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These Are the Best Shoes for Hiking and Outdoor Activities, According to a Pro

Adventure photographer Paulina Dao shares her favorite picks for trail running, water activities and more.

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These Are the Best Shoes for Hiking and Outdoor Activities, According to a Pro

Adventure photographer Paulina Dao shares her favorite picks for trail running, water activities and more.

Ever since the pandemic broke out, many have turned to outdoor activities such as hiking and trail running to stay active and fit. With this shifting trend comes the rise of gorpcore labels (brands that focus on utilitarian outdoorsy gear) such as Arc’teryx and The North Face, as well as hiking shoes from the likes of Merrell and Teva. For those on the hunt for functional shoes designed for the outdoors, we’ve gathered some of the best options recommended by adventure photographer Paulina Dao.

“Try on many pairs and find something that fits your feet, not someone else’s,” Dao, the founder of Bay Area Outdoor Women, advises in a conversation with HYPEBAE. “Shoes are a highly personal choice. What works for one person may not work for you. Try to purchase from a retailer that allows returns on footwear, used or not. Your shoes might feel okay at home, but a few miles in, your feet may be saying something else.”

With these key points in mind, Dao shares her favorite shoe picks based on various conditions and needs. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly pair, Merrell’s Moab 2 is a sturdy design perfect for beginners. For the upcoming summer months, consider On‘s Cloudventure, which is lightweight and breathable. Other recommendations from Dao include Teva’s Sugarpine boots that offer ankle support.

Scroll down for some of the best shoes for outdoor activities. While you’re here, check out our favorite technical outerwear pieces to invest in.

Best Budget-Friendly Option: Merrell Moab 2

Merrell
Moab 2
$125 USD
MerrellMerrell 

Best Ankle Support: Teva Sugarpine

Teva
Sugarpine
$99.99 USD
TevaTeva 

Best Waterproof Shoes: Salewa Wildfire GTX

Salewa
Wildfire GTX
$169.95 USD
SalewaSalewa 

Best Shoes for Trail Running in the Summer: On Cloudventure

On
Cloudventure
$1,290 HKD (approximately $166 USD)
OnOn 

Best Sandals for Water Activity: Teva Universal Trail

Teva
Universal Trail
$100 USD
TevaTeva 

Best Shoes for Winter with Insulation: Merrell Women’s Thermo Cross 2 Mid Waterproof

Merrell
Women’s Thermo Cross 2 Mid Waterproof
$190 USD
MerrellMerrell 

Best for Rock Climbing: La Sportiva TC Pro

La Sportiva
TC Pro
€163.90 EUR (approximately $194 USD)
La SportivaLa Sportiva 

Stylish Hiking Shoes: Merrell Zion Mid Waterproof X Unlikely Hikers

Merrell
Zion Mid Waterproof x Unlikely Hiker
$160 USD
MerrellMerrell 

Best Hiking Socks: Darn Tough Hiking Socks

Darn Tough
Hiking Socks
$23 USD
Darn ToughDarn Tough 
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