By Jason Heaton
on 5.19.10

The GoLite Lime Lites ($110) are hard shoes to describe. Light hikers? Approach shoes? Urban knock-arounds? Yes, yes and yes. You could put these shoes on for casual Friday at the office and wear them straight through Sunday, with a day hike, soccer match and dinner party in between.

The look of the Lime Lites definitely leans towards the trail, with a grippy lugged sole, rubber toe bumper and rock climbing shoe-inspired lacing. But brush the mud off and the supple leather and contrast stitching means they wear well with jeans or khakis. The shoes feel good right out of the box, thanks to a swappable “Precise Fit” insole that accommodates low and high volume feet.

I wore the Lime Lites out for Sunday brunch before shouldering a pack for an afternoon hike and they worked well in both environments. The shoes are designed to put a firm platform directly under the foot, with more supple material beneath, an upside-down design that works well on uneven or rocky terrain. GoLite claims the outsole is modeled after a mountain lion’s paw and despite this hyperbolic description, it worked well on wet and dry trails.

There are a lot of hybrid light hiking shoes out there nowadays. But the GoLite Lime Lites might be the best of the bunch

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