So, what are the best hiking boots? In my last post I talked about my five essential hiking shoes. Of my list, three of them are hiking boots. In fact, I wear my boots most of the time, particularly my favorite pair. But, it is up to you to find the best hiking boot for your particular needs.
For me, selecting the right boots made the difference between having a great hike and having a miserable experience. Before I invested in a good pair, things like stream crossings, rain, and cold weather would likely prevent me from either going on the hike in the first place or enjoy the hike in comfort.
So, here is a list of some of the best hiking boots that I could find. All the best hiking boot brands are included in the list so you are sure to find something that will serve your purposes.
- Merrell Men’s Trail Glove Natural Hiking Sock – You can’t have a hiking shoe without the perfect pair of socks!
- Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe – This sturdy shoe is ventilated to prevent your feet from getting too hot.
- Danner Men’s Crater Rim 6″ GTX Hiking Boot – This boot is strong and capable. It’s also waterproof and breathable – the two don’t often go together.
- Adidas OUTDOOR – AX 1 Hiking Shoe – These offer a lot of mobility and support for any day hike.
- Keen Woman’s Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot – Keen is one of my favorite hiking boot brands.
- Merrell Women’s Moab Ventilator Cross Training Shoe. – This is one of the most versatile shoes out there. As an extra bonus, it’s also comfortable!
- Nevados Women’s Boomerang II Mid V1082W Hiking Boot – The Women’s Boomerang shoe is very sturdy and comfortable and can handle most situations.
- Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof BootWaterproof boots are highly recommended. Extra bonus? They’re also comfortable!
- Merrell Lady Siren Sport GORE-TEX Waterproof Walking Shoes – These are breathable, comfortable, and also waterproof.
- Timberland Men’s Intervale Ventilated Boot – When I buy hiking boots, I always make sure they are ventilated otherwise my feet get too hot.
When it comes to choose a size, add about a half a size to your normal number. You’ll want plenty of room for your socks. Plus, feet tend to swell when faced with exertion. I’ve had days where my feet have swollen a whole size.
Keep in mind that if you are very active, you may need to purchase more than one pair of shoes, depending on what you like to do. For me, different weather and terrain could call for a different type of boot or shoe. I do, however, have a pair of versatile hiking boots that are good for all occasions.