Hiking shoes are intended for more demanding hikes and also provide support for the ankles. Within the high hiking shoes are lighter models with reasonably supple soles. Often, the shaft of these shoes comes just above the ankle and they are derived from a low model of shoe. The sole is not stiffer than that of the low model. These flexible hiking shoes are also called A/B category shoes. Look here for all ladies and men's A/B shoes. For hikes in difficult or mountainous terrain, shoe brands offer models with a stiffer sole that offers better protection against the stones or rocks you walk on. The shaft of these sturdy hiking boots is also stiffer. Go directly to all hiking boots for women or hiking boots for men.