If there is one thing you need to remember, remember this: never skimp out on shoes. Shoes which don’t fit perfectly or the shoes who are not comfortable enough should never be worn on a hiking trip. Hiking trips are intense and with a shoe that is a pain to wear, they become almost impossible to do. Columbia says their shoes are none of those things and are both comfortable and sturdy.

Features of the Columbia Newton Ridge II Hiking Shoes

What makes or breaks hiking shoes? There construction and design! Columbia Mens Newton Ridge Plus II is made from a combination of leather and synthetic fiber and a durable mesh tongue. The leather used on these shoes is coated with PU to make it last long in the wilderness and mesh keeps these shoes light and easy on the feet.

The grip is another factor when it comes to hiking shoes. Fortunately, Columbia has paid attention here. The Newton Ridge Plus II has what Columbia calls the Omni-Grip technology. This technology makes the shoes more grippy than your average hiking shoes. Hiking shoes should be grippy as you don’t want to slip on a steep trail. Omni-Grip ensures Newton Ridge Plus II is.

Aside from being grippy, these shoes are also comfortable to wear on long hiking trips. Columbia’s Techlite lightweight midsole is here to save the day. The midsole makes the shoes a joy to use on rough tracks and uneven terrain. It absorbs impacts, provides much needed cushioning, and provide ample energy return making your hiking trip a tad bit less hard than it normally would have been.

The Newton Ridge Plus II is also adjustable. The lace-up enclosure ensures that you get the fit you want.

All of these features are wrapped in a body that is not much bigger and wider than regular shoes. These shoes are lightweight and come on true to life sizes, so your shoes will fit like a glove.

The Newton Ridge Plus II is available in a whole host of size and color options at an average starting price of less than a $100.


  • Techlite midsole provides cushioning and high energy return
  • Adjustable enclosure
  • Quite grippy thanks to Omni-grip
  • Lightweight construction
  • True to life sizes and a variety of color options
  • A bargain compared to other similar shoes


  • Waterproofing is more water resistant
  • Sole grip may wear quicker than higher end shoes

All in all, if you are looking for comfortable hiking shoes and don’t want to spend a lot of money, the Newton Ridge Plus II are a good middling purchase.