Columbia hiking shoes

Hitting the trails with Columbia hiking shoes this fall

by W. Andrew Powell

Fall hiking is one of my favourite things. The air is crisp, the leaves are beautiful, and a lot of trails are quieter than they are in the summer. Plus, it’s the perfect time to break in a new pair of Columbia hiking shoes.

Columbia Sportswear have a lot of different styles of hiking boots and other footwear, but I’m a big fan of hiking shoes or sneakers that are made to be light, comfortable, and stylish.

On the first day of fall, my wife and I were at Silent Lake for a few days, and we went hiking in some eye-catching Columbia hiking shoes: the Women’s Facet 15 Shoe ($140), and the Men’s SH/FT OutDry Mid Shoe ($180).

My wife loved the Facet 15 in Berry Jam, Deep Purple. They’re ultralight, work well as runners or for hiking, and they’re also water- and- stain-resistant thanks to Columbia’s Omni-Shield technology.

The shoes also feature the HGS heel stabilizing system, for the best hiking experience and performance on the trails. And the Omni-Grip traction makes it easy to keep going, even if the path gets a bit trickier.

I went with the SH/FT OutDry in Lapis Blue, Emerald Green, and I love them because my feet usually overheat in hiking boots, but the stretch-knit design with the full-grain leather overlays actually let my feet breathe and stay cool.

Even more surprising, the sock-like fit of the shoe is incredibly comfortable, light, and waterproof. The rubber outsoles also made it feel like I could climb anything.

Even just around town, the SH/FT OutDry shoes are excellent, but they’re especially perfect on the trails, and they offer excellent cushioning thanks to soft beads that are embedded in PU foam.

I’m a big fan of Columbia’s clothes, and I appreciate that they have such a wide range of footwear for anyone. I’ve got a few pairs of heavier-duty hiking boots, but it’s great to see more options that go beyond the usual look and feel.

If you’re looking for fall footwear with more upper support, take a look at the Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II hiking boots, the Men’s Flow Borough, the Women’s Newton Ridge Plus, or the Women’s SH/FT OutDry Sneaker Boot.

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