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Are you looking for some new kicks? We have four great shoes and boots sure to satisfy on this long summer hikes.

Each one of these shoes was extensively tested for this review. Read on and treat your tootsies right this season!

Five Ten Eddy Pro

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($160; fiveten.com)

These shoes will keep you grounded in the slipperiest of environments. With drainage ports, fast-drying mesh uppers and water-specific rubber outsoles, they’re ideal as lightweight footwear on rivers, lakes and ocean. 

Vasque Trailbender

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($170; vasque.com)

The Trailbender neatly handles the long distance trail runner’s divergent needs. A plush EVA midsole, high-rebound footbed, flat laces and a terry-loop lining keep you comfy. Stability comes from TPU reinforcements, snug-fitting tongue and aggressive micro-lugs. 

Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX 

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($350; scarpa.com)

Melding the traditional backpacking boot and mountaineering boot performance, the Zodiac Plus GTX is light, supple and versatile. With a triple-density insole and weighing just over half-a-kilo, they crush out miles, but are nimble and tough for scrambling and off-trail wandering. 

Garmont 9.81 Speed III

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($180; garmontnorthamerica.com)

Look closely at these light hikers and several key features pop out. They’re shaped to allow big toes to spread out. The upper is asymmetrically shaped because so are feet. And nice touches improve durability without taking anything away from their fast-stepping potential.

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