If you’re going on a trip and there will be some outdoor activities, you’ll definitely want to consider buying a pair of nice hiking shoes. Usually a pair of full hardcore hiking boots will be unecessary for most trips. Whereas hiking shoes are (1) more compact, (2) lighter and (3) a little less obvious in more urban environments. That’s why we picked the Merrell Moab Gore-Tex hiking shoes as some of our absolute favorites.
First of all, they are Merrells. Which means that you are buying an extremely reputable, quality brand. They have a great history of creating some of the most celebrated hiking boots of all time. And that attention to quality shines through with the Moabs too. This pair is lined with gore-tex which is a big deal for travelers going to anywhere where it is damp (which is, let’s face it, pretty much everywhere). The gore-tex material integrated into the shoes is both super breathable but also totally waterproof. You’re socks will thank you. The Moabs also have a great Vibram sole. Vibram soles are without a doubt the best soles on the market due to their excellent grip and sturdiness in the face of rough terrain.
But one of the main reasons that I like the Moab line is that they are relatively unassuming. You could easily through these on with a pair of jeans and nobody would say a word. And that is really the beauty of travel. Blending in but also being prepared is one of our major goals in light travel.
The Moabs come in both male and female designs, so check them out below.
Merrell Men's Moab Gore-Tex Hiking Shoe, Beluga,10.5 M US
- Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex Extended Comfort lining
- Bellows tongue keeps debris out
- M Select FRESH prevents odor
- Air cushion heel absorbs shock and adds stability
Merrell Women's Moab 2 Gtx Hiking Shoe, Sedona Sage, 7.5 M US
- Removable insole