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Outfit the Whole Family With These 9 Functional Hiking Shoes and Sandals

Take a Hike in New Shoes & Sandals You'll Love

By: Elizabeth Lowry

When faced with what to wear on the trail, hiking boots have long been a no-brainer. When temperatures rise, though, you might find yourself hiding your boots in the back of your closet alongside your winter coats and hats. For hikes in warmer weather, a supportive and rugged shoe that's a little lighter, cooler and less constricting is ideal.

Although you could wear your flip-flops or gym shoes on shorter hikes, it's not recommended. Hiking shoes and sandals contain a reinforced sole and are crafted with durable leather or thicker fabrics to keep your feet protected from rough, rugged trails. Plus, some hiking sandals come with covered toes to keep your tootsies protected from any tree roots or rocks.

Far from coming up short in either quantity or style, hiking sandals and shoes are available in a wide variety of colors, sizes and prices that are sure to suit your whole family.

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Women's Keen Whisper Sandal

A longstanding favorite among hikers and walkers alike, the Whisper sandal is lightweight, comfortable, sturdy and dries quickly, should you find yourself wading across a creek or stepping into a puddle during your adventures. Plus, the sandal's washable upper makes clean up a snap.

Available at Keen (starting at $58.99)
Photo courtesy of Keen.