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Put your best foot forward as you head out on the trails, wearing a comfortable, durable, and supportive pair of hiking shoes from Kohl’s! Hiking shoes are a step up (pun intended!) from your basic, everyday shoes, as they give you added traction and stability that is essential for wear on the trail.
Shop Kohl’s for all your athletic and active apparel and essentials, and get ready to take on your next workout or other on-the-go endeavour! Our selection of hiking shoes is just one area in which we offer essential products for an activity, as you’re sure to find other apparel and accessories that will have you prepared to tackle the great outdoors and lots of other active tasks!
What are Hiking Shoes & How Do They Differ From Hiking Boots?
Traditionally, one thinks of boots when it comes to the proper footwear for hiking out in the wild. So what are hiking shoes, and why would you choose them over boot options?
If you are a more casual hiker, hiking shoes might be perfect for you. They are comfortable, lightweight, offer rapid drying, take up less space, and are ready to go right out of the box. They more resemble your typical sneaker or athletic shoe than a hiking boot, but still offer attributes that make them a solid choice for the trail.
The light, flexible material offered by hiking shoes mean they don’t need breaking in like some more rugged boots do. Hiking shoes are versatile as well, working in both wet and dry conditions, and the materials that make up hiking shoes are likely to dry fast after getting wet. The aforementioned flexibility also means that hiking shoes can easily fit into a backpack, duffel bag, or other type of luggage with ease, as they can squeeze into a smaller space than more sturdy hiking boots.
That said, hiking shoes are likely to be less durable than hiking boots for those same reasons - hiking boots are made to withstand more of Mother Nature’s hazards and elements. Hiking boots will usually offer more in the way of support at the ankle as well, and offer sturdier soles that protect your foot on uneven terrain much more than hiking shoes can.
Choosing the Right Hiking Shoes
Once you’ve determined that hiking shoes are right for your outdoor needs, you’ll no doubt want to know what to look for when shopping for that ideal pair of shoes. Several attributes are essential to figuring out the footwear that will take you along the trails in comfort and support.
Fit is the factor to prioritize as you browse the assortment of hiking shoes. Look for a pair of hiking shoes that fits snug all over your feet, but be sure they aren’t too tight either. And don’t forget to allow your toes freedom to move.
When trying on new shoes for consideration, do so at the end of the day when your feet are a bit swollen from the day. Also be sure to wear the same socks you’d wear on the trail as you try any potential boots on. This will give you the best idea of how the shoes will feel as you explore the outdoors.
Also take into consideration the materials that make up the shoes. Some materials are more lightweight than others, but offer less in the way of support. Synthetic materials like polyester and nylon offer lightweight construction and more ventilation. They also cost a bit less as well, but do have the potential to break down and wear out quicker as mentioned before.
One last thing to consider when shopping for hiking shoes is the brand. If you’re loyal to one brand over others, then you’re likely to know which one is right for you! If you’re not sure, or are new to hiking, take a look at the variety of brands available and see which one offers the features you’re looking for in a shoe. Brands like Columbia, Rocky, Nord Trail, and more feature a vast array of options, so be sure to check out all styles available and see which fits your needs the best!
Shop Kohl’s for all your outdoor essentials, including hiking shoes for the whole family, and gear up for fun in the outdoors! With lots of active apparel options, camping gear, hiking accessories, and more, we’re your one-stop shop for all things related to the trail!