With 67 state parks and tens of thousands of miles of recreational trails, Minnesota is ripe with opportunities to get outside and explore. In this post, we’ll look at some of our favorite outdoor footwear options. As always, our team of Fit Specialists and Board Certified Pedorthists are available at any of our nine locations to help you select the right style for your next adventure. Happy trails!
The breathability of a sandal with the protection and security of a shoe, trail sandals are great for short hiking trips and time spent around the water. Tough, lugged outsoles give you the traction and durability you need for various terrain while quick-drying materials help keep you comfortable. Beat the heat while tackling those summer adventures!
Trail walking shoes can cross over between an everyday shoe and a light hiker. Equipped with both walking and trail features, the outsoles are designed for less aggressive landscape like nature paths or dirt roads. Bonus: trail walking shoes are also great for travel and touring.
Thinking about taking your running off road? Trail running shoes are designed to keep your steps light and quick, while offering protection and stability as you encounter various terrain. Stiffer midsoles buffer roots and rocks, while a lugged outsole provides traction on uneven or slippery surfaces. Depending on preference for a cushioned or close-to-the-ground feel, you can choose from a spectrum of heel-to-toe drop heights. From ultra lightweight race varieties to styles designed for specific terrain, our Fit Specialist and Board Certified Pedorthist team can help you determine what style will suit you best.
Hiking shoes provide comfort, stability, and traction on a variety of trails and terrain. A great companion for a day hike, these shoes are lighter and less bulky than heavy-duty backpacking styles. The lower cut offers additional ankle flexibility for situations like steep terrain or jumping across rocks. Also, the low-cut style is considered to be more versatile than its boot counterpart and can be worn in casual settings.
Like hiking shoes, hiking boots provide comfort, stability, and traction on a variety of trails and terrain. Their mid or over-the-ankle cut lends extra ankle stability plus added protection against cuts, bug bites, and wet/muddy conditions. The higher collar also does a better job of keeping out debris than the low-cut version.
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