The Patagonia Drifter shoe is a good choice for spring and summer hiking and travel. It’s classified as a shoe, not a hiking boot, but I think the killer traction makes it appropriate for the trails–it’s definitely more of a boot. Because it doesn’t have a ton of ankle support, I wouldn’t go backpacking with these, or hike difficult or rocky trails, but for moderate hiking, I think they’re perfect. They’re a decent weight at 14 oz, and the mesh will help keep your feet cool in warmer weather. Very little break-in time with these, comfort level is great, and they are good looking and super durable.
They come in different colors, but I love the “cardamon,” the red contrast is so cute, and gives it an school hiking boot vibe. Recycled rubber Ecostep outsoles boast some beefy tread and feel very stable. I also love the black contrast to the tan nubuck and the way the black comes up high–it makes your foot look smaller. Speaking of smaller, I recommend you order up one half size. My true size is 8.5 and I need a 9 in this shoe. Patagonia is an environmentally responsible company that backs up their product.