Top Trail Walking and Hiking Shoes

If you are someone who enjoys walking or running outdoors whether, on a gravel road or wet terrain, you will most certainly benefit from a good pair of trail walking shoes.

Hiking, Adventure walking, or just jogging outside a pair of trail walkers is the answer for you.

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Trail Walking Shoe vs. Hiking Shoe

A Hiking shoe is a heavy shoe with a thick sole that provides ample protection against punctures and also has a higher ankle to ensure ankle stability and protection. The Trail running or walking shoe is much more lightweight and has a less thick sole; therefore, they do not provide as much protection as a hiking boot, and they also do not provide ankle support or stability.


Where a Hiking shoe only needs to be replaced every 1000 miles, a trail walking shoe will need to be replaced every 500 miles. A trail walking shoe is not as tough or meant for heavy-duty off trails walking, whereas a hiking shoe can be used for more harsh conditions.


A Hiking boot tends to be heavy and offers a snug fit with less room for movement, while your trail walking shoe is more lightweight and flexible, offering your feet much more freedom as well as better ventilation.


A hiking boot can become quite warm and is less breathable than a trail walking shoe meaning your feet may sweat. A trail walking shoe is more suitable for warmer weather, whereas a hiking shoe does better in cooler climates.
Trail walking shoes are not meant for heavy-duty walking in harsh or freezing conditions; they are more suitable to less tough terrain and warmer weather.


Most Hiking boots are completely waterproof, although some may get wet when fully submerged in water because of the water seeping and, and they take very long to dry. Not all Trail walking shoes made to be waterproof, but they will dry very fast when wet because of their lightweight and breathable construction.

Breaking In

Where a Hiking Shoe or boot may take some time to be broken in because of its construction, the lightweight and flexible Trail walking shoe needs almost no break-in time.

Features of a Good Trail Walking Shoe

The availability of new-age material means that you don’t have to wear heavy trail shoes anymore; just pay attention to the following:

  • Arch supportive midsole that stabilizes the foot.
  • Flexible construction to support foot movement on varying terrains.
  • Waterproof or water-repelling since you may encounter wet or muddy places.
  • Lightweight and breathable.
  • Must offer excellent shock absorption
  • Perfect grip non-slip outsole.

Reviews: Best Trail Walking Shoes

Here is a look at some of the top trail walking shoes you might want to consider:


Stretch Trail Shoe

This is a very modern and sporty looking pair of shoes and comes in four beautiful colors that go very well with mountainous terrain.

  • Made entirely from leather with a Vibram sole, this shoe comes with a Lycra neoprene stretch collar that makes wearing and taking off the shoes a breeze.
  • The elastic cord and lock lacing system make it quite safe in a tricky situation with no margins left for error.
  • It also uses breathable mesh lining wicks to keep the feet dry, and M Select FRESH ensures there is no odor.
  • Hikers love these shoes as they find them as light as loafers, and this makes the task of climbing a lot less tiring.
  • This is a shoe from a well-known brand, and it is quite comfortable to wear.
  • It has an elegant design, and there is a fabric lining on the inside for more comfort.
  • The mesh upper is breathable to ensure that the feet stay fresh all day long; this makes it one of the best shoes to travel with.
  • The construction ensures that the shoe will not be sweaty or too hot.
  • It is waterproof enough to allow you to walk freely on the terrains.


Mid-Cut Waterproof Boot

This shoe contains the E-Energy, which ensures that you enjoy walking, without having any fatigue on your feet.

  • Heavily cushioned to ensure that the user feels comfortable when walking in them.
  • It is made from high-quality, top-notch leather.
  • It has a flexible and lightweight rubber sole.
  • Utilizing RollBar technology delivers excellent motion control, which makes these shoes very stable.
  • It is one of the trail walking shoes you would want to buy.
  • It has been designed with elegance and comfort.
  • It has the suede leather material, the lining is moisture-wicking, and the outsole has an excellent grip.


Trail Walking Shoe

This shoe offers flexibility, comfort, and quality to the wearer.

  • They are incredibly light, some of the most comfortable shoes you’ll ever have.
  • They have a synthetic sole, and the material used genuine leather that enhances its durability.
  • You can use this shoe in several terrains on the trails since it has an incredible grip to keep the contact with the ground.
  • It is also lightweight and absorbs shock entirely so that the user will enjoy the comfort and elegance of the shoe.
  • It will also mold into the perfect shape of the foot. The tongue and collar have been padded, which assures the wearers of total comfort and flexibility.


Trail Running Shoes

Here’s a shortlist of the features that make this shoe such a great one for trail hiking:

  • Many Width sizes to choose from: medium and up to extra-extra-wide (4E); in all sizes.
  • Supportive stability web in the midfoot.
  • “ABZORB” shock-absorbing is cushioning technology, provides exceptional cushioning and durability.
  • C-CAP compression-molded EVA midsole for flexible cushioning.
  • Padded tongue and collar; all contribute to stability and a sense of security when walking.
  • This shoe is one of our choices in the most comfortable walking shoes.


Great Trail Hike Shoes

A great looking trail walking and hiking shoes that come in several attractive colors that gel with a rugged environment.

  • Leather and mesh, combined with a Vibram sole and a bellow tongue to keep the debris out while climbing, makes it an ideal shoe to wear on a hike.
  • The air cushion heels provide stability and also protect from shocks.
  • This shoe also comes in different wide width selection.
  • A trendy shoe indeed and people don’t just wear it just for a hike.
  • It is designed with comfort, flexibility, and elegance.
  • What’s more about these shoes is that they are super light, weighing only 2.2 pounds.
  • Hikers will enjoy its stability and comfort. It is made with high-quality material that makes it durable and able to withstand the rugged terrains.
  • The shoe has a GEL cushioning, along with an upper that fits comfortably, ensuring that you feel comfortable all along.


Trail Running Shoes

The ASICS GEL-Venture is a great cheap choice trail running and walking shoe.

  • It provides a great fit and everyday comfort.
  • It comes with wide-width sizes and up to size 15.
  • It provides stability and support to the wearer, and it is one of the best sellers of Asics.
  • The price range on this shoe is a great bargain.
  • Most trail runners users rate these shoes quite high on all parameters: comfort, design, grip, and durability.
  • Trail-specific outsole with reversed traction lugs, with Rearfoot GEL Cushioning and a rugged outsole ideal for a variety of terrains.


Multifunctional Hiking Boots

The Salomon Hiking Boots are dated back since 1947 in the heart of the French Alps and the birthplace of modern alpinism, this company has a tradition and knowledge of manufacturing the best trail hiking shoes in the market.

  • The X Ultra boot is fashionable in look, yet, made from durable materials.
  • It has injected EVA foam midsole and CONTRAGRIP traction outsole.
  • It is water-resistant using a fabric technology called GORE-TEX waterproof lining.
  • It is well reported that this boot is going a half size smaller – so please take this into account.
  • Made out of durable materials, these hiking boots will last you for a long time.
  • They are very comfortable for walking & hiking, plus they have a roomy toe box.


Light Hiking Boot

These distinctly casual looking shoes are made of canvas and come with a manmade sole.

  • Available in nearly a dozen colors, its shaft measures about 5.5″ from the arch with respectively the heel and platform measuring 1″ and 0.5.”
  • Quite stylish and good looking this coming together of a combat boot with high top sneaker makes it possible to put it to use in daily life as well, apart from hiking.


Long Distance Hiking Shoes

A great looking hiking shoe that comes in existing Dark Earth and Chilli Pepper colors.

  • This leather creation comes with a Vibram sole and is quite light at only 2 lb and 4oz.
  • Most people find this shoe as the most comfortable pair of hiking shoes.
  • This shoe has a wider toe box to accommodate natural foot expansion that happens during long trail walking.


Water proof Hiking Shoes

These trail shoes come in breathable mesh textile combination that looks nice and stylish.

  • They had a non-marking rubber sole and molded EVA midsole.
  • A construction bellows tongue and an abrasion-resistant toe cap make it ideal for going up and down an undulating terrain.
  • It’s quite popular with serious hikers and holds its own very well in conditions of ice and snow.


Waterproof Hiking Shoe

So Comfortable and lightweight that you can wear all day.

  • It is made from leather materials and breathable mesh lining treated with M-Select-FRESH to enhance the inner air circulation.
  • The durable Vibram sole offers the best of grip and comfort on uneven terrain.
  • It provides the best absorption system for drying out sweat and a Uni-Fly system.
  • Its inner lining is treated for odor control.
  • It is low-cut, so you can even run with it very comfortably.


Zero Drop Trail Running Shoe

The Altra Lone Peak in my personal choice for trail running, walking and hiking.

  • This shoe was designed to tackle the rockiest, rugged mountains, and the most challenging terrain.
  • Dual-layer EVA midsole with A-Bound top layer fully cushioned combined with Zero Drop outsole.
  • TrailClaw outsole combines unique uphill and downhill lug traction for every trail condition.
  • This shoe has anatomical FootShape toe box.
  • These are the new improvements to the previous version of this shoe:
  • Redesigned Upper
  • Improved Lacing System
  • Lighter Weight
  • Improved upper durability
  • Slightly firmer midsole


Waterproof Trail Running Shoes


    Lightweight Off Road Trail Walking Shoe

    • The Vivobarefoot® Primus Trek is a versatile Leather walking shoe.
    • Uppers: Water-resistant leather.
    • Lace-up closure with durable, thick laces.
    • Lightly padded tongue and collar. Soft textile lining offers a great in-shoe feel.
    • Removable thermal insole with Outlast™ insulation.
    • All-terrain non-marking grippy rubber outsole.
    • Weight: 13 oz for a size 46 (US Men’s 12), width D – Medium.


    Light Outdoor Hiking Shoes

    • Molded sockliner to enhance comfort and fit.
    • Lightweight EVA midsole for long-term cushioning.
    • Super high traction rubber outsole for optimal grip in wet conditions.


    Trail Runners for High Arch Support

    • Imported, trail running shoes.
    • Synthetic sole with Zero Drop/4MM Cushion best fit for high arches.
    • Mesh Upper, Breathable mesh lining textile and synthetic.
    • Trail Protect pad offers underfoot protection and high arch support.
    • Durable Vibram Outsole


    Trail walking and Running Shoe

    From Adidas, we have the Kanadia a top trail walking and running shoe with SuperCloud cushioning for comfort.

    • Textile and synthetic uppers that are lightweight and breathable.
    • A durable and trail-specific rubber outsole that provides stability and traction with the Traxion design.
    • Air mesh uppers are reinforced with synthetic layer overlays for a better fit.
    • Inside is a comfortable


    Hiking and Trail Walking Shoe

    The Salomon Xa 3D pro is a top trail walking, hiking, and running shoe with some excellent stability features.

    • Textile and synthetic uppers with Sensi-Fit design and a quick lace-up system.
    • A 3D chassis that stabilizes the foot without sacrificing mobility in the forefoot.
    • An aggressive grip, Conti grip rubber outsole for all terrains that is also highly abrasion-resistant with a protective heel cap.
    • Available in a few neutral color options to select from.


    Waterproof Trail Walker

    The Terrex Swift R2 from Adidas is another top of its class trail walking and running shoe.

    • Some color selections are available for both men and women.
    • The uppers consist of textile and synthetic materials with a wtareproofGore Tex lining that is also highly breathable.
    • A molded comfort Ortholite sockliner which manages moisture on the inside.
    • Adiprene midsole for shock absorbency and a trail-specific lug rubber outsole.

    Comparison Table: Trail Walking Shoes

    No.ShoeMen ♂Women ♀FeaturesBrandScore
    1Merrell® - Stretch Trail Shoe
    • Vibram Outsole
    • Breathable
    • Waterproof
    2New Balance® - Mid-Cut Waterproof Boot
    Dunham Cloud
    • Waterproof
    • Rubber Sole
    • Cushioned
    New Balance95
    3Vasque® - Trail Walking Shoe
    Grand Traverse
    • lightweight
    • Breathable
    • Shock Absorbent
    4New Balance® - Trail Running Shoes
    • Wider Widths
    • ABZORB Cushioning
    • EVA Midsole
    New Balance95
    5Merrell® - Great Trail Hike Shoes
    Moab 2
    Moab 2
    • Flexible
    • Gel Cushioning
    • Vibram Outsole
    6Asics® - Trail Running Shoes
    GEL Venture 7
    GEL Venture 7
    • stability
    • Gel Cushioning
    • High Traction Outsole
    7Salomon® - Multifunctional Hiking Boots
    X Ultra Mid 3 GTX
    X Ultra Mid 3 GTX
    • Gore-Tex Lining
    • EVA Midsole
    • Contragrip Outsole
    8Palladium® - Light Hiking Boot
    • Color Variety
    • High Top
    • Lightweight
    9Vasque® - Long Distance Hiking Shoes
    Mantra 2.0
    Mantra 2.0
    • Vibram Outsole
    • Wider Toe Box
    10Keen® - Water proof Hiking Shoes
    • Dual Density Midsole
    • Stability Shank
    • Lightweight
    11Merrell® - Waterproof Hiking Shoe
    All Out Blaze
    All Out Blaze
    • Vibram Outsole
    • odor Control
    12Altra® - Zero Drop Trail Running Shoe
    Lone Peak 3.5
    Lone Peak 3.5
    • Trail Claw Outsole
    • Anatomical FootShape Toe Box
    • EVA Midsole
    13Salomon® - Waterproof Trail Running Shoes
    Speedcross 5
    Speedcross 5
    • Contagrip
    • Sensifit cradles
    14Vivobarefoot® - Lightweight Off Road Trail Walking Shoe
    Primus Treck
    Primus Treck
    • Lightweight
    • Minimalist
    • Water-Resistant
    15Adidas® - Light Outdoor Hiking Shoes
    • Lightweight
    • EVA Midsole
    16Merrell® - Trail Runners for High Arch Support
    Glove 4
    Glove 4
    • Feel like glove
    • Vibram Outsole
    17Adidas® - Trail walking and Running Shoe
    Kanadia 8
    • Durable
    • High Traction
    • Trail Specific
    18Salomon® - Hiking and Trail Walking Shoe
    Xa Pro 3D
    Xa Pro 3D
    • Aggressive Grip
    • Precise Fit
    19Adidas® - Waterproof Trail Walker
    Terrex swift R2
    Terrex Swift R2
    • Gore-Tex Lined
    • Trail Specific Tread
    • Adiprene Midsole

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    About The Autor

    David Alegeta

    David is a long-distance hiker, a writer and an editor whose favorite topics include backpacking and trail running. He is an adventure athlete who covered over 20,000 miles. He frequently speaks to groups about the benefits of proper footwear and has written numerous articles on this subject. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his family.