Sapphire Low B-Dry Hiking Shoe
Sculpted specifically for lady explorers, the Oboz Sapphire Low B-Dry Hiking Shoe features a comfortable fit and functional performance for soggy trails of moderate difficulty or wet days around town. The waterproof construction guarantees dry feet, while still offering breathable performance if the day warms up. Equipped with the O Fit insole, your feet benefit from multi-density cushioning, as well as sculpted arch and heel support, all topped off by a moisture-wicking layer that keeps your socks dry on long trails. The midsole is calibrated specifically for women, delivering plenty of support without adding bulk or weight, and the Glacier National Park-inspired outsoles offer plenty of grip and traction whether you're tackling the trail or a city sidewalk.
- A women-specific hiking shoe that takes you from town to trail
- Protective membrane guarantees waterproof, breathable performance
- Leather uppers offer enduring style and a supple fit
- Multi-density footbed provides neutral support and comfort
- Midsole calibrated for low-bulk, lightweight support
- Chassis underfoot prevents stone bruising without inhibiting flex
- Assymetrical collar ensures natural ankle motion while you move
- Lace closure delivers a secure, adjustable fit
- Q & A
Sapphire Low Review
Sapphire Low BDry Review
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
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. IMG 5902
The Sapphire Low is a great boot for dog walks, pavement, and shorter hikes.
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!
Built with Oboz quality, the shoe is comfortable and supportive. Image: Logan Dralle
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.
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