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Low cut vs. mid cut – shoes or boots?

A lot of our footwear comes in both a low-cut (shoe) and mid-cut (boot) model. But which one is the right choice for your next adventure?

As a general rule, a higher cut offers your ankles greater stability and better protection from rocks, debris and mud. This model is the right choice when you’ll be hiking in a wide variety of terrain and weather conditions.

The low-cut versions offer greater freedom of movement, take up less room in your pack and, of course, they’re lighter. Our low-cut shoes are generally best for easier terrain, hiking or general recreation.

We have a specialized category for approach shoes. These are shoes with an exceptionally stable construction – they’re perfect for rough terrain or for fairly easy climbing. Nevertheless, they’re still lightweight so they’re ideal for long ascents to your climbing route or multi-pitch tours with breaks at your belay points.