If you’re looking to move quickly across terrain, a lightweight walking boot could be the way to go. Heavy walking boots do offer additional durability, strength, and peace of mind but, by their very nature, the fact they’re so heavy means more effort is required to move in them. A lightweight walking shoe allows for faster transitions from A to B and, in the case of certain products, can be suitable for trail running as well as general outdoor strolling.
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So, what should you look for in a lightweight hiking shoe? Well, obviously you want something that doesn’t weigh too much (that’s a given). You want something comfortable, something with additional breathability, something stream-lined, and something with more flexibility than your average yoga instructor. Needless to say, grip and waterproofness are other factors worth considering. To help you make the right choice, we’ve compiled together six of the best lightweight outdoors shoes for your viewing pleasure.
Adidas Terrex Fast R Mid GTX
Contrary to what you might be thinking, this shoe isn’t the result of some Frankenstein-style experiment to fuse together the bodies of a hiking boot and a running shoe. The Terrex Fast R Mid GTX, by Adidas, is an excellent lightweight shoe ready to take you wherever you want to go in the great outdoors.
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The mesh and synthetic uppers will let your feet breathe when it’s hot, or when you’re doing strenuous exercise, while the Gore-Tex lining will keep the wet where it belongs (outside the shoe). The technology on this thing’s sole has been designed to absorb shock, cushion the heel, and grip slick surfaces. All things considered, it’s a cracking bit of versatile footwear.