10 Outdoor Footwear Faves

When the weather starts to warm up in the spring, I’m always eager to swap out my footwear right away. I put on my Chacos and head out for a walk with a lighter step and renewed interest in the world. I used to be a runner and biker, but these days I’m a walker during the warm months. Because my outdoor sport interests have narrowed, I find that one excellent pair of outdoor shoes will handle all my spring and summer adventures. For me, that pair of shoes is Chacos. 

But however you enjoy the great outdoors during the spring and summer, you’ll need some awesome footwear. If you are looking for reliable sandals, running shoes, socks, or hiking boots, you’ll want to peek at these recommendations from the HandsDown community

Best Outdoor Sandals for Women

Everyone needs some great outdoor sandals!

Teva® Tirra for Women | Strappy Water Sandals

Fave of Esther

“Love these for any outdoor adventure that will include water. I also love that Teva uses recycled materials and will also take their shoes back with their recycle program. I’ve had my pair for 6 years and they’re still going strong.”

Women’s Z/Cloud 2 Sandals | Chaco

Fave of Kate

“I’ve worn the same pair of Chacos for 6 years, and they are only just starting to wear out. My feet and back never get tired even after a long day of walking around in them. Hands down my favorite pregnancy shoes too, since they adjust to fit my swollen feet and give great arch support.” 

Note: Yep, these are from my list! One thing to know is that they are not great water shoes, surprisingly. But awesome for all other outdoor adventures!


Fave of Kittie

“All time fav shoe brand, can’t beat their well-made leather and cork sandal for the summer festival season.”

So many people listed Birkenstocks as a Fave footwear item! They are classy, comfortable, and well-made. Hard to beat!

Comfortable Running Shoes and Socks

Women’s Performance Running Ankle Sock 4-Pack Gift Bag – Bombas

Fave of Kendra

“Let’s talk about something unsexy–MY FEET SWEAT. But these babies keep them dry. I tell literally everyone how much I love these socks. They are AmAzInG. Also for every pair you buy, a pair is donated to a homeless shelter. I wear these running and the compression socks at work (scrub life).”

Bombas is another brand that shows up on many Fave lists! (Including mine!)

Men’s Stride Micro Crew Ultra-Light Running Socks – Darn Tough

Fave of Jeffery

“Lifetime warranty. Amazingly thin, stay dry, grippy, breathable socks. Best sock I’ve found for warmer weather activities: biking, hiking, running etc. Own two pairs and these have become my primary biking sock.”

Pro tip: Virtually every sock recommendation you’ll find on HandsDown is either Bombas or Darn Tough. Can’t go wrong with either!

Women’s Arahi 6 Stability Running Shoe | HOKA®

Fave of Kendra

“Cushioned shoes that aren’t heavy and don’t look like clown shoes. Fun colors. Fun Miles. Fun Times.”

Women’s OOahh Slide Sandal – Lavender – OOFOS

Fave of Jill

“Best sandals to wear after a run. Also use them as my house shoes. Great support and super comfortable.”

Don’t forget to pamper your feet after a long run! They worked hard!

Best Outdoor Footwear for Hiking

Women’s Lennox™ Hiker Bootie | SOREL

Fave of Ashley

“These boots help me take long hikes with no blisters afterwards.”

I mean, the #1 job of hiking boots is no blisters, so that’s a winning review!

The North Face Activist Mid Futurelight Hiking Shoe

Fave of Peter

“Good ankle support, look cool, waterproof, lightweight.”

It’s nice to see a hiking boot that doesn’t seem like Serious Business. They really do look cool and comfortable. 

Cairn PRO II Adventure Sandals – Bedrock Sandals

Fave of Becca

“These are the ultimate hiking sandals! I love that I can hike 4+ miles and easily go over rocks, mud, in and out of water, and uphill with ease. It’s a great sandal for packing when you know there are going to be adventures.”

Whether you enjoy the outdoors through festivals, hiking, running, or walking around the neighborhood, I hope you find your hands down fave footwear for the season! When you do, add it to your list of Faves and share it with your friends. 

HandsDown Our Top 10 Travel Bags

Before you pack your bag for that next trip, you gotta have the right bag. But which one? Our HandsDown community has your back. These are non-sponsored, unfiltered reviews of travel bags these awesome humans own and love. (That’s how HandsDown works!)

A backpack that loves to go anywhere and everywhere

Dagne Dover Dakota Neoprene Backpack

Recommended by Samantha, who says: These backpacks are the best. They have the best pockets and organizers inside which make travel a breeze. And the neoprene material is water resistant and looks chic. I use the medium backpack going to the office and for travel. It has a luggage sleeve on it which I love! This is a woman owned company and their products are made with recycled plastic bottles!

A briefcase that loves your laptop and a bike ride too

Topo Commuter Briefcase
Recommended by Gregory, who says: The best-looking and most functional computer bag I own. wear it over the shoulder to a big meeting or turn it into a backpack on a bike ride to the cafe. Great for travel and well built!

A bag that loves weeks and weekends equally

AWAY Bigger Carry-On
Recommended by Kim, who says: I can take this bad boy for a weekend – a month. The ultimate flexible traveller.

A bag that will make you feel like Mary Poppins

MZ Wallace Large Metro Tote Deluxe
Recommended by Annie, who says: Best weekender bag, or “personal item” to accompany you when traveling. This bag fits sooooo much. I often use this bag, a purse and a carryon roller bag. A small purse can be shoved inside so that you only have the one official personal item. The deluxe version has the luggage sleeve which is awesome!

A bag that checks all the boxes

NOMATIC Backpack
Recommended by Adam, who says: As someone who travels (pre-covid) quite frequently on many shorter duration trips, I quickly realized it was incredibly important to have a backpack that checked a number of boxes: 1) large enough to fit a weekends worth of clothes and items. 2) comfortably fits my laptop. 3) looks professional enough to bring on a work trip. 4) not too large and bulky. I found all of those in the Nomatic Backpack and have been using it religiously for over 3 years. Highly recommend!

A hands-free bag for family life

Walker Family Goods Louie Sling
Recommended by Kelsey, who says: Cute and practical for travel and everyday. I have the sling!

A happy and hip little fanny pack

Patagonia Mini Hip Pack
Recommended by Sonia, who says: Cute, lightweight and comes in fun colors. I exclusively wear fanny packs so this is a staple! You can throw it in the washing machine if it gets gross. Gifted to me by Jenna many years ago and I still wear it all the time.

A bag that stands the test of time

Ricardo Softside Carry-On
Recommended by me! I have traveled a LOT over the last 25 years and have a Ricardo Beverly Hills bag that has lasted TWENTY(!!) of those years, going on every trip near and far. This bag has taken a beating and yet it is still the one grabbed first.

A must-have cart for city folk

Collapsible Wheeled Cart
Recommended by Meghan, who says: OK, do I feel like a great grandmother rolling this thing around? Yes, but IT’S SO WORTH IT. It’s lightweight and easy to use + transporting a heavy load of groceries is such a breeze that I don’t care about my granny vibes. Great for city dwellers!

Bags to keep on hand for those extra souvenirs

BeeGreen Reusable Shopping Bags
Recommended by Kate, who says: I love these rip-stop fabric bags. Spacious enough for 4 beach towels, or a picnic lunch, or a pile of library books, or a bunch of groceries, or kid toys for a road trip. I use them for everything. Light, foldable, quick-drying, washable.

OK, friends, did you find a new Fave here? Or do you have a recommendation of your own? Leave us a comment or update your own list, and share your go-to travel bags with your friends on HandsDown today!