The Best Women’s Hiking Boots
The Top 15 Hiking Boots for Women
1. Timberland Women’s White Ledge
Just because you go shopping on a fixed budget, doesn’t mean you have to come back empty handed. You can get a great deal with the Timberland Women’s White Ledge Hiking Boots that surprise with their quality and reliable performance.
The boots are made of leather and you may need to be patient a bit as they do need a couple of days to break in. The full-grain waterproof construction of the boots doesn’t let water get inside, sacrificing the comfort in the beginning. Despite this, the boots don’t give any blisters, even when worn for a whole day.
The traction of the boots is good thanks to the rubber sole, whereas the dual-density EVA footbed sustains the comfort. The footbed is removable, making the boots more customizable. It’s also breathable and works great with the moisture-wicking textile lining, keeping your feet nice and dry all day long.
The lugs on the outsole are well placed and sustain your traction, no matter how slippery or rough your trail gets.
The boots feel sturdy and comfortable and make a good choice for anyone struggling with plantar fasciitis.
The laces are good quality and don’t get untied in the middle of your hiking.
The boots give a nice space for your toes and don’t pick up dirt or mud easily.
Here’s our list of pros:
- The boots are made of leather
- They are supportive and sturdy
- They ensure good ankle support
- The boots are good for the plantar fasciitis and don’t give blisters either
We’d like some minor changes:
- They need time to break in
- The waterproofness may be improved
All in all, for a few bucks, you can get a pretty dependable pair of hiking boots that is supportive, reliable and only comes with some minor flaws.
2. Hi-Tec Women’s Ohio WP Hiking Boots
These may not be the most durable pair of hiking boots out there, but they may serve you good for quite some time. The Hi-Tec Women’s Ohio WP Hiking Boots are made with leather and fabric and surprise with their qualities, despite their low price. They may surprise you even with their look also, as pictures are a bit off from the nice reality.
The boots are comfortable and reliable, providing efficient traction on all kinds of surfaces. They offer stability even on wet surfaces and rocky trails just as well. They are sturdy and give you confidence on the move.
The boots run true to size, but it’s better safe than sorry so go up ½ a size if you plan on wearing some wool socks as well.
The extra toe room is a nice detail and the boots are quite supportive. The moisture-wicking lining keeps moisture away from your feet whereas the soft padded collar increases your comfort when hiking. The EVA insole is removable and the boots are quite customizable. The boots have good padding in the heel as well.
The versatile lacing system minimizes risk for unexpected unlacing and the carbon MDT outsole gives great traction.
The boots have a good grip and a tough built, quite durable. They also work in the snow and are very easy to clean.
Going over the things we like the most on the boots again:
- The boots are well made and look nice
- They are grippy and sustain efficient traction
- They feature soft padded collar and feel comfortable
- The toe room is large
We do have some issues to mention:
- They may give some blisters
- The arch support may be improved
We’re only focusing on the good things and what we see is a pair of reliable, efficient and versatile of hiking boots that work in so many situations.
3. Hi-Tec Women’s Bandera Mid-Rise Waterproof
Who says that hiking boots shouldn’t look pretty and nice? The Hi-Tec Women’s Bandera Mid-Rise Waterproof Hiking Boots do warm up any hiking overall look, but bring on the table plenty of other good things.
The boots are made with leather and fabric and are cozy to wear from the very first time. They don’t give any blisters, no matter for how long you’re wearing them.
They do stand out with their cute looks, but are also tough and able to take challenging trails. They are durable and rugged, despite their delicate appearance.
The boots run true to size, giving a secure fit and good room for an extra pair of socks. They offer good arch and ankle support, leaving a reliability feel.
The padding of the boots increases comfort and the boots are a good choice for bunions as they protect the most sensitive areas.
The boots feel lightweight and breathable, but keep you warm and dry in the colder season as well. The good tread gives efficient traction and the boots don’t pick up dirt/mud. They remain nice and steady on most trails, offering nice shock absorpency as well.
Going over the big pros once again:
- The boots look nice and are quite tough
- The ankle and arch support is good
- The traction is efficient and the boots feel lightweight
- They are waterproof, sturdy and comfortable from the first wear
Some minor changes wouldn’t hurt:
- The laces could be better
- The durability may be improved
All things considered, you end up with some good, nice looking hiking boots that take most hiking situations, within their inherent limits.
4. Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus
The Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boots may surprise you with their versatility and durability, especially considering the little money you pay.
The boots are able to take the hot summers and the cool winter as well and deliver exactly what you need when hiking all year round.
The boots feels sturdy and comfortable and you may confidently take them for a whole day hike. The rubber sole is comfortable and the boots provide good arch support.
You may wear the boots right out of the box, without giving them a couple of days to break in, which is a great thing for the less patient hiker. They are made with leather and synthetic, so they are durable and flexible at the same time.
The molded EVA foam midsole gives comfort on the move and the boots don’t give any blisters. The cushioning is good and sustains the comfort.
The boots feel lightweight and make a great choice for anyone struggling with plantar fasciitis.
Maybe looks don’t matter much to you, but it’s good to know the boots run true to their colors and looks quite nice.
Going over the good things shortly:
- The boots are made with leather and synthetic
- They go for all year long wear
- They are comfortable, sturdy and lightweight
- They make a great choice for the plantar fasciitis foot
We’d like to see some minor changes:
- The laces could be longer
- The stability isn’t the best on wet surfaces
All in all, for a very good price, you get some dependable, all year long hiking boots that are dependable in most hiking situations for quite some time.
5. Timberland Women’s Chocorua Trail Boots
If you are so determined to hike, no matter how heavy it’s the rain or how cold it is, don’t hesitate to give it a go with the Timberland Women’s Chocorua Trail Boots.
The boots are made with leather and textile, which makes them both comfortable and long lasting, taking the intense use.
Their design makes them a great choice for the wider feet, in case you’re in the category. They are contoured just right, with minimum risk for rubbing and comfort for your heel.
The boots bring on the table plenty of good features and we begin with the Gore-tex membrane and the seam-sealed built that doesn’t let any drop of water inside your boots. They are water resistant but you can never be too sure so some extra coats of silicone may put you in the safe spot.
The traction is good, even in challenging conditions, and the boots take well snow and mud, keeping your feet dry at all time.
The boots offer great ankle and arch support and are comfortable. They don’t need much time to break in and feel lightweight and cozy. The insole ensure efficient shock absorpency, without losing the stability. The lacing system is dependable and the boots are easy to put on/take off.
The boots have a durability feel and look so nice. Their colors are great as well.
The things we like the most on the boots:
- The boots are made with leather and textile
- They look nice and give no blisters
- They go great for the wider feet
- They give good arch support and seem durable
We don’t have many comments though:
- The ankle area feels a bit rigid in the beginning
- The sole could be better
Despite the minor issues, the boots make it as a dependable option for many, especially for the wide feet.
6. Merrell Women’s All Out Blaze Mid-Rise Waterproof
The combination of materials on the Merrell Women’s All Out Blaze Mid-Rise Waterproof Hiking Boots makes them an affordable choice for many.
The boots are made with leather, fabric and synthetic so they are comfortable and able to take the more challenging trails. Their design makes them versatile and you may take them not only hiking, but also in town when running some errands.
The boots are well made and very easy to clean up. They are waterproof and keep bad smell at distance, maintaining your feet fresh and dry all day long.
The arch support is good and the boots are quite flexible. They run true to size and are ready to wear right out of the box as they don’t need time to break in. The risk for hot spots is minimal as well.
The boots offer good ankle support and are quite grippy on various surfaces. The soles provide efficient traction in most situations.
The boots feel lightweight and comfortable and keep you warm when you need them to.
Let’s highlight the main features:
- The boots are made with high quality materials
- They don’t need time to break in and give no blisters
- The arch and ankle support is good
- The boots are waterproof, comfortable and flexible
The list of downsides isn’t long:
- The stability isn’t the best on the rocky trails
- The laces could be longer
Despite the downsides, the boots still stand out with their qualities and the good price.
7. Merrell Women’s Moab Mid Gore-Tex
The waterproof Merrell Women’s Moab Mid Gore-Tex Hiking Boots get you over the big and the small puddles, in the heavy rain, keeping you nice and dry for a good amount of time.
The boots are made with waterproof Dura leather and mesh upper and don’t need time to break in. They don’t feel stiff in the beginning, which is always great to hear.
The boots are more than resistance against water though and they provide good ankle support and a good traction, in many hiking situations.
The Vibram sole ensures a good grip, even on the rocky trails. The boots run true to size and you don;t need to go up a size, even if you plan on wearing some thick socks. The design of the boots take care of any bunions and the boots don’t give any hot spots either.
The Gore-tex is trully efficient and helps you get over the stream with no worries about getting wet. You may also take the boots in the snow, as long as it doesn’t go over your boots.
The boots are very well made and reliable in many situations.
Our most important pros would be:
- The boots are made with waterproof Dura leather and mesh upper
- They feature Gore-tex so they keep you dry
- The boots offer good ankle support
- The traction is good and the boots are soft from the beginning
We don’t have many complaints:
- The grip on wet surfaces may be improved
- The toe area could be bigger
Despite the minor issues, for their performance over the streams and reliability, the boots are sure worth to try when in need.
8. KEEN Women’s Targhee II Waterproof
We tried to understand why the KEEN Women’s Targhee II Waterproof Hiking Boots are some of the most popular options out there and we realized that it’s all coming from their high quality materials and the fact they’re made here at home in our USA.
The boots are made in our USA using leather and rubber sole and include all the features that good, reliable hiking boots should have.
The boots are waterproof and feature a dual-density EVA foam footbed that brings comfort on the move, no matter how challenging your trail gets. The breathable membrane keeps your feet nice and fresh all the time, even during a hot summer day.
Lose the misconception about the leather boots as these ones don’t need much time to break in. Additionally, the hiking boots don’t give any hot spots or sore spots and protect previous bunions as well.
The boots are a good option even in the chiller days as they manage to keep you warm and cozy when hiking.
The speed lacing system and the ankle lace locks help you put on the boots (and take them off) fast and easy.
The boots feel lightweight, comfortable and have great traction. They are very well made and look nice and durable.
Let’s pinpoint the most important pros:
- The boots are made of leather in our USA
- They are lightweight, comfortable and durable
- They break-in fast and give not hot spots
- The boots are waterproof, breathable and keep you warm when you need it
Leaving the bells and whistles aside, here are our cons:
- They may not be the best option for the most difficult trails
- They could use more padding around the tongue
Despite the minor cons, the boots are a great choice to consider for your regular hikes.
9. Ahnu Women’s Montara
If you typically have to double check the sizing when getting some hiking boots, you don’t have this kind of problem with the Ahnu Women’s Montara Boots as they run true to size. Their design makes them a good option for the narrow foot.
The boots are made of leather and feature a synthetic sole that complete the boots. The boots don’t need time to break in and they give great support, no matter how rocky your trail is.
The list of great features is quite long and the boots come with a toe protector, easing your efforts when climbing down the hills.
The boots also feature a padded collar with eVent breathability, keeping you nice, fresh and dry even in a hot summer hike. They are also waterproof, so they keep water from entering inside.
Not only they are waterproof and breathable, but they also keep you warm, with minimum risk for sweating. They are also highly customizable as the insoles are removable, giving you the option to find the best choice for your feet.
The boots are well made, with durable stitching that also looks nice. The eyelets are tough and the laces don’t look beefy at all.
We also like the boots because they don’t pick up dirt/debris/mud and come in nice, warm colors. They are well sealed and feel very dependable.
Let’s list the most important pros:
- The boots are made of leather
- They have toe protector and are quite supportive
- They look nice and don’t pick up dirt
- They are waterproof, breathable and comfortable
There are some minor things „bugging” us:
- The toe box is a bit large for a narrow foot
- The soles could be thicker
Never mind the minor issues as the boots still stand out with their performances and ability to take most types of hikes.
10. Ahnu Women’s Sugarpine Hiking Boots
It may feel like we’re repeating ourselves, but it’s only for the right reasons: Ahnu really designes and makes great hiking boots for women. Another great model in the category is the Ahnu Women’s Sugarpine Hiking Boots that combine leather and textile and come in nice color combinations. They are a vegan option and that counts a lot for many out there.
The boots are so comfortable that you may feel like wearing a pair of tennis shoes at times, and not hiking boots. They are lightweight, conforming to the shape of your feet. They are yet sturdy and reliable when climbing up the heels and the rubber toe cap makes the descent easy and comfortable as well.
The secure lace-up vamp system give a snug fit, whereas the cushy padded collar increases comfort. The collar features pull-on loop so the boots are quite easy to put on/take off.
The nylon& fiberglass arch shank creates a nice arch support and the microfiber Suede footbed is antimicrobial, keeping unpleasant smells away.
The boots are comfortable, lightweight and don’t give blisters. The color combinations make them great for regular walks downtown, not only when hiking.
They don’t pick up dirt and they perform great in mud also.
Looking closer at the main features:
- The boots are made with leather and material
- They are comfortable, lightweight and sturdy
- They perform well in the mud and don’t pick up mud/dirt easily
- They look great
There’s no better way to talk about the downsides:
- They may not be the most durable choice out there
- They may run a bit big
Apart from the reality that you may find it difficult to settle for a color combination (we know we did), the boots present way too many good things that sustain their value and good quality.
11. Vasque Women’s Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots
Well made and built to last quite a lot, the Vasque Women’s Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots are not only looking nice, but also bring on the table quite a reliable performance.
The boots are made with leather and quite comfortable from the beginning. The risk for blisters is minimal and the boots are ready to wear right out the box. They present a tough construction and give you confidence on most challenging trails.
They have a good weight and you may wear them a whole day, with any discomfort. The arch support is good thanks to the insole and the traction efficient on various types of surfaces (rocks, sand or slippery mud).
The boots ensure also nice heel support and the boots are great choice for the flat feel as well. They are breathable and keep moisture at distance.
The subtle purple details make them look even nicer and the boots sure stand out from the crowd with their nice appearance.
They are very well made and leave a durability feel.
Let’s make a very short list of pros:
- The boots are very well made and seem durable
- They look very nice
- The arch, ankle and heel support is great
- They are lightweight, comfortable and breathable
We’re always looking for the perfect hiking boots and these ones come pretty close, therefore:
- They’re not the best option for the wide feet
- The toe box is not very comfortable
Nevertheless, the boots still stand as a nice, reliable and comfortable option for many of us out there.
12. Salomon Women’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots
The worst part about the Salomon Women’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots is that they are so good that you’re not going to have to go shopping any time soon, and this may be a problem for some of you out there.
The boots are ready to wear from the second you get them out of the box and you’re free to consider walking around the living room „break-in period”. The boots sure loke great, give no blisters, no matter how prone to that you may be.
The wide toe box make them a good choice for the wide feet (with bunions). The boots feel lightweight and give stability on all sorts of surfaces. They are flexible and waterproof.
The molded EVA midsole and the Ortholite sockliner increase comfort and the non-marking outsole is grippy and gives good traction. The guard at base protects against mud and the boots are easy to clean.
The lace-up system is efficent and the Performance Comfort membrane sustains the waterproofness. Gore-tex is efficient and you may confidently jump over the streams.
The boots fit your orthotics and take the heavily backpacked hikes. The traction is amazing on rocks, roots, uneven ground as the ankle support is impressive also.
Putting under the light the most important qualities:
- The boots are very well made and feel durable
- The traction is amazing, even over the challenging trails
- They are waterproof as they feature also Gore-Tex
- They are lightweight, comfortable and fit the wide feet
We’re not picky, but the boots have some minor flaws:
- They are great for the wide feet
- The arch support may be improved
All in all, we still see the boots as reliable, long lasting and tough boots that take the rockiest trails, especially if you have wide feet.
13. Lowa Women’s Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots
Versatile and looking great both when hiking or walking downtown, the Lowa Women’s Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots are made here at home in our USA, which is a good hint on their quality.
The boots are made with leather and feel comfortable right from the start, with no worries about giving them a break in period.
The boots featurea a padded tongue and collar, which increases your comfort. They are waterproof and feature a breathable Gore-Tex membrane so you don’t have to avoid any streams or rainy days. The boots don’t let the water get inside and keep moisture away from your feet, as they are quite breathable. The breathable Climate Control footbed wicks moisture away from your feet on hot summer days.
The full-length nylon stabilizing shank gives you stability on all types of trails and sustains so nicely your foot.
The speed-lacing grommets at top and the corder lace-up vamp give you a snug fit and let you put on/take off easily the boots.
The toe box is wide and the boots don’t give any hot spots or blisters.
The boots are well made and the logo accents are subtle, yet nice looking. One thing it’s going to give you some headache: the boots come in 20 color combinations so it’s not going to be very easy to choose.
We really like the following on the boots:
- The boots are waterproof and breathable
- They are comfortable and versatile
- They come in many color combinations
- The support is great and the traction impressive even on difficult trails
We’d like to make slight changes, though:
- They could use more cushioning
- The toe box could be bigger
Our takeaways are that, despite some minor drawbacks, the boots still make it as a reliable, versatile and comfortable option when in need and ready to pay the extra buck.
14. Scarpa Women’s Kailash GTX
The more you pay, the more you get and the Scarpa Women’s Kailash GTX Lady Hiking Boots sure may seem pricey, but they are worth every single penny.
The boots are made with Suede so they are soft and comfortable from the very beginning, giving no blisters or hot spots either. For those of you struggling with some bunions, it’s good to know the boots protect them and ease your pain also.
The boots are lightweight and make a great choice for all year long as they give warmth in the winter and keep you cool and dry in the hot summer. They are waterproof and breathable, so not water comes near your feet, but moisture doesn’t remain inside either.
The highly shock-absorbing Vibram Hi-Trail lite on the boots improve traction and gives you amazing stability on the challenging trails. The bi-directional ankle flex provides nice ankle support and the toe rand increases protection.
The Vibram sole is grippy and the boots bite the muddy trails. The toe room is wide and nice and you may also fit your orthotics inside the boots. The shock-absorbency is great and the boots protect your knees and hips on hiking the rocky trails.
The laces fit the good built of the boots and look strong and durable.
The boots come in nice colors and look very nice.
Let’s highlight the most important pros:
- The boots are very well made and look nice
- The shock absorbancy is good and the traction efficient
- The boots are breathable and waterproof
- The boots are grippy and comfortable from the beginning
The list of cons isn’t long:
- The tread wears out sooner than you’d want
- The toe cap could be better
Regardless the minor issues, we still recommend the boots as durable, lightweight and reliable boots for so many types of trails.
15. Hanwag Women’s Alaska Lady Gtx
Maybe you’ve heard by now about the German precision and the Hanwag Women’s Alaska Lady Gtx Boots are a great example of that.
The craftmanship of the boots impresses from the first glance as the boots are very well made and give you the impression that you no longer have to go shopping for boots any time soon. The seams are minimal, yet very sturdy and the built minimizes the rubbing and the pressure points. The boots feature double stitching all over them which means longer life span and ability for resoling them several times.
The over material is Suede, whereas the over material is waxed Nubuck, this combination resulting into durable, tough, yet comfortable boots. You may need to be patient and give the boots a couple of days until they fully break in, but they’re totally worth the wait.
The leather on the boots is waterproof and breathable and the lining is Gore-Tex. This means no water gets inside the boots and no moisture is trapped inside either.
The boots are easy to put on/take off and the lacing system gives a snug, yet cozy, fit. The clamping lace hooks are reliable and useful as well.
We really like the shock absorpency and the flexibility in the heel area. The boots take well the rocky trails and minimize pain for hips and knees. The Memory foam of the insole is comfortable, taking the contour of your foot.
The deep profile of the Vibram sole makes the boots grippy and able to bite the various trails.
We also need to mention that the boots are strap-on crampon compatible so they make a great choice for the icey, snowy hikes.
The all-around dust-protective edge, the steel plates with minimal seams are all details that give the image of high end hiking boots.
Let’s highlight the most important pros:
- The boots are made with quality materials in Germany
- They are waterproof, breathable and comfortable
- They are strap-on crampon compatible
- The craftsmanship is impressive and the boots don’t disappoint
We try to balance things a bit:
- You need to give them some time to fully break in
- Their style could be improved
The boots are very performant, high quality and dependable though to get tangled in some minor issues that definitely don’t count that much when you focus on the bigger picture.
Educate Yourself on the Best Hiking Boots for the Ladies
The first thing you should know about hiking boots is … to tell them apart from hiking shoes and mountaineering boots. You will feel more stable wearing a pair of hiking boots than wearing shoes and also you will find them not as heavy as mountaineering boots. If you have already fallen in love with exploring the rough terrain for longer periods of time, while wearing a 30 pound backpack, you will definitely want to wear hiking boots.
Providing stability with shanks that run the length of the foot, most women’s hiking boots will protect your ankles from rolling and your knees when hiking. The best hiking boots for women take good consideration of the height of your ankles and they offer height options from low-cut to mid-cut to high-cut.
Just because you’re hiking, it doesn’t mean you should avoid water. Most top hiking boots have either a waterproof lining or a water resistant treatment. Or, in some cases, both. Keep in mind that soles made from good rubber with technical tread patterns, with deep wide spaced lugs, will help you hike even better.
About their lifespan… guess what? It seems that a good pair of hiking boots is not that light; as a matter of fact, the extra weight of boots usually results in a longer life span, more durability in rough conditions, and more support when hiking.
Therefore, a lightweight pair of women’s hiking boots range between 1-3 pounds, and have mid-cut height. They are best when day hiking and your backpack doesn’t weigh more than 20 pounds.
Mid-weight women’s hiking boots range from 2-4 pounds, cover your ankles and go high up to 4-5+”. Your backpack can support, in this case, up to 40 pounds and you may also wear them over rugged terrain, all year long.
For those of you who take hiking seriously, heavyweight hiking boots are the perfect option. Your backpack can go up to 50 pounds and you may go as high as you want in the mountains.
“Travel in style, hike in style!”
So, ladies out there, take into consideration that your hiking style should have a word when buying hiking boots. If you like to go fast and light, you should look for boots that feel light on your feet (that doesn’t always mean that they are very light, though). If, on the other hand, you like to hike day and night, wearing a big heavy backpack, seek for the boots that will give you comfort and support at all times.
Trail conditions vary and can go from semi-aggressive to aggressive. If the semi-aggressive tread has shallow lugs and not a varied tread pattern, the aggressive tread will offer deep lug depths and multiple types of tread pattern.
When it comes to watery destinations, you shouldn’t worry that much since most women’s hiking boots come with waterproof membrane linings that keep your feet dry. Of course, depending on the height of the ankle shaft, your socks may get wet or…not 🙂
Most of the best hiking boots for women are good all year long, but you can choose a summer/winter type also. The summer hiking boots would be rather more breathable, while the winter ones should have more aggressive tread patterns and higher ankle shafts.
The very best women hiking boots are made of leather, but the lighter weight materials used as well give more breathability to the boots. Even so, you ladies shouldn’t worry about any smells or germs; most women’s hiking boots are anti-odor, anti-microbial and climate controlled.
When shopping online, of course it is difficult to try your hiking boots on. So, you should read carefully the manufacturer’s suggestions on sizing charts and follow their instructions for measuring your feet.
And now…let’s sum it up!
You are only a few clicks away from starting your first hike. Remember: the upper material of the boot should be breathable , water and abrasion resistant. Solid leather uppers appear to be most durable and are least breathable; and they take the longest to break-in also…
The lining of the boots is responsible for insulating your feet and it’s supposed to be a water barrier: no sweat, rain or water should go through!
The insole of your hiking boots is what your feet rest on. Made from carbon fiber, memory foam or gel, the insole is customizable and removable. The midsole lies between the insole and the sole of the boots. Typically, in order to give support, this midsole will use a dense EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate).
Your little piggies can go… hiking, since the toe protection is usually given by a rubber toe cap. So, keep this in mind when browsing through women’s hiking boots.
I want to…break-in!
All hiking boots require a break-in period. This period can take as little as a few hours, but a long lasting pair of hiking boots will need more than that. Don’ t lose faith; you will have them around for a very long time, instead!