When you’re hitting the trail, or trekking the mountains, the most important part of your outfit is your boots. Find the best waterproof hiking boots for your needs!
Best Stylish Hiking Boots
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TFG Editor-in-Chief, Alex, has done her fair share of treks around the world and swears by her trusty hiking boots to keep her feet in tip-top condition and make her walks memorable for the right reasons—nobody wants to cut a trip short by having blisters or a twisted ankle!
Requirements to look for are that they should be light, waterproof (or at least water resistant), breathable, durable, have ankle support, and are made for difficult cold conditions. And if you find cute hiking boots for women, that’s always a major bonus!
Here is our TFG reader round-up of the best fashionable hiking boots for women.
Fashionable Womens Hiking Boots for Treks And Trails
Keen Hiking Boots Women’s Style
If you want a boot that’s waterproof and breathable then check out these Keen hiking boots. Women who trek and travel like them for their sturdy rubber sole and find that they offer great support around the ankle and heel for stability on uneven terrain.
One reviewer explained, “I wore these boots on a 4-day backpacking trip in Canyonlands, Utah. We traveled an average of 18 miles a day over various terrain (boulders, desert, sand, shale). They were AMAZING!”
Keen Terradora Womans Hiking Boots
When it comes to boots that are super lightweight, flexible, waterproof, and roomy, especially in the toe area, these womens leather hiking boots from Keen do the job for wearers who need to be assured of their comfort and support while extreme adventures.
One reader says, “I have these and love them. I wore them in Moab on 30 degree days with wool socks, and they kept my feet warm. I can also wear them in summer heat and they keep my feet cool.”
Danner Hiking Boots Women
Danner waterproof hiking boots for women have a suede upper and a classic style. Their high shaft supports the ankle, keeping you secure in tricky terrain. The cushioned foot bed promises comfort no matter how long your hike lasts.
One user explains, “Super cute, comfortable, and definitely do the job! Survived paddle, snow, and rocky road at Grand Teton with them, I didn’t have to break them in! And after hiking all day, they still looked beautiful unlike my partner’s muddy wet tennis shoes!”
Salomon Hiking Boots Women’s
Salomon hiking boots women style have an advanced 4D chassis to guide the foot on even the roughest terrain, but still allowing flexibility in each step. They are lightweight, but are supportive enough for backpacking with a load in tow. The Gore Tex waterproofing keeps your feet dry but are still breathable when wearing them for long days.
Reviews are top notch for these womens fashion hiking boots, one shares, “I LOVE these boots. They are extremely comfortable, very supportive, and most definitely waterproof! We do a lot of waterfall hunting, so a lot of creek crossings, and frequent muddy conditions. I also tend to roll my ankles, so I need a higher boot, these fit the bill.”
Merrell Hiking Boots Women
At TFG we love Merrells for the outdoors. These Merrell hiking boots for women have great arch support, are comfortable and even more, they are sustainable, made from recycled materials. They have to be one of the top hiking boots Amazon sells for a reason!
TFG readers rave about these lightweight waterproof hiking boots, “They are great! I hiked the Inca Trail in them. No blister or pain of any kind. I wear them on all my hikes now.”
Another shares, “The low-cut Merrell’s are a great option. They’re lightweight because they don’t go as high. I have a pair that I love and wear for all hiking unless I need the really intense ankle support for backpacking or similar.”
Columbia Hiking BootsWomen
These durable, mid cut Columbia hiking boots women’s style, are built for comfort. The feature seam-sealed waterproof construction to keep your feet dry, even in the wettest conditions. The signature Omni-grip traction rubber soles provide a high level of grip across the slippiest and crumbliest of terrains too.
A reviewer shares, “These waterproof hiking boots women held up against all different types of climates and weather on my road trip and they still look great!. We went through water, desert, rain, and mud, and these boots held up fine.”
Timberland Hiking Boots Women
If you’re looking for leather hiking boots women love, in a more classic style, then consider these Timberland hiking boots for women. They have a mid ankle height support, and are waterproof for the wettest and coldest of conditions
One user shares, ”They were honestly very comfortable from the moment I put them on. I wore them for 12 hours while making firewood and by the time I took them off that evening they were broke in. (My feet were still dry AND did not hurt!) The padding around the ankle and the tongue is comfortable without being too bulky.”
Ahnu by Teva Montara Mesh Hiking Boot
If you want fashion hiking boots, these ones from Ahnu by Teva will look after your feet even on the most challenging trails. The upper is a combination of waterproof nubuck leather and a waterproof but breathable membrane. The sole is sturdy and grips well to troublesome surfaces.
TFG readers comment “I swear by Ahnu hiking boots for women. They have substantial ankle support without being too stiff, bulky, or heavy.”
Ahnu by Teva Sugarpine Hiking Boot
For a brighter style on a warm weather ramble, these suede and textile Ahnu by Teva Boots are for you. These cute women’s hiking boots are work for travelers who are looking for something lightweight. Reviewers say they are really comfortable and supportive, but aren’t the best for wet or snowy conditions.
One TFG reader shares, “I have the Ahnu hiking boots women’s in black and love them!”
Teva Arrowood Waterproof Hiking Boot
These Teva water-repellent boots are comfortable, waterproof, sturdy, and lightweight, so much so, you may just forget you’re wearing them. (How many hiking boots can you say that about?) These are a must have for any outdoor activity you indulge in while on your travels.
Vasque Breeze GTX Hiking Boots Women’s
These Vasque hiking boots women’s are comfortable and supportive. They have abrasion-resistant air mesh panels for breathability and a study sole.
TFG readers LOVE these boots, but recommend them more for dry and warm condition hikes. One reader says, “If you’re doing a trek where you may be at high altitude, but conditions will be dry (for example, Mount Kilimanjaro) you’d totally be fine with the Vasques.”
Another warns that she stumbled into an icy stream wearing hers, and although they were waterproof, they did leave her cold for the rest of the hike.
Lowa Hiking Boots Women’s
For long treks in any terrain, try Lowa Renegade hiking boots. Stylish and they hold your feet securely during a challenging trail. They’re comfortable in warmer, as well as wet and cold conditions.
But the best review comes from a TFG, who has worked in the outdoor industry, she shares, “My go-to boot is the Lowa Renagade! It’s been voted top for years now and it’s untouchable! The Gore Tex will keep you dry and warm plus you have a great Vibram sole! They’re a HEAVY DUTY boot but will have the lightness of the Ahnu! All in all, hands down the best boot on the market!”
Helly Hansen Rapide Top Hiking Boots
Traction, support, and comfort are the name of the game, and a little style never hurt, either. You can put the miles on these W Rapides and never feel anything but bliss as you make your feet happier than they’ve ever been before! This mid-cut shoe offers more versatility, comfort, and protection than you’ve ever dreamed possible.
Asolo Thyrus Womens Waterproof Walking Boots
TFG readers count these brown hiking boots from Asolos among their favorites for style, comfort, and functionality. Waterproof with a Gore-Tex lining, they offer protection, durable construction, reliability and keep you steady on your feet when you really need it the most.
One reader says, “I love the hiking boots Asolos sells, but I would suggest getting the high tops for ankle support.”
La Sportiva NUCLEO Hiking Shoe
Sure, La Sportivas are pricey, but they’re a lightweight hiking boots womens style that will last, and a reliable boot is always worth it, especially when you need something that’s lightweight, waterproof, and can handle rough terrain. One reader says, “I swear by these – they are super fun and snug.”
Best Hiking Boots Fashion Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Keen Women's Gypsum Ii Mid Wp-w Boot||“I wore these boots on a 4-day backpacking trip in Canyonlands, Utah. They were AMAZING!”||Check Price|
|KEEN Terradora Mid Wp Hiking Boot||“I have these and love them. I wore them in Moab on 30 degree days with wool socks, and they kept my feet warm.”||Check Price|
|KEEN Terradora Mid Wp Hiking Boot||"Super cute, comfortable, and definitely do the job!"||Check Price|
|Salomon Women's Quest 4d 3 GTX W Backpacking Boot||“I LOVE these boots. They are extremely comfortable, very supportive, and most definitely waterproof!"||Check Price|
|Merrell Women's Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot||“They are great! I hiked the Inca Trail in them. No blister or pain of any kind. I wear them on all my hikes now.”||Check Price|
|Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Hiking Boot||“These waterproof hiking boots women held up against all different types of climates and weather on my road trip and they still look great!"||Check Price|
|Timberland Women's White Ledge Mid Ankle Boot||”They were honestly very comfortable from the moment I put them on."||Check Price|
|Teva W Montara III Boot Event Hiking||“I swear by Ahnu hiking boots for women. They have substantial ankle support without being too stiff, bulky, or heavy.”||Check Price|
|Teva Women's Sugarpine Ii Wp Boot||“I have the Ahnu hiking boots women’s in black and love them!”||Check Price|
|Teva Women's W Arrowood Hiking Boot||These are a must have for any outdoor activity you indulge in while on your travels.||Check Price|
|Vasque Women's Breeze 2.0 Gore-Tex Hiking Boot||“If you’re doing a trek where you may be at high altitude, but conditions will be dry you’d totally be fine with the Vasques.”||Check Price|
|Lowa Women's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot||“My go-to boot is the Lowa Renagade! It's been voted top for years now and it’s untouchable!"||Check Price|
|Helly Hansen W Rapide Hiking Boot||his mid-cut shoe offers more versatility, comfort, and protection than you’ve ever dreamed possible.||Check Price|
|Asolo Thyrus GV Hiking Boot||“I love the hiking boots Asolos sells, but I would suggest getting the high tops for ankle support.”||Check Price|
|La Sportiva NUCLEO HIGH GTX Hiking Shoe||“I swear by these – they are super fun and snug.”||Check Price|
What Is Important to Consider When Purchasing Stylish Womens Hiking Boots?
Keep in mind the soles of the boots. One TFG reader shares this awesome advice. “Many boots will have thinner and lighter soles that put less strain on your ankles, but if they’re too thin you’ll feel every rock and crack after just a few miles. If the terrain you’ll be on is rugged with a lot of boulders, this will kill your feet. Try for a happy medium between thick and too thin.”
Also think about how supportive they are. Another TFG reader explains, “It’s also important to consider how much ankle support you really need, i.e., are you going to be carrying a heavy pack, do you have weak ankles, are you going to be going back down steep grades?”
How Do You Break In Your Trekking Boots?
TFG readers explain that you need to get your feet used to your boots before you wear them. It’s recommended you have about a month of wear in them before setting out on your big adventures. One gives this tip, “Wear them on all training hikes, with the pack weight you will carry.”
Any Advice To Avoid Blisters?
Blisters can be brutal, eh? And they can make a trail trip turn miserable. One TFG reader shares this awesome trick. “Pantyhose! The thin, knee-high kind. If you wear them under your socks, it reduces the rubbing that can cause blisters. I always use them when I’m breaking in a new pair of boots.”
Another point to mention is no matter how well your boots fit—if you don’t have well-fitting socks to go with them, then it’s not worth the bother! A TFG reader recommends, “Don’t skimp on socks, get the Bridgedales or other technical socks, and walk pain-free!”
How Do You Make Sure They Fit Properly?
If your womens stylish walking boots don’t fit well, it’s a sure fire way to get a blister. TFG readers recommend visiting an outdoor store and trying them on. Lots even have fully trained staff who specialize in fitting hiking boots, so you can find ones that fit like a glove.
How Do I Travel With Womens Outdoor Boots?
Women’s fashion hiking boots can be the heaviest and bulkiest of the items you take with you on a backpacking trip, for this reason, we recommend that you wear them on the plane for your journey, to optimize the baggage allowance you have in your backpack.
Editor-In-Chief’s Favorite Pair of Cute Hiking Boots for Women
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A couple of months ago I asked for your help to find the perfect hiking boots for my upcoming trip. These are my chosen ones! Started breaking them in today along with some of my other gear which I'll share in the next few pictures. Let me know what else I should get for my trip! (The location is a secret but it's an extremely cold trek!) #goingtrekking #travelgear #trekking #coldweather #travel #adventuretravel #adventuress #girlstravel #wanderlust #traveldiaries #travelfashiongirl #meindl #goretex
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