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.
Women’s Hiking Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
1. Merrell Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe
This is one of the lightest hiking boots 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 those hard trails. When hiking on loose gravel and dry rock, you will realize how strong the grip is. The shoe is feather light and very suitable for light hikers. This 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 Voyageur Hiking Shoe
Introduced as breathable and lightweight hikers for warm-weather hiking, these boots 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 Targhee II Hiking Shoe
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. Ahnu Montara II Hiking Shoe
The Ahnu Montara II Hiking Shoe is a comfortable hiking shoe that provides stability and traction of a level that you normally only find on boots. 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 WP Hiking Shoe
Hiking shoes for women should be stylish, while still offering the traction, comfort levels and lightweight support needed to handle those difficult trails. The KEEN Gypsum WP Hiking Shoe does not disappoint. The shoe features a waterproof nubuck leather on the upper, combined with a dry, waterproof and breathable membrane. A Dri-Lex collar for moisture control, helps to completely seal out sweat and water. On the other hand, a KEEN.Zorb strobel construction offers a streamlined interior. A compression-molded, dual-density EVA midsole gives you sufficient cushioning beneath the feet. Additionally, the S3 heel is designed to protect the foot during impacts, absorbing shocks and reducing chances of injuring your ankle. The metatomical, removable, dual density EVA footbed, has been designed to conform to the natural contours of the foot, thereby providing excellent arch support. The shoe also features a torsion stability ESS shank, for anchoring the foot into place securely, while the TPU heel stabilizer provides additional support, whenever you need it. For traction and durability, it has been fitted with a rugged rubber outsole, featuring 4mm multidirectional lugs. Other features include a classic appearance, flexible performance and a friendly, warm feeling while wearing them.
6. Merrell Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoe
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 AX 2 Hiking Shoe
The Adidas Outdoor AX 2 Hiking women’s Shoe is super light, while providing reliable traction on different terrains. It comes with a lot of heel cushioning, plus a flexible forefoot. If you are looking for a quality and affordable hiking boot, then you need to have a look at these AX2s. As previously indicated, they are lightweight, so you will never feel as if you are dragging or pulling your feet. It features an integrated molded sockliner, making it very comfortable. In fact, they are so comfortable that you will consider ditching your socks altogether. The textile upper also comes with an air mesh, helping to cool your feet and making it easy to dry them, should they ever become exposed to moisture. While this shoe isn’t officially marketed as waterproof, it still does a good job of keeping water out. The upper has mesh, so if you dunk it into water, it will still get wet. You’ll get good traction from the proprietary outsole of the Adidas Outdoor AX 2 Hiking Shoe, especially on loose gravel and mud. It adheres to wet rocks very well, so needless to say it will have even better performance on dry granite slabs. If you are hiking on muddy trail conditions, then you are guaranteed to have excellent traction. The midsole of this shoe will give you the much needed support on all your hiking adventures.
8. Merrell All Out Blaze Aero Sport Hiking Water Shoe
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
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 Ellipse Aero Hiking Shoe
The Salomon Ellipse Aero Hiking is a really good hiking shoe. They are highly versatile, allowing you to hike under different conditions and terrains. It provides unbelievable water resistance, excellent traction and a technical style, designed for female hikers. They score pretty high in the comfortability department. They feature die cut EVA midsoles that are very light. You can wear them straight out of the box and you will not have to break them in. They are cushioned well around the ankles, underfoot and sides. The firm padding on the underfoot offers good support as well as cushioning. It’s comfortable without being too plush. The shoes have a significant amount of padding to make you feel comfortable, one mile after another. You will definitely like how lightweight these shoes are, once you’ve worn them on your first day. On top of that, they provide an exceptional amount of support. Stability when hiking the more strenuous trails, is provided by the Contagrip rubber outsoles. The EVA midsoles lend comfort and provide ample arch support. If you are looking for hiking shoes for flat feet, then you should consider the Salomon Ellipse Aero Hikers. The heel and toe of these hikers are fitted with protective caps to prevent toe stubbing. They are breathable, thanks to the lightweight mesh on the upper.
Men’s Hiking Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis Reviews
1. Merrell Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe
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
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
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
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 Outdoor AX2 Hiking Shoe
Adidas’ AX2 (aka Terrex) are super lightweight, but will still give you protection, comfort, stability and traction on your favorite hiking trail. It has adiprene inserts in the midsole, which is responsible for the cushioning and the shock absorption. While this shoe is officially marketed as a cross trainer, Amazon buyers have taken it with them on the hiking trail, and have found that it performs really well there, too. Especially for a shoe that is not officially a hiking shoe. The great thing about shoes, with respect to boots, is that they are almost always lightweight. The same is true for this shoe. Isn’t it great that you don’t have to feel like your dragging your feet when you’re already making life hard on yourself by taking a hike in the great outdoors? These Terrex shoes are very comfortable, because they breathe immensely well. Some other shoes might end up all stinky and stuff. But that won’t happen with these. They have extra toe room as well, so if you’ve got bunions then this would be a really great shoe to own. Sometimes, you see a shoe whose color you like online, then you buy it, receive it… and it turns out the color isn’t what you expected. Rest assured that these shoes truly are the blackerest of black!
6. Merrell Chameleon Prime Stretch Hiking Shoe
The Merrell Chameleon is a streamlined shoe to give you pace and agility even on the most challenging terrains. It has a cinching stretch closure, which is designed to feel totally snug when putting them on. And while wearing and using them, ofcourse. Propelled by adaptive and aggressive traction, the shoe is designed to offer sufficient grip, regardless of the weather or trail conditions. Mesh, leather and synthetic materials, plus a breathable mesh lining, equipped with M-Select Fresh, ensure that your feet remain fresh and cool. The M-Select Fresh prevents the proliferation of odor-causing bacteria. The Bellows tongue, on the other hand, has been designed to prevent entry of debris into the shoe while the removable EVA footbed, together with the Merrell Air cushion, adds stability and absorbs shocks.
7. Merrell Moab Gore-Tex Waterproof Hiking Shoe
The Merrell Moab Gore-Tex Waterproof Hiking Shoe 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
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
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!
Table of Contents
- 1 Women’s Hiking Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
- 1.1 1. Merrell Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe
- 1.2 2. KEEN Voyageur Hiking Shoe
- 1.3 3. KEEN Targhee II Hiking Shoe
- 1.4 4. Ahnu Montara II Hiking Shoe
- 1.5 5. KEEN Gypsum WP Hiking Shoe
- 1.6 6. Merrell Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoe
- 1.7 7. Adidas Outdoor AX 2 Hiking Shoe
- 1.8 8. Merrell All Out Blaze Aero Sport Hiking Water Shoe
- 1.9 9. Merrell Siren Edge Hiking Shoe
- 1.10 10. Salomon Ellipse Aero Hiking Shoe
- 2 Men’s Hiking Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis Reviews
- 2.1 1. Merrell Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe
- 2.2 2. Salomon Speedcross 3 Trail Running Shoe
- 2.3 3. Adidas Performance Thrasher 1 M Trail Running Shoe
- 2.4 4. KEEN Targhee II Hiking Shoe
- 2.5 5. Adidas Outdoor AX2 Hiking Shoe
- 2.6 6. Merrell Chameleon Prime Stretch Hiking Shoe
- 2.7 7. Merrell Moab Gore-Tex Waterproof Hiking Shoe
- 2.8 8. Vasque Juxt Multi-Sport Shoe
- 2.9 9. Merrell Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoe
- 2.10 10. KEEN Voyageur Hiking Shoe
This page was authored by Brian Bradshaw, who represents the Boot Bomb. Brian is backed up by an expert team, made up of experienced family and friends, all of which are knowledgeable in the ways of footwear and/or hiking. His ancestors used to own a shoe store for almost a century. He has lived and breathed footwear for as long as he can remember.
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