Vancouver sneaker brands to try this summer hiking season
When another Tinder date suggests going for an easy hike, throw on a pair of these bad boys.
It’s that special time of year again in Vancouver when the skies clear and everyone hits the trails in droves. Tinder dates are moving from the bars to the mountains (my condolences) and locals are starting their local spat ritual over the influx of city dwellers and tourists who have descended on the suburbs.
If you are one of those seasoned hikers who are equipped with heavy boots, camel packs and metal poles, first of all, how does it feel to be better than everyone else? And second, this article is not for you.
This small but mighty roundup is aimed at Vancouverites looking for new sneakers and who like to support local businesses of which Vancouver only has three in the sneaker department (four if you count Lululemon but, who does?) do the most paved and well maintained trails. Please don’t tackle the backcountry unprepared.
With that in mind, here are our picks for Vancouver sneakers this hiking season (plus a sturdy boot in case your date is a mountain goat):
Starting with a household name in Vancouver, these waterproof sneakers took our rainy city (pun intended) by storm when they launched in 2018 after appearing on Dragon’s Den. The unique fabric design is breathable so your foot won’t sweat or let in a drop of outside moisture. Available in seven styles for men and women and two for kids, the colors are minimal and unassuming, making them great everyday shoes and the different styles provide support for different terrains, from lightweight Cityscape sneakers to cleats. Everyday Move more durable, which are our choice for training and light hiking.
The 3D printed Casca shoe models are sophisticated and timeless sneakers for the city. Flat-bottomed shoes fall somewhere between a skate shoe, a flip-flop, and a sneaker, but are extremely comfortable and supportive thanks to triple-layered removable insoles. Everyday Avro shoes are available in knit and leather, but for hiking season the Utility One is the way to go. The molded anti-roll heel helps keep the ankle protected and in place when walking and the mountaineer-grade traction ensures the soles are grippy and the mesh windows on either side of the show help ventilate them as you train. .
Native shoes may be best known for their crocodile-shaped sliders that make it easy to walk around in the shoes in the garden or run outside to get the mail, but the Vancouver-based retailer also has a collection of boots that make excellent hiking shoes. There are models better suited to beach terrain and there are rugged boots that would be suitable for hiking all year round. We recommend the Fitzsimmons Citylite Bloom boot for its low ankle height which makes it lighter and cooler for summer hikes. But the real kicker? They are made from seaweed.
The Rise by Bloom collection is designed to replace a percentage of plastic polymer with overly abundant algae growth harvested from lakes and freshwater, which not only reduces plastic, but helps purify the air.
We said we weren’t going to count that, but in case anyone is interested, the technology that goes into making these high performance running shoes is actually quite interesting. It took four years to develop these “women’s first shoes” and they are designed to be more bouncy on take off and softer on landing. The blissfeel running shoe just dropped and is meant to provide the perfect fit for a woman’s foot, but that’s just the start of what Lululemon plans to be a shoe collection: the training shoe. low chargefeel, the chargefeel mid training shoe and the strongfeel training shoe. , which will be intended for different training intensities.