Athletic shoes are a type of footwear designed to provide extra support and cushion while performing physical or sporting activities such as basketball, tennis, running, and wallking. athletic shoes are made of soft flexible materials with well cushioned soles, which are generally made of rubber. Due to their comfort and appealing designs, athletic shoes have been recently marketed also as a lifestyle, trendy footwear for casual use.
Hiking is a recreational activity which consists of taking long walks in outdoor environments. The activity of hiking is often performed on hiking trails that generally requires the use of special footwear, such as hiking boots, that can provide support, stability and traction on rough terrain. When hiking, the use of the appropriate hosiery can also help prevent blisters, distribute pressure and absorb shock making the experience of hiking more enjoyable.
Lowa Renegade III GTX Mid I may be the ultimate tester
February 20, 2013
Reviewer: Bonnie from Mount Hood, Oregon
I had a very bad accident with multiple broken bones in my foot. Had 3 very involved surgeries. I am left unable to work. And I thought unable to walk. I ordered 18 different hiking boots thru mail order. These are the only boots/shoes that have allowed me to walk. I bought 3 pairs to rotate them & have worn them exclusively for 18 months . This pretty much says it all about support and comfort.
Wears this shoe: Every day
Merrell Wilderness Hiker
February 11, 2013
Reviewer: Andrew from Pa.
I have had this shoe for a year. It still is not broken in. The leather is very stiff and uncomfortable. The shoe is built well but not the best for hiking and I am a experienced hiker. The leather does not flex enough and rubs around the ankles. The shoes cannot be laced tight around the ankles to keep debris from getting in. The leather is just too stiff. I am very disappointed.
Wears this shoe: Hiking
Lowa Creek II GTX Great boots!
January 21, 2013
Reviewer: Daniel J from Saint-Armand, Quebec
Excellent boots from an excellent manufacturer. This is the second pair of Lowa boots I've owned, and I'll always get Lowa from now on. These boots in particular are as light as feathers and just as comfortable. The height of the boot makes for a very secure fit and ankle support is ample. Highly recommended winter boot.
Wears this shoe: Whenever I'm outside in the countryside in cold weather.
Vasque Bitterroot GTX Heavy duty and long lasting
January 20, 2013
Reviewer: lanceallott from Loganville, Ga
I previously own a pair of vasque hiking boots and from my experience they provide great foot protection and are very durable. They may be a tad heavy but they more than make up for it in support and comfort. I bought these online using paypal and failed to use the discount code. After making a phone call, a charge back credit reduced my billed price by 25% with no problems whatsoever. I guess the only real drawback for these boots is that they require several weeks break-in period before extended use.
Wears this shoe: Wearing them a few hours everyday to break-in for AT thru hike this spring.
Vasque Sundowner Classic GTX Comfortable
January 17, 2013
Reviewer: Becky from Salt Lake City
I love these boots. I ordered my 2nd pair a year ago. I bought my first boots four years ago. I hike every weekend (close to the mountains). I wear these boots year around. They are not too hot in the summer. Waterproof for the spring, winter, and fall. There is not a break in period. The boots are so comfortable the first time you put them on and thereafter. They are 1/2 size too large even if you wear thick socks. I highly recommend these boots.
Wears this shoe: Hiking