Walking Shoes 2015
You may prefer the lower profile and the lighter weight of a Walking Shoe overall or in particular for warmer weather conditions to help with having the technical performance and function of a boot but without the bulk and having greater features like breathability but aren’t certain which one meets all of your needs.
Most technical walking and hiking shoes have similar features and looks of their boot counterparts but with the reduction in ankle support and thicker uppers as alternatively a number are designed with more control and response through better flexibility in the forefront. There are plenty of aspects to consider when looking at choosing a pair which include everything from weather protection, comfort, support, breathability, grip, pricing and of course overall style which in putting together our Top 5 Walking Shoes 2015 guide we have taken into account to help you find the best pair ready for your next trip into the outdoors.
Our Top 5 Walking Shoes
Merrell Intercept Walking Shoes
The Merrell Intercept Walking Shoes have a classic, casual design and construction perfect for a comfortable trek during the warmer months. Like most Merrell footwear the Intercept shoes have quality leather uppers for durability and water resistance with mesh sections and tongue to ensure breathability for effective internal moisture release plus they have a lining (also breathable) that is Aegis treated to prevent any odour microbes from building up. Known for their reliable performance the rubber outsole is made by Vibram and has 4.5 mm lugs so these give quite a lot of grip on the majority of terrain types. Inside your feet are met with an anatomically shaped Ortholite footbed so fit snugly while the moulded footframe keeps them supported all the time. Buy Now
The North Face Hedgehog IV GTX Walking Shoes
Great for light hikes throughout the year, The North Face Hedgehog IV GTX Walking Shoes are packed full of technical features that make them perfect for traversing difficult trails. The light weight is a surprise especially with them having so many protective and supportive features which includes a Northotic Pro and Cradle Pro footbed that encompass your feet and support very well while cushioning at both ends makes hitting the trail hard comfortable. The GoreTex element is an advanced membrane that keeps out water and wind while also wicking any moisture away from your feet as you work up a sweat so during warmer weather you stay cool and dry and during the winter warmer as well. Vibram soles ensue plenty of sure footing as well so even if it’s slippery or loose terrain they give a lot of grip. Buy Now
Keen Targhee II Walking Shoes
The Keen Targhee II Walking Shoes look like a sturdy, substantial pair of footwear but the second you wear them they almost feel like a snug custom fit just for you thanks to a metatomically shaped footbed that conforms to your feet. The exterior is well suited to all kinds of treks and trails by being both breathable and tough due to a combination of mesh and leather for the upper with a KEEN.DRY membrane that prevents water from snowfall and rain get inside while allowing damp air to be wicked away keeping the internal climate nice and comfortable. The Targhee Two’s help lessen strain and potential damage by having Keen S3 (Shock, Suspension & Stability) which dissipates the effect of impacts and support the entire foot. Buy Now
Jack Wolfskin Vojo Hike Texapore Walking Shoes
Anything by JW has a unique styling, highlighted by their paw-print logo like their Jack Wolfskin Vojo Hike Texapore Walking Shoes which look ready made to take on your favourite trails. This is the lightest shoe the brand make so they are ideal for hiking with a light pack. Similar to the others these are pretty durable overall but have water resistant suede and polyester on the exterior with a waterproof Texapore membrane, which does also allow moisture to escape and dries fast so while not ideal for snow or heavier rain they will still work well at keeping the feet dry. To keep them light and flexible these JW Vojo Texapore shoes are fitted with Traction outsoles to make those demands yet keep gripping to the ground and cushioning against stones, impacts and more. For extra protection against abrasion the heel and toe box areas have caps that keep you reassured if you should stub your toe. Buy Now
Meindl Houston GTX Womens Walking Shoes
These ladies footwear are styled more like a pair of trainers than the technical shoes they actually are so if you want a fashionable and functional product in one the Meindl Houston GTX Womens Walking Shoes are it. Offering a three season comfort means the Houston’s performance is better Spring to Autumn treks a lower elevations but they still have fabrics and components that protect from wet, cold weather like heard wearing leather, breathable mesh and GoreTex XCR which works hard at preventing moisture getting inside the footbed and midsole while letting any perspiration out. It also has a gender specific fit for tailored comfort and support and like the others really great outsole traction is ensured in particular with a Vibram performance sole in this case. Buy Now
For low-profile footwear ready to tackle all kinds of terrain and conditions throughout the year or at a specific time these Top 5 Walking Shoes 2015 should offer what you need or give a decent idea over what design aspects and technologies to look for to better suit where and when you plan to go trekking. As with all our Top 5 Guides this years’ walking shoes article has three different awards given to some of our chosen few to highlight other attributes that you may find more relevant like cost and overall performance.
The Jack Wolfskin Vojo Hike Shoes offer the best overall value of the Top 5 as if you want decent all round walking footwear for warmer conditions that will work on keeping your feet comfortable and supported so you can focus on what is ahead. They do have a modern design which looks sleek yet subtle and a construction that will last through many light treks all for just under £70. Buy Now
The North Face Hedgehog IV GTX Walking Shoes we thought offered the best performance overall as they function extremely well all throughout the year by keeping the feet as safeguarded against every aspect of a hike from weather conditions to the type of ground under foot all while having lasting support and comfort. Buy Now
We thought the Meindl Houston GTX Womens Walking Shoes had the best overall appearance mainly because they completely defy expectations. The contrasting colours are striking yet will be handy in low lighting and we like that they are styled more like a casual technical trainer so won’t be out of place around town if you have plenty of walking to do so you get the best of both worlds. Buy Now