The Benefits of Hiking SandalsThere are a couple of great benefits to hiking sandals.
- You can get your feet wet. River crossings, dashing around headlands at the beach, puddles, swamps, it doesn't matter, hiking sandals handle it all. You can get your feet as wet as you want because in a few minutes they'll be dry again and your hiking partners will be giving you dirty looks while their boots squish for the rest of the day.
- No socks. Although you certainly could wear a pair of socks with your sandals, you don't have to. In the warmer months, which is when you would probably be wearing a pair of hiking sandals, this is a major bonus. It's also one less piece of clothing that you have to bring along.
- Ventilation. Feet get sweaty when you're hiking, especially in the summer when it's hot. And even the most well ventilated shoe can have you sweating like crazy by the sixth or seventh hour on the trail. With a pair of hiking sandals you may still sweat, but your feet wont be wrinkly and blistered at the end of the day from having been confined inside a stuffy shoe.
Popular Hiking SandalsHiking sandals, like shoes, come in all different shapes and sizes.
First, for something a little more beefy, there's the Keen Newport H2 hiking sandals. Keen makes a ton of hiking sandals and they do a great job of it. For a trail where dust or sand would be expected, something like this hiking sandal that protects your feet a bit more would be perfect.
Another popular hiking sandal manufacturer is Chaco. The Z/2 Unaweep is one of their more popular hiking sandals, and looks more like your typical sandal than the Keen model above. For a rain forest trail or something less dirty and dusty a hiking sandal like this would be ideal.