You can choose from a variety of backpacking, hiking, and trekking shoes for your backpacking trip. If you are going to backpack for a year, you should pack lightweight boots like Montrail or Asolo. Opt for boots if your trip involves a lot of trekking. You can pack runner shoes if you are doing backpacker tourism or day hikes. Runner shoes are lightweight and comfortable.
The best brands for women’s backpacking shoes include Montrail, Vasque, and Merrell. You can get a pair of waterproof hikers or low-profile hikers by Merrell. Low-profile hikers come with multisport outsoles, air cushion midsoles, breathable mesh lining and mesh uppers. Another option is to get mid-height hikers by Merrell, featuring a Q-Form alignment system and compression-molded footframe. Mid-height uppers offer support, comfort, and breathability that are required for high-exertion action. Other brands to check include Solomon, Vasque, Asolo, Mammut, and Keen. Asolo’s backpacking boots are lightweight and provide twisting resistance. They are durable, offer ankle support, and are good for downhill traction. Vasque’s light hiking boots feature strider outsoles and molded midsoles. The upper is made from breathable, waterproof lining and durable split leather. Vasque’s hiking boots are priced at $160.