When prepping for a hiking excursion, footwear will be one of the most important gear decisions you'll make. Cramped muscles and blisters can quickly ruin any trek, so selecting the best shoes that can withstand most terrains will be key.
Whether you’re a novice hiker, casual explorer or seasoned trailblazer, the following boots work for most difficulty levels and various budget concerns.
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Women’s hiking boots
These boots are both waterproof and mud-resistant, so an unexpected change in weather won’t deter you from having a successful adventure. According to the product description, they are best suited for moderate-to-technical terrain.
Shop it: $113, zappos.com
Columbia remains one of the most trusted brands in outdoor equipment, so it’s no surprise nearly 700 people gave the water-resistant Ridge Plus boots high remarks online. “I get complimented on them all the time,” said one reviewer.
Shop it: $80, columbia.com
Moab stands for the “Mother Of All Boots,” and based on the structure it’s easy to see why. These kicks are covered in M Select™ DRY technology that allows moisture to escape so your feet aren’t weighed down with each step. Durable material furthermore ensures you won’t need to replace them anytime soon.
Shop it: $104, merrell.com
A bit on the pricier side, but well worth it if hiking is your go-to form of exercise. These are best suited for tackling longer day hikes as the O Fit insole provides excellent arch support.
Shop it: $180, amazon.com
From the beach to the trails to the just walking on flat surface, Keen designed their shoes with the intent on them withstanding all surfaces. A higher-traction outsole means less wear and tear over the years, too.
Shop it: $115, keenfootwear.com
Men’s hiking boots
These have all same technology as the women’s model, including an air cushion in the heel that absorbs shock and adds stability.
Shop it: $88, merrell.com
The Salomon X is a shoe designed for trail-running but with added ankle support and protection for uneven surfaces. These boots are best suited for day hikers and lightweight backpackers.
Shop it: $124, amazon.com
No need to spend weeks breaking in the Keen Targhee because you can take them right out the box and directly onto the trail. They’re also a favorite in the hiking community due to the wide toe box, making it a solid choice for those interested in a wider-width option.
Shop it: $145, nordstrom.com
Achy, drenched feet are a thing of the past with the Table Rock OutDry hiking boots. Wherever your journey takes you, they protect with breathable waterproofing and lightweight cushioning when you need it most.
Shop it: $98, columbia.com
If you’re tired of feeling rocks underneath your soles, the Oboz Bridger might be the solution. Their Granite Peak Outsole is fashioned to protect any debris from catching your bare skin. It’s definitely a splurge, but well worth the extra dollars.
Shop it: $180, zappos.com