Gear Guide 2009: Oboz Teton Suede Boot Review

The supportive midsole, tough build, and bargain price of the Teton proves looks can be deceiving.


Our testers in the Rockies are stingy with compliments about low-cuts because most shoes in this category don’t have the muscle for rough, steep terrain. So we took note when several testers raved about this shoe’s “real midsole.” One said, “The around-town look is deceiving–this shoe is totally at home on crappy trails.”

How’s that? For starters, the Teton has more side-to-side and underfoot support than most low-cuts of comparable weight. Add enough cushion for carrying at least 30 pounds, and you get a real hiker in the guise of a handsome sneaker–for less than $100. The durable suede uppers conform to the foot better than synthetic materials, and the deep heel cup locks the foot down and helps support the Achilles. With no waterproof membrane, breathability is good, though the uppers dry slowly. Note: It’s a little boxy for scrambling, and thorns can penetrate the tongue’s mesh. Best for medium-volume feet. $95; 2 lbs.

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