Fall is one of the best times to be in the mountains. Cool mornings turn to very comfortable afternoons, and the summertime crowds have thinned out from popular hiking trails. But to get out and enjoy them, you're going to need a hiking shoe. Try the Scarpa Zen. Italian made, the Zen’s tough Vibram sole can take plenty of abuse and provides grip and stability for everything from mellow walks to Class III scrambles. The reinforced rubber toe also prevents you from beating up the leather upper as you climb over rocks and brush. The climbing shoe-like fit keeps your foot secure so it wont slide around and give you blisters. Plus, the subtle, climbing shoe styling gives the Zen street-ready cred. (If you live in wetter climates, you might consider the waterproof version of the Zen called the Scarpa Mystic.) $129, scarpa.com.