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The Balega Blister Resister Quarter features ample cushioning in the forefoot, heel, and across the Achilles as pictured here. This makes it one of the most comfortable socks tested.
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Best Hiking Shoes of 2022

Best Hiking Shoes of 2022

We selected the top hiking shoes and put them to the test. After months of hiking on all types of trails, we wrote the most comprehensive hiking shoe review, which will help you select the...
Best Hiking Shoes for Women of 2022

Best Hiking Shoes for Women of 2022

We're here to help you sort through the options for the best women's hiking shoes. We tested the market's leading pairs, then picked the 13 leaders for thorough side-by-side testing.
Best Climbing Shoes of 2022

Best Climbing Shoes of 2022

We pick the best rock climbing shoes for bouldering, sport, trad, gym, kids, and beginners. No matter your budget, we have a pick for you.
Best Climbing Shoes for Women of 2022

Best Climbing Shoes for Women of 2022

We've weeded through dozens of climbing shoes to select to top contenders on the market. We have specifically selected only women's models for this review and have climbed countless...
Best Approach Shoes of 2022

Best Approach Shoes of 2022

Looking for a new pair of approach shoes? We've got you covered. We scrambled, bouldered, sport climbed, and hiked around the Eastern Sierras in 14 different pairs of sticky rubber...
Best Approach Shoes for Women of 2022

Best Approach Shoes for Women of 2022

If you're on the hunt for a great pair of women's approach shoes, we've got the information you need. Whether you're gearing up for a long mission in the alpine or a casual day at the...
Best Trail Running Shoes of 2022

Best Trail Running Shoes of 2022

Looking for a new pair of trail runners? We researched over 100 of the most popular models before purchasing 19 of the best for extensive testing. After hundreds of hours on the trails, we...
Best Women's Trail Running Shoes of 2022

Best Women's Trail Running Shoes of 2022

Searching for your next trail running shoe? With our expert advice and experience testing various models this season, we get down to the nitty-gritty of the different options out there...
Best Running Shoes of 2022

Best Running Shoes of 2022

After many long runs and tempo miles, we've determined the best running shoes available in 2022 for any running style or budget
Best Running Shoes for Women of 2022

Best Running Shoes for Women of 2022

Seeking a women's running shoe to help you pick up the pace? Our comprehensive review of the most popular running shoes on the market is sure to give you all of the information you need to...
Best Sandals of 2022

Best Sandals of 2022

In our opinion, every season is sandal season. We curated the industry's best selection of sandals to review head-to-head in search of the best products for your next adventure.
Best Sandals for Women of 2022

Best Sandals for Women of 2022

What are the best women's sandals for travel, hiking, and daily use? We put 14 great options through a bevy of toe-to-toe tests to find out.
Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2022

Best Mountain Bike Shoes of 2022

Looking for the best clipless mountain bike shoes to suit your riding style and budget? We researched the top models on the market before selecting 18 to test and compare side by side...
Best Mountain Bike Shoes for Women

Best Mountain Bike Shoes for Women

Poor performing mountain bike shoes can spoil your ride, just as an uncomfortable pair of shoes can leave you in pain. With this in mind, we researched over 40 models in search of the best...
Best Water Shoes of 2022

Best Water Shoes of 2022

After combing through 60 of the best water shoes on the market, we purchased and rigorously tested the top 7 to find the best.
Best Water Shoes for Women of 2022

Best Water Shoes for Women of 2022

Our lady testers took these models on rafting trips down the Grand Canyon, Arkansas River, and muddy rivers of southeastern Minnesota to find out which ones stand out among the heap.
Best Road Bike Shoes

Best Road Bike Shoes

After months on the road and at the desk, we've pulled out and tested the best road bike shoes of 2021. In this article, we explain our hard-earned findings.
Best Flip Flops of 2022

Best Flip Flops of 2022

With an unfathomable number of flip flop brands and models on the market, the process of finding the right pair can be daunting. We did the leg work for you and put a host of highly-rated...
Best Flip Flops for Women of 2022

Best Flip Flops for Women of 2022

No matter what kind of warm weather adventure you're gearing up for, we've got the perfect flip flop to bring along for the ride. From versatile and sporty to practical and stylish, your...
Best Barefoot Shoes of 2022

Best Barefoot Shoes of 2022

Ready to make the switch to minimalist or barefoot shoes? Our comprehensive review compares 10 of this season's best models side-by-side, so you can spend less time worrying about "proper"...
Best Barefoot Shoes for Women of 2022

Best Barefoot Shoes for Women of 2022

Barefoot shoes got a bad rap shortly after their introduction to the mainstream. In this review, we talk about ways to approach this style of running, and how your footwear choice can help...
Best Skate Shoes

Best Skate Shoes

To help you find the best skate shoes, we researched dozens of different models on the market and bought and tested 8 of the top-selling pairs available today.
Best Slippers of 2022

Best Slippers of 2022

You'll wear good slippers nearly every day. We carefully tested (researching 30 models and purchasing 9 for direct comparison) and summarize our findings for your benefit.
Best Slippers for Women of 2022

Best Slippers for Women of 2022

After researching over 50+ different options, we chose 8 of the best slippers for women to test hands-on and side-by-side. We've spent the last year in these options, wearing them while...




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La Sportiva TX2 Review
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La Sportiva TX2 Review

The TX2 takes our Editors' Choice and runs with it, making it by far our favorite approach shoe on the market. This shoe climbs and hikes equally well, all while being super lightweight.
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A crossover model that offers a great entry-level point for those new to trail running, this versatile shoe is high on performance and value.



Shoes Learning Center

Men's Rock Climbing Shoe Buying Guide

Men's Rock Climbing Shoe Buying Guide

Finding the best shoe for various types of adventures can be an overwhelming task. We're here to help. From sport climbing to trad climbing to bouldering,
How to Choose the Right Trail Running Shoes

How to Choose the Right Trail Running Shoes

We recommend making a basic self-assessment to help you determine what your specific needs are when it comes to a trail running shoe. With this in mind, we can guide you through the best...
How to Choose Hiking Shoes for Women

How to Choose Hiking Shoes for Women

What do you do when the options for hiking shoes are overwhelming? This article will help you understand the different options available, and how to choose the right shoe for your terrain...
How to Choose Hiking Shoes

How to Choose Hiking Shoes

Want some help finding the right shoe for your feet and trail objectives? This article dissects the key considerations among hiking footwear options
How to Choose Minimal and Barefoot Shoes

How to Choose Minimal and Barefoot Shoes

What could be complicated about a minimalist running shoe? If you want to learn about the design of barefoot running shoes, and how to figure out which shoe is best for you,
How to Choose Approach Shoes for Climbing

How to Choose Approach Shoes for Climbing

If your hikes involve steep scrambling and exposed slabs, you should be wearing a pair of sticky rubber approach shoes. These special shoes are designed to "approach" rock climbs, but...

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