If you’re working or playing outside in unpredictable conditions, you know that having a reliable pair of boots that can stand up to snow, sleet, rain, and mud can make a world of difference.
Do your shoes actually fit properly? We asked Oboz how to know you’re getting the right fit before you hit the trail with your brand-new hiking boots.
The answer is more nuanced than one might think.
Editors' choice for a fast-transition boot from the 2018 Fall/Winter Gear Guide.
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Women’s pick for footwear from the Fall/Winter 2018 Gear Guide.
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Best traction in footwear from the Fall/Winter 2018 Gear Guide.
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One of our all-time favorite boots is back.
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This versatile hybrid features to-the-toe lacing, a softshell tongue, and thick suede leather.
Improve all-day comfort and prevent blisters with these key tips.
These sturdy boots are nimble enough for short trail runs.
Staff Photographer Ben Fullerton reviews the lightweight Snow Junkie boots from Vasque
Running-shoe comfort with hiking-boot stability.
This uncommonly comfortable boot tackles the biggest terrain in our video review.
Can any hiking boot survive 15 minutes in a cement mixer filled with rocks, sticks, dirt, and bricks? Gear Lab aims to find out.
With superior stability, breathability, and versatility, the all-purpose, midweight Kayland Zephyr hiking boot became an editor favorite after standing up to the worst weather Wales could throw at it. See it in action here.