Through the GetHiking! Charlotte group I lead, I had the chance to demo these Oboz Luna Low hiking shoes. I chose the Luna Low over the other low top hiking shoes from Oboz for a couple of reasons. I knew I wanted a low top shoe, since I’ll be using them for day hiking I don’t need the weight of a boot. These have a more aggressive tread pattern than some of the other offerings, while still being lightweight. They aren’t waterproof, but I don’t mind that so much for warm weather hiking, and I try to avoid streams all together in the winter. The other reason I chose these was that I liked the way they look, I could wear them around town or to the shop and not feel like I’m in hiking shoes.
So, how did they perform in the field? This is a high volume shoe – almost too much volume for my narrow feet. These have a nice wide toe box, which is something I definitely look for in a hiking shoe! The footbed is very firm, which doesn’t bother me. The shoe was very rigid, and certainly requires some breaking in, but I didn’t have any instability on the trail when I wore them. These shoes weren’t advertised as waterproof, but I purposefully stepped in a few creeks, and didn’t have any water come in the shoe – what an unexpected bonus! I even got a few compliments on the trail, which is always nice 🙂
Overall, I was pleased with the shoes. I would recommend them to women who want a rigid, supportive technical hiker, and don’t mind having a break-in time for the shoes. They’re more technical than a lot of shoes I typically see on the shoe wall at gear shops, which I can certainly appreciate!