reviewed:

There’s a lot to like about these kids hiking boots…from the sturdy toe protection, the fantastic traction, to the solid ankle support. The neoprene around the top of the ankle is a nice touch to soften the material for less irritation. Our kids have hiked in rain, snow, muddy, and dry trail conditions without any complaints or issues on durability.

The only thing that would improve this boot would be to increase the size of the pull loop on the back of the boot. It is so small that I cannot put my finger in to help them put their boots on (even my kids have a tough time getting their fingers in the loop to pull…and no, they do not have stubby sausage fingers).

If you’re looking for a solid hiking boot for your kids, check out the Merrell Capra.

This Hiking Boot for Kids have 269 Customer Reviews and a 4.5 out of 5 star rating.



4 – New Balance Women’s Vazee Summit V2 Trail Running Shoe


These women’s trail running shoe is very new. But don’t be afraid to get lost in the woods with this New Balance running shoe for women, you can travel farther without compromising comfort. All the New Balance cushioned, stability-enhancing and lightweight styles are all built into it. So come and browse for the best fit. The balance of aggressive traction and underfoot comfort makes these Women’s Trail Running Shoes.

Their go to Workhouse Trail Running Shoe has an outsole of multi-directional Vibram which will help you blaze confidently through new territory while the Rockstop Plate and Toe Protective Tip give you protection against sharp rocks and debris. This Trail Running Shoe has a midfoot support, combined with an upper breathable mesh to provide security in a lightweight pack.

When New Balance launched the Summit V2, they wanted it to be able to withstand the elements. Thanks to its “Rugged Durability” they have proven this beyond a reasonable doubt. When tested they found the shoe to be resilient over muddy and rocky surfaces. They have inserted a Rockstop plate between the midsole and the outsole which minimizes pressure and disperses shock. Testers confirmed that the sneaker held up in wet conditions and the Vigbram Megagrip outsole helped runners to keep their footing when things got hairy.

So they made the midsole significantly lighter without sacrificing the cushioning and stability. While being tested the shoe stayed quite firm compared to some others tested, staying comfortable over long periods of running on trails. One of the test runners said he could always use some more cushioning but didn’t find his feet hurt anymore or less when using them on a 20 plus mile run.

Since these are so new, they only have 8 Customer Reviews and has a 3.4 out of 5 star rating



5 – New Balance Men’s Summit Unknown Trail Running Shoe


This New Balance Men’s Summit Unknown Trail Running Shoe was built on the platform of the 1400 Racing Flat but adds an aggressive lug pattern and a slightly more supportive upper for the next level performance on varying terrain. With their underfoot protection provided by their true Revlite midsole material and a forefoot rock plate, this running shoe offers lightweight and responsive cushioning that shields you from a variety of sharp trail surfaces.

To enhance the confidence on swift ascents and descents, New Balance chose to outfit this model with a semi-aggressive rubber outsole and multi-directional lugs. Finishing off with a synthetic mesh upper and their famous phantom fit midfoot cage, the sky is the limit with this New Balance Unknown.

This running shoe is known to be the perfect instrument for surgical trail running precision. With their lug pattern that tags along with a low and lean approach to deliver a fast-track spike for the trail that can get you to the door and conquering the woods before you know it.

Jordan reports he has been waiting a long time for these to come out. His 1st run with them was an 8 miler and had 0 issues. He was worried about the tongue because of other reviews and did not like the feel of the tongue as he put the shoes on, but they held up great. My 2nd run was, as he explains, a 10 miler in very technical trails and they felt excellent. They drained really well after running through rivers and the weight of them is exactly what he was waiting for.

Having 17 Customer Reviews and a 4.2 out of 5 star rating.



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8 thoughts on “5 Trail Hiking Shoes”

  1. Hello Bill,
    I so remember when we had to change shoes. It is amazing how huge the tennis shoe industry has become. And so many options.
    Even with protected toes? Wow!
    I do like the New Balance.
    Great job.
    IN peace and gratitude, ariel

    1. Hello Ariel,
      Hope all is well where you are. Yes they have come a long way since I was a kid. Although now I am just like everyone else, this is all I wear, or sometimes sandals. The protected toe is on a lot of things, like the steel toed sneakers, not only work boots. And then on the hiking boots also. Nice to talk to you again. Wishing you all the best always.


  2. Hello Bill,
    Thank you for explaining that there are three types of Trail Running Shoes (Sneakers) :
    1. Light Trail Shoes — Great for packed dirt roads, gravel paths, and rolling hills.
    2. Rugged Trail Shoes — Designed for running on hiking trails with unstable surfaces.
    3. Off Trail Shoes — Rocky, extremely variable terrain which calls for more rigid shoes.
    Because most users have different needs. I already have some pairs of hiking boots, but trail running is growing in popularity and some of my friends do it, so I’ll look into those.
    The Men’s New Balance looks to be great with reviews, I’ll see if the do narrower foot sizes.
    Thanks for your great review, John

    1. Hello John;
      We do have different kinds of Hiking sneakers. But they should have narrower foot sizes, if not leave me a message and I will definitely look into it. We also have all different kinds of sneakers for you to look at. Like the adidas sneakers. http://sneakersontherun.com/10-of-the-best-adidas-sneakers. All have the sizes you may be looking for. Wishing you all the best.


  3. Hi Bill,
    I really like your post on the different types of sneakers(my era too). I work outside and walk for 4 hours a day, so sneakers are so important to me. I travel 2 hours to a place, that like your post is really informative on the best walking shoe, and they always steer me in the right direction. Maybe I will change to shopping online and save on my gas. Question though I have been told not to buy runners for walking that long, but instead Crossfit? Why not the running shoe?

    1. Hello Phyllis;

      A running shoe has different characteristics from a walking shoe. Runners should not run in walking shoes, as most of them are too stiff and don’t flex the way runners need them to flex. For that very reason, many walking shoes aren’t good for fitness walking, either. I found this statement at http://www.verywellfit.com by Wendy Bumgardner. There are a lot of different sneakers out there, all for different purposes. I hope you can find a pair online that will be comfortable for your feet. Appreciate you getting them at http://sneakersontherun.com/10-of-the-best-adidas-sneakers.

  4. Very good information. I don’t think people put that much though process when buying a pair of running shoes, sneakers or Tennie shoes is what we call them. Amazon does have affordable prices and is recommended by many as the most trusted in online sales.

    Running for some is a great way to stay healthy. And a great pair of running shoes protects your feet from unnecessary pain. Being comfortable makes any experience most enjoyable. The only question U have is wouldn’t it be harder to run in Steeltoe running shoes? Lakesha

    1. Hello Lakesha; Amazon has trusted items around the world, but you also have Kohls, or Walmart also. These places are great for running sneakers (shoes) or even walking sneakers. As far as Steel Toed sneakers, you can get at: http://sneakersontherun.com/steel-toed-sneakers I don’t think they were intended to run in, but for work or sometimes for protection. Get kicked in the shins with them, it doesn’t tickle.


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