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The Best Biking and Hiking Shoes

  • Columbia

    Best Day Hiker

    With a trail running–inspired design, the Columbia Ventrailia is "lightweight," "extremely flexible" and "breathable," making it "more like a sneaker than a hiking shoe." It also has a rugged outsole that "grips trails and slippery rocks nicely" and offers "excellent shock absorption."

  • Specialized

    Best Mountain Biking Shoe

    The "really helpful" Boa dial lacing system of the Specialized Women's Motodiva makes it easy to find a "comfortable, nonslip" fit, so you can "stay in sync with your bike." Bonus: The outsoles are "stiff and grippy enough to feel stable walking around on wet rocks or roots" when you hop off your bike, too.

  • Keen Footwear

    Best Hiking Boots

    "Light yet substantial," the waterproof nubuck Keen Durand Mid WP features a "very sturdy sole," "good toe protection" and "lots of cushioning" for a "bouncy feel" out on the trails­; it's a shoe that "you could walk in for days."

  • Bontrager

    Best Road Cycling or Spinning Shoe

    "Sleek and aerodynamic, without compromising on comfort," the Bontrager Women's RL Road touts a "stiff yet lightweight" carbon-and-fiberglass outsole that "gives you maximum power transfer" from leg to pedal and a "very breathable" partial-mesh upper—great for hot days or Spinning class.

  • Skechers

    Best Walking Shoe

    The featherweight Skechers GOwalk 3 slip-ons have insoles that "support your arch," "provide the ideal amount of padding" underfoot and "fit like a glove." Multidirectional treads on the outsoles also supply a "no-slip grip" when you're running errands around town.