Equipment Design and Types

Types of Hiking Shoes

Trail running Shoes

Essentially running shoes made of more durable materials, with thicker soles and stronger stitching designed to endure tougher use.

Hiking shoes / Approach Shoes

Heavier than trail running shoes, generally designed with a frame architecture to better support feet. Often cut below the ankle and are made from lighter fabrics, such as nylon or suede.

Cross Hikers (Class B)

More like the typical hiking boot intended for more off trail terrain with enough support to last through long single day and multiday hikes. The cut reaches above the ankle. Materials used range from leather to synthetic fabrics.

Heavy Boots (Class C)

Designed specifically for rough terrain. These boots include additional support such as toe caps, rugged soles and synthetic linings. Designed for support for extended hikes with heavy packs. Often have shock absorbing soles, and are water resistant.

Mountaineering Boots (Class D)

Designed for extended, colder weather mountaineering expeditions.

They are generally constructed of a hard plastic shell with a pivot point at the ankle, or a combination of leather and synthetic materials for more comfort.