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Best Men's Walking or Hiking Shoes

written by: DulceCorazon • edited by: Cheryl Gabbert • updated: 7/12/2010

For the best men's walking or hiking shoes, you need to look for shoes that offer both comfort and performance quality. Walking or hiking activities can take a lot out of your feet, so a good choice of walking or hiking shoes will minimize foot fatigue.

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    If you're looking for the best men's walking or hiking shoes, you must consider two important things that a pair of shoes need to have in order to become useful and worth your money: comfort and performance. Shoes need to be sturdy to keep up with your active lifestyle and they need to be comfortable so you won't have to worry about tired, smelly, and blistered feet. Here are some recommendations that you can consider in your search for the best men's walking or hiking shoes.

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    Merrell Moab Ventilator

    This pair of shoes offers highly evolved breathability that keeps your feet fresh and relaxed even while you're on a hiking or biking trip. This features is provided by its breathable ventilator mesh and durable leather upper. Its heel counter and toe bumper are made of durable rubber, providing protection for your feet. Not only does it provide breathability to your feet, it also protects your feet from smelling with the use of a mesh lining with a treatment of antimicrobial technology. With its specially designed footbed and footframe, you are assured of a comfortable fit that minimizes foot fatigue and friction that causes blisters. The Merrell Moab Ventilator is a pair of shoes that concentrates on giving you the most comfortable shoe experience even while you're hiking or biking all day.

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    Asolo Powermatic 200 GV

    These midweight boots are designed to help you traverse rugged terrain while carrying heavy loads that can go up to 80 pounds. It is made of leather, offering stiff support and excellent traction, not to mention waterproofing. It may take a while for them to become comfortable, but the break-in time is only minimal. You can get a comfortable hiking experience from it in no time. It is also quite heavy, which is a fair trade-off being an extremely sturdy pair of boots. For backpacking trips carrying lots of load, the Asolo Powermatic 200 GV gets the job done with minimal effort to make it more comfortable.

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    Keen Voyageur

    The Keen Voyageur is a pair of hiking shoes that is recommended for hiking during hot weather. Its well ventilated and lightweight design makes sure that even though it is extremely hot outside, you can still get a fresh and comfortable hiking experience. The Keen Voyageur may not be waterproof, but if it does get wet, it is designed to drain water quickly and efficiently, drying fast and keeping you comfortable. Being a lightweight pair of shoes, it does have the unfortunate tendency to succumb to wear-and-tear quicker than heavier hiking shoes. But if you are looking for a lightweight and well ventilated pair of hiking shoes that you will not use regularly, the Keen Voyageur will be an excellent choice.

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    Keen Targhee II

    As a midweight hiking shoe, the Keen Targhee II offers a nice balance between comfort and performance. It is very flexible and lightweight, perfect if you want to be quick on your feet and if you are not carrying heavy loads during hiking trips. It is waterproof thanks to a special lining, although it can become a little too warm during hot weather. This isn't a big deal, though, because it provides excellent ventilation that gets rid of unwanted heat when it becomes too warm.

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    Mephisto Match

    This walking shoe offers a full fitting that is anatomically correct, giving users full support on their heels and foot arches as they walk. Its design allows full ventilation throughout the foot every time the user takes a step, all thanks to its air jet system technology.

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    References

    Consumersearch: Keen Targhee II Mid

    Most Comfortable Shoes: Most Comfortable Men's Walking Shoes