If there’s a good thing to come out of the last year, I think many of us have developed a greater appreciation for the Great Outdoors.
Whether you’ve just taken up hiking or you’ve been hitting the trails for years, you’ll need a pair of hiking boots that are supportive and comfortable. Take a look below at the best hiking boots for women to choose for your next adventure…
We would love to know your recommendations too in a comment below.
Why you should consider hiking boots
Not only are they often more comfortable to walk in, one major element is safety. I can speak from experience. Although I usually wear my hiking boots, I used my trainers recently instead for a ‘casual’ walk around the cliffs of the Algarve.
And I fell and broke my arm and had an operation. Don’t be fooled by the smile in this picture. It has been quite an ordeal and it will take me months to recover.
Even though I will never know if this accident would have been prevented with the right boots, my sneakers definitely didn’t have the same ‘grip’ as my hiker shoes.
As we get older, our bones become more fragile. Safety is important. If you love hiking over steep terrain, consider wearing a good hiking boot. When I next brave steeper hikes, I will also take some hiking poles.
My boots are from Lowa. Here is a similar pair.
What to look out for in a hiking boot
Before I get onto recommendations, let’s think for a moment about what your hiking boots need to do.
What kind of hiker are you?
The type of boot you need will be partly determined by the kind of hiker you are. Do you casually hit the trails for a few miles, or are you crossing more challenging terrain? Do you like to run at least part of the way? Will you be climbing? You will need different hiking shoes depending on your activity level.
Your hiking boots should keep you dry and comfortable. You can choose from synthetics which are likely to dry quicker if you’re sweaty but may not be as water resistant, leather, or a combination of the two.
How high should they be?
Hiking boots come in a variety of cuts. Generally, you should opt for a lower cut if you will be running, but a higher cut if you are crossing difficult terrain and may need additional ankle support.
It goes without saying that your hiking boots need to fit well. They should be snug but not tight, and you should have plenty of wiggle room around your toes. Make sure to try them on with your trail socks.
The best hiking boots for women for your next trail walk
Now let’s get onto some of the most recommended shoes for hiking:
Best hiking boots for women: timberland
The Timberland hiking boots (below) would look stylish on or off the trails. Reviewers say they are comfy, practical and stylish.
The Columbia boots (below) come in a good choice of colors, so you’ll definitely find a pair to suit your hiking outfit. One reviewer said they took her comfortably on hikes in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Zion and Salt Lake.
If you want to make sure that your walking boots are waterproof, then the Merrell boots (below) could be for you. They seal out water and also let moisture escape to keep you dry on your hike.
Best hiking boots for women: ecco
ECCO is renowned for making comfortable shoes so it’s definitely worth trying its hiking boots. They have ECCO Fluidform technology to provide flexibility and anatomical support so are definitely worth considering when you are thinking about the best hiking boots for women.
If you like the look of a hiking boot, but aren’t necessarily going hiking, then the Chaco boots (below) are ideal for walking around town.
With a cushioned insole and antibacterial fur-lining, the Softwalk hiking boots (below) should keep you dry and comfortable.
Best hiking boots for women: joules
Joules is known for its classic country styling, so it makes sense that the brand would make a good pair of hiking boots. Choose from navy as shown below or khaki.
It may be best known for its longer style UGG winter boots, but UGG has also released hiking boot choices. One reviewer said they felt like walking on cotton candy.
With a comfort insole and steel shank for stability and support, the HI-TEC boots (below) have plenty of positive reviews. One woman said she would never buy another pair of boots again.
Keen is one of the brands I regular feature in my recommendations on the best arch support shoes and its hiking boots are very well reviewed. One reviewer said they were the best boots she had bought in a long time and another said they comfortably took her along the Inca Trail.
With an air cooled memory foam sole and mesh panels for breathability, the Skechers boots (below) come in a good choice of colors including the navy shown here and also brown with a pop of pink.
If you prefer a lightweight hiking boot, try the Salomon boots (below). Reviewers say they took little breaking in.
Promising plenty of traction no matter what the terrain, the Vasque boots (below) are waterproof and comfortable as well as having a lightweight grippy sole.
If you prefer a lower profile hiking shoe rather than one with high ankle support, the Propét boots (below) come in a sneaker style, but with plenty of grip on the sole for uneven ground.
Named after the Tushar Mountains in Utah, the Altra hiking boots (below) are flexible, breathable, and should keep you comfortable no matter what the weather.
Adidas is renowned for its sneakers, so it’s no surprise that its hiking shoe has a sneaker styling. There are plenty of positive reviews with women saying they hopped from rock to rock at a waterfall, hiked the Grand Canyon and walked for 30 miles in Utah, Moab and the Arches National Park.
Do you have a pair of specialist hiking boots? I’d love to hear your own recommendations for the best hiking shoes for women. Let me know in the comments below.
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