Read our full review on the Altra Olympus 4 here.
Our testers say the Brooks Cascadia 15 a straightforward, no-nonsense, all-purpose trail shoe with a design and features that make it an excellent choice for a range of runners. They note that while the Cascadia 15 is missing the bells and whistles other trail-running shoes might have, for the most part you won’t miss them. Instead, features like an internal stability system, a rock plate, and quick-drying mesh make it an ideal option for anything from a beginner trail run, easy hike, or more technical routes.
Read our full review on the Brooks Cascadia 15 here.
Nike Pegasus Trail 2
Testers say to go for the Nike Pegasus Trail 2 if you’re looking for trail shoes that can do double duty on roads and trails, without sacrificing the protection and durability trail shoes are known for. Whatever terrain you choose, testers say, the Nike Pegasus Trail 2 will prepare you for it.
Read our full review on the Nike Pegasus Trail 2 here.
Salomon Sense Ride 3
Our testers say the Salomon Sense Ride 3 is an agile and versatile trail-running shoe that’s great for entry-level trail runners. With its hint of European glamour, testers also liked that the shoe looks a bit cooler than other trail-running options out there.
Read our full review on the Salomon Sense Ride 3 here.
Best Weight-Lifting Shoes
Ryka Focus XT
Testers liked that the Ryka Focus XT training shoe helped keep them connected to the ground, which is especially important when you’re weight lifting. An added bonus, testers noted, is that you can still use these shoes for everyday errand running or walking, since they’re comfortable enough to move around in and stylish enough to add extra oomph to your athleisure outfit. Bottom line, the Ryka Focus XT works hard both in the (home) gym and out.
Read our full review on the Ryka Focus XT here.
Best Hiking Shoe
Our testers call this a best-of-all-worlds hiking sneaker for the casual adventurer, although they note that the shoes do require a breaking-in period. Even so, testers say the style has a great fit and provides the level of support you need for beginner to moderate trails. Overall, they note that this is a sturdy, safe, and stylish shoe to take you through many miles on the trail.
Read our full review on the Merrell Bravada here.
Vasque Talus XT GTX
For your tough, long hikes, testers said you should reach for the Vasque Talus XT GTX. They noted features like great ankle support, durable sole, and comfortable, supportive footbed as proof that this boot can take pretty much anything you throw at it on the trails. The style is on the pricier side—at $210—but our testers said it’s an investment worth making if you’re a frequent hiker, adding that you will not be disappointed in the mileage and years you can get out of it.
Read our full review on the Vasque Talus XT GTX here.
Best Walking Shoes
Eddie Bauer Flexion Cloudline Sneaker
Testers liked that the Eddie Bauer Flexion Cloudliner was comfortable in both fit and feel, and said it was versatile with good all-around performance. According to our testers, the style is an efficient no-brainer for any activity, and perfect to slip on when you want to look sort of put together but still feel relaxed.
Read our full review on the Eddie Bauer Flexion Cloudline here.
Puma Calibrate Runner
Our testers say the Puma Calibrate Runner is perfect for those who want a sleek, athletic look in their lifestyle and walking shoes. Testers liked that it’s comfortable, reliable, and perfectly on-trend—and versatile enough to go from walking to errand-running to even a casual run. Overall, testers said that this style passed every test.