North Face Verto Approach trail shoes.

Most lightweight trail runners aren't meant to be worn with a pack on while scrambling down trails. But the Verto Approach are loafer-light (15 ounces per shoe) and well crafted: The entire edge of the footbed is wrapped in protective rubber, and a heel counter prevents over-pronation. The lugs on the shoes' Vibram outsoles grip on every surface from crumbling mountain to wet muck. [$110; thenorthface.com]