I’ve been talking a lot of trail lately. Namely the ups and downs but not enough about the awesome gear and fashion I’ve had the pleasure of seeing on my journey from Mexico to Canada. When it comes to hiking, functional fashion is key, especially when it comes down to the shoes. Here’s what’s up with trail kicks this year on the PCT:
These trail runners are by far the most popular hiking shoe of choice I’ve seen. Made for runners with a zero drop design, backpackers have found that the cushion and lack of heel lift really propels them to the next level. Not to mention they are pretty snazzy! Best part is, Altra has tons of styles available from waterproof to high top, there’s something for everyone.
Nike Wild Horse
I personally love these trail runners and so do many hikers, I’ve noticed. Nike is a trusted brand so they deserve a try, especially with that solid rock plate feature that protects the balls of your feet. Again, size and color are abundant for men and women in this style and I haven’t heard any complaints so far!
Adidas Trail Runners
While I haven’t seen a ton of people sporting them, I have first hand experience with 400-500 miles on each pair I’ve owned! I usually find them on Amazon and would trust all styles from trail runners to hiking boots. Adidas doesn’t get enough love in the thru hiking category so here I am giving them my trail tested praise! At least pick up a pair just for fun, you won’t be disappointed and neither will your wardrobe!
Hoka One One
Big fan of the look of these, though I haven’t tried them myself. I do have to say I met a hiker about 300 miles in who’s beaten down pair looked brand new! Again, great colorways in all styles and really worth a run, or ultra run if that’s what you’re into.