Off-road Kicks

The North Face Prophecy
A great day outdoors can come to a stumbling halt with the wrong shoes. Avoid dangerous slips and painful blisters with this high-tech footwear, featuring cool innovations including breathable waterproofing and super sticky traction.

Light Hikers

Montrail Flow, $90
From the trail to the rock, the Flow's Gryptonite sole offers maximum traction for precise footing. A reinforced rubber toe bumper and snag-proof mesh provide protection and durability, while a stretch tongue design gives a custom fit.

The North Face Prophecy, $85
Multipurpose and built for speed, this shoe is lightweight and durable. Breathable mesh keeps you cool while a rugged Vibram outsole adds superior stability and traction. A great fitting shoe with out-of-the-box comfort.

Merrell Cruise Control, $95
A trail runner with a triple-density footbed and a quick-lacing system. Anti-friction lining eliminates the threat of blisters, and TrailSpring motion control and cushioning system helps navigate uneven terrain. A Vibram outsole rounds out this go-anywhere trail shoe.

Keen Shellrock, $100
The sleek styling of a trail runner with the performance of a hiking shoe. Features include a stone-bruising protection plate and a slip-proof sticky carbon rubber outsole. A waterproof lining keeps you dry during stream crossings or bad weather.

Tough Hikers

Timberland Cadion Mid with Gore-Tex XCR, $140
Totally waterproof and breathable, this boot is made with rugged mesh that won't tear or fray, but will allow air to circulate and keep you cool. Memory foam in the cuff creates a custom fit, and the innovative lug design dramatically reduces weight without compromising traction.

Lowa Lady GTX, $250
Loaded with female-friendly features including a padded tongue, narrower heel and a women-specific ankle shape, these shoes fit from the get-go with no break-in time necessary. Pronation control provides added support while a climate control system keeps feet cool and dry. Great for multiday trips.

Vasque Switchback GTX, $150
Light enough for day hiking, but tough enough to keep going longer, this comfortable mid-height boot offers ankle protection without compromising agility. The all-leather upper is fully waterproof.

Hydro Hikers

Teva Arenal, $75
A mesh upper allows for full drainage while a sticky outsole keeps you from slipping on wet rocks. This pull-on shoe can be cranked down with adjustable webbing straps to ensure a secure fit. A rubber toe protects against rocks, and anti-microbial technology keeps bacteria and odor away.

Sperry Figawi2, $80
Made of quick-drying materials, this lace-up water shoe is both stylish and functional with a non-slip outsole perfect for boat decks or river hiking. Drainage holes throughout the waterproof leather and removable sockliner prevent these kicks from becoming waterlogged even when totally submerged.
Santa Barbara-based writer Bryn Fox is a runner and avid outdoorswoman.

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