S-Cruise Mesh

Agility is king in a good trail shoe, and after testing several models, I hereby crown the S-Cruise Mesh by Lowa. This regal rock-hopper combines light weight, a snug and comfortable fit, and impressive lateral stability, making for a most noble frontcountry sneaker. Supportive underfoot, the S-Cruise employs a special sole that works with its wearer’s natural rolling motion to improve traction and reduce fatigue. Throw in a comfy Ortholite footbed and a quick-drying mesh fabric, and the results are downright imperial. Be advised: like any highborn aristocrat, this shoe shines brightest when in its courtly element—so float like a butterfly, don’t sting like a bee. $120; lowaboots.com.