With spring snapping at our heels, our city’s hiking season is upon us. And with Hong Kong’s impressive landscape and expansive country parks, hiking is the perfect accompaniment to a healthy, physical lifestyle for the city dwellers among us. We’ve identified the top five hiking shoe brands to look for when scaling the shops, and where to buy them in the city, and online.
What to look for…
Top of the list to consider when choosing a pair of hiking boots should be tread and support around the heel and toe. Flexibility and breathability are factors too, depending on the terrain and difficulty of your hike. Gore-tex labels are also important to look out for – known in outerwear for being waterproof, breathable and durable.
Top 5 brands and Where to Buy Them…
Durable and versatile, Keen boots feature their own patented waterproof, breathable membrane. The Marshall WP boot is perfect for the ambitious hiker, with a high-rebound midsole, heel support and a high-traction outsole.
Available at Patagonia, 46 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central.
Swiss brand Mammut is a trusted brand in alpine apparel, with an extensive selection of outdoor footwear. The Redburn Mid GTX is a lightweight boot with Mammut® Base Fit lacing that transfers power to the soles and prevents the foot from pressure points and slipping.
Available at Mammut, 74 Hollywood Road, Central.
Columbia Sportswear Company
Columbia Sportswear offers multi-sport shoes; ultra-light and suitable for hikes on even terrain. The Conspiracy II Outdry shoe has a Techlite® midsole which gives lightweight cushioning and stability for ultra-smooth transition.
Available at Columbia Sportswear Company, 67 Queen’s Road Central, Central.
Merrell boots are versatile and offer both half-height and shoe-style boots. The Siren Sport 2 is compact and uses Strobel construction, as well as nubuck for water-resistance and breathable mesh. Its Omni-Fit™ lacing system keeps feet stable within the shoe.
Available at Mirabell, 16 D’aguilar Street, Central.
Swedish brand Haglöfs shoes are original in shape and style, with high traction rubber soles for excellent grip. The Roc Legend Mid Q GT has a thin midsole for best ground contact and a rubber reinforced toe and heel for strong protection.
Available at Protrek, 156 Connaught Road Central, Central.