Before investing in a pair of good hiking boots, my weekend jaunts through the forest left me with ridiculously sore feet. Regular sneakers do little to stop you from slipping on loose rocks, leaves, and wet or icy spots anywhere a trail wasn’t perfectly flat. It’s safe to say hiking boots are a game-changer. Outdoor Voices and Merrell just launched an eco-friendly option that belongs on the feet of every trailblazer.
The Merrell + Outdoor Voices Moab 2 Mid Eco ($140) has all the qualities you want in a hiking boot. They come in two new colors (Lava and Limestone), and they’re durable, waterproof, and use eco-friendly materials. There’s recycled content in the laces, footbeds, and midsoles, recycled polyester in the mesh and webbing, and wool in the tongue. And my favorite part: The foam midsole is made with 10 percent algae biomass, which restores the environment when it’s harvested, transforming green water into clean water during the process.
Aside from the top-notch quality that’ll allow you to wear them for years, they’re also great for beginners. You don’t need to break them in like most options you’ll find; they’re comfortable straight out of the box. They also have the Merrell Air Cushion in the heel, which absorbs shock and adds stability—something my sometimes-clumsy self appreciates. If you want to try the hiking boot for yourself, shop the two new options below.
Shop the new Merrell and Outdoor Voices hiking boots
1. Moab 2 Mid Eco Waterproof in Lava, $140
The red and orange hues of this hiking boot will have you feeling fierce as you take on the trails.
Shop now: Moab 2 Mid Eco Waterproof in Lava, $140
If you’re more into neutrals, grab this pair that brightens up the tan base with a pop of color.
Shop now: Moab 2 Mid Eco Waterproof in Limestone, $140
Do these foot mobility stretches before a big hike:
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