Finding the right hiking shoe is overwhelming. There are so many tech specs, styles, brands, and prices - it's hard to compare. I chose TNF Women's Hedge Hog Mid GTX Boot. Right now, the trend in hiking is minimalism, lightweight, compact, etc. I'm not into that. I need a shoe that will keep my foot safe and supported. Being relatively new to hiking and backpacking, the last thing I want is a twisted ankle.
The reason I bought North Face is because of their epic warranty. If there's something defective about your shoe, send it in and they'll take care of you. My first pair of TNF hiking shoes were seriously defective. They crushed my ankle, had too much toe room. I sent them back, and they credited me for a new pair. Needless to say, I am team TNF for life.
The color is not ultra sexy
Not full leather
Tongue of the shoe feels a bit cheap
Would I buy? Yes. I did. I own them.
These shoes do not come cheap, but you get a lot of great tech specs. You have the waterproof Gore-Tex, strurdy Vibram, and leather upper. It's a well made shoe.
What do you think? Do you have recommendations for shoes for new hikers? Comment below!