I love visiting my parents in Portland, Oregon. It’s such a welcome break from day-to-day life in NYC. But when my mom told me to pack “shoes you could hike in” before my last visit, I was like “Say what, now??” Of course I’ve driven past all of Oregon’s amazing waterfalls and trails before, but actually hike them? That was new territory.
Fortunately, I had just received a pair of Merrell’s All Out Crush kicks, which I initially thought were just cool sneakers, but are actually all-terrain shoes. Rather than try to squeeze them in my suitcase, I wore them to the airport and I was so glad I did–they’re so comfortable! Despite the fact that they look pretty intense, these kicks are actually shockingly lightweight on your feet. What I truly loved most, though, was how supported my foot felt. Unlike some sneakers that feel like you’re just walking on a flat piece of cardboard, these are so cushion-y and feel like they were molded especially for my feet. I was in love with these babies before I even made it through the security checkpoint!
Of course, they didn’t disappoint while hiking either. Anyone who knows Oregon knows it’s rainy, so the grips on the soles of these were amazing for scaling the rocks on my way to the top of the waterfall.
Honestly, I never thought I’d own “hiking shoes,” but these are now one of my go-tos. I find myself wearing them on wet days in the city or when I have to run a ton of errands because they’re so comfy. Whether you’re an avid hiker or not, you won’t regret treating yourself to these kicks.
Merrell All Out Crush ($100)