Picking the right gear to help you beat the heat can be tricky. The summer sun can be unforgiving — quite literally limiting options in our rotation. Thankfully the Highsnobiety Summer Style Guide is here to help you keep cool during the warmest months of the year. From the latest trends to season staples, you'll find lightweight pieces that still result in heavyweight looks.

You can call it the gorpcore effect, but it has become commonplace for brands to create pieces ready for the great outdoors in their collections. From luxury fashion houses to streetwear labels, everyone is at it and the end result is (nine times out of ten) fire.

Dior’s recent collection was a hiker's paradise, and recent collaborations between Salomon and Comme des Garçons proved that luxury fashion is getting becoming more acquainted with hiking and trail-ready brands.

However, being able to decipher which pieces have the technical credentials to back up their outdoorsy look can be tricky. In particular, when searching for good hiking sneakers, different sneaker and shoe manufacturers often incorporate their own midsole technology into their products leaving one to wonder what makes good hiking shoes these days.

First off, durable outsoles are crucial to your expedition. Brands like Vibram and Continental are well-known icons for their advanced research when comes to applying grip. Depending on the weather conditions you'll want to have strong, durable protection to keep your feet free of rain or snow, or breathable mesh and ripstop uppers for the Summer months. All things considered, when searching for a sturdy hiking sneaker, the style must also be considered.

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite brands that are prepared to handle wet or dry surfaces during your next hike while also being a flex in the city.

Check out our favorite designer hiking footwear options below.

Lanvin Suede Hiking Boots

Suede Hiking Boots

Suede Hiking Boots

$356

Lanvin

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Aside from revamping the Osiris D3 into its Curb Sneakers, Lanvin also makes solid hiking footwear. The contrasting rubber along the vamp and toe box paired with brown calfskin throughout the upper makes this pair versatile for outdoors or simply stepping out in your favorite ‘fit.

ROA Double Neal Sneakers

Double Neal Sneakers

Double Neal Sneakers

$185

ROA

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ROA has been gaining traction as of late due to the brand's ability to balance trail-ready footwear in a stylish fashion. The Neal, seen here in a yellow ripstop and canvas finish, can complement any outfit while tackling the great outdoors simultaneously.

Merrell x Adsum MTL Long Sky Sneakers

MTL Long Sky Sneakers

MTL Long Sky Sneakers

$140

Merrell X Adsum

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Vibram outsoles are a must when foraging through trails. Adsum adds a refined grey finish, complete with branded graphics to the signature Merrell model.

Salomon XT-6 Clear Sneakers

XT-6 Clear Sneakers

XT-6 Clear Sneakers

$180

Salomon

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Salomon has been at the forefront of the hiking shoe explosion, and that has partly been because of its collaborations with the likes of COMME des GARÇONS and Boris Bidjan Saberi. However, colorways like that are as good as any collaboration could ever be. The XT-6 is made for long distances, meaning you can spend the whole day hiking in comfort with these.

Nike ACG Air Mada

Air Mada

Air Mada

$130

Nike ACG

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The ACG line is amongst the more popular models in Nike’s arsenal simply because the sneakers are versatile for any occasion. Whether you’re hopping around town or planning a quick hike, the Air Mada’s are sure to get the job done.

JW Anderson Hiking Sneakers

Hiking Sneakers

Hiking Sneakers

$192

JW Anderson

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These hiking sneakers are equal part fashion statement and durable option for the outdoors. JW Anderson beefs up the versatile shoe with a rubber toe cap, sturdy sole, and gorgeous leather finish.

Merrell Catalyst Pro Earth

Catalyst Pro

Catalyst Pro

$120

Merrell

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Even if you are not a keen hiker, you will have likely seen a pair of Merrell's outlandish water shoes. The label was founded as a manufacturer of high-performance hiking boots, so they are experts in this topic. This shoe, in particular, takes its inspiration from climbing footwear of the past, adding modern technology and sustainable materials.

adidas Originals Terrex Swift R3 Hiking Sneakers

Terrex Swift R3 Hiking Sneakers

Terrex Swift R3 Hiking Sneakers

$109

adidas

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The Terrex is adidas' signature hiking shoe and has seen many iterations since it was first added to the brand's roster twelve years ago. When coupled with a Treaded Continental™ rubber outsole from Continental whose been making outsoles since the late 1800s, you’ve got a breathable, mesh sneaker with grip that's meant to last.

Camper Drift Hiking Shoes

Drift Hiking Shoes

Drift Hiking Shoes

$230

Camper

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Camper is well renowned for its quality products, especially its footwear. Made from high-end leather (scoring gold from the Leather Weather Group tannery), this hiking shoe is made to last for countless expeditions.

Reebok Zig Kinetica II Edge Sneakers

Zig Kinetica II Edge Sneakers

Zig Kinetica II Edge Sneakers

$130

Reebok

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The Vibram® Ecostep outsole is one of the best soles for grip on wet or dry surfaces. When paired with Reebok’s aesthetics and signature cushioning system, you have a trail-ready shoe that works on or off the beaten path.

Converse x A-COLD-WALL* Aeon Active CX

Aeon Active CX

Aeon Active CX

$160

Converse x A-COLD-WALL*

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This brand new silhouette, made in partnership with A-COLD-WALL*, puts other collabs to rest. Converse's CX Foam adds an extra layer of support for this futuristic sneaker as it’s ready for all occasions.

Nike ACG Mountain Fly Low SE

Mountain Fly Low SE

Mountain Fly Low SE

$150

Nike ACG

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Nike’s Mountain Fly Low is truly ready for all conditions. With its sticky rubber outsole and underfoot cushioning that provides comfort along the footbed, this sneaker is built to handle rocky terrains.

Converse Run Star Hike Low

Run Star Hike Low Sneakers

Run Star Hike Low Sneakers

$105

Converse

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The Run Star Hike OX draws inspiration from the trails and is naturally trail-ready with a rugged sole. If you’re one to appreciate classic silhouettes, the Run Star is the way to go.

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