Hiking shoes for men are designed for trails that are not too rough, where you need more support than found with trainers, but not as much support as provided by men’s hiking boots, for example the Scarpa hiking boots.
Men’s footwear has come a long way and now you can find hiking gear suitable for any type of terrain with all the ankle and foot support you need. The best hiking boots will provide firm ankle support and protective soles that cushion your feet when you are hiking for days over mixed or really rough terrain.
On the other hand, hiking shoes for men are ideal for traveling on less rough terrain and for short hikes. It is worth remembering that some experienced hikers actually prefer hiking shoes, unless they are carrying heavy backpacks, when they need the extra support provided by Scarpa hiking boots.
Trainers are more for playing sports and running, because for hiking you need more support and protection. So whether you decide to purchase hiking shoes for men or boots, will all depend on the type of terrain and your experience.