10 Best Hiking Shoes for Men 2019

The winds of winter have gone away, and April showers herald the coming of spring! That means more time to run, climb, and explore the great outdoors. One important thing to remember, though, is always to wear the proper footwear.

There’s a lot of great shoes out there that can handle the harsh terrain of hiking, but people want to get the best. For those looking for the best, here are the 10 best men’s hiking shoes for 2019.

Best Hiking Shoes for Men

Top 10 Best Hiking Shoes for Men in 2019

Preview
Product
Material
 
Columbia Men’s Redmond Review
Leather/Textile
Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator’s Men’s Review
Suede leather, Mesh
Oboz Sawtooth Low B-Dry Review
Oboz Sawtooth Low B-Dry
Best Waterproof
Leather, Mesh
The North Face Men’s Ultra 109 GTX Review
Leather
Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof Men’s Review
Suede leather, Mesh
Salomon Men’s X Ultra Prime Review
Textile, Synthetic
Vibram Men's V-Alpha Black Review
Textile
KEEN Men’s Targhee II Review
Leather
Adidas outdoor Mens Terrex Swift R2 GTX Review
Fabric
La Sportiva Bushido Running Shoe Review
Fabric, Synthetic

1. Columbia Men’s Redmond Hiking Shoe – Best overall

Columbia Men’s Redmond Waterproof Low Hiking Shoe Review

Columbia’s known far and wide for making some of the best boots around. People use their boots in rain and sleet and snow, and now they have their shoe line as well. These are their marriage of boots and shoes, the Redmond Waterproof Low Hiking Shoe.

Made from the same durable material as their boots, these shoes are fantastic. The upper half’s made from 100% combined with mesh and webbing to keep out water. The midsole’s cushioned by Columbia’s TechLite material, absorbing the impact with the ground. This channels the kinetic energy back into the shoes, giving them better push off while walking. The rubber sole’s made from a multi-grip traction Omni-grip, helping it stick to any terrain.

This shoe is fantastic, but it does have one flaw: it runs a bit on the right size. Anyone who wants to get this should get at least a size bigger than it says on the charts. Sizing aside, these shoes are the best of both worlds.

Pros

  • Made from same material as the hiking boots Columbia makes
  • 100% leather, mesh, and webbing combination
  • Cushioned using Columbia TechLite material
  • Multi-terrain omni-grip
  • Combination of boots durability and breathability of shoes
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Run on the tight size. Get size and a half bigger

2. Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator’s Men’s – Best Breathable

Merrell Men's Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe Review

For years, Merrell has designed shoes meant to help men as they hike through the trees and rocks of the wild. One of their biggest line of shoes has been the “Mother of All Boots” series or Moab. For the 2019 hiking season, they have one of their best shoes to date with the Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator

A fantastic mesh-lined shoe, the Moab 2 Ventilator’s made from a from suede leather and mesh. The bellows shoe tongue’s made from closed cell foam. It will keep moisture and debris out. The mesh lining on the shoes provides proper air circulation throughout the boot. No one will have to worry about their feet getting hot and uncomfortable.

For extra comfort, the heels have air cushions, supporting them and absorbing the shock of hitting the ground. That means less pain to deal with. To protect the sensitive toes, there’s a rubber toe cap to prevent damage.

This shoe has gotten a lot of praise, making it the best seller on Amazon.com. However, it does have an Achilles’ heel; literally. The shoe tab can rub up against the Achilles’ tendon, causing discomfort in the heels. As for the toe box, it can be too full for some people to use. Those who want to buy this should consider doing something about the shoe tab.

Pros

  • Closed foam tongue keeps moisture and debris out
  • Air cushioned heels for shock absorption and support
  • Rubber toe cap
  • Mesh Lining to allow for air flow
  • The name stands for “Mother of All Boots.”

Cons

  • Can pull on Achilles’ Tendon
  • Toe box too wide for some people

3. Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof Men’s

Merrell Men's Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe Review

Another version of the Moab 2, this one has all the features mentioned above with the Moab 2 Ventilator. The air cushions for shock absorption, the tongue for keeping debris out, everything’s there. The main thing that separates these two is the fact that this one is waterproof.

Despite have the same mesh ventilation, the Moab 2 Waterproof shoes can let water roll right off of them with ease. This makes them perfect for hikes in moist, humid areas or around rivers and lakes. Shoes that absorb moisture are no better than the cement shoes in movies. With waterproof boots, people don’t have to worry as much about that.

Sad to say, but these versions of the Moab 2 have similar problems to the ventilator versions. Also, calling them water-proof isn’t wholly accurate, as eventually water will seep in. They are more water-resistant than they are water-proof.

Customers have also complained about the shoes being like bricks on their feet, and stiff. They are in the minority, though, and you can’t expect every shoe to fit right. The Moab 2 Waterproof shoes are worth having a look at.

Pros

  • Closed foam tongue keeps moisture and debris out
  • Air cushions
  • Leather and mesh
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Very stiff on the feet
  • Water resistant, not waterproof. There’s a difference.

4. Oboz Sawtooth Low B-Dry Hiking Shoe – Best Waterproof

Oboz Men's Sawtooth Low Bdry Hiking Shoe Review

From Oboz Shoewear comes their attempts to create a better, waterproof hiking shoe. It’s the Oboz Sawtooth Low B-Dry.

There are three parts to making this shoe as waterproof as possible. The first step to their B-Dry system is their tape-sealed plastic film. The upper portion’s made with water-repelling material to keep a watertight feeling. Finally, the textile lining helps to wick pesky sweat away.

On the inside, the O Fit Insole’s built to provide arch support and stability. On the outside, the sawtooth sole is firm but lightweight, making it a favorite among hikers and an Oboz classic. As a bonus, the map in the bottom of the foot features the Sawtooth mountain range in Idaho.

These shoes are amazing, but be wary of traveling on the rockiest of surfaces. They do tend to become unstable in them. Also, there are problems with the laces as they won’t stay tied. There are products out there that help keep laces tied, though that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

Pros

  • Sole sheds mud provides excellent traction and made with stability
  • Grips off-camber trails
  • Tape-sealed plastic
  • Hydrophobic material keeps shoes watertight.
  • Textile lining keeps away the sweat
  • Classic sawtooth sole
  • Great on the flat ground

Cons

  • Rocky surfaces can make them a bit unstable
  • Laces won’t stay tied

5. Salomon Men’s X Ultra Prime Hiking Shoes

Salomon Men's X Ultra Prime Hiking Shoes Review

In 1947, A man named Francois Salomon and his son George founded Salomon in the French Alps. Their company’s spent the last seventy years creating new and innovative designs in mountain exploration. This is one of their creations, the X Ultra Prime Hiking Shoes.

It may not look very fancy, but looks are deceiving. Blending a classic look with modern tech, X Ultra Prime offers three things: stability, protection, and ventilation. This low-top hiker has breathable mesh lying on carefully placed strong material. The rubber soles feature a high-traction grip that’s perfect for mountain biking. As a bonus, the shoes have a mudguard and protective heel cap. All this in Salomon’s Senshift tech, cradling the foot midsole to lacing. Feet will be secure and snug in them.

The downside to this creation is that they don’t offer that much in the way of arch support. The bigger problem, though, is the lacing system: it doesn’t use enough laces. Even if tightened to the fullest extent, this will still be a problem. This is something that can be adapted to, though.

Pros

  • Limited two-year warranty
  • Cushioned insole
  • Stable chassis
  • Senshift tech cradles foot from the midsole, keeping secure, snug, and best secure
  • Mud Guard
  • French

Cons

  • Little arch support
  • Too few laces

6. Vibram Men’s V-Alpha Black Hiking Shoe

Vibram Men's V-Alpha Black Hiking Shoe Review

These shoes are a bit odd, given how they less resemble shoes and look more like gloves you wear on your feet. Made from 100% textile, they’re shaped to match the shape of the feet, toes, and everything. The entire foot will be wrapped by their wool and polyester material, while the rubber soles allow for a firm grip.

An exciting feature of these shoes is the fact that they are washable. According to Vibram, machine washes them cold and then let them air dry. They won’t shrink or lose their shape at all. They make for great swim shoes.

Like some shoes, though, the size chart can be a bit inaccurate. Go up to an extra size to be on the safe side. Socks aren’t necessary, but if needed, wear toe sox for these shoes to fit properly

Pros

  • Shaped to match the natural shape of the feet, toes and all
  • Work great as swim shoes
  • High-grip Vibram rubber
  • Machine wash cold/air dry

Cons

  • Go up a size
  • best worn with the sox

7. KEEN Men’s Targhee II Hiking Shoe

KEEN Men's Targhee II Hiking Shoe Review

This is a waterproof shoe that offers, as their creator puts it, “four-wheel drive for your feet.” These things are like an offroad vehicle for feet. Made with 100% leather, they have a delicate, breathable membrane that keeps water out.

For better support on uneven terrain, the Targhee II has a stability shank in the soles, right in front of the excellent arch support.

For greater traction, the bottoms feature a lug pattern that digs into the ground. Should any damage occur, Keen recommends using leather cleaner and conditioner.

The bad news about these shoes is more of a perspective: once made mainly in the US, most of the boots are now imported from China. One customer said that there was a drop in quality with the imported ones. There is hope, though: Rei.com can tell you which ones were made in the USA.

Pros

  • Can be treated using leather cleaner and conditioner
  • Breathable membrane
  • Easy on-heel pull

Cons

  • Few made in the US anymore. Chinese make most now. Try Rei.com

8. Adidas outdoor Mens Terrex Swift R2 GTX

adidas outdoor Men's Terrex Swift R2 Review

Adidas is one of the most popular shoe brands in the business, and they have managed to do once more with their Terrex Swift R GTX. Made with 100% mesh, this shoe is entirely synthetic and lightweight. You won’t be able to feel them on your feet.

To make it waterproof, it’s covered in the GORE-TEX lining. The added benefit is that it’s also breathable. The feature that it’s championing the most, though, is the speed lacing. The shoelaces are designed to come on and off super quick and easy. They even have a bungee system that stows laces to prevent tangling.

Some of the problems customers have mentioned are standard issues: go a size bigger, or a problem with the heel cup. The big thing is that while the lacing system is good, the laces themselves stink. There’s an easy solution to this: buy better laces and put them in instead.

Pros

  • 100% mesh
  • Good grip
  • Made by Adidas
  • GORE-TEX lining for waterproof
  • Speed Lacing

Cons

  • The heel cup is a problem
  • Go a size bigger
  • Lacing stinks

9. La Sportiva Bushido Running Shoe

La Sportiva Bushido Running Shoe Review

Introducing the award-winning La Sportiva Bushido shoes. They’re a high performance running shoe for men. Lightweight yet durable, these shoes will protect people from the elements.

Their EVA rock guard will keep debris out, while the TPU shank will prevent bruising. They will wrap around the feet, providing a friendly, breathable feature that lets moisture get out.

The best part is that it will keep debris out. These shoes will work on steep slopes, slick trails, and the roughest terrains.

The main problem with these shoes is that, technically, they’re not hiking boots. They’re running shoes, but running shoes that work on any terrain. They have excellent durability, provide for a great deal of comfort, and more. They do get narrow in some areas, and as with many shoes, they need to go a size up to fit someone. Other than that, they are good to go.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • High performance, with added traction and stability
  • Breathable mesh on uppers, lateral, and more
  • Stable on steep slopes, slick trails, and rough terrain
  • Keeps out debris and moisture

Cons

  • Work great as hiking shoes, though technically not.
  • Go a size up
  • Narrow

10. The North Face Men’s Ultra 109 GTX Trail Runner – Best Durability

The North Face Men's Ultra 109 GTX Trail Running Shoe Review

Named for the coldest part of a mountain, for fifty-three years, The North Face has been helping explorers reach the heights of the world itself. They build their products to last, such as their Ultra 109 GTX Trail Runners.

There’s nothing about these shoes that hasn’t already been mentioned in any other shoes on this list. They have excellent traction on uneven terrain, are waterproof up to the band around the base, and the rest is very resistant to water. They keep out debris and let the feet breathe. But the thing that helps them stand out is how durable they are. One customer was able to use them for 20 months before getting rid of them, and that wasn’t even because the soles wore down!

The one problem that can be found that’s worth mentioning is that these shoes can tight on the toes. That can be very uncomfortable for people to wear. To that end, it’s recommended to go a size up.

Pros

  • Rubber sole
  • Excellent traction down uneven terrain.
  • Waterproof up to band around the base. Upper section very water resistant
  • Keeps out debris
  • Highly durable

Cons

  • Tight on the toes

Things to Consider Before Buying

Choosing Hiking Shoes for Men

1. Shoe Size

The size of the shoe can determine if it will fit as well as Cinderella’s glass slipper or feeling like your feet are being choked to death. Make sure you check that your foot size and the shoe company’s are the same.

2. Laces

Shoelaces can be a massive pain in the butt to have to worry about. Unless you have absolute faith in your ability to keep your laces tied, make sure that you have some way to keep them secure

3. Durability

Eventually, those shoes are going to run out, and the soles will lose their grip on the ground. When that happens varies between the boots, but it’s important to know how long it usually takes so you can prepare for it.

4. What Terrain Will You Hike on?

Where you hike and when is just as important when deciding what shoes to buy. If you’re going somewhere hot with lots of dirt, make sure the boots keep that out. If you’re going somewhere wet, make sure they’re waterproof. In other words, be mindful of the environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hiking Shoes for Men FAQs

Q: What is the most important thing to consider with hiking shoes?

How well they end up fitting you and where you plan on going.

Q: Do all hiking shoes have laces?

That’s the general rule of thumb, but there are some out there that do not use such things.

Q: Is waterproof a regular feature?

No, it’s not. A lot of hiking shoes happen to have them because a lot of hiking’s done near rivers and bodies of water

Q: Are socks necessary?

If you feel more comfortable not wearing socks, then don’t. It’s recommended that you do in the more extreme environments.

Conclusion

Hiking was, and still is, one of the most popular things to do in good weather. One of the most important things that any hiker should pay attention to are the shoes that they wear.

Walking anywhere in the wrong type of shoes can be murder for your feet, so you want to have something cute and comfy to wear. Treat your feet right and make sure they have the right shoes on.

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