Q. I’m looking for a good pair of hiking shoes I can wear to gym class. Ideas?
— Calvin Coolkicks, Poughkeepsie, New York
That’s easy: Try a pair of trail-running shoes. They have a stiffer sole and thicker tread than regular tennis shoes. Try these: The KEEN Chandler CNX hiking shoe ($55) hugs your foot with breathable mesh lining and a thick rubber tread. Bonus? Drawcord laces.
With a wider toebox, the Merrell Capra Bolt Low Lace WP hiking shoe ($55) offers extra comfort and a waterproof upper lining.
Both brands have similar shoes in adult sizes, too. Be sure to check out the Boys’ Life hiking-boot buying guide for even more options.
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