The Top 10 Hiking Sandals Reviewed
Picture yourself on a hilltop, surveying the spectacular scenery that’s your just reward for your sweat and toil on the seemingly never-ending upward trail…
You’ve been wise enough to choose lightweight, breathable clothing, so you’re pretty cool and dry in spite of your hard work but, oh, those feet!
Chances are they’re safely encased in cumbersome hiking boots and socks from toe to ankle but, even with the most effective, cleverly-designed, breathable lining, it’s likely to be pretty steamy in there!
We all know that moisture trapped inside footwear is likely to lead to blisters and yucky fungal infections (and I won’t even mention those odors – oops, looks like I just did). Our guess is that most of us accept that it’s the unpleasant price we pay for our hiking habit and we just put up with it.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! Shoe designers have taken the humble and much-maligned sandal and ramped it up to a whole new level of awesomeness. They’ve managed to bridge the gap effectively between shoe and sandal, giving you way more choice in hiking footwear.
Read on and you’ll find out how you might benefit from taking a second look at hiking sandals as an alternative to boots or shoes.
Most of us are invigorated by the fresh air and freedom of open countryside. Imagine how nice it would be to feel a bit of a breeze circulating around your hard-working feet, too…
Price Guide & Amazon Rating
Keen Women’s Whisper Hiking Sandals
Merrell Women’s All Out Blaze Sieve Water Shoe
Teva Verra Women’s Sandal
Purple Orchid, Deep Teal
KEEN Rose Women’s Hiking Sandals
ECCO Women’s Yucatan Sandal
Teva Men’s Katavi Outdoor Sandal
Keen Men’s Newport H2 Sandal
Rockport Men’s Rocklake Flat Sandal
Teva Men’s Omnium Sandal
Venshine Men’s Sports Summer Hiking Sandal
Blue, Brown, Yellow
Features of the Best Hiking Sandals
It’s pretty much a no-brainer that your oh-so-precious and vulnerable toes need the best possible protection when hiking along backcountry trails. There are so many ways you can sustain painful and often long-lasting injuries, not least stubbing your toes on rocks and stones along the way.
The best hiking sandals are cleverly designed to incorporate a good level of toe protection. Although there are plenty of hiking sandals on the market which are completely open-toed (we’ve even reviewed some), these are better suited to an easy stroll rather than a full-on hiking expedition. Save them for the beach or for use around the campsite.
Only you know what conditions you’re likely to meet on the trails you’re tackling and it’s your call to make sure your feet get the best possible protection.
You don’t have to be Einstein to work out that the fundamental requirement of a hiking sandal is o