The great outdoors is a perennial source of style inspiration. That’s particularly true when it comes to function-first gear, like hiking boots and shoes. The aesthetics of this kind of footwear run the gamut. On one hand, you’ve got your classic leather hiker, which is always in style. On the other, you’ve got techy, trail-ready shoes and boots that might seem more suited to an actual hike than your everyday life—which is exactly what makes them feel fresh off the trail. They’re fun and functional, plus they play against expectations. (Think of them as tricked-out dad shoes, and wear them like that, too.) Whatever you’re into, there’s never been a better time to lean in. Here are 11 styles to get you started.
Teva x Herschel Hurricane XLT2 Alp Sandal
There is perhaps no shoe more contested as fashionable or unfashionable that a Teva sandal. This one even has a buckle, which is just plain useful. The soles can handle serious terrain, too.
Nike Okwahn II Hiking Shoe
Your favorite sneaker brands make some outdoorsy shoes that don’t skimp on the style factor. These Nike Okwahns can be easily worn off the trail.
Nike ACG React Terra Gobe Ripstop Sneakers
When in doubt, Nike ACG makes gear that blend style and function. These ripstop sneakers feel comfortable and can handle heavy wear.
The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid Gore-Tex Hiking Boot
The North Face’s Gore-Tex boot is great for hikes where you might be stepping in and around water. The boot height protects your ankle.
Arc’teryx Konseal Gore-Tex Hiking Sneakers
Arc’teryx is best known for its superb handling of the elements—rain, wind, and the like. These are about as low-key as hiking sneakers can get.
The North Face Back-to-Berkeley Redux Boot
The North Face makes some very fun stuff with a vintage vibe, and these shoes are right on brand. If you’re trying to lean into function-first footwear, there’s no better way.
Adidas Outdoor Terrex Free Hiker CR Hiking Shoe
Adidas Outdoor makes a hiking sneaker that is, dare we say, cool? It looks just like your standard sneaker but with a higher height and grippier sole.
Fracap M120 Sole Scarponcino Boot
Fracap’s hiker can also be easily worn with jeans. These are good for any time of year.
Nike x Undercover SFB Mountain Boot
Nike and Undercover blend sneaker and boot, fashion and function—all in a single shoe.
Très Bien x Diemme Hiker Boot
Leave it up to Très Bien and Diemme to create a true hiking boot that leans into current trends. This one elevates the uber-popular dad style—plus, they’re not so heavy that they’ll be uncomfortable in daily life.
Danner Mountain Light Boot
Danner’s mountain boots are the best of both fashion and function worlds. They’re lined with waterproof Gore-Tex and finished with a lugged Vibram outsole. And in all black, they’ll never feel out of place.