Hiking Sandals – A Short Guide

A hiking sandal, also called as sports sandal, athletic sandal or active sandal is a traverse between a traditional sandal and a hiking shoe. Of late, this style has gained popularity and is available in many styles and varying options.

Active Sandals for Casual Walking

When looking for sandals mainly for the purpose of walking it’s important to check that they provide the needed arch support. The slip-on sandal, Zong EcoTred from Chaco is excellent for daily use as well for taking long walks along the beach. While the outer sole of this sandal is made partly from recycled rubber, its fully adjustable straps provide a perfect fit to the user. The Zong EcoTred is designed to provide arch support. For additional information on this product you may like to check through zappos .com for Chaco brand.

The Siren Tansy from Merrell (merrell.com) makes another good option. This lightweight strappy sandal remains comfortable and stylish. The shock absorbing material in its arch support and foot bed allows you to walk long distances with comfort.

Athletic Sandals for Water Activities

Athletic sandals should necessarily be water resistant and have the quality of drying quickly when used in or around water. Whisper Sandals are expressly made for water related sports. Their capacity to reduced odor emission and the quick drying mesh material make them a flawless pair to have during rains or while canoeing out. The Whisper offered by Keen can be washed in machine.

Teva presents Tirra sandal with many features that make it an ideal choice for water sports. Its eye-catching but functional straps allow you to use it on the lakefront as well for an out of town evening. Shock absorbers in the heels offer utmost comfort while the specially made sole offers goodsurface contact even in slippery environs.

Hiking Sandals for Trails

The essential features of hiking sandals are that these should provide complete foot protection, and offer adequate circulation of air to prevent feet from sweating on a trail. The Venice presented by Keen offers excellent ventilation. It is a superb substitute for hiking shoes or boots. It’s designed to include open straps that facilitate ample circulation of air while tracking. Its patented KeenProtect feature assures to protect the toes as good as any customary hiking shoes.

The Explorer Sandal offered by L.L. Bean comes with some exclusive features for track use. This sandal made from fast drying materials and weatherproof leather has novel drainage ports all around.

Tips for Purchasing and Wearing Sport Sandals

*Most of the brands described here can be procured from websites like REI.com and Zappos.com or from the website of the respective company.
*Be careful of buying the right size and following the recommendations of the manufacturer as anill-fitting sport sandal could cause injuries to your feet.
*It would be good to use your new sandals for short intervals, thus getting used to them, before going out with them for a long hiking trip.
* There is quite a variation in the prices of these sandals from reasonable to very expensive, though all are meant for rough outdoor use. The cheaper variety may wear off sooner, making it worthwhile to spend a little more and get a quality version of hiking sandals.

Suede Cage Booties by Sergio Rossi

The Nude Suede Booties by Sergio Rossi is definitely one of the most beautiful shoes of its SS 2011 line. Embellished with quite expensive Swarovski Crystals, this designer cage bootie has a super sexy thin 4.13 inch heel. We especially like its back zip. The design is super-stylish and the ankle length exterior makes for comfortable women’s shoe. The coral color will sure turn heads. The price: just over $1,600.

Suede Sandals by Alaïa

The Alaïa took the most attractive elements of a high-heel and paired it with sexy cut out details, and the end result is a super-sexy number perfect for cocktail hour and girls’ nights on the town – perfect evening choice for the summer 2011 season. These designer cutout suede sandals are black – taupe – suede and have intricate loop cutouts. And we especially like the thin 5 inch heel. These sandals also have a 1 inch platform. The price: just over$ 1,300.

Unusual Shoes for Women by Alexander McQueen

It isn’t a usual thing that a pair of wedges deserves a special shelf in the home among artwork. The famous Alexander McQueen illustrates how creativity does not end at the ankles – it actually goes all the way until the bottom of your sexy feet. These beautifully designed shoes, part of the Spring/Summer 2011 line, are a classic embodiment of artistic surrealism. The unusual, yet stylish flower petals curve around the edges of the shoe creating an ideal balance between style and practicality. And would you wear them?

Fur Sandals by Rene Caovilla

No, these Rene Caovilla’s Fox Fur and Swarovski Sandals will not keep you warm. But they will make you feel sexy! These super-stylish sandals feature Swarovski crystals & fox fur for a truly hot and lush sandal. And while shoes such as these would seem to fall in the formal category, stylists have them paired with ultra-mini skirts for a sexy look. The Rene Caovilla’s fox & fur sandals have a zip closure at the back ankle, leather in-sole and lining. They have a 4.3 inch heel and .3 inch platform. The price: just over $1,600.

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