GoLite Men’s Shoes and Sandals Reviewed

GoLite Exit Recovery Shoes

GoLite Footwear Men's Grapeleaf/Charcoal GoLite Exit Leather
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GoLite Footwear Men's Grapeleaf/Charcoal GoLite Exit Leather
  • Leather.
  • EVA midsole.
  • Gripstick™ Rubber.
  • Leather upper.
  • PreciseFit™.
  • Rock Absorber™ Technology.

We often talk on here about finding good double-duty travel shoes that will work in multiple situations. So do you really want to take along another pair of shoes you only wear when you’re not out doing something?

If you ask your feet, they might say “Yes please!”

These Exit shoes from GoLite Footwear are in a class called “recovery shoes,” meant to be slipped on after a hard-core day of hiking, skiing, rock climbing, or sidewalk surfing.

The idea is that you might love those hiking boots when you’re out on the trail, but not when you need to pad around the campfire or walk from your bed to the bathroom.

These are meant to cradle and cushion your feet, to treat them like a client at the spa who needs a good dose of relaxation.

They’re lightweight so they won’t tax your legs anymore and the breathable mesh lets your feet cool down. Since they’re loafers, there’s no friction or pressure on top.

Memory foam means these fit better and better the longer you wear them instead of providing less support over time. I liked these better in month two of my tests than I did in month one.

They also come with GoLite’s PreciseFit insole that is adjustable to work for narrow, standard, or wide feet—a thoughtful touch in a sea of shoes that act like we all have the same foot shape.

I’ve ended up wearing these around the tile and hardwood floor house as much as I took them on trips (same with my Oofos), but I was happy I had them on one that involved two days of hiking with lots of rocky terrain.

The Exit shoes won’t crap out on you though if it’s still rough ground where you spend the night: a rock absorber system protects your feet and the Gecko sticky rubber outsole GoLite is known for provides plenty of traction.

As with your favorite pair of slippers or flats though, there’s no built-up heel on them—your feet stay flat to the ground.

The space you have in your bag or pack may determine whether you can afford to pack recovery shoes, but if you can, they sure beat a pair of flip-flops/slides in the cold. They’re comfy and built like peanut butter on a cracker: soft on the top, tough on the bottom.

GoLite Footwear Men's Grapeleaf/Charcoal GoLite Exit Leather
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GoLite Footwear Men's Grapeleaf/Charcoal GoLite Exit Leather
  • Leather.
  • EVA midsole.
  • Gripstick™ Rubber.
  • Leather upper.
  • PreciseFit™.
  • Rock Absorber™ Technology.

The GoLite Exit shoes come in several different color options, in stretchy synthetics (what I tried out) or leather, for less than $100.

Check prices online at Zappos, Planet Shoes, or Amazon. Amy tried out the women’s version this past summer: follow this link to check out her Elixir review.

Walk Like a Gecko: GoLite Flood Lite Sandals

GoLite Men's Flood Lite Sandal
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GoLite Men's Flood Lite Sandal
  • Leather.
  • Rubber Sole.
  • Stickygecko Outsole.
  • Baretech Combines “Soft Against The Ground” Technology.
  • Completely Neutral Last Heel And Forfoot.

Folks, this company has gone kaput. You will have to check closeout outlets to find these shoes now!

Comfortable, adjustable, and with a great unique sole design, these Flood Lite sandals from GoLite are a great addition for travelers.

GoLite may not be a household name, but if I had to pick one shoe I saw more than any other on the feet of buyers at the last Outdoor Retailer show I attended, it would have to be the GoLite Lime Lite shoes I reviewed last year.

I’ve since seem them on the feet of three different travelers in two countries, so I think it’s safe to say that when people buy them, they like them.

I’ve been just as happy with these Flood Lite sandals I’ve been wearing around since the cold weather said goodbye. From the top they’re not all that different from ones you’ve seen from the likes of Teva or Keen.

They’ve got adjustable Velcro straps to make them conform to your feet, a comfy footbed, and a cover across the front to keep you from banging your toes on a rock.

There are two tabs to grab to help put these on: one for the top of your foot, one behind the heel

The real differentiating feature on these Flood Lites though is the grippy rubber sole. It’s meant to mimic the feet of a gecko, which is kind of cool looking, but it also grips the surface incredibly well.

You won’t be climbing the walls like a cute lizard, but you can cross streams or traverse slippery wet rocks without slipping and falling.

These sandals, with leather under your feet and a contoured EVA midsole, are super-comfortable. The stretchy nylon fabric against your feet is soft and dries quickly.

These took no time at all to break in and have not produced anything close to a blister, even after 8 hours of walking around, up and down hills.

With lots of leather on the top instead of multi-colored fabric, they look nicer than a lot of similar competing sport sandals.

GoLite Men's Flood Lite Sandal
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GoLite Men's Flood Lite Sandal
  • Leather.
  • Rubber Sole.
  • Stickygecko Outsole.
  • Baretech Combines “Soft Against The Ground” Technology.
  • Completely Neutral Last Heel And Forfoot.

The Flood Lite sandals come in brown, fossil, or black and list for $85. You may find them for a bit less online. There’s a more streamlined women’s version of this sandal called theStream Lite.

Get the GoLite Flood Lite sandals at Amazon.

GoLite Mountain Gecko Shoes

GoLite Men's Mountain Gecko
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GoLite Men's Mountain Gecko
  • rubber sole.
  • Rubber Outsole.
  • Mesh/Synthetic Upper.

I can’t promise you’ll be able to walk across the ceiling like a gecko with these GoLite shoes, but they will help you run across a mountain well.

The Mountain Gecko shoes are the kind of shoes we end up reviewing a lot here: not necessarily aimed at travelers, but good enough in multiple conditions—and light enough—to quality for that precious space in your carry-0n bag or backpack.

These shoes are designed for trail running or light hiking, with the extra-grippy sole meant to cling tightly on steep trails and slick rocks.

That makes them good for a lot of surfaces you’ll encounter in your travels too, like wet cobblestones and flagstones.

The Gecko 270 outsole is meant to allow for flex in all directions, plus the company’s “Rock Absorber” technology provides a stable platform under the foot with soft shock-absorbing foams close to the ground.

Basically the soft part is touching the ground on multiple contact points instead of just being a tire tread under a midsole. This supposedly makes them 30% more stable compared to conventional footwear.

You do still get a lightweight EVA midsole of course, plus a lightweight mesh upper that breathes well.

I complain a lot about footwear being sized for one foot shape only (a narrow D) and everyone else being out of luck unless they buy New Balance, but GoLite has created a nice workaround in some models that helps a lot.

When you buy a pair of shoes like these Mountain Gecko ones, you get a PreciseFit insole that can be worn alone for wider feet or, by adding attachments with Velcro, increasing the thickness of it at the front for regular and narrow feet. Simple, but effective.

GoLite Men's Mountain Gecko
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GoLite Men's Mountain Gecko
  • rubber sole.
  • Rubber Outsole.
  • Mesh/Synthetic Upper.

I’ve taken these Mountain Gecko shoes from GoLite on two trips that involved some light hiking and I’ve worn them around town a lot running errands and walking. The claims hold up in real world situations and I’ll be using them more in the future.

You can pick them up in several color combos for $115 or less at Zappos or Amazon. There’s also a similar women’s version in different colors.

Men’s GoLite Timber Lite Hiking Boots

GoLite Men's Timber Lite Hiking Boot
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GoLite Men's Timber Lite Hiking Boot
  • Mesh, Leather And Synthetic.
  • Rubber Sole.
  • Lightweight, Breathable Nubuck And Mesh Upper.
  • Soft Against The Ground Technology.
  • Gripstick Rubber Outsole .
  • Baretech Construction.

The kidand I are typically chief product reviewers in my household, but every so often my husband gets to check out gear for this blog.

That’s the case with these new Men’s GoLite Timber Lite Hiking Boots. He’s worn them hiking around Colorado over the last month or so, and has lots of good things to say about the boots, with a couple of caveats.

First, the boots are extremely lightweight — in his 10.5 size, they only weigh about a pound per pair (15 oz. for size 9, according to marketing materials).

He says that just makes hiking more pleasant all around; after all, feeling light on your feet gives you more spring in your step and energy to go further and faster (not good for me, his hiking partner, who is decidedly a slower-paced trekker).

Another key selling point: the fact that the leather boots are waterproof. My husband says these will likely be his everyday boots this winter — ones he’ll wear to work in light snow, and what he’ll pack for any mountain weekend trips we take in the coming months.

A few features contribute to these boots’ comfort: the BareTech Technology means there is no heel lift (husband attests to this) and the asymmetrical upper design works with the natural shape of the foot.

With the Soft Against The Ground design, the soft part of the sole is against the ground, absorbing the bumps of the trail, whereas a firm platform between the midsole and footbed acts as a chassis, allowing the foot and body a smooth ride (this literally turns the boot construction upside down).

ThePrecise Fit System provides instant width adjustment for the boot: leave the insole as is for a medium-width foot; attach a pad for a narrow foot; remove a pad for a wide foot. Easy peasy and it allows the user to totally customize the boot for his feet. Very cool.

Now the one problem my husband had with the Timber Lite boots were the metal “lacing hooks” found at the tops of each of the boots.

He said they have a slight V-shape, and so when he hooked the laces around the “V’s” they’d sometimes get stuck and not lie properly (if that doesn’t make sense, just understand that lacing the boots all the way up was not easy, verging on frustrating).

Further, he found that the rivet in the interior of the boot, on the opposite side of the metal hooks, actually hurt his ankles when he tied the laces all the way up and securely (granted, the man has some bony ankles and should probably be wearing thicker and taller socks with the boots).

To solve the problem of the annoying lace hooks, my husband drilled them out of the boot. Yep, he’s a do-it-yourselfer like that: just went down to the tool room in our basement, made a lot of noise — hopefully while wearing protective eyewear, and returned upstairs with boots he proclaimed “much better.”

The drilled-out rivets/hooks simply became ragged-looking eyelets through which he can snugly lace up the boots.

While I don’t necessarily recommend taking a drill bit to new shoes, I do recommend you try on the GoLite Timber Lite boots with the boots full laced and walking around the house or store, before taking them outside and realizing the fit isn’t quite right.

GoLite Men's Timber Lite Hiking Boot
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GoLite Men's Timber Lite Hiking Boot
  • Mesh, Leather And Synthetic.
  • Rubber Sole.
  • Lightweight, Breathable Nubuck And Mesh Upper.
  • Soft Against The Ground Technology.
  • Gripstick Rubber Outsole .
  • Baretech Construction.

The GoLite TimberLite boots come in Black/Charcoal (pictured at bottom) and Mocha/Grapeleaf (pictured at top) and retail for $130.

Find out where GoLite shoes are sold near you via the store locater on the GoLite website. Or find them on websites like PlanetShoes.com or Amazon.com.

GoLite Lime Lite Shoes Put Paws on Your Feet

I try out a lot of travel shoes (and wear out a lot of travel shoes) in my search for what will work when the rubber hits the road. Or the cobblestones. Or the trail rocks.

The best shoes can perform well in all these circumstances, and still look good at happy hour. Like these new Lime Lite shoes from GoLite Footwear.

“Now those are cool,” was the comment from my jaded other half when I came back from the Outdoor Retailers show and pulled these out.

Like many women, she’d rather tool around in uncomfortable shoes that look fab than to wear performance shoes that are too clunky.

These GoLite shoes manage to turn heads, putting them in a different league than most boring brown cross trainers, but they’ve also got some impressive innovations going on under the hood.

The first one is how the sole is set up, with pyramid-style rubber lugs on the bottom on top of a soft sole that gives easily. This is supposedly modeled after how an animal’s paws work, a trait we lost long ago in our evolutionary development.

I don’t know what this softness means in the long term after months or years of solid use, but for now anyway I’m loving it.

To test these out in real world conditions I took them on a three-mile hike through the woods, over rocks, over roots, and through the mud. I also wore them around the mean city streets and even spent a day on a convention hall floor with them.

The flatter the surface, the less difference I could feel between these and any other shoes. In hiking trail conditions though, they excelled. I’m sure they’d be great on cobblestones as well, but I haven’t been to the right spot yet to try that theory out in person.

The lugs move around independently, providing great traction but also great comfort in varied trail conditions. In the middle layer of the shoe though is a stable chassis. The idea is that the sole absorbs the shock, without these being all flexible and unsupportive.

The other welcome feature differentiating GoLite is that they seem to be one of the few companies understanding that we don’t all have the same foot shape. I must have toured 20 shoe booths at the Outdoor Retailers show and only found two companies marketing shoes in different widths.

To me that’s as crazy as selling bras in only one cup size. Yeah I know, shoes take up more room than bras, so it’s not as practical to sell them in different widths, but “D for everyone” is not a good situation for either product.

GoLite has come up with a serviceable solution though. They make their shoes a bit wider than the norm, but then provide a customizable insert for the footbed.

Plus, on this model anyway, they feature tongue-to-toe lacing so you can then make them narrower if needed at different parts of the foot. If your feet swell up, adjust the insole and loosen the laces. Brilliant!

These Lime Light shoes are like the drop-dead gorgeous date who is also smart and has a great personality. The whole package, no compromises.

GoLite footwear generally runs for $60 to $120 and this model is at the higher end. The shoes are available at specialty retail stores or online at PlanetShoes.com and Amazon.

Get the women’s Lime Lite at Amazon.

Chris Guill

Having spent most of his adult life traveling for business Chris is obsessed with the latest business and travel gear. He lives in Boise with his wife and 2 boys.