No matter what sort of pointy-toed, high-heeled contraptions you might see on the fashion runway, women love comfortable shoes. And you’ll be hard-pressed to get her into boots more comfortable than the Evolutions from TrekSta. (Guys unanimously love them, too, which is why they earned this year’s Editors’ Choice Award.) Basing their NestFIT design on the 3D laser scans of 20,000 feet, testers have repeatedly praised these light mid-height boots for comfort.
They’re light and flexible for dayhikes, but supportive enough for overnight loads on uneven terrain. The Gore-Tex lining is waterproof and breathable, and the soles are grippy, even on slippery wet granite or slushy slickrock. As everyone knows, getting to the top is only half the trip, the long walk down is the other half. And TrekSta made the toe box a little bit longer so that swollen toes won’t get jammed against the end, making these the perfect boot for peak bagging. $140; 1 lb. 10 oz. (w’s 6.5); trekstausa.com; w’s 5.5-10.5, m’s 7-12