Best Value: Forsake Trail Hiking Boot
A relative new-comer in hiking footwear, Forsake embraces the principle that hikers don’t have to look like Hummer-esque monsters to perform well. Dubbed an urban “sneakerboot” that’s ready for all-terrain adventures, the Trail boot carries enough savvy design details to make it suitable for city exploration thanks to bold white soles, pops of orange, and the traditional metal eyelets. Style aside, the boot still performs admirably on the roughest of trails, and at a price that’s forgiving on your wallet.
With Forsake's Trail boot, you get full-grain leather uppers that provide 100 percent waterproof protection, reinforced with their proprietary HydroGuard internal membrane, which is seam-sealed but breathes admirably, with a gusseted tongue to keep water and debris from sneaking through the lace eyelets or the space between the tongue and upper. The midsole and footbed follow a familiar pattern: compression EVA and open-cell PU respectively, to offer long-lasting support, rebound, and comfort. Underneath, Forsake employs their own Peak-to-Pavement outsole, which uses inner lugs for grip on loose terrain (dirt, gravel, scree, and mud) with wider outer lugs for traction and stability on hard surfaces.
The boot comes in two relatively traditional colors — tan and tan/cypress — as well as a stand-out “stone” design that’s a far cry away from the tired hiking boot designs that clutter most retail shelves. To demonstrate their love of the outdoors, Forsake has also partnered with Carbonfund.org to offset the energy used to ship store samples. They also package the shoes with recycled paper and have removed all non-recyclable packaging from their shoe boxes.