The Best Shoes for a Summer Outdoors

Keen Terradora Flex grey

The Best Shoes for a Summer Outdoors

The weather is warming and that means we are all gearing up for a summer spent outdoors. Whether you are camping, hiking the state parks or going for a run, having the correct footwear for your activities can make all the difference in performance, protection and comfort. The staff at Peterson Shoes is here to help you find the best footwear for all your summer activities.


Pro Tip:  Even the best, most supportive shoes need high-performing socks to keep your feet healthy and comfortable. Check out our Sock Talk blog on sock options to learn more.



Hiking will be much more enjoyable with footwear specifically designed for the task. Here are some of our favorites:

Keen Targhee II

Keen Targhee

This sturdy boot features directional lugs for traction on outdoor terrain, torsional control so you won’t twist an ankle, and waterproofing to keep your feet and socks comfortable and dry. We carry both the mid and low heights, for men and women. And for you men who tend to get hot feet, we have you covered with a vented style.

Keen Terradora Flex



Keen Terradora Flex grey


The Terradora Flex is a fantastic off-road  women’s hiker that doubles as an around-town trekker. With a glove-like fit and a cushioned ankle panel, this hiking shoe delivers flexible freedom and all-day comfort. Equipped with air injected Luftcell PU midsoles and removable insoles for added support. Available in grey, low and mid heights.



If walking is your summer outdoor activity of choice, here are a few of our top picks:

Dansko Paisley for Women

Dansko Paisley for women

The Paisley features a waterproof leather upper which lets you enjoy the outdoors, rain or shine. The removable EVA footbed accommodates a custom orthotic for a truly customized fit, while the durable Vibram® rubber outsole delivers maximum traction and stability on varied terrain. The Paisley has Dansko Natural Arch technology for added support and a built-in shank for stability. Peterson Shoes carries this shoe in medium and wide widths.

New Balance 928

new balance 928


This is the ultimate walking shoe. Developed for all-day comfort, it offers industry-leading motion control and superior stability, thanks to the ROLLBAR and Walking Strike Path technologies. Add that to New Balance’s ABZORB midfoot cushioning, a seamless Phantom Liner and an odor-resistant treatment, and you’ve got a shoe that can take you from 9 to 5 to whenever. There’s a reason this is our best-selling shoe! It is available in multiple colors and widths for both women and men.

Merrell Antora 3

Merrell Antora 3

Merrell’s best seller was just updated from heel to toe, with a more durable upper, a softer and more flexible, responsive midsole with FloatPro Foam™ pods in heel and forefoot. Enhanced traction with a new Vibram® outsole gives you superior traction and slip resistance for greater grip even on slick surfaces. Available for women, shown here in Rainbow.



Are sandals are more your style? Peterson Shoes carries a variety of sport sandals that offer support and protection, while keeping your feet cool and comfortable

Keen Sandals

Keen Sandals

These ultra-comfortable performance sandals and water shoes offer a secure fit and rugged outsole so you’re ready for any terrain. Elastic cording gives these shoes a secure fit and makes them easy to adjust in or out of the water. The washable upper makes cleaning easy, and the cushioned footbed provides comfort on the go. They also protect your toes from bumps and debris. Keen sandals are a must for the outdoor enthusiast. Peterson Shoes carries styles for both men and women.

Ecco Yucatan

Ecco Yucatán

With its high-end design and plush, comfortable materials, the Yucatan is a top pick for a comfortable summer sandal. A contoured EVA footbed cradles the foot, and neoprene-lined straps help eliminate rubbing and chafing. Ideal for hikers, adventurers, or casual users looking for the ultimate in all-day comfort and support in a sandal, these kicks have all of the necessary features that will keep your feet cozy during a long day on the go.

Teva Tirra

Teva Tirra Grey Sandal

Ready to carry you everywhere, the Teva Tirra sandals offer everything you need in a summer sandal. Find support and comfort with a contoured EVA midsole for arch support paired with a cushioned Shoc Pad™ for superior impact absorption on any terrain. The rugged spider outsole offers superior traction and long-lasting durability. Quick dry webbing and peppermint based antimicrobial treatment will keep your feet dry and odor free. Hook and loop closure. Shown here in Bering Sea for women.

Fiona by Cobb Hill

Fiona by Cobb Hill

Made for getting out there, the Cobb Hill Fiona is a trekker sandal that is all support and style. Soft leather lining over an EVA cushioned footbed gently absorbs every step, while providing proper arch support needed for walking. Long wearing durability is supported by a rubber outsole with traction for a sure stride. Hook and loop with Velcro closure for an adjustable fit. Available for women.

Not sure which summer shoe style is right for your feet? Our certified pedorthists can help you identify any problems you may be having, and recommend a shoe brand, style and any necessary add-ons to maximize your foot comfort and health.


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Peterson Shoes is a family-owned shoe store and shoe repair shop serving the Andover, Anoka, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids and Minneapolis areas. We specialize in orthotic shoe inserts, shoes for plantar fasciitis and shoes for tendinitis. Come check out our selection of Women’s shoes, apparel and accessories, and Men’s shoes at 209 E Main Street, Anoka, MN. Or shop our selection online now.

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