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The 16 Best Hiking Boots and Shoes of 2016

Meet the best footwear that money can buy.

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Your shoes are all that’s between you and the ground, and we want to help you choose them wisely. We put this year’s footwear crop through a serious torture test, sending them across the world, from South American jungles to the Rocky Mountains, to find out which shoes were the best of the best. When the dust settled, these were the 16 best hiking boots and shoes of the year

Hiking Boot Test Stats

Testers: 24
Nights out: 250
Miles hiked: 11,245
Longest hike: 165 miles
Longest day: 19-hour summit push
Hottest temp: 118°F (Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, CA)
Coldest temp: -10°F (Crested Butte, CO)
Heaviest load: 140 lbs. (a deer)
Highest trip: 14,505 ft. (Mt. Whitney, CA)

Editors’ Choice: Vasque Skywalk GTX

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