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I’m picky about my hiking shoes. As an avid hiker and past Search and Rescue volunteer, I’ve gone through quite a few pairs. I’ve rarely been completely happy with any of them: cheap shoes are too stiff, or too heavy, or just too flimsy, and top-of-the-line models may fit like a glove, but tend to come with too steep a price tag.
Here are 5 shoes from adidas that I have used, abused and fallen in love with.
Terrex Formotion Women’s Hiking Shoe
I tried Adidas’ Terrex Fast X Formotion hiking shoe, and immediately felt like Goldilocks: they were just right.
What sets the Terrex Fast X Formotion Mid Gore-Tex hiking shoe (what a mouthful!) apart is the fact that it’s extremely lightweight for a mid-height shoe, yet completely protects your foot. Hiking over uneven, muddy terrain this spring, I’ve never felt likely to turn my ankle, and my feet never get wet, yet I don’t feel as if I’m wearing a clunky boot.
When Adidas says these shoes are waterproof, they’re not joking. Aside from my winter snow boots, the Terrex is the only pair I can wear all day through rain, puddles, and wet trail and still keep my feet dry.
Since they’re not bulky, I’ve been reaching for them not only for trekking, but for my kids’ soccer tournaments (during which I’m guaranteed to stand on wet sidelines for hours) and weekend trips to (soggy) Portland.
The Gore-Tex membrane is breathable, too. During my first test hike on a trail heavy with snowmelt, I paired the shoes with wool hiking socks, and my feet didn’t get sweaty. I also really like the ‘speed lacing’ elastic lace construction, which makes getting them on and off a breeze (they stay tight, too).
The grip on the tread is comprised of Traxion, which made for more controlled descending on slopes. My only complaint is that the sole is pretty flat; if you need a very supportive arch, this may be a problem, but it didn’t deter from my comfort.
The Terrex Formotion is available on Amazon for $159.95 and comes in blue or magenta. In addition to the mid-height shown (and reviewed) here, Adidas also makes a low-height (ankle cut) hiking shoe with or without Gore-tex. See that version at Backcountry.
Terrex Fast X Shoes
- Lining: Gore-Tex extended comfort footwear.
- Inlay: Molded Ortholite sockliner.
- Midsole: Full forefoot adiprene+ for forefoot propulsion and efficiency.
- Midsole: Outdoor specific Formotion unit for enhanced motion control and downhill comfort.
- Outsole: Traxion-featuring Continental rubber for extraordinary grip.
Gearing up for autumn hiking? This is my favorite time of year to hit the trails in cooler weather and solitude, and I’ll be doing so in Adidas Terrex Fast X shoes. The Terrex line is great; As much as I enjoyed the Adidas Terrex Formotion hiking boot (reviewed above) in summer, my only wish was for an ankle-height version.
The Terrex Fast X answers this wish with a hiking shoe that’s solid enough for all terrain and many miles, with just a bit less heft.
While the Terrex Fast X is lighter than the Formotion due to the lower cut, it is not a lightweight hiker. It’s not meant to be. The Fast X is definitely substantial (this is not a trail runner).
You get EVA midsoles that absorb shock and traction that does the job on gravel, rock, and mud. The arch support is good, and protection plates guard against bruising. The Fast X includes a Gore Tex liner that’s waterproof yet breathable; your feet will stay dry in rain and through shallow creeks.
Some people love quick-pull speed laces, and some hate them. I’m in the love ’em camp, because I always feel I can get a closer fit. The Fast X quick-pull lacing system allows you to tighten as you see fit. (The Fast X isn’t very narrow, and the lacing system helps you get a narrower fit if desired.)
After three 2-3 hour hikes in the Fast X, I didn’t notice any loosening of the laces. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case with this type of lacing.
All in all, if you’re looking for a strong, substantial hiker featuring an ankle-height cut, the Fast X is a solid choice. It’s easy to slip in and out of, and will take care of your feet on a variety of terrain.
Pick up a pair in men’s or women’s models for $135 at Adidas or various prices at Amazon orZappos. The men’s come in black/gray, and the women’s offer gray, pink, green, red, and magenta. Hardly seems fair.
Climacool Boat Breeze Shoes
- ClimaCool open mesh for enhanced breathability.
- Speed lacing construction for fast and snug lacing.
- EVA tongue top for enhanced fit and comfort.
- EVA heel piece for enhanced comfort and fit.
- Midsole/Outsole: ClimaCool tooling construction for enhanced breathability and comfort.
Over Labor Day I used the Adidal Climacool Boat Breeze shoes at our Cabin in McCall Idaho. I have been looking for a good, versatile and comfortable shoe for the lake and have fallen in love with these shoes.
For me the perfect boat shoes does 4 things – Slips on and off fast, dries quickly, is comfortable enough to wear all day. Usually I wear sandals of some kind but trying to jump in and out is a constant gamble.
The Boat Breeze has innovative drainage holes in the sole lets the shoe drain quickly and the molded EVA tongue and heel helps the Breeze stay on even when full of water. The non marking sole didn’t leave any marks on our boat although it has surprising traction, even when wet.
- Light weight
- self draining
- quick drying
- great traction on the dock and boat
- Great looking
- Sand got into them from the open back when walking on the sand
- Not for long walks
- Elastic laces may wear out
- My new favorite boat shoe
- Beats flip flops for active watersports
- Great for paddleboarding
Terrex Solo Approach Shoes
- Upper: High abrasion mesh upper for extra durability.
- Midsole: Protection plate for impact protection and forefoot stabilization.
- Midsole: Adiprene insert for comfort and shock absorption.
- Outsole: Approach specific outsole design with climbing zone.
Adidas Terrex Solo Approach Shoes are some of the best athletic shoes that I’ve ever used. One of the tough parts about doing almost anything outdoors is that the terrain changes.
Shoes that are great for running aren’t necessarily going to be great for climbing or hiking. The great thing about Adidas Terrex Solo Approach Shoes is that they really are good for all of the above and then some.
The best athletic shoes are going to be really versatile, because I really don’t want to have to own several different pairs of shoes (although I own a few of Terrex line) for each type of exercise.
I travel a lot, and the last thing I want is to bring a lot of different running and jogging shoes with me just in case I want to be able to do all of those things while I’m there. The Adidas Terrex Solo Approach Shoes are basically several shoes in one – including a great approach shoe.
I personally like to do a lot of outdoor exploring while traveling, and these shoes are just perfect for that purpose. You can really hike through all sorts of different areas with shoes like these, even if you really don’t know what’s ahead of you and you’re in an environment that is completely unfamiliar.
These shoes are also really easy to pack and really easy to store. The abrasion-resistant weldings make the shoes much more durable, which is great news for the people who travel a lot and who subject their shoes to all sorts of different environments.
Thanks to the rubber toe cap, you’re never going to end up stubbing your toes either even when you really get going.
If you’re an athletic person, you’re probably all too familiar with foot odor problems or shoes that are impossible to get clean. Adidas Terrex Solo Approach Shoes has an odor-resistant sock liner.
I’ve been using these shoes for a while now, and I haven’t run into a situation where the shoes really started to smell. The last thing you want in a suitcase are smelly shoes, so this feature is going to be even more important for the people who are going to buy Adidas Terrex Solo Approach Shoes.
I’m a size 9, and Adidas Terrex Solo Approach Shoes just weighed in at 12.3 ounces for me. Since they’re so light, it’s going to be that much easier to pack them, whether it’s in a gym bag or in a suitcase.
At 120 dollars, I thought that buying Approach Shoes was a bargain. It’s really easy to get them, too: you just go to the Adidas official site or Amazon, and you’ll get the shoes right away.
Adidas Hydroterra Shandal
- Upper: Airmesh for maximum ventilation.
- Upper: Speed lacing construction for fast and snug lacing.
- Upper: Heel-fit-system for increased fit and comfort.
- Inlay: Molded EVA sockliner.
- Outsole: Super high traction rubber for optimal grip in wet conditions.
Lastly, the Shandal. No, that’s not a typo, it’s “shandal,” not sandal. It’s a water sandal, but with the cushioning of a shoe.
The Adidas Hydroterra Shandal is one of the initial product releases from Adidas Outdoor, a branch of the company wanting to make a big splash in the outdoor apparel space. You can splash all you want with these on your feet, no matter what you call them.
They’re mesh water shoes that fit like sneakers, but are made to work well on slippery rocks and dry quickly when you’re done.
I haven’t had the chance to go white water rafting or anything else super fun like that lately, but I did do some walking on rocks in a stream and on wet paths when I was visiting Las Pozas in Xilitla, Mexico last month.
These shoes worked well on land and in the water, holding fast on the algae-covered rocks in the stream and not being making any squishy sounds when I returned to dry land.
So the soles are reliably grippy, plus the shoes fit a variety of feet well, thanks to the adjustable laces secured with a locking clasp on the elastic. They’re not too narrow, the idea being that you can pull them in tighter if needed.
The back heel part folds down, which serves two purposes: you can slip them on in a hurry if you just pop to the bathroom or something. 2) The shoes fold down flat when you pack them, so they’re not as much of a burden to bring along as some shoes.
The only thing keeping me from completely loving these is the plastic-feeling uppers, made from one piece of something called “Airmesh.” Sure, the shoes dry quickly and that’s important with water shoes, and they were comfortable to walk in for hours each time I wore them.
They just feel kind of funky with all that semi-hard plastic and mesh. Water shoes I’ve tried out from Keen and Teva have just felt better against my bare feet than these do. Would I notice that if I were kayaking or rafting? Probably not, and I’d be glad they dry in an hour or two if I were camping with limited luggage. Putting wet shoes on in the morning is a drag.
The Adidas Hydroterra shandals are just hitting the shelves. You can find them now at some sporting goods stores, or online.