The Best Shoes for a Summer Outdoors

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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

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

summer shoes keen terradora II

Designed specifically for women, this lightweight hiking boot doubles as an around-town trekker. With a glove-like fit and a cushioned ankle panel, it delivers flexible freedom and all-day comfort. Available in 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 Dansko’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 2

Merrell Antora

For a classic lace-up sneaker with hiking shoe durability, the Antora 2 by Merrell is a great long wearing choice. Breathable mesh fabric on the upper and lining provides circulation and increased comfort. A removable EVA footbed offers maximum arch support with every step. The Antora is equipped with Merrell’s Vibram™ TC5 rubber sole provides 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.

Wolky Ripple

Wolky Ripple Sandal

For a self-contouring design, the Wolky Ripple walking sandal is the ultimate comfort walking sandal. The footbed features leather wrapped memory foam that is engineered to shape itself to your feet with wear. The flexible, high-traction tread provides grip from sidewalks to trails. Additional features include a closed heel design with a Velcro top closure. Available 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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