These Boots Were Made for Walking Like You're Barefoot

Hiking barefoot might make for an intimate outdoor experience, but it'd be devastatingly painful—sharp rocks and broken beer bottles (leave no trace, people) would have you miserable and injured, possibly ruining your entire relationship with nature. Consider that relationship saved thanks to Vivobarefoot's Synth Hiker. Their newest shoes aim to keep you enjoying every inch of nature on your feet without sacrificing safety and comfort.

These extremely light hikers aren't as tall as your big mountaineering boots, but they do provide some ankle support and—just as importantly—ankle protection. And for those in wet climates, the kicks are waterproof, but make sure to pair them with gaiters, since they're not super-high tops.

If this image has you worried about getting a rusty nail through your footbed, rest assured that there's some puncture resistance in the 2.5-millimeter sole. As an added bonus, the thin nature of the sole means that besides the weight benefit, it's actually possible to break stride with these hikers, though they certainly won't replace your running shoes. And just in case you were wondering, they're vegan.

Ethan Wolff-Mann is an editor at Supercompressor. He is not a vegan. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.