GoLite Footwear Lime Lite
Use: Short dayhikes, urban trekking, bar hopping, casual Fridays
Break-in Period: None
Weight: Very light
Price Paid: Free sample from GoLite Footwear
In an increasingly saturated shoe market, it takes a really unique feature stand out. The soles of GoLite Footwear do just that. They call it Paw Pad technology and it was inspired not by endless brainstorming sessions in the product development lab—but by a mountain lion.
Like a mountain lion’s paw, the top of the sole has a firm platform to stabilize the foot while soft pads (or lugs) on the bottom to absorb the abuse and inconsistencies of the trail. The result is fewer twisted ankles, sore ankles, and tweaked knees.
This is the complete opposite of standard shoe construction, which puts the softer part of the shoe close to your foot and in the middle of the sole, with the harder, more supportive material on the outside close to the ground.
In my field tests, the Lime Lites proved to be a high-performing shoe that can go just about everywhere and do most things. They are low-cut to give you unrestrained freedom to hike, run or wear around town, yet the Paw Pad soles stabilize the shoe and protect your ankle from twisting on any terrain. I experienced zero movement and friction in the heel thanks to a stabilizing cradle in the heel. The soles are really cool looking. They have radical, 45-degree pyramid-shaped lugs that gave me great traction on semi-icy sidewalks, rough snow-packed trails and rocky paths.
Construction is very well done and I'm confident that these shoes will last a long time. They’re made of premium leather and have a durable lightweight rubber toe and heel guard to protect your feet, and the shoes themselves, from the scuffings of rocks and other trail flora and fauna. My only complaint/observation is that they're not breathable so I don't recommend them for multi-day hikes or bagging 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado.
The fit? The Lime Lites have a patented adjustable insole that customizes itself to accommodate narrow, medium or wide feet. My feet are just standard mediums so width-wise they were very comfortable. The antimicrobial sole even comes out for washing.
I recommend trying them on before you buy. The sizing is incredibly precise. I got a sample pair from GoLite Footwear in size 7.5 (which is my size) but I think I would have been happier in an eight.
Price Paid: $115
I bought a pair and loved them, but they are terrible for anything other than dirt for traction. I almost fell due to how slick they are on a wet surface. The soles wore out in 6 months!
Comfort is a plus but be willing to replace these shoes if you are active. The grip is terrible on slick rocks too.
Where to Buy
The GoLite Footwear Lime Lite is not available from the stores we monitor.
You may be able to find it new or used at one of these sites:
Or you may want to check for a dealer list or direct sales on the GoLite Footwear website.
Retailers: Do you sell this product? List your site here.
Manufacturer's Description refers to the men's version
Joining GoLite's already successful Multipurpose line, the Lime Lite is the ultimate in versatility, performance, and craftsmanship.
With details like lace-to-toe lacing and blind eyelets at the flex points, the Lime Lite can be cinched as securely or loosely as needed for any off-road or in-town activity. GoLite's proprietary Soft Against the Ground Technology gives them the support of a clog but the ride of a sneaker.
The low-profile PawPad II sole delivers the stability, comfort and smear characteristics that will make them your favorite shoes for everyday wear.
Here's what other sites are saying:
Weekend hiking tough and around town stylish, the versatile GoLite Lime Lite Approach Shoes for men are a worthy investment. This GoLite shoe is designed with an uber-soft leather upper that features a full lace-up panel, rubber toe and heel guards, and a generously padded tongue, collar and footbed. Its removable and washable insoles can be adjusted for up to three different thicknesses, while the low profile All Terrain outsole provides stability and traction for on- and off-trail hikes and scrambles.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version