The Sapphire Low is a great shoe for around the town and on low elevation trails and it’s become my go-to choice for pavement and dog walks. It’s lightweight (12.3 oz/shoe) and waterproof, making the Sapphire Low a versatile, comfortable choice.
How does it compare to the Sapphire Mid? I find the low slightly stiffer than the mid, and I prefer the mid for longer trail hikes. Both are comfortable, but the mid makes me feel more supported and more connected to the trail. The low has a sturdy sole—Oboz calls it the “swiftcurrent”—that is durable and stable with lugs that grip.
The Bdry waterproofing has held up remarkably well, even in wet Oregon, where I live. I’ve worn these shoes through puddles, wet grass, mud and sopping wet ground and haven’t had any leakage.
Other aspects (that aren’t unique to the Sapphire Low but are worth mentioning) that I appreciate: the O fit insole. This really is Oboz’s secret weapon when it comes to comfort and fit. The insoles cushion and offer plenty of underfoot support, wick sweat, and have the arch placed in the right spot to keep my foot in a neutral position. Add in the heel cup, which holds my foot in place, and the insole all but guarantees a smooth ride right out of the box.
Bonus: I just found out Oboz Footwear is going to sell stand-alone insoles later this year—everyone who cares about their feet should look for this!
Back to the Sapphire low…my main critique is that the shoelaces are a bit short, and it’s challenging to tie a double knot.
Bottom line: I love this shoe for city and short trail walking, garden work, and all day comfort. While I trust it would be fine on a longer hike, it wouldn’t be my first choice, mainly because I’ve got the Sapphire Mids for day hikes and the burly Wind River III for backpacking and more strenuous mountain ascents.
Logan Dralle is an avid outdoor enthusiast who lives in Oregon. She loves the Pacific Northwest as it is a year-round playground from snow sports, to backpacking trips all summer long. She enjoys finding the best gear for her adventures that will last multiple seasons and through the wet PNW rain. You can find more on her here at www.heroregonlife.com.