Schedule a free 1-on-1 virtual appointment with one of our experts. The Kara contains features that make the shoe inherently stable, such as a wide base and our Active Foot Frame, for a moderate amount of stability that is still designed to work for neutral gaits.
The Kara features a low-profile cushion bed that keeps your foot closer to the ground, and utilizes a firmer material designed to provide an efficient push-off. This boot does well in almost all of our review metrics, making it an easy decision to award it a Top Pick for folks looking for a padded ride.
With the Sankara, you can be assured that the durable leather upper will resist the wear that other lightweight models will see. Thanks to a blend of proprietary foam layers as the basis for its midsole construction, the one word to best describe the feeling of walking around in the Kara is plush.
Straight out of the box these boots delivered excellent all-day comfort, allowing our feet to move around without being loose, and our feet did not feel nearly as fatigued at the end of a long hiking day as with more minimal midsole constructions. Opting for the eyelets located further back makes the heel box feel snugger.
Two hooks at the top of the upper allow the user to tighten the collar around the ankle with ease. The heel box felt excellent to the feet of our reviewers, with no slippage reported.
Our reviewers hit the high desert trails and while we did not need the additional waterproof Gore-Tex barrier at all times, appreciated how breathable it was. Its collar height is a towering 6.2 inches when measured from the footed to the top of the collar, allowing it to be securely laced up above the ankle, providing the security of an ankle wrap with a lot more comfort and mobility.
More streamlined models might be light as a feather, weighing nearly a pound less, though they do not have the same protection and stability. For being so tall, made of full-grain leather and with what feels like inches of cushy foam under your feet, the Sky Kayas weight less than 2.5 pounds.
These boots have a flood height of 5.5 inches, as measured from the bottom of the sole to the top of the waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex brand membrane. A previous iteration of this model used a different waterproof barrier (event), which we feel breathed a bit better.
During our test period, we did not experience any durability concerns with the Kara, and they are new enough that not many other users have been able to report on long-term issues. This model has full-grain leather comprising its upper and has beefed up its sole with firmer rubber compounds that should resist wearing better than softer foam.
Most of all, Hokey turned up comfort to 11 with this boot, reducing foot fatigue and soreness better than any other model tested. Comfy feet make for great backpacking trips, and this pair nails it.