Ever tried to hike with PF?

I know I have... and it's not a pleasant experience.

In order to spare my dear Boot Bomb readers from having to withstand the same agony I've put myself through all those years ago when I was still young and naive, I hereby proudly present to you the finest selection of PF hikers that I could find.

Please enjoy!

Women's Hiking Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis 

1. Merrell Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe

Merrell womens Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe Smoke 10 M US
  • Bellows tongue keeps debris out
  • Breathable mesh lining wicks to keep feet dry
  • M Select FRESH prevents odor
  • QForm Comfort midsole provides women's specific...

This is one of the lightest hiking shoes for plantar fasciitis currently out there on the market. The shoe is well ventilated and superbly breathable. When you find yourself hiking on trails that are dry and hot, the shoe will keep you cool and comfy. When crossing streams or creeks, it drains and dries quickly enough that it won’t be a burden until the end of your hike. It provides you with excellent traction on gravel and dry rock, while the wide forefoot offers a stable platform. In terms of comfort, it is is available in both wide and regular sizes. From the first step, you will notice how lightweight this hiker is. The lacing eyelets will help you in tying the shoe as you see deem fit. The upper is also very comfortable. Another great feature of this shoe is its stability, thanks to the wide forefoot. It delivers really good support, even on hard trails. When hiking on loose gravel and dry rock, you will realize how strong their grip truly is. The shoe is feather light and very suitable for light hikers. The Ventilator is designed for dry and hot days. When your feet get wet, it dries very fast. The footbeds are anatomically shaped to add cushioning and better comfort, while the mesh-padded tongue provides the instep with protection against lace pressure, without limiting durability.

2. KEEN Women's Voyageur Mid Hiking Boot

KEEN Women's Voyageur Mid Height Breathable Hiking Boots, Brindle/Custard, 9 Medium US
  • UPPER: water resistant leather keeps your feet dry...
  • TRACTION & PROTECTION: 4mm multi directional lugs...
  • SUPPORT: stability support shank provides support...
  • FIT: mid profile upper for comfort and secure fit...
  • COMFORT: removable metatomical footbed design...

Introduced as breathable and lightweight hikers for warm-weather hiking, these shoes come with all the features you need when it comes to a good summer shoe for your high temperature, outdoor adventures. The toe box is roomy, allowing your toes to move freely. At the same time, it is lightweight, which allows you to cover more ground with less fatigue. The shoe is available in low-cut and mid versions. It can provide a high range of ankle motion, while ensuring your ankles remain supported. There is a toe protection at the front, making them feel more supportive and durable around the forefoot. The sole and the multi-directional lugs offer good traction, especially on terrains that are not very technical. They are durable and sturdy. The extra rubber fitted on the toes, protects against toe stubbing when you are descending on steep slopes. An EVA midsole makes them comfortable and light. The shoe is lined with moisture wicking textile, that is very efficient in repelling water. If your hiking trail has a lot of dew coated grass or shallow streams that need to be crossed, this boot will perform well.

3. KEEN Women's Targhee 3 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

KEEN Women's Targhee 3 Mid Height Waterproof Hiking Boots, Weiss/Boysenberry, 5.5
  • WATERPROOF: KEEN.DRY waterproof breathable...
  • TRACTION: KEEN ALL-TERRAIN rubber outsole provides...
  • SUPPORT: External Support Shank and mid cut height...
  • FIT: Mid profile upper for comfort and secure fit...
  • COMFORT: Removable metatomical footbed design...

Excellent comfort, great traction and very lightweight. That best describes this KEEN hiker. And it also explains why they are so immensly popular among hikers all around the world. If you are looking for hiking shoes for wide feet, then these are ideal. These Targhee IIs contain a shank that give your feet extra stability. This translates to less fatigue when going on those long hikes. You can lace these shoes up so well that they will remain on your feet comfortably, even when you are stepping around on uneven ground. It’s also very roomy, allowing you to wear thick socks in colder seasons. The upper of this hiker features nubuck leather, together with breathable mesh around the tongue. The shoe has also been fitted a dual density EVA midsole together with a large rubber toe rand, to offer extra protection. Despite the high levels of stability offered by this shoe, comfort is not compromised. The EVA dual density footbed provides the necessary cushioning needed for extra packweight and long hikes. The thick ankle cuff will keep your feet comfortable and protected, especially when descending steeply downhill.

4. KEEN Women's Steens Vent Hiking Shoe

KEEN Women's Steens Vent Low Height Breathable Hiking Shoes, Timberwolf/Atlantic Blue, 5.5
  • Removable EVA footbed with arch support for...
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • KEEN.ALL-TERRAIN rubber outsole for...
  • Non-marking rubber outsole leaves no trace
  • 4mm multi-directional lugs for traction

The KEEN Women's Steens Vent Hiking Shoe is a comfortable hiking shoe that provides stability and traction of a level that you normally only find on shoes. The shoe is slightly updated from the previous version, and now comes in two distinct colors, chocolate chip and astral aura. They are lightweight hiking shoes, but at the same time they still manage to remain sturdy and stable. The combination of these features, makes them ideal for hiking long distances. The midsole construction, the sole, the forefoot flexibility, the ankle shaft and the stability are all top notch in these Montara IIs. This shoe features vibram soles that are tough and rigid. The shoes will hold up well, even after covering several miles of rocky steam beds and rugged terrain. The midsoles feature dual density EVA for cushioning. You are also going to like the heel flexibility on these shoes. On the other hand, numentum technology creates support and stability in the instep. Despite being constructed with Nubuck leather, they are very flexible, especially on the upper and forefoot. You’ll be hard pressed to find any pressure on your instep from the leather upper. Your feet will be able to bend plenty in these shoes. They are capable of accomodating you on different terrains. They are water resistant and breathable, thanks to the EVent breathable and waterproof membrane lining, applied to the inside.

5. Keen Gypsum II Mid Wp-w Boot

Keen Women's Gypsum Ii Mid Wp-w Boot,Midnight Navy/Opaline,8.5 M US
  • Waterproof nubuck and mesh upper repels h2o and...
  • KEEN dry waterproof, breathable membrane
  • Removable, metatomical dual-density eva foot bed
  • KEEN zorb eva strobel for shock absorption
  • Heel support structure for stability

Whether you are planning to hike for long or short distances, this versatile pair of shoesis ready to handle whatever you might encounter along the way. These plantar fasciitis hiking shoes for ladies feature an upper made of nubuck leather and mesh. The combination of these materials delivers a durable but breathable. On the other hand, the proprietary Keen.Dry waterproofing technology protects your feet against moisture. Also, this membrane allows sweat and perspiration to escape, therefore preventing blisters and hotspots. Furthermore, they are equipped with a gusseted tongue that supplies extra protection against trail debris. The rear pull-on tab provides an easy on and off while the padded tongue and collar provide ankle support and protection.

Keen is renowned for producing comfortable hiking shoes, and the Gypsum II will not disappoint you. These plantar fasciitis hiking shoes for adults are fitted with removable, dual-density footbeds. The footbeds conform to the shape of your foot, therefore providing support, comfort and arch support. They also supply flexibility. Keen has used the Cleansport NXT technology to ensure your feet remain fresh. On the other hand, the exclusive Keen.Zorb technology supplies an extra layer of comfort. If you will be hiking on wet or slippery terrains, then you can trek with confidence, knowing that you are safe from slips or falls. These shoes feature non-marking, grippy rubber outsoles, which also have a self-cleaning mechanism.

6. Merrell Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoe

Merrell Women's Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoe,Dusty Olive,9 M US
  • Waterproof hiking shoe with suede and mesh upper...
  • Vibram outsole with TC5+ compound

The Waterproof resembles the Ventilator in many ways, including the same ankle height, the same vibram sole, the same weight, and the same design among others. However, just like its name, the Merrell Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoe is waterproof, and it will keep your feet dry whether you are hiking through a light shower rain or an inch of snow. They feature GORE-TEX lining, which has been microbially treated. This helps to keep your feet cool and dry. They are breathable and waterproof, and there is no accumulation of bacteria, which would normally cause odor inside. No matter how hot and dry your trail of choice is, you are sure to remain comfy, cool and dry. It also features M select Dry technology, which helps to shed external moisture from wet ground quickly. When crossing streams or creeks, it drains and dries really quickly. It provides excellent traction on gravel and dry rock and the wide forefoot offers a stable platform. In terms of comfort, the shoe is available in both wide and regular sizes. It comes with a comfortable upper. The lower lacing eyelets go a long way in helping you get a snug fit. Another great feature of this shoe is the high level of stability that it boasts, partially thanks to the wide forefoot. It delivers excellent support, even on strenuous trails.

7. Adidas Outdoor Terrex AX2R Carbon/Grey Four/Solar Slime 9 D (M)

The Adidas Outdoor Terrex Shoes are excellent for exploring the hiking trails, camping, hunting, and more. It's easy to see why these shoes are popular among outdoor enthusiasts. For instance, these shoes are comfortable and stylish, to make them an excellent addition to your hiking regimen. Plus, their “laid back” design means that you can even use them for an activity-packed schedule. When investing in hiking shoes, ensure you go durable shoes, and customized for the challenges of outdoors. These include stumps, rocks, sharp objects, swamps, and more. This is nothing short of what you can expect when you have the Adidas AXXR2 hiking shoes. While these shoes have a heavy-duty design to suit the ruggedness of trails, they are also compact. Thus, you can wear them for several hours without feeling any discomfort. The interior section of the shoe is padded and covered using breathable material – which takes your comfort to the next level!

As you have noticed, ventilation is a key factor to consider when investing in good shoes. Therefore, the Adidas AXXR2 shoes are also breathable, to ensure your feet stay fresh. You will be pleased with a unique lug sole, which means you can tear through muddy or slippery terrains with ease. Plus, the inclusion of a molded sock liner makes the shoes comfortable and provides a snug fit.

8. Merrell All Out Blaze Aero Sport Hiking Water Shoe

Merrell Women's All Out Blaze AERO Sport Hiking Shoe, Dark Slate, 6 M US
  • Merrell Omni-Fit lacing System provides a precise,...
  • Bellows tongue keeps debris out
  • Molded TPU heel counter for added stability
  • Breathable mesh lining
  • Vibram TC5+ outsole

This is a speed-hiking shoe that attacks terrain, while allowing natural and fluid motion. The shoe responds to different terrains and contours, producing rapid agility. It features amphibious trail traction. Therefore, whether you are hiking on dry land with loose gravel, or wet muddy conditions, traction is always guaranteed. The vibram outsole features water-channeling designs, which maintain stability on wet surfaces. On the other hand, a neoprene lining ensures fast drying when it has been exposed to moisture, or internal perspiration. A bungee, adjustable, cork-lock lacing system, transitions on wet and dry surfaces easily. Additionally, the Unifly midsole provides a connection between the foot and the trail as well as protecting the foot from rugged terrain. It also features ventilated mesh on the upper, suitable for forging creeks and hot temperatures. This molds the foot, which at the same time is kept dry and cool. The footwear is vegan friendly and has a bellows tongue, which helps to prevent debris from entering the shoe. This shoe is great for camping and canoeing trips. No forging creek is ever going to stand a chance against you. Not while you’re wearing the Merrell’s All Out Blazes.

9. Merrell Siren Edge Hiking Shoe

Merrell Women's J35750, Black/Purple, 9 M US
  • Athletically styled hiker featuring seamless upper...
  • Breathable mesh lining
  • Bellows tongue to keep out debris
  • M-Select FIT.ECO contoured footbed with organic...
  • Shock-absorbing air cushion heel

Hike your heart out with the Merrell Siren Edge Hiking Shoe. It is one of the best hiking shoes for slippery rocks, thanks to the great amount of traction that it gives you. The shoe features durable construction, a simple design, and lightweight support. The shoe provides several technical features, that are normally found in shoes that are more expensive. In terms of comfort, these shoes rank among the best. They are light in weight and have ortholite footbeds that provides your feet with a cushy feel. They provide ongoing comfort that will last you every mile of the way. The support and comfort is added by Qform Comfort midsoles. The cushion and padding gives you an air of luxury, whenever you are out hiking in the wilderness. You can hike for more than 25 miles in a day and you will not feel rushed to get these shoes off your feet. They offer sufficient flexibility, which allows the foot to bend together with some softness. However, despite their softness, they do not compromise in the support department. The soles are firm enough to really lay that support on thickly. The firmness of the sole is enhanced by the 4.5mm lug depth. This support and depth protects your heels and supports your ankles. The traction provided by these shoes is aggressive on loose dirt, rock or granite. Hiking and travelling in this shoe gives you unmatched versatility, in different conditions, locations and terrains.

10. Salomon Women's Ellipse 3 CS Waterproof USA Hiking Shoe

Salomon Women's Ellipse 3 CS Waterproof USA Hiking Shoe, Lead, 7 M US
  • Salomon has spent years engineering a precise...
  • Contagrip with varied, deep lugs provides traction...
  • A full ClimaSalomon Waterproof bootie keeps feet...
  • Salomon 2 year limited warranty

Without a doubt, the Salomon Ellipse 3 CS is one of the best hiking shoes for plantar fasciitis. These shoes are engineered to provide support, comfort, and protection to your feet during your hiking adventures – come rain or shine. They are equipped with abrasion-resistant, nylon mesh uppers, featuring synthetic overlays, which lock and secure your instep, to give you the right fit. On the other hand, the fully waterproof ClimaSalomon waterproof booties will ensure that your feet will remain dry, even when you encounter wet conditions.

The Ellipse 3 CS are also equipped with durable toe caps, which help to protect your toes against rocks, roots, and stumps. Their interior features polyester mesh linings, which help to wick away moisture from your feet, thus making sure that your feet remain dry and comfortable the entire day. Unlike other hiking shoes, these are designed using a women-specific last, which means you should not struggle to find your ideal fit.

These women’s hiking shoes for plantar fasciitis come with EVA midsoles, which cushion your feet with every step. Therefore, even if you encounter rugged or uneven terrain, your legs and feet will remain comfortable all through, thanks to the exceptional shock-absorption capabilities of these shoes. They also feature molded arch shanks, which provide support while enhancing the fit. On the other hand, the OS Tendon thermoplastic urethane frames running along their outsoles heel to facilitate smooth heel-to-toe transitions while their Contagrip outsoles will ensure that you have adequate traction on wet, dry, slippery or smooth surfaces.

Men's Hiking Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis Reviews 

1. Merrell Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe

Merrell mens Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe Walnut 10.5 M US
  • Hiking shoe with water-resistant leather and mesh...
  • Compression-molded EVA foot frame
  • Air Cushion midsole and Vibram Multi-Sport TC5+...

If you are looking for comfort and good hiking speed, then you could stand to have a little looksy at these Merrell Moabs. They have the same features as their female counterpart, such as support, padding, traction and midsoles. Like the name suggests, this shoe’s ventilation makes this a very breathable shoe. It features an air cushioned midsole and a vibram multi sport outsole, for support, durability and traction. When hiking on dry and hot trails, it will keep you dry, cool and comfy. When crossing streams or creeks, it will drain quickly and then dry quickly. It provides excellent traction on gravel and dry rock, while the wide forefoot offers a stable platform. In terms of comfort, they are available in both wide and regular sizes. One of the things you’ll notice right from the get go, is that this hiker is very lightweight. The comfortable upper, in combination with the elegant lacing system, will ensure that you won’t have to suffer the slightest bit of discomfort. Another great feature of this shoe is its stability. The wide forefoot goes a long way in helping to make it as stable as it is. It will give you lots of support, even on super challenging trails. It is available in different colors. If you like taking the easier trails, then this lightweight Merrell Moab hiker is also a really great choice. It’s designed for days when it’s hot and dry. Should your feet get wet anyway, then they’ll be dry in no time, letting you enjoy your hike with the comfort you desire. In order to add extra cushioning, the footbeds have been anatomically shaped. The tongue is padded with mesh, which helps to protect your feet from the pressure that laces can sometimes exert on them.

2. Salomon Speedcross 3 Trail Running Shoe

Salomon Men's Speedcross 3 Trail Running Shoe,Black/Black/Silver Metallic-X,11 M US
  • Seamless upper with SensiFit construction
  • QuickLace system with lace pocket
  • Injection-molded EVA midsole
  • Winter-ready Contagrip outsole with protective toe...

The Speedcross is a shoe that has been around for several years. With each update, Salomon provides great features on top of the excellent lightweight hiker. The shoe is very popular, in terms of high performance. Although this shoe does not come with a rockplate underfoot, it is substantially cushioned, to provide decent foot protection. Its heel is enormously well cushioned, making it great for hiking downhill. When it comes to traction, this shoe also does not disappoint. The outsole has been fitted with large arrow-shaped lugs, which are evenly spaced across the whole sole. It features Contagrip rubber that is sticky and soft, which gives you a good grip to rocks and other hard surfaces. Whether you are hiking on mud or snow, you will find that they perform superbly. If you are looking for hiking shoes for narrow feet, then you will want to have a look at the Speedcross 3. The shoe is very warm, and lightweight. A highly durable upper, together with a comfortable midsole, make this the ideal shoe for mountain adventures or long trail hiking. It is an all-round shoe that will perform exceptionally in situations where you have to scramble your way up a steep, rocky hill.

3. Adidas Performance Thrasher 1 M Trail Running Shoe

adidas Performance Men's Thrasher 1.1 M Trail Running Shoe, Core Black/Metallic/Silver/Light Onix,...
  • ADIWEAR rubber stands up to the toughest abuse
  • Ventilated air mesh upper for added durability
  • Smooth heel-to-toe transition with the injected...
  • Polyester fabric and a nonslip footbed for added...

The Thrasher 1.1M is highly ranked, when it comes to hiking shoes for plantar fasciitis. They are built for traction and durability, with a breathable mesh upper, to ensure your feet are fresh and well ventilated. The sole is made of rubber, to make sure that you have unmatched traction, whichever trail you choose to hit. The injected EVA midsole, together with the smooth transition from the heel to the toe, provides easy movement and less fatigue. A non-slip footbed and a polyester fabric have been added to offer additional comfort. The shoes are lightweight and stylish too. The shoes are well padded, without feeling bulky or stiff. They are highly durable and the arch support is just what you need.

4. KEEN Targhee II Hiking Shoe

KEEN Women’s Targhee 2 Low Height Waterproof Hiking Shoe, Mineral Blue/Neutral Grey, 8.5 M...
  • WATERPROOF: KEEN.DRY waterproof breathable...
  • TRACTION: KEEN ALL-TERRAIN rubber outsole provides...
  • SUPPORT: External Support Shank delivers balance...
  • FIT: Low profile upper for comfort and mobility...
  • COMFORT: Removable metatomical footbed design...

If you are looking for a shoe that provides excellent comfort, then look no further. The shoe is suitable for hikers with wide feet. It is stable and sturdy, while also offering unmatched protection. Thanks to the shank present in these shoes, you can rest assured that you will have optimum foot stability. You’ll be able to go on longer hikes without having to worry about foot fatigue. This is a seriously comfortable shoe, which hasn’t compromised any of its functionality. There is a dual density EVA midsole. In combination with the large rubber toe rand, the midsole will make sure your feet are safe and sound at all times. The upper is made of nubuck leather, with a breathable mesh around it. The EVA dual density footbed provides the necessary cushioning to carry additional weight without feeling bogged down. The thick ankle cuff will keep your feet comfortable and protected, especially when descending steep hills. The lacing system and the design makes the shoe more versatile. You can expect to stand firmly, even while treading around on uneven surfaces. Although it was initially designed for wider feet, if you have narrow feet, you will still get a great fit. If these Targhee IIs don’t fit the way you want’em to, you can always order them a size up or down. Or even wear thinner or thicker socks. Whatever you’ve gotta do to get these KEENs on your feet, is well worth the effort

5. Adidas AX2 CP Hiking Trainers

If you are looking for lightweight, trail-running shoes, then you should check out the Adidas AX2 CP. These plantar fasciitis hiking shoes for running provide plenty of cushioning, reliable arch support as well as exceptional forefoot flexibility. Whether your trek takes you through ascents or descents, these shoes have what it takes to give you a comfortable ride. When you have these shoes on your feet, you can trek longer and conquer difficult terrains. The entire upper material features mesh intersections, which help to boost breathability, especially when you are hiking during hot weather.

When it comes to comfort, you can trust these shoes to deliver a great hiking experience. They feature strategically-placed overlays, which provide a comfortable and secure fit. On the other hand, the injected EVA midsole gives you long-term cushioning as well as a comfortable fit. Traction remains one of the most important factors when you are hiking on tricky terrain. If you will be hiking on slippery, wet or muddy terrains, then you should get yourself a pair of these shoes. Their rubber outsole supplies exceptional traction on a wide range of hiking surfaces. Also, these are waterproof. They will keep your feet dry, even when you encounter a rainy or wet environment.

6. Merrell Chameleon 7 Stretch Hiking Shoe

Merrell Men's Chameleon 7 Stretch Hiking Shoe, Black, 12.0 M US
  • Vibram TC5+ outsole
  • Kinetic Fit Base removable contoured insole for...

The Merrell Chameleon 7 Stretch is a powerful and lightweight trail running pair of shoes, which can tackle any terrain at whatever pace. From the outsole to the upper, you will appreciate its high-quality workmanship. Merrell is a renowned manufacturer when it comes to hiking shoes. And with the Chameleon 7 Stretch, you will enjoy lightweight hiking on diverse terrains. These men’s hiking shoes for plantar fasciitis are equipped with a Vibram TC5 outsole, which supplies lightweight and secure traction. As for the upper, these shoes are designed to deliver a great blend of protection and breathability.

Merrell has used their proprietary Tuned Flexplate technology in the midsole, designed to supply a stable ride for hikers and trail runners. Apart from that, this technology ensures that your feet have ample protection against inward rolling – a major contributor to foot injuries. And as much as this pair of shoes comes with high levels of stability, they have not compromised on flexibility. They deliver a great degree of responsiveness, thus making it easy to change direction and speed. These shoes are further fitted with a removable EVA insole, which molds to the shape of your feet, to give you a customized fit.

7. Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Gtx Hiking Boot

Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Gtx Hiking Boot, Earth, 10 M US
  • GORE-TEX waterproof membrane, exceptional...
  • Synthetic leather and mesh upper
  • Bellows, closed-cell foam tongue keeps moisture...
  • Protective rubber toe cap
  • Vibram TC5+ sole

The Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Gtx Hiking Boot is a breathable, yet waterproof hiking shoe, suitable for different conditions. It features a GORE-TEX lining for breathability and total weather protection. They also come with a bellows tongue, which helps in keeping out debris, such as small stones, sticks, clumps of dirt and other stuff you’d rather keep out. A heel counter and a synthetic leather toe cap, keep your feet and toes protected really well. Featuring Aegis Antimicrobial solution, maximum foot comfort is ensured. Also in the long run, because these will never stink the place up due to their antimicrobial treatment. The Merrell Air Cushion fitted on the heels, helps to add stability and also absorps shocks really well. The Vibram multi sport outsole, provides reliable traction when you are hiking on different terrains.

8. Vasque Juxt Multi-Sport Shoe

Vasque Men's Juxt Multisport Shoe,Peat/Sudan Brown,13 M
  • Sporty shoe for day hiking with approach-shoe...
  • 1.6mm suede leather upper
  • Highly tunable lace system
  • Molded EVA and TPU Plate midsole for stability
  • Vasque Off the Grid rubber outsole for added...

The Vasque Juxt Multi-Sport Shoe offers a great choice for light backpacking and day hiking. Thanks to its highly tunable lacing system, you are going to have the snuggest fit of your life. The shoe features a very breathable construction. Next to hiking, you can use this shoe for your everyday casual wear. It is comfortable and fits well, without you having to break them in. On top of that, it comes with minimal and flexible padding around the opening, providing the ankle with a great feel. It comes with a unique lacing system, that allows you to adjust the tightness of the shoe in great detail. It has no waterproof lining, so it not so much suitable for taking a hike in wet conditions and/or weather. The small vent holes on the leather tongue still make it highly breathable. The traction is sufficient and the support is also more than adequate for its intended purpose.

9. Merrell Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoe

Just like its name suggests, the Merrell Moab Waterproof Hiking Men’s Shoe is waterproof. It will keep your feet dry, whether you are hiking in a light rain shower or through an inch of snow. The antimicrobial treatment will ensure that you are not going to have stinky feet or shoes after having used them a couple of times. The also have GORE-TEX lining, which means you can look forward to a cool and dry hike. Don’t worry about swimming around in your own sweat in these shoes after a few hours of hiking in the hot weather. It also features M select Dry technology that helps to shed external moisture from wet surfaces, such as dewy drass. When crossing streams or creeks, it drains and dries more quickly than your average hiker boot. It provides excellent traction on gravel and dry rock. The wide forefoot offers you a stable platform. They are available in both wide and regular sizes, so you can always find a good fit. This shoe has a great lacing system, which will definitely help when you want it to fit comfortably. It has great support, even on strenuous trails. You’ll be surprised by how strong the grip of this shoe is, even on loose gravel. When your feet get wet, the shoe dries very fast.

10. KEEN Voyageur Hiking Shoe

KEEN Men's Voyageur Low Height Breathable Hiking Shoes, Midnight Navy/Gargoyle, 12
  • UPPER: Water resistant leather keeps your feet dry...
  • TRACTION & PROTECTION: 4mm multi directional lugs...
  • SUPPORT: Stability support shank provides support...
  • FIT: Low profile upper for comfort and secure fit...
  • COMFORT: Removable metatomical footbed design...

Let have a look at these totally smashing KEENs! The toe box is roomy, allowing your toes to move freely. These Voyageurs are also lightweight, so you won’t become tired from dragging around weight on your feet all day long. Next to the low cut version you see displayed here, there is also a mid cut version available. They support your ankles really well, but leave enough room for them to have some motion. You can see the toe protection prominently displayed at the front. This goes a long way in preventing painful toe stubs. You will also feel well protected in them, for sure. The sole features lugs, pointing in multiple directions. This can really help you in gaining traction where needed. But keep in mind that these are still shoes and not boots, so don’t take them with you on terrains that are too technical. Then you should probably go with the mid cut version of the Voyageurs, which are more boot’ey than shoe’ey. They are definitely sturdy though to last you for a long time. The toe protection is really handy for when you stub your toes. And stub them you shall, especially when you are going down a steep slope. They are very comfortable to wear and lightweight too, in part thanks to the EVA midsole. It is lined with moisture wicking textile that is very efficient in repelling water. Don’t be afraid to take this boot through shallow bodies of water, or even grass that is coated in dew. It will hold up. Despite its waterproofness, the shoe is also ideal for hiking in desert landscapes or other hot weather terrains. They are lightweight, supportive, and comfortable. If you’re a lightweight backpacker, you are going to love the Voyageur!

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Hi, I’m Brian Bradshaw. I’m a super duper mega hiking enthusiast, with a love for everything that has to do with outdoors, hiking, gear, footwear and more.

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  1. I am looking for a High Boot that gives strong support in the ankle. Since I have Plantar Fasciitis I will need a boot that would help with the pain. Could you let me know if you have a boot that could help me.

    1. Hi Missy,

      Hiking shoes usually come with good heel support out of the box. If hiking shoes didn’t support you, they wouldn’t be much good in the first place.

      If you want to increase your heel support in any shoe, try Tread Labs insoles.



  2. I was wearing either a cross-trainer or walking New Balance sneakers with my wide/flat feet. At times, I have also suffered from arthritis, Morton’s Neuroma an planatar fasciitis. I overpronate and suffered cellulitis in my left foot and could not wear my New Balance sneakers so started wearing the Moab from Merrill and these were wider to accommodate my swollen foot (even wider than the New Balance 4W). Am I doing myself a disservice? I found that the New Balance model I was wearing had the tongue sewn-in later and the laces never stayed tied so I must have tied them too tight and the tongue made an abrasion on my foot. The Merrills are all one piece inside with the tongue.

    1. Hi Andy,

      Thanks for sharing these insights with me and my readers. Good job on persevering just as long until you’ve found something that works for you.



  3. Hi Brian, I love Merrell boots for their comfort and arch support. But I find them really slippery on wet surfaces. While friends rarely slip over, I am like Bambi on ice in some terrains. Is there a Merrell boot (or any other make) that manages to combine top class arch support with good grip? Thanks

    1. Hi John,

      My go-to brand is KEEN. I never slip on them, even when jumping from one slippery rock to the next.

      If you want top notch support, put Tread Labs in your boots. You’ll never go back. Trust me on that one.



  4. I am experiencing heel pain after hiking over 5 miles.
    I suspect that a shoe with greater cushioning in the hell would help, as thicker socks help a bit.

    1. Could you recommend a specific PF shoe to mitigate this ?
    2. Would mid ankle height boots be better than low cut ?

    1. Hi Richard,

      I’d go for a KEEN, myself. They have nice cushioning and strike just the right balance between stiff & flexible.

      For PF, you want a shoe that doesn’t lock your foot in completely, but also a shoe that takes the balancing load off of your foot, so that it can rest properly.

      I don’t think the shoe/boot height is going to make any difference.



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