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When you’re hitting the trail, or going on a multi-day  trek, having the best womens hiking boots is absolutely crucial. While cute hiking boots are a plus, the most important factors should be comfort, traction, weight, and support. These are the most recommended styles according to our readers!

 


Most Comfortable Hiking Boots


 

 

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Spoiled by my incredible Meindl leather waterproof hiking boots, it’s been a challenge for me to buy a replacement pair. While I absolute love my Meindls, I bought them to hike Everest Base Camp in winter, but they  can get very heavy for the average hike in spring and summer.

 

 

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Hiking Red River Gorge in summer with my Eddie Bauer Top and Trail Leggings and Meindl Boots

 

As I shopped for more lightweight boots, there were several factors that were non-negotiable for me:

 

  • Waterproof: for mud, streams, and rain
  • Traction: so I can traverse any terrain with confidence
  • Breathability: because my feet swell in the heat
  • Weight: so I wouldn’t want to throw them off a mountain after wearing them for several hours

 

Honestly, I prefer functionality over fashion when I hit the trails. I know how good it feels to have the right gear vs regular or fitness clothes that won’t keep me cool, sweat-free, and comfortable. 

In a perfect world, I’d find stylish hiking boots that also ticked every one of my requirements, but this can be a bit of a challenge. 

 

 

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Great Sand Dunes with my Scarpa hiking boots, Patagonia Pack In Jacket, and Kirkland Merino Wool socks

 

My preference is neutral brown or grey colors and I avoid any hiking boots that have bright or pastel colors, because let’s face it, outdoor brands seem to offer women candy colors in their clothing vs clean and classic designs. (Tip: buy neutral colored shoe laces if you don’t like the ones that come with your boots.)

I also like the look of leather hiking boots because they look more like regular boots vs outdoor shoes, but they tend to be a bit on the heavier side.

The Scarpa boots I’m wearing in the above pic were an awesome find! More info below.

 

Don’t make my mistake and wait until last minute to buy boots. Start your research in advance and test out a couple of pairs so you have time to find the right shoes for your feet. The most popular styles get sold out quite quickly!

 

 

Here is our TFG reader round-up of the most cute hiking boots for women that also prioritize functionality, too.

 

 

What are the Best Womens Hiking Boots?

 

Spoiler alert: our readers love these three styles the best:

 

 

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Scarpa Moraine Mid GTX Hiking Shoe

 

Scarpa Moraine Waterproof Hiking Boots

 

Before I tell you all about why the aforementioned styles are some of the most popular hiking boots, let me share a little about why I’m obsessed with my Scarpa boots!

First and most importantly, they have excellent traction. They’re also waterproof, supportive, and were comfortable with zero break in period.

I originally wanted the less expensive Merrell Moabs but they looked a bit too wide on me so I took a chance on these and they ended up being incredible. 

As a bonus, they had no break in period. I hiked the small but challenging Great Sand Dunes in Colorado right after buying them and then spent several hours hiking Utah national parks daily for the following two weeks.

I normally wear a size 7 but based on the recommendation of the sales associate, I sized up to a 7.5 and this was a good choice allowing room for my toes not to touch the tip of the boots when hiking on inclines. The toe box was wider than normal, which I didn’t think was important for my narrow/medium size foot, but this may have contributed to their comfort.

Can’t recommend them enough!

Buy it here!

 

 

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Danner Adrika Hiker Waterproof Hiking Boot

 

Danner Adrika Waterproof Hiking Boots

 

These Danner hiking boots have a suede upper and a classic style, which may contribute to why they’re the best-selling option on our list. 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!”

Buy it here!

 

 

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Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot

 

Merrell Moab Ventilator Hiking Boots with Arch Support 

 

Our readers love Merrells for the outdoors. The above Merrell Boots have good 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.”

Buy it here!

 

 

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Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe

 

Merrell Moab 2 Lightweight Hiking Shoes

 

Alternatively, for a more packable, lightweight  option, consider the Merrell Moab 2 Hiking Waterproof Shoe if you don’t need much ankle support, are doing light hiking in the summer, or need the occasional pair of hiking boots for a long-term trip..

A reader 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.”

Buy it here!

 

 

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Columbia Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Hiking Boot

 

Columbia Newton Ridge Hiking Boots Available in Wide Sizes

 

These durable, mid cut Columbia hiking boots 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.”

Buy it here!

 

 

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Columbia Redmond V2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe

 

Columbia Redmond Comfortable Hiking Shoe

 

For Columbia fans that prefer a lighter weight hiking shoe vs an ankle boot, try the Redmond waterproof boots. Available in a range of sizes, 5-12, this all-purpose hiker offers a multi-purpose option that’s durable and priced under $100.

They’re a more budget-friendly version of the Merrell Moabs and recommended for wide feet. However, whether or not they offer enough arch support is debatable. They may be best for low maintenance feet.

Buy it here!

 

 

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Timberland White Ledge Mid Ankle Boot

 

Timberland White Ledge Leather Hiking Boots Available in Wide Sizes

 

If you’re looking for leather hiking boots women love, in a more classic style, then consider the above option by Timberland. They have 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.”

Buy it here!

 

 

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Vasque Breeze at Mid GTX Hiking Boot

 

Vasque Breeze Hiking Boots Available in Narrow and Wide Sizes

 

These Vasque hiking boots 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. 

Remember to always cross rivers and rocks extra cautiously regardless of how much traction your shoes have in other terrain! I like using hiking poles for long or challenging hikes and recommend these by Trail Buddy.

Buy it here!

 

 

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KEEN Targhee 3 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

 

Keen Targhee Hiking Boots

 

If you want a boot that’s comfortable and breathable then check out these Keen hiking boots. Women like them for their sturdy rubber sole and find that they offer sturdy support around the ankle and heel for stability on uneven terrain. 

While they cost about $150 at full price, some colors and sizes are available under $100 on Amazon. They offer seven colors in sizes 5-11 and have over 1,000 positive reviews!

Note that some reviews mention that they’re not waterproof but are good for wide feet.

Buy it here!

 

 

Best Hiking Boots Comparison Chart

 

BRAND | MODEL FEATURES | REVIEWS RATING | PRICE
Scarpa Moraine Mid GTX Hiking Shoe Before I tell you all about why the aforementioned styles are some of the most popular hiking boots, let me share a little about why I’m obsessed with my Scarpa boots! Check Price
Danner Adrika Hiker Waterproof Hiking Boot 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!” Check Price
Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot 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.” Check Price
Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe A reader 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.” 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
Columbia Redmond V2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe They’re a more budget-friendly version of the Merrell Moabs and recommended for wide feet. However, whether or not they offer enough arch support is debatable. They may be best for low maintenance feet. Check Price
Timberland White Ledge Mid Ankle Boot 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.” Check Price
Vasque Breeze at Mid GTX Hiking Boot 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.” Check Price
KEEN Targhee 3 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot If you want a boot that’s comfortable and breathable then check out these Keen hiking boots. Women like them for their sturdy rubber sole and find that they offer sturdy support around the ankle and heel for stability on uneven terrain.  Check Price

 

 

What Is Important to Consider When Purchasing 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 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!”

 

Here are more recommendations for hiking socks!

 

 

How Do You Make Sure They Fit Properly?

 

If your womens 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. 

Also, consider choosing half a size up to leave room for movement when walking downhill.

 

 

How Do I Travel With Womens Outdoor Boots?

 

Women’s 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.

 

 


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