The Top 6 Items Perfect for Hiking

This time of year is great for being outdoors. The days are long, the sun is bright and the mountains are green. We’ve put together our six favorite footwear items (+ a bonus item) for you to enjoy the mountains!


Smartwool PHD Outdoor


Wool socks are actually the perfect base for hiking in hot and cold climates. They’re surprisingly light. Unlike cotton or nylon socks, they won’t make you sweat. The Merino Wool is quick-drying, moisture-wicking, with natural odor control.  Mesh ventilation zones for breathability and one of our favorites – a seamless toecap.  A solid foundation for any good hiking shoe. Another fun fact? These socks are made in the USA!







Keen Targhee III Mid Waterproof

Uses: Hiking

Available in both men’s and women’s 

The Keen Targhee’s are what we recommend to those looking for extra support. The all-terrain outsole gives you exceptional stability on or off the trail. We also commonly hear that these boots are more comfortable for many people because they tend to be wider fit.  Keen has created a good balance utilizes breathable technology while still providing a toe cap to keep you protected.




Salomon XA Pro 3D CS WP

Uses: Trail Running & Hiking

Available in both men’s and women’s

These shoes are versatile, available with or without the Climashield waterproof technology. Good for both trail running and hiking, they use a 3D system to improve stability and durability as you move. Plus, the outsole provides great cushioning and stability – great for long hikes and day trips. Notice anything special about these laces? No tie laces make these great for your on-the-go lifestyle!



Oboz Sawtooth II

Uses: Hiking

Available in both men’s and women’s

The Oboz Sawtooth II are one of the bestsellers at Uncle Lem’s.  People love this shoe because of the great support and versatility.  The insole has fantastic arch support and the outsole has great tread perfect for all-terrain – they even work well in wet surfaces! Even better, they are both waterproof and breathable meaning that they keep water out while letting your feet breath.

Bonus reason to love Oboz: they plant a tree for every pair of shoes sold!


Vasque – Breeze LT GTX

Uses: Hiking

Available in both men’s and women’s

You can tell by the name of these shoes that the main feature is their breathability. Mesh panels are utilized throughout the shoe to make them exceptionally lightweight and breathable! Another great feature is the Vibram Megagrip outsole which provide great traction on both wet and dry surfaces.


Chaco Z2 Cloud

Uses: All-purpose

Available in both men’s and women’s – Many styles available

The Chaco Cloud sole takes the comfortable sole the brand is known for and adds an extra “Cloud” cushion for added comfort. Chacos are completely customizable to your foot with adjustable straps. Honestly, we love these for even just running errands.  These shoes are definitely a customer favorite – why we carry so many styles for you to choose from.

Bonus tip: Uncle Lem’s has over 175 styles of Chaco’s available in store! Come check them out today.


BONUS: Mountain Hardware Dynama Pants

Available in women’s styles in black and dark zinc

Ok, ok! These aren’t exactly footwear, but we couldn’t resist including these pants in this list. These Mountain Hardware pants are definitely a customer (and staff) favorite here at Uncle Lem’s. These pants are comfy and stretchy but still very flattering. The fabric has a DWR finish that repels water. Our favorite part? The adjustable hem! We have been loving these pants this summer.  Great for transition wear as we approach the fall months!



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