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The 7 Best Lightweight Boots and Shoes

Heavy shoes or boots can weigh down your feet and legs, making you even more tired and achy after a long day on your feet than you have to be. Swap them out for these lightweight boots and shoes that will make you feel like you’re walking on air.

HOKA Carbon X

Hoka

You don’t have to sacrifice cushioning and support for a light weight. HOKA’s Carbon X running shoe has a carbon fiber plate to help propel you faster plus plenty of cushioning underfoot. These shoes were worn to break the 100K world record time, so they’re practically guaranteed to help you with your 5K time.

Weight Per Shoe: 7.20 ounces.

Havaianas Flash Urban Plus Sandal

Havianas Flash Urban Plus Sandal Crocus Rose

For lightweight sandals, look no further than Havaianas. These iconic Brazilian sandals are made out of a feather-light rubber. Unlike cheap flip-flops, the Flash Urban Plus Sandals have a cushioned footbed, a unique textured sole (to prevent slipping), and a back strap to keep the sandals secure. The Flash Urban Plus has a fun leaf design that will be very on-trend for summer.

Weight Per Shoe: 8 ounces

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Allbirds Dasher

Allbirds Dasher

Most running shoes are made out of plastic, but Allbirds is here to change that with its new Dasher shoe. The sole is made from a lightweight sugarcane, and the top from Allbirds’ signature renewable eucalyptus and merino wool blend. The sleek shoes have plenty of cushioning, a sockless design, and lots of arch support. Wear the Dashers in good conscience, as Allbirds offsets all the carbon emissions from the shoe’s production.

Weight Per Shoe: 10.6 ounces

Rothy’s Chelsea Boot

Rothys

Made out of Rothy’s signature sustainable knit, these Chelsea boots barely weigh anything—and can be worn straight out of the box without suffering from blisters during the break-in period. Removable insoles add extra support and cushioning to further prevent fatigue.

Weight Per Shoe: 9.6 ounces

Bzees Tease Boots

Bzees

Bzees Tease Boots have a lightweight secret—the outsoles are infused with small air bubbles. The rest of the boot is made from a stretchy fabric that’s lighter than leather. Remove the free-foam footbed from the inside to save on even more weight, or leave it in for extra cushioning.

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Weight Per Shoe: 11.2 ounces

Vasque Breeze Hiking Boots

Vasque

Lightweight hiking boots that are also waterproof are hard to find, but Vasque’s Breeze checks both boxes with style. (Click here for the men’s style.) The Gore-Tex Extended Comfort waterproof membrane prevents water from getting inside the boots, while the lining wicks away any sweat-related moisture from the inside. Vibram soles give you plenty of grip to keep you surefooted both on and off the trail.

Weight Per Shoe: 11 ounces

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Clarks Step Allena Go

Clarks

Clarks’ Step Allena Go features a foam-layered footbed that provides cushioning without weight. A slip-on design adds style and convince, and these neutral shoes will work with a variety of different outfits.

Weight Per Shoe: 5 ounces

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

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