12 Comfortable Hiking Shoes for Hitting the Fall Trails
When fall’s brisk air rolls in and the trees light up in a fiery display of reds and oranges (assuming you live in one of those precious few spots in the South where the leaves actually do change), there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than stealing away for a little outdoor adventure. And the South is full of great places to hike: From the beauty of the Blue Ridge to the splendor of the Smokies, there are plenty of trails to explore with family, friends, and your favorite four-legged companions. Here, we’ve rounded up a dozen of the best hiking shoes and boots for the season, so find a pair that suits your trailblazing style, lace ‘em up, and get outside!
Salomon Crossamphibian Swift
Buy them here: $60; zappos.com
Splash right through babbling brooks and swift-moving streams with these quick-drying sneaks.
Adidas Terrex Voyager DLX W
Buy them here: $75; athleta.com
If you like running trails as much as you like hiking them, these are for you.
Keen Terradora Mid Waterproof
Buy them here: $140; zappos.com
They’re lightweight and supportive, so you can take on those switchbacks with ease.
Adidas Outdoor Terrex Solo
Buy them here: $120; zappos.com
The grip on these sneaks is so good you can use them for climbing, too.
Merrell Siren Edge Hiking Shoes
Buy them here: $90; orvis.com
Hit the trails for a sunrise show and stay on your feet comfortably through sundown with these “fatigue-fighting” lace-ups.
ECCO BIOM Fjuel Racer Sneaker
Buy them here: $139.95; nordstrom.com
Maximum support, without the bulkiness of hiking boots, and bright coral laces to boot!
Buy them here: $129.95; zappos.com
Moisture-wicking? Check. Supportive? Check. Dynamite shade of purple? Check.
Women’s Redmond Mid Waterproof Hiking Shoe
Buy them here: $75; columbia.com
With their grip-anything advanced traction outsoles, these are the all-terrain-vehicles of hiking shoes.
Adidas Terrex Agravic GTX Trail Shoe
Buy them here: $164.95; nordstrom.com
A GORE-TEX membrane keeps feet dry, no matter where your adventures take you.
Keen Terradora Waterproof
Buy them here: $130; zappos.com
Whether you’re exploring rugged trails or strolling down to your neighborhood coffee shop, these hot-hot pink and orange kicks will get you there in style and comfort.
Chaco Outcross Evo 1.5
Buy them here: $104.99; zappos.com
Skip the double-knots: Bungee lacing means you won’t have to slow down to retie laces that have come undone.
Women’s Eddie Bauer Transition Chukka
Buy them here: $84; eddiebauer.com
You may not scale Mount Mitchell in these, but they’re great for a leisurely walk in the woods with your pup.