The best type of winter hiking shoe performs like a boot but feels like a trail runner – aka Chaco’s Tedinho Waterproof. These leather hikers are ready to go right out of the box – sure, they’re a little stiff at first, but not awkwardly so. Subtle details such as suede detailing around the collar and three types of eyelets make these boots sophisticated – and comfortable – enough to wear around town as you break them in. A flash of color on the tongue adds a playful element to an otherwise simple shoe. Switch out the brown laces for a brighter color if you want to add a bit more pizzazz.
When you are ready to hit the trail, don’t let wet or snowy weather deter you – no moisture will come between Mother Nature and your feet. The full grain waterproof leather (available in three colors: black, bungee or Tarvia) keeps your toes dry whether you’re snowshoeing, shoveling the driveway or dodging puddles between bars. If you find yourself in deep powder, however, consider wearing gaiters to keep moisture from entering your boots from above.
The square military-style laces are easy to secure – all the way up – and don’t come undone easily. The Luvseat platform offers excellent arch support and is comfortable a top the EcoTread sole. Made from 25 percent recycled rubber, the bottoms of these boots aren’t as knobby as others on the market, but their 3.5 mm lugs will keep you grounded and stable on most any surface.
The Tedinho Waterproof is sturdy all-purpose, light hiker that will get you where you need to go with plenty of support and comfort. At $150, it’s reasonably priced yet built to last.