The comfort of the shoes is probably the most important aspect to consider while shopping. You’ll want your footwear to be durable too of course, but even if you had the toughest, most rugged hiking shoes with all the bells and whistles imaginable, if they weren’t comfortable, you’d still be in agony by the time you stopped for lunch along the trail. Things to look out for to increase comfort include a good, padded sole and a fit that’s as close to perfect as you can get.
There’s thousands of hiking shoes to choose from—seriously, thousands—so how’s an outdoorsman supposed to choose the one that’s just right for their summer excursions? Aside from comfort and durability, take into consideration the applications and terrains that the footwear was designed for. Many hiking boots have been designed for different landscapes or seasons. here’s our hand-picked list of the 10 best hiking shoes for men this year.
10 – Salomon Men’s X Ultra Prime Multifunctional Hiking Shoe
This hiking shoe really is multi-functional and absolutely loaded with useful features that hikers are sure to appreciate. The breathable mesh is going to ensure that your feet stays well ventilated, and the design of the shoe has been made to offer a snug, comfortable fit. The fit is a big focus of this shoe—the manufacturer calls their design Advanced Chassis Technology. While you might not have ever thought of where you put your foot as a “chassis,” this high end hiking shoe will make you reconsider that position. Having a fit like this means that moving over tough terrain is as easy as it can get.
9 – Vasque Men’s Mantra 2.0 Gore-Tex Hiking Boot
The Mantra 2.0 from Vasque is one of those shoes that screams masculinity. With an almost military style appearance, this low-cut hiking boot has a really cool feature that we’d love to see on more hiking boots: a speed lacing system. Not only can you get these hiking boots on and off really quickly—which might be pretty nice if you need to leave an area in a hurry for any of the curve balls that nature likes to throw at us—the laces will never get in your way or tangle while you’re hiking.