Thanks to 2020, I've maxed out the miles on my hiking shoes — which made me realize how fortunate I am to live near mountains that (safely!) offer plenty of fresh air and new scenery. So, as I shop for new boots, I want to do so sustainably as a small token of thanks to Mother Nature for all the peace she's provided me.
My first stop while shoe shopping (virtually!) is always HOKA ONE ONE — when it comes to athletic footwear, I've been loyal to the brand for years. As I scrolled through the site, my eyes were immediately drawn to their TenNine Hike Gore-Tex ($250) boot's blue, pink, and yellow colorways. But, once I read that the kicks were made from recycled textiles and polyester, I was pretty much sold.
The product's description raved of efficient heel-to-toe transitions, high-traction outsoles, and an overall lightweight build, too — and after putting the boots to the test, I can attest to these claims. I'm as clumsy as they come, so when I say these kicks are easy to maneuver and have great grip, you can bet they had to pass a few trip tests.
I love how the TenNine Hike Gore-Tex shoe is built like a high-performance sneaker (padded, airy, flexible!) but with all the offerings of great hiking boots: ankle support, ample grip, and plenty of cushion. Even better, they're made of water-repellent materials, too, which means snow and rain won't stop me from exploring new paths all winter long.