Columbia Wildone™ Anthem Shoe

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Editor’s Conclusion
Look great, feel great, priced great, what more can you want. The first thing that strikes you about this sneaker style hiker is the fashionable, stylish design. The Wildone Anthem shoe may feel and act like a hiker, but it certainly doesn't look like it. This Columbia hiker is one of the most stylish sneakers that I've had the pleasure of trying out.

With an all-purpose feel and design, this hiker can go from work to play with zero effort. Imagine owning a shoe that can easily transition from day hiking to pairing with a nice set of jeans for a night on the town. With the Wildone Anthem, that's easy.

As a Columbia shoe that's well suited to pretty much any terrain, you can feel confident whether sightseeing over city tarmac walking or hiking through the forest and over rocky mountain landscapes. And you can do it all while looking good.

Water-resistant, comfy, supportive, and reasonably priced, the Wildone Anthem range is most definitely worth a trial run.
Columbia Wildone™ Anthem Shoe Review Facts
Editor's Pros & Cons

True to size

Great traction

Stylish design




Comfortable out of the box


Laces are small

Slightly bulky sole

Not fully waterproof

Key Features


The Columbia brand is known to perform well, and the Wildone Anthem are no different. You'll be ready for anything when you step out wearing these babies. Taking on long sightseeing city breaks or tackling rugged landscapes is possible with a surprisingly insane grip, stability, and responsive cushioning.

Hiking up or down your favorite mountain shouldn't be an issue with the Omni-Grip non-marking rubber traction, which provides superior traction, even on downhill and complex technical terrains. There'll be no need to slow down with this efficient rubber outsole.

Although not fully waterproof, this shoe is both water and stain-resistant. It probably won't keep you dry if you plant to wade through rivers or dirty, muddy terrain, but it should keep you dry through rain and morning dew.

Ease of Wear

A hiking shoe that is challenging to put on or take off is infuriating, but luckily you won't have that problem with the Wildone Anthem. Easy to slip on and easy to slip off.

However, some reviewers seem to find the laces slightly on the small side. With the number of excellent qualities you get with this Columbia shoe, these small laces weren't a deal-breaker.


Despite the trendy look, the weight and design of the Wildone Anthem shoe are surprisingly not compromised. This Columbia shoe is not being as heavy as it looks. It's most definitely a lightweight, supportive, and comfortable low-profile sneaker.

You could head out on long, all-day hikes or wear them all day long for manual work and still feel comfortable. However, some reviewers found an increase in insole height could be helpful for extra comfort.

One of the main things you'll notice about this shoe if you do some research is just how many reviewers rave about the comfort levels, and I can most certainly attest to that.

With 5 out of 5 for comfort, this sneaker-looking hiker is entirely functional and comfortable. Some even feel the comfort eases the load on hips. This comfort is mainly due to the thick and protective sole, along with the Techlite™ EVA midsole.


I'm happy to say the Wildone Anthem are true to size, as I'm not too fond of it when a shoe brand can't get the sizing right. Luckily, Columbia doesn't seem to have this issue.

Despite the trendy design, you'll still end the day comfortable even if you've been on your feet all day.


The Wildone Anthem is nothing if not luxurious, with some excellent materials making comprising the shoe. The woven textile upper with suede overlays is naturally sturdy and water-resistant. In addition, the genius Omni-Shield™ is also water and stain-resistant, allowing for more comfort.

Columbia uses the Techlite+™ to provide a more responsive cushioning and stability, all without losing any of its comfy feels. Providing extra grip is also possible with the Omni-Grip™ non-marking traction rubber.

All these specific and trademark materials grant an all-around superior comfort, hold, and stability.


As I said, there has been some serious thought and money gone into the design and materials used on this shoe. On first impressions, the build and quality of the shoe look great.

The Omni-Shield trademark design is particularly good at keeping this Columbia hiker feeling and looking good in the long term, adding water and stain-resistant treatment.

In addition, rubber is a naturally durable and protective material, so combining this shield with the soles Omni-Grip non-marking rubber traction allows for a durable sole.

Most customers seem to find the quality and makeup on the excellent side, so I'm sure you'll get many years from this shoe.

Comparison to Other Hiking Shoes

Although popular among many, some find the bulky heel and outer sole a little too thick, feeling and looking on the big side. In contrast, many love the look, security, and comfort you get from this thick design, but I understand it's not for everyone.

If you need something less on the broadside, why not try out the Adidas Terrex AX3 hiking shoes. Although very similar instability, grip and durability, this Adidas shoe has a slightly lighter design and slimmer sole allowing for more speed. However, you will pay about $20 more for the pleasure.


With a heritage design reimagined with the modern hiker in mind, you'll find a flexible sneaker adorning your feet. Adding some excellent technologies makes the Wildone Anthem a durable, reliable, lightweight, supportive, and cushioned shoe that should see you well on most expeditions.

This Columbia shoe is genuinely a reliable walking shoe for either city or countryside outdoor adventures. Columbia makes sure you get everything you need with its latest design, and at a reasonable price for all of these excellent hiking features, you won't be disappointed.

Don't believe me? Just look at the numerous customers already showing their love for the Wildone Anthem shoe.