There are so many boot options for hikers, but it’s really important to have proper size, and understand the terrain you’re going to be conquering out there. Nothing worse than getting blisters when you’re two miles into the woods, or they’re too heavy and you feel like you’re walking with cinder blocks tied to your feet. Here are some great options for men and women.
KEEN Durand II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots – Men’s
The American-built KEEN Durand II Mid Waterproof men’s hiking boots use waterproof membranes, arch support and breathable linings to keep you comfortable from the first step to the millionth. Explore farther in a waterproof hiking boot that’s tough, dependable, and—most importantly—comfortable. This American Built boot is constructed using materials from around the world, including premium, environmentally preferred leather.
WATERPROOF – Yes UPPER – Waterproof nubuck leather WEIGHT (PAIR) – 2 lbs. 12.2 oz.
You can find them at many retailers or at the KEEN website HERE
Danner Mountain 600 Hiking Boots – Men’s & Women’s
Inspired by the original Mountain Light, the waterproof Danner Mountain 600 men’s hiking boots blend the functionality of a lightweight, technical hiker with iconic Danner styling. Explore beyond the familiar. Inspired by decades of legendary hiking boots, we partnered with Vibram to forge a new path in hiking footwear. The combination of the Vibram SPE midsole and Fuga outsole gives an unparalleled grip on wet and dry surfaces. 100% waterproof barrier allows moisture to escape without letting water in, keeping your feet dry and comfortable all day long.
You can find them at many retailers or at the DANNER website HERE
Zamberlan 1025 Tofane NW GTX RR
Recognized with the prestigious Outdoor Industry Award and part of Zamberlan’s Norwegian Welted boot line, the 1025 Tofane NW GTX RR is one of the most capable and beautiful boots ever made by Zamberlan. A rugged and durable boot, the Tofane is perfect for backcountry backpacking, mountain hunting, or outdoor work. Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membranes offer guaranteed waterproof and breathable protection for the life of the boot. The exclusive Zamberlan Vibram NorTrack outsole with lugs designed to be easy cleaning, offer solid downhill braking, and traction in a variety of applications and conditions
They’re pretty pricey, but with proper maintenance, these boots can last for many years!
You can find them at many retailers or at the ZAMBERLAN website HERE
Blundstone High-Top Boots – Women’s
With brogues as inspiration, the Blundstone Women’s High-Top boots have punched-leather details around the gores, a refined profile, and the durability and shock absorption of the original Blunnies. These are for more of a casual walk in the woods, but also offer the durability and fashion to wear around town, or most any outdoor endeavor.
You can find them at many retailers or at the BLUNDSTONE website, in several colors HERE
Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots – Women’s
Experience out-of-the-box comfort in this waterproof hiker. With durable leathers, a supportive footbed, and Merrell exclusive Vibram® TC5+ traction, all in a versatile package, you will realize why Merrell has sold over 28 million pairs. Merrell Air Cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability. The lightweight EVA foam midsole for stability and comfort, and Vibram® TC5+ outsole technology gives you confidence with every step from mountain trails to city streets.
You can find them at many retailers or at the MERRELL website, in several colors HERE
Salomon Cross Hike Mid GTX Hiking Boots – Women’s
The completely new CROSSHIKE is designed for any conditions, anywhere in the world: multi-directional lugs, a seamless, closed-mesh construction and waterproof Gore-Tex membrane. Agile yet really grippy, this mid-height shoe cushions your ankle and keeps you on track whether your adventures take you, from the Lake District to Iceland. The Contagrip® outsole with multi-directional lugs gives you more grip on muddy terrain, while an optimized heel brake keeps you stable on those downhill climbs.
You can find them at many retailers or at the SALOMON website, in several colors HERE