Best Hiking Sandals – Maximum Comfort And Performance
Different hikes and terrains demand different types of footwear. Sometimes, hiking boot or a shoe might seem like a bit much for a light hike. Plus, you would want to avoid carrying the extra bulk. Well, you’ve come to the right place.
This review lists out my favorite hiking sandals for both men and women. I have looked into different ranges of stability, comfort, size, price and traction. Before you make your pick, it is important to understand the terrain and weather conditions in which you are going to be hiking.
Remember, sandals are only good for extremely light hikes where your feet do not need much protection and stability.
So, read on, make your pick and be safe!
- Best Hiking Sandals for Women
- 1. Teva Women's Tirra Athletic
- 2. KEEN Women's Newport H2
- 3. Columbia Women's Sunlight Vent II
- 4. Teva Women's Hurricane XLT
- 5. KEEN Women's Whisper
- Best Hiking Sandals for Men
- 1. Teva Men's Omnium Closed-Toe
- 2. Teva Men's Terra Fi Lite
- 3. Teva Men's Hurricane XLT
- 4. Teva Men's Dozer III Closed-Toe
- 5. Chaco Men's Z/2 Unaweep
Best Hiking Sandals for Women
The Teva sandals generally have been known to have great performance, but the
The ankle strap guarantees more stability than any other sandal. The footbed is soft, offers great arch support and a shock pad heel. The
Next on my list is the Keen Women’s Newport H2 Sandal. I love Keen, and it is but natural that their products feature on my reviews for hiking gear. This sandal is a closed-toe and offers a lot more protection than the
However, this does compromise on its looks and weight. With multi-directional lugs and a non-marking sole, the Keen Newport offers great all-terrain traction and is ideal on a boat. The sandal caters to different foot shapes and sizes is very adjustable and with defined arch support and a foot bumper, rates high in comfort. The only drawback is that the sandal takes a long time to dry out, upon getting wet.
If inexpensive is what you’re looking for, the Columbia Women’s Sunlight Vent II are the sandals for you! With amazing value for money, these sandals are light and are a good fit for wide feet as well.
They work very well in wet conditions, with a quick-dry synthetic upper and a water draining midsole. Two adjustable straps and the lack of ankle support does make one question the stability. For a due reason. While they are not the most stable, they would, without a doubt, serve you well on a light hike.
With a non-marking multidirectional grippy outsole, these sandals do provide good traction. They do not come in a range of colors and are not stylish enough for summer wear, but these no frills sandals offer you great value for money for a light hike.
Next on my list is another Teva product- the Women’s Hurricane XLT Sandal. It is cheaper than the
Make sure you don’t fasten the straps too tight though- they’re made of a rather outdated material and could scratch your feet. In terms of traction, these sandals will serve you well in all kinds of terrain. Including wet and rocky. The sole is flat and comfortable, although if you have a high arch, I would recommend another
My final pick in the top rated hiking sandals for women is yet another Keen product- the Whisper. It is closed-toe, similar to the Newport. However, unlike the Keen Newport, it is a narrow fit, and I would not recommend this sandal for people with wide feet. The upper webbing is made of a synthetic material which ensures the sandals dry up fast.
The sole is lightweight, cushioned and is great for all-day wear. However, I have my issues with the traction of these sandals. Despite the sole being made of the same material as the Newport, it is far outperformed. This is
Best Hiking Sandals for Men
I, personally, am a fan of Teva products. I think they are well rounded, and the sandals are manufactured taking a whole range of factors into consideration. The Omnium is no different. As a closed-toe sandal with a rubber upper, it offers great protection to your feet.
At the same time, it is lightweight, breathable and dries up quickly, upon getting wet. Also, an
Additionally, the tread pattern and nonmarking rubber outsole ensure excellent traction in all types of terrain. I give this sandal a sure shot stamp of approval.
Next on my list of top rated hiking sandals for men is the Teva Terra Fi Lite. This
With easily adjustable multi- straps, the support offered by the Terra Fi Lite is good. However, don’t be in a hurry to strap on and leave. Take your time with the multiple adjustments and figure what works best for you. What I love about this sandal is that the footbed is designed to lock around your foot, with time. As the footbed customizes around your foot, this is one
In terms of value for money, the Teva Hurricane XLT Sandal tops my list. It is very similar to the Terra Fi Lite in terms of looks. It is lightweight and has the same adjustable three-strap system for good support. The thickness of the straps also offers pressure distribution and stability. Even this footbed lets your foot sink in with time and wraps around your foot for maximum long term comfort.
However, I feel the sole of the Hurricane XLT is a little slim which could pose a problem if you are hiking in terrains with pointy rocks. Further, extremely rough use
could cause the sole to fold, which is never good news for your feet. Finally, the customized rubber sole of Teva and the lugs offer more than enough traction for wet, mossy and dry surfaces. All in all, I would say this sandal is a steal for the price.
Next on my list is yet another Teva product- the Dozer III Closed-toe Sandal. Again, this sandal rates high in terms of value for money, particularly in comparison with its other closed-toe counterparts. The
All these additional features have not contributed to increasing the weight of the sandal, and this is what I love. It is relatively much more lightweight and low on volume, in comparison to other closed-toe sandals. Further, the aggressive tread and Teva’s customized rubber sole material provide great traction to the Dozer III. This sandal wins in wet conditions and for the price, its performance will blow you away.
Last on my list is not a Teva product! It is the Chaco z/2 Unaweep Sandal. This sandal is open-toe but has an additional toe loop, which is great for walking through water and streams with currents. It provides the much needed extra stability, as do the crisscross straps and adjustable buckle.
Although the footbed is not as soft and cushy, often termed as “hard”, once you break into these sandals and with some wear, they are guaranteed to keep you happy. I would say the same about the webbing on the footbed. It ensures your feet are kept right in place but is uncomfortable during initial use.
These sandals do not soak up much water and dry really quickly. With great arch support and a deep heel cup, the comfort this sandal has to offer is tremendous. Great in terms of durability, the one disappointment is the lack of traction on wet and slippery surfaces. So, these sandals are great in water, just not on wet rocks and surfaces.
With this, I come to an end with my review of the top hiking sandals for men and women. While the options are endless, it is important to not over think and confuse yourself.Just make a list of your requirements, and read some reviews, like this one. A lot of these sandals are also good for
Choose right. Choose smart. Happy hiking!