How to choose the best shoe or boot for your adventure!

How to choose the best shoe or boot for your adventure!

How to Choose the Best Shoe or Boot for Your Adventure

Are you looking to find the best shoes for your next adventure? Well look no further! At The Backpacker we offer various brands and styles of shoes to help you love your adventure. Finding the right footwear is critical, whether you are hiking up the rocky mountains or taking a stroll through New York City being prepared with the best shoe or boot will surely elevate your experience!


Finding the right hiking footwear is crucial to success on the trail. There are various types of footwear designed for hiking depending upon: the conditions you intend to hike, preference for support, and waterproofing options. Different types of hiking endeavors call for various types of footwear.

If you are looking for a waterproof boot with ankle support meant for long hauls, then the Breeze AT GTX from Vasque is the boot for you in both mens and womens. The Breeze AT GTX offers a rugged leather upper, gore-tex liner, and a vibram outsole. The Boot offers all-around foot and ankle protection, with underfoot protection from sharp rocks and a rubber toe cap. These boots are ideal for long hauls in a wet and cold environment.

When looking for a low cut hiking shoe that is 100% waterproof, The Cloudventure Waterproof from On Running is an excellent choice. The Cloudventure is great for trail runners and leisure hikers. The sole offers incredible grip for off-road conditions and the shoe provides cushioning for added comfort on the trail.

Do you plan on hiking in a hot and dry climate? Then you are going to want something that is breathable and lightweight. Our non-waterproof options will offer more breathability, and will help keep your foot cool on those warm-weather days. The Lone Peak 6 from Altra offers a quick-dry mesh upper, a sole that is designed to offer grip in versatile conditions, and protection from rocks underfoot. 

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Urban Shoe

When looking for an urban exploration shoe there are some key indicators that will help guide you in finding the right shoe: Comfort, Stability, and Style. You want a shoe that gets you from point A to point B in the city, and you want to look good while doing it.


The Cloudswift from On Running is an excellent choice. It is lightweight, agile, and designed for comfort. The sock-like upper is breathable and contours to your foot. The Cloudswift can be used for casual runs and is an excellent choice for all-day wear.

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Looking to enjoy a nice day on the water? Look no further, we have boating and fishing shoes that are sure to meet your needs. When looking for a boat shoe you want to make sure you have a sole that will provide traction on slippery surfaces and dries quickly.

The Moku Pae from OluKai has all the features of an excellent boat shoe. The Moku Pae is built for ocean adventures with a wet grip rubber outsole, breathable upper, and a quick-drying footbed. Olukai’s drop in heel design offers a shoe or slide function that enables the user to choose how they want to wear the shoe.

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When looking for a running shoe there are some key factors that you need to keep in mind to find the right shoe: the intensity of your run, cushioning level, and versatility. There are shoes that are made for higher intensity runs and there are shoes that are made to be versatile. High intensity run shoes need to be light and fast, whereas an all-around shoe focuses more on comfort and support.

If you are looking for a versatile running shoe designed to provide impact support and a soft ride then the Hoka Bondi is the shoe for you. The Hoka Bondi is designed to provide runners with a shoe that is equipped for short to long distance runs. The Bondi has a memory foam collar to cradle the ankle and the upper is made from an ultra-breathable mesh. 

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Lightweight running shoes are a viable option for runners. The Cloudflow by On Running is an excellent example of a lightweight running shoe that still provides cushion and support. The Cloudflow weighs in at only 8.40 oz and is designed to be fast and responsive. A lightweight running shoe like the Cloudflow is tailored to runners looking to partake in races and speed training.

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Looking for the perfect pair of summer sandals? When searching for a pair of sandals for the sunny summer months you want to find something that offers the support you need and the comfort to withstand all-day wear.

The Hurricane XLT2 from Teva is a great option. The Hurricane offers a robust footbed for all-day wear, rubber outsole to provide durability and traction, quick-dry webbing, and an easy hook and loop closure system to ensure the perfect fit. The Hurricane XLT2 is a versatile sandal that can be worn at the beach, a music festival, or for a stroll around the park.

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