In the traditional way In the world of hiking boots, functionality is king, with sturdy ankle support and a nice little leather to keep your feet dry and ankles intact as you hit the hills. Things are changing fast, but the latest technology found in running shoes has been integrated into walking boots and trail shoes, helping to reduce weight while increasing comfort, speed and performance.
As a result, there are now hundreds of pairs, from tried-and-tested traditional leather clogs, ultra-light trail running sneakers, and overall hybrid designs, such as approach shoes and cushion-soft designs for epic hikes and year-round adventures.
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