Our Best Buy award goes to the Merrell Siren Sport 2 hiking shoes for their light weight, durable construction, and simple design. Compared to the Top Pick and Editors' Choice winners, these shoes measure up! We found them comfortable while hiking short, easy hikes as well as while backpacking portions of the John Muir Trail.
These are one of the lowest priced hiking shoes in our women's hiking shoe review, at $95, and they offer many of the technical features of hiking shoes priced $120 and higher. They have durable Vibram soles, leather and mesh uppers, and, while not the most cushioned, they still manage to provide plenty of padding for comfort and lasting support. The removable insoles are antimicrobial and easy to wash when dirty. They have a simple design and are easy to keep clean.