HIKING BOOTS VS HIKING SHOES:
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Some people prefer hiking shoes. Others are giving hiking shoes the boot.
What makes a boot a boot and a shoe a shoe?
Yes, there are differences between hiking boots and hiking shoes. But at the end of the day, the most important factor in choosing hiking footwear is comfort. That’s why Altra is trusted on trails across the world. Whether you’re taking on day hikes or thru hikes, it’s important that your feet have enough space to comfortably conquer long distances, and lighter, roomier options can help you achieve just that.
At Altra, we don’t believe in the big, bulky, brown boot. That’s why all of our hiking options—from low trail-to-town options to the mid weatherproof rompers—are made with our signature FootShape™ comfort.
While weight, materials, intended use, fit are all factors in selecting hiking boots vs shoes, preference should always be one of your main decision-making factors.
Let’s take a look at some of the main differences to help guide your hiking footwear hierarchy.