From short day hikes to month-long treks, having the right hiking boots for your adventure is essential. In general, boots for shorter day hikes are lighter weight and feature a lower cut. However, these boots may not have the right amount of protection or support for rougher terrain. Ankle boots are well suited for more adventurous day hikes.
Heavier mountaineering boots may be overkill for day hikers, but they offer the necessary stability and protection for more adventurous hikes and backpackers. This type of boot typically provides coverage above the ankle, and has a rugged sole for superior traction. Many have stiff insoles to keep feet supported on longer hiking expeditions.
Regardless of whether you’re looking for day hiking boots or more rugged backpacking ones, you’ll want to make sure the boots fit before heading out. Ill-fitting boots can rub and may cause blisters. In some cases, having the right pair of socks to match your boots can make a big difference. If you think you’ll need new socks along with your boots, try to purchase them at the same time and wear them together before heading out on a hike.
1. Timberland White Ledge Waterproof Boot
Your feet will stay nice and dry, even on hikes in inclement weather thanks to a seam-sealed waterproof construction. These boots are designed with a stylish and durable blend of leather and synthetic material that holds up well over time. A cushioned EVA foam footbed keeps foot soreness at bay, even after hours of hiking. Moisture and odors are quickly whisked away thanks to a perforated removable dual density EVA footbed. Another highlight is the premium full-grain waterproof upper, which offers comfort along with protection against abrasions.
Price: $78.45 – $216.38
- Cushioned footbed
- Moisture-wicking material
- A bit narrow for wider feet
- Can be rigid at first
- Laces come untied easily
2. Ahnu Women’s Sugarpine Hiking Boot
These hiking boots are sturdy enough for demanding trails, yet lightweight enough to take on a trail run. A waterproof construction keeps water at bay if you’re hiking in the rain. You can also be assured that these boots will remain tightly on your feet thanks to a secure lace-up vamp. A soft padded collar ensures comfort at every step. Other highlights include a rubber toe protector, which keeps your feet protected against rocks and other objects, and self-cleaning lugs.
Price: $77.42 – $249.99
- Ideal for hiking or trail running
- Available in many colors
- Rubber toe protector
- Can get warm
- Runs small
- Could use more traction
3. Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot
This mid-height shoe is equipped with a durable leather and mesh upper to ensure comfort and stability on hikes. Its versatile styling makes this hiking boot a great choice for trail and bike use as well as hikes of any length. There’s extra support around the ankle to keep your feet firmly in place. You can go on hikes in any type of weather thanks to a sturdy Vibram sole, which has rubber compound in traction zones for enhanced durability and grip. Breathable mesh material throughout the shoe promotes ventilation and odor control.
Price: $110.00 – $121.56
- Mid-height design
- Ideal for trail, bike, hike use
- Extra ankle support
- Fabric eyelets tend to rip
- Sole a bit soft for rockier trails
- Not waterproof
4. KEEN Women’s Targhee II Waterproof Hiking Boot
If you’re tired of getting your feet wet on hikes, you’ll really like the waterproof construction of these boots. A dual-density EVA foam footbed provides ample comfort and support for shorter and longer hikes. This sporty-looking shoe is equipped with a waterproof upper along with multi-directional lugs for added stability and traction on the trails. The Targhee II is available in shoe and boot styles, offering the support and comfort you’d expect in an athletic shoe along with the protective features and durability of a hiking boot.
Price: $107.18 – $164.95
- Dual-density EVA foam footbed
- Available as a shoe or hiking boot
- Laces can come untied
- Runs a bit small
- Treads can wear out relatively quickly
5. Hi-Tec Men’s Bandera Mid WP Hiking Boot
These waterproof hiking boots are ideal for everything from trailblazing to bouldering, as well as hikes of any length. A 100 percent waterproof construction keeps your feet dry, even in wet conditions. If your feet do get wet or you feel the need to let them air out, the padded insole can be easily removed. Customers really like the durable suede material, which not only holds up well over time but also looks stylish. Breathable nylon mesh uppers ensure ample circulation, even if you’re hiking in warmer conditions.
Price: $44.02 – $112.13
- Breathable mesh uppers
- Stylish suede material
- Runs small
- Hard to lace tight enough at the top
- Toe box feels cramped
6. Ahnu Women’s Montara Boot
A rubber toe protector keeps your toes protected against typical trail obstacles such as rocks, roots, and debris. The breathable and waterproof material ensures comfortable and dry feet regardless of the weather conditions. These boots feature a durable padded collar that provides the necessary amount of support while keeping blisters at bay. If your feet tend to get tired or sore on hikes, you may benefit from the neutral positioning system that promotes natural foot biomechanics and helps to center and balance your stride.
Price: $99.95 – $206.80
- Neutral positioning system
- Padded collar
- Waterproof material
- Tight in the forefoot
- Subpar grip on rockier, wet terrain
- A bit narrow
7. Hi-Tec Men’s Skamania Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
These affordable waterproof hiking boots have a durable rubber sole and a cushioned EVA midsole. If you’re looking for boots that can withstand hikes in the rain or trips through puddles, streams or other water sources, you’ll appreciate the waterproof membrane, which completely surrounds the feet to keep them dry. A sturdy suede leather upper also adds an extra element of support. The boots are equipped with toe guards and heel bumpers for extra protection against rocks, roots and other obstacles.
Price: $39.95 – $143.33
- Fully waterproof membrane
- Cushioned EVA midsole
- Comes with toe guards and heel bumpers
- Some find the toe box too tight
- Runs small
- A few mention they can wear out quickly with heavy use
8. Lowa Men’s Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot
One highlight of this men’s hiking boot is a water-repellent nubuck leather upper, which keeps water out and helps to securely hold the foot in place. The upper material is also designed to reduce potential strain on toes on downhill segments. Unique monowrap midsole technology cuts back on the overall boot weight while providing more lateral stability and extra cushioning. A rugged Vibram outsole holds up well to a variety of activities, including hiking, backpacking, and other outdoor adventures.
Price: $220.30 – $230.00
- Water-repellent leather upper
- Reduced strain on toes
- Durable Vibram outsole
- Sole can wear out quickly
- Not waterproof
9. Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boot
Your feet will stay cool and comfortable even in warmer temperatures thanks to a breathable mesh material that promotes interior ventilation. If you detest wet feet, you’ll enjoy the waterproof full grain leather material, which keeps feet dry in situations such as streams, rain showers, and hikes through early morning dew. There’s even a stain-resistant treatment to keep the boots looking their best over time. A durable tread easily conquers more rugged terrain.
Price: $49.58 – $180.74
- Waterproof leather material
- Interior ventilation
- Stain-resistant treatment
- Large toe box
- Can be slippery in wet conditions
- Some users complain of blisters, especially on the toes
10. Salomon Men’s X Ultra Mid 2 GTX Multifunctional Hiking Boot
If you’re looking for a hiking boot that provides plenty of mid-height support and stability, this Salomon men’s hiking boot could be just the right choice. With the addition of weather-ready Gore Tex material, which keeps feet dry in wet conditions, these boots are ideal for year-round use. An advanced chassis system provides ample stability along with foot control on any type of terrain. There’s also an EVA midsole, which promotes foot comfort while reducing fatigue. A durable rubber outsole provides plenty of protection.
Price: $81.99 – $182.00
- Gore-Tex material
- Ideal for year-round use
- Comfortable EVA midsole
- Tread can slip in wet conditions
- Not entirely waterproof
- Runs a bit large