As airlines continue offering flight deals to destinations like Hawaii and Iceland where exploring nature is a must, more and more travelers will be gearing up for hiking, camping, and biking on their trips.
An essential part of partaking in any sort of outdoor activity is a pair of shoes that will protect your feet from the elements while delivering maximum comfort. The wrong footwear can cause injury if it hasn't been designed to support your feet and stabilize your steps on harsh or slippery terrains. So investing in good hiking shoes is smart if you’re planning on spending any time in nature this year — whether that's heading out on a daily trail run or wandering closer to the waterfall for a better Instagram angle.
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And judging by Amazon’s best-seller lists for men's and women's hiking shoes, you can’t go wrong with brands like Merrell, Columbia, Keen, and Salomon. In recent years, brands have been moving away from the traditional bulky, leather design, instead using materials that are more lightweight and breathable. Although, Danner's cult red-laced hikers made the list, too, so there's something to be said for a classic.
When it comes to features, comfort should be at the top of your list — air-cushioned heels and shock-absorbent soles will usually deliver the best results in that department. If you're worried about rain or a slippery stream crossing soaking your socks, opt for a waterproof pair. And if you are in the market for winter or fall hiking boots, try a pair that reaches above your ankles.
Below, check out the best-selling hiking shoes for both men and women on Amazon.