When the weather changes the trails start calling. How loudly they’re calling will dictate the type of shoe you need. If you’re traveling light and fast in the mountains or just need something to walk the local trail system, you can skip a full-fledged hiking boot in favor of a hiking shoe. These are typically lighter in weight, lower-cut, more breathable and flexible, and less expensive than hiking boots, while still offering the protection and structure to tackle a variety of trails. These five make the top of our list for this year’s nice-weather awakening of outdoor fervor.

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