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The Best Biking and Hiking Shoes
When it comes to finding the best biking and hiking shoes, you don't have time to waste on ones that don't perform properly. That's why we recruited real women to test the latest styles for you—so you can pick the perfect pair from the start. Read their reviews, then get ready to hit the trails.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.