Adidas Terrex Fast Mid GTX
Adidas doesn’t get enough credit for its Terrex hiking shoes, which have been partially eclipsed by the company’s athletic and lifestyle footwear. The Terrex Fast Mid GTX Surround draws influence from those categories though and is entirely modern as a result. It uses a combination of open and closed lace hooks in its integration of the speed-lacing system, which is uncommon in full-height hikers. Adidas also equipped it with a Continental rubber sole and Gore-Tex Surround, one of the company’s most breathable waterproof membranes.
The Terrex Fast Mid is very light considering how supportive and protective it is. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the boot held my heel in place, even while having a roomier toe box than others on this list. (Consider trying a half size down in addition to your normal size to find the best fit.) I also enjoyed the sneaker-like aesthetic, which has the potential for more versatile use during the time spent off-trail.