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My hiking shoes are too hot, what can I do?

Hi, I have the Oboz Sawtooth II Low BDry Hiking Shoes - Women's

and I'm wearing them walking around my neighborhood in Berkeley (CA) and find them comfortable but too hot. I think it's the waterproof aspect.  They fit, but I'm looking to get another shoe that is super comfy but good for walking paved streets.  Can you please recommend a shoe?  My foot is on the narrow side, but regular width is fine.



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Hi @nkane! Thanks for reaching out to us.

Waterproof shoes will certainly run hotter than non-waterproof. If the Oboz Sawtooth is working out for you otherwise, then I have great news for you. They come in a non-waterproof option too! If getting the exact same model feels a little much, the Oboz Bozeman is a new everyday urban shoe that still features the support and cushion of their hiking options.

If you are looking to branch out into some different brands for everyday use that still feature strong support, I've had some great personal luck with these shoes from evolv 

I hope this was helpful. Have a grand day!

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Hey @nkane,

It's never fun to have boots that are too hot! If you really like the fit and style of your current hiking shoes but not the heat, Oboz makes that same shoe (Sawtooth Low) but in a non-waterproof/vented version. You could always go to your local REI in Berkeley and exchange them if your purchase has been within 1 year. 

Also, if you want a similar type of hiking shoe but would be more breathable. I would take a look at the Merrell Moab Low Vent and the Salomon X Ultra 3 Low Aero. 

If you want to get more specific help and one-on-one assistance with a hiking shoe fit, you can schedule a Virtual Outfitting Appointment with a hiking shoe expert from the comfort of your home. You could also get the same experience at an REI store as well. 


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I hate to say it, but if you're just walking paved streets, a hiking shoe may not be the best option.  You might actually look into some lightweight sketchers with a foam sole.  I have a pair and they are very comfy, light, and airy.  I cross over with these a bit and run in them because I find they support my legs without pain 🙂


Hi @nkane ,

Just to throw out another option for you, have you considered trying different socks?  Using wool socks, and maybe even throwing in a thin liner sock may help.  I know that wool may seem counter-intuitive, but it does a great job of regulating heat and moisture.  And they are available in thinner, summer-weight and low-profile options.  Might be worth trying out first as socks are a lot less expensive than new shoes.

Good luck!

I use wool socks all year. They are cool in the summer (because they breath so well) and warm in the winter. With wool you generally don't need a liner sock (but do what works well for you!) but keep in mind that you should match materials in sock and liner. Meaning if you are using a wool sock, use a wool liner. The reason being, that wool wicks moisture faster than synthetic. So if you put a synthetic liner under a wool sock it can only wick as fast as the liner underneath it. Happy hiking. 

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.

Good clarification @REI-BrettF !  Thanks for mentioning that.  I use wool socks year round, with great results.  I also have "winter weight" boots and "summer weight" boots to match the seasonal conditions.

From my experience with "waterproof" hiking boots....there is no such thing.  If all you need is to protect against the morning dew, then your waterproof boot will do just fine.  But if you're actually hiking in them, you'll end up sweating like crazy and your feet will be just as wet and pruned.  Trust me, I know from experience.  In a torrential downpour, your feet will still get wet and then your boots will take FOREVER to dry.  My recommendation is to go with a non-waterproof boot in order to let your feet breathe and the boots to dry out.