Updated: Feb 3, 2019
So every trip that I have taken leads me to an adventure that I had not expected or planned for in advance of leaving. Not he road it seems that a surprise rain, un-expected mud, rocky trails, etc cause me to need a shoe that can do it all - sort of a Swiss Army Knife of shoes. For me, that shoe is the Salomon XA Pro trail runner.
The shoe has four great features; (1) is it very comfortable *, (2) it has non-break shoe laces for getting in and out of them quickly, (3) it has a great toe-bump so walking, hiking, and trail running can all be done with the same shoe, and (4) it has quick drying breathable mesh ** which is important for those with stinky feet.
Let's talk about the downsides; (1) the shoe runs narrow. I had to go with a wide and a full size larger than my foot size (which you should do anyway if your foot swells at the end of the like mine does), (2) the breathable mesh doesn't help in the rain (go with the GoreTex water proof if this is important to you, (3) it is not a light shoe (which is why I go with the trail runners), and it is not a traditional trail runner in that it is very stiff.
I think the most important aspect for me is that they are the best go anywhere and do anything shoe that I have found. I don't need to travel with three pairs of shoes to be ready for everything that I might face, I go with one pair of do it all shoes which for me is the Salomon XA Pro. There is almost nothing that I cannot do in these shoes - from the gym, to running, to the trail, to dinner, these are my shoe of choice.
Notes: * The Salomon XA Pro is a very comfortable shoe but I had to go larger and wider to get that comfort. They feel a little short and very narrow on my first pair which I ended up giving to my son. The second pair, a size large and wider, was great. ** If you are going to a wet area or want to plan in advance for wet climates, go with the GoreTex water proof version of the same shoe.