Off Road Shoes Good Info
Fall’s Best Trail Shoes
by Beth Dreher
Lace up with our picks for this season’s new off-road shoes.
It’s trail time, so we set out to help you find the most comfortable—and best-looking—ways to outfit your most valuable form of transportation: your feet.
We put more than 40 pairs of new trail shoes to the test. So turn the page for our favorites for running, walking, all-weekend treks, and more. You’ll find all of them at shoe stores nationwide.
If your idea of a good time is running on a well-groomed trail (a few mud holes included)
We like: New Balance W907 OR ($100; 800-253-7463 or Click Here Occasional rocks, roots, and puddles have nothing on these versatile stability shoes. With ample support but little extra weight, you’ll feel light on your feet on the trickiest paths or smoothest trails. And no-slip laces assure your time is spent running, not re-tying.
Runner-up: Brooks Cascadia ($90; 800-227-6657 or Click here Well-ventilated, well-treaded, and bright blue, these cushioning shoes let you conquer the trail without feeling every pebble.
If your idea of a good time is walking or light-hiking at the local state park
We like: Hi-Tec Quantum ($75; 800-521-1698 or Click here Sturdy, stable, and supportive, these sporty low-tops offer excellent cushioning—not too rigid, not too squishy—and good arch support even after several hours on the trail. Bonus: Their lightweight sneaker styling is a welcome change from their clunky cousins.
Runner-up: Merrell Pursuit Ventilator ($80; 800-789-8586 or Click here With solid support and a streamlined look, these ultra-breathable kicks could easily double as running or around-town shoes.
If your idea of a good time is all-day hiking or weekend camping
We like: Teva Zakka Mid GTX ($120; 800-367-8382 or Click here These durable, waterproof, mid-cut boots give you the extra ankle support you’ll need for a long day (or weekend) of hiking. The rigid soles offer great traction, but it’s the cushioning that sets these boots apart: The contoured foot beds are virtual luxury suites for your feet.
Runner-up: TrekSta Vapor ($75; Click here These low-key boots were by far the lightest pair we tested, although we’d tolerate another few ounces for some beefed-up cushioning.
If your idea of a good time is all of the above (and then some)
We like: Vasque Amp ($90; 800-224-4453 or Click here These versatile shoes are our choice for best all-around pair. Made for multitaskers, they’re terrific for running and walking on dirt or paved trails, or even for walking with Nordic poles (the beveled heel is ideal for the rocking motion). The cushy support will have you wearing them all day, even to the grocery store. (Note to wide-toed wearers: These run a little narrow.)
You may have a hard time location the new Balance shoe as they have just come out. The health.com article only lists the womens W907OR the mens would be M907OR. I found some pictures of them for those interested. The blue and grey is the womens and the orange and grey is the mens. They were not listed as yet on New Balances web sight.