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.