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If you’ve embraced the trail life this summer, fall’s arrival is no reason to quit. Just find hiking boots that can weather the seasonal shifts and keep on moving.
For mixed terrain
For light trails and mixed terrain, consider these versatile leather hiking boots, which have a flexible midsole to support a natural stride, even on bumpy ground. The Gore-Tex lining is waterproof, too, but the boots are still breathable.
Zamberlan 309 Trail Lite Gore-Tex hiking boots, $280, mec.ca
For a pop of colour
Who says hiking boots need to be bland? The colour blocking on these will stand out anywhere. They’re also designed to distribute weight well, easing the load on pressure points and maintaining stability.
Aku Outdoor Ultra Light Original GTX hiking boots, $300, akuoutdoor.ca
For chillier weather
If you’re already thinking ahead to winter hikes, this hybrid design comes with a removable, multi-layer inner boot, so you can control the insulation. That means this can be cooler and breathable in fall, then keep toes toasty come snow.
Baffin Borealis men’s boots, $250, baffin.com
For rainy days
These boots are made with a waterproof membrane that helps keep feet dry on rainy days, and a rubber outsole ensures traction on wet terrain. They also provide ankle and arch support without feeling too clunky or cushioned.
Eddie Bauer Cairn mid hiking boots, $230, eddiebauer.ca
For old-school cool
With bright red laces and a design that harks back to one of the brand’s ’70s-era styles, these boots have a retro feel that suits street strolling, too. They’re breathable even on fall days that feel unseasonably warm, thanks to a quick-drying inner lining.
Danner Mountain Light Cascade non-waterproof hiking boots, $485, global.danner.com