When it comes to hiking, if your feet aren’t happy, ain't nobody happy. Whether it’s a quick jaunt through the woods or a multi-day excursion backpacking into the backcountry, selecting the right pair of hiking boots or hiking shoes can make or break a trip.

This season, manufacturers are treading lightly by decreasing weight, improving waterproofing and using innovative materials to find the perfect balance between comfort and stability. Vibram soles continue to dominate tread choice and synthetic, nearly seamless outer-bodies are reducing break-in time while delivering futuristic-looking designs.   

No two feet are alike, a fact that can become painfully real when you’re miles from the nearest foot massage. For trails sans tribulations, lace up with one of these 18 options.