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Time to Play!

Look out trails and streams, here we come!

raftingTo me, nothing is better than being surrounded by nature and enjoying the great outdoors. Whether it’s hiking, canoeing, biking, or simply strolling through a park, being able to enjoy what summer has to offer is what I love most. While living in northern Wisconsin (where nine out of the 12 months are cold, snowy and gloomy), you must take full advantage of that 80 degree weather when it’s around.

I usually say, if it’s functional, it’s lacks style. That definitely isn’t the case with these shoes. They’re all very practical and you won’t have the “I don’t want people to catch me dead in these” thought constantly running through your head! 🙂

With each outdoor activity comes essential footwear, specific to whatever it is you’re doing. You sure wouldn’t want to wear a rain boot while mountain biking! Thankfully, we have plenty of shoes, sandals and boots for however you choose to play. Check out some of the finds I came across!

Rigorous Rapids

These sandals offer just what you’ll need for any wet ‘n wild adventure…

Chaco ZX2 Yampa Sandal

 Chaco ZX2 Yampa Sandal

Shop: Chaco ZX2 Yampa Sandal

Though you may be slippin’ and slidin’ from bank to bank, that sure won’t be the case with your feet. This sandal’s secure fit helps create stability and reduce friction. The straps adjust by pulling through the footbed for a 360 degree Wrap-Fit.

Merrell WaterPro Crystal Water Shoe

Merrell WaterPro Crystal Water Shoe

Shop: Merrell WaterPro Crystal Water Shoe

This shoe by Merrell is just what you need when frequently transitioning between water and land. Bring on the rushing waters, the vegan-friendly synthetic and mesh upper allows for a quick dry. Fortunately, you won’t need to worry about stubbing any toes either; the shoe offers a durable, abrasion-resistant toe cap!

Skechers USA Wildlife Sandal

Skechers USA Wildlife Sandal 

Shop: Skechers USA Wildlife Sandal

If you’re looking for a light, breathable sandal that still offers the same support of a tennis shoe, then these Skechers Wildlife Sandals are just what you need. The combination of a cushioned footbed, shock absorbing midsole, and flexible rubber sole will make those rocks feel like you’re walking on clouds.

Tough Terrains

Nothing can hold you back on the trails now…

Keen Tyron WP Oxford

Keen Tyron WP Oxford

Shop: Keen Tyron WP Oxford

Dry and absorbent? That’s exactly right! The unique KEEN.DRY and KEEN.ZORB technology make this shoe not only waterproof and breathable, but it also has no problem absorbing impacts. This shoe is capable of taking on any terrain you dare to challenge!

Merrell Chameleon Arc 2 Trail Shoe

Merrel Chameleon Arc 2 Trail Shoe

Shop: Merrell Chameleon Arc 2 Trail Shoe

Having a comfortable shoe can make or break your summer adventures, or your ankle! You’ll have nothing to worry about in this trail shoe. The stability and stride-sequenced cushioning will make hiking those rugged all-terrian a breeze. Okay… maybe not a breeze, but you get what I mean.

Salomon XR Crossmax Neutral Oxford

Salomon XR Crossmax Neutral Oxford

Shop: Salomon XR Crossmax Neutral Oxford

If you’re quick on your feet, you have to check out these shoes from Salomon; it has just about everything. It’s lightweight, flexible and stable. Not to mention, its gusseted tongue keeps dirt and debris out. The OS Tendon stabilizer smooths your stride over rough terrain preventing injury.

Rafting image courtesy of Video4net