The Best Shoes for a Summer Outdoors

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The Best Shoes for a Summer Outdoors

With many businesses still closed and employees working from home, we’re all spending more time outdoors these days. 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.

One important note: even the best, most supportive shoes need high-performing socks to keep your feet healthy and comfortable. Check out our 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

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

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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

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

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.

TRAQ by Alegria

For a classic lace-up sneaker with a little bit more, the TRAQ Alegria Qarma sneaker is a great choice. Breathable knit fabric on the upper provides circulation, the padded collar adds extra comfort, and removable antimicrobial footbed offers maximum arch support with every step. But the Qarma doesn’t stop there. Alegria’s revolutionary Q-chip™ technology is embedded in the sole to track each step you take. Available for women.



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

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

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.

Taos Zen

The Zen sandal’s premium footbed features dynamic cupping with arch and metatarsal support, as well as Soft Support with Cool Recovery Foam for lasting cooling comfort through the hottest of days outdoors. The Zen’s z-strap design has three points of adjustability, providing a custom feeling fit for the support you need on your everyday adventures.


Not sure which summer shoe style is right for your fee? 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. Contact Peterson Shoes at (763) 421-3433 for more information or to get started.


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. We’re now open for in-store shopping at our Anoka shoe store. In addition, we continue to offer free curbside pickup of our women’s and men’s shoes, as well as socks, clothing, jewelry and accessories. Call (763) 421-3433 to place an order.

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