After 16 hours of research evaluating 120 products, we picked Keen Targhee II Mid as our top choice.
Hiking is an AMAZING way to get in a workout! Not only do you burn 400 to 600 calories per hour, but you improve your muscular endurance and joint mobility. Add to that the fresh air, and you've got one heck of an awesome way to be more active on your weekends.
If you're getting into hiking, you can always stock up on the nifty hiking gear, like a sturdy backpack, a GPS device, or outdoor clothing. But really, there's only one thing you actually need: a good pair of hiking boots.
With the best hiking boots, you can hike anywhere.
We've done the research to bring you the best hiking boots for women. From lightweight to all-purpose to budget-friendly to waterproof boots, our list has all the options you need to consider when shopping for the best hiking boots on the market.
Great price, good quality, not too heavy, solid waterproofing, comfortable, molded EVA footbed, good traction, stable, durable leather upper, great lacing system, and stylish finish.
Lacking in support and not very breathable.
Performance: For women who want quality at a good price, look no further than these boots. Not only are they the best-priced on our list, but they're a durable, reliable pair that will keep up with any outdoor activity.
The leather upper makes the shoes both rugged and waterproof, and the lacing system will provide excellent stability to protect your ankles. The material is even covered with a stain-proof treatment that sheds debris, dust, and liquid. Best of all, they're a stylish choice, with a beautiful "hardcore" look that makes them ideal for any outdoorswoman.
Features: The boots come with a fairly aggressive tread, which offers good stability and traction on muddy, mossy, wet, and gravelly terrain. Though they don't have great breathability, they're a comfortable, well-padded boot that will be good for women with wide and long feet.
Price: Starting at just over $60, these are our best-priced offering. They offer great durability and comfort at a price tag you'll love.
Comfortable, sturdy, dependable, suited for all terrain, well-insulated, excellent quality materials and assembly, stylish, good support and protection, and waterproof.
Lacking breathability and can be hard to find the right size.
Performance: Made in the USA, Timberlands are one of the most familiar boots on the market, thanks to their durable construction. The boots are made with 100% waterproof leather, with a sturdy lacing system that will grip your feet tightly (reducing blisters) and offer excellent ankle support thanks to their high-top design.
The classic style of these boots is always a draw. The appearance is immediately recognizable, and they scream "hardcore" work or hiking boots. Thanks to their unique woman-specific insole, footbed, and midsole design, you'll be comfortable all day long in these well-padded boots.
Features: The fact that these boots are made of durable leather means they're waterproof, but sadly not the best-ventilated. However, the 400 grams of insulation built into the boots will keep your feet warm even in alpine and arctic conditions. With the built-in steel toe cap you can protect your feet on the hiking trail and construction site.
The soles are made with special rubber gum that increases traction without sacrificing durability or flexibility. The high shaft of the boot offers great ankle support when the boots are laced tightly, and the padded collar makes for excellent all-day comfort.
Price: Starting as low as $60 per pair, these are one of our best-priced hiking boots. They're a stylish, reliable, durable choice that you should definitely consider adding to your hiking gear.
Slim profile, comfortable, lightweight, solid traction, waterproof, durable outsoles, added heel cushioning, mid-height, great for day hiking, reasonable durability, odor-resistant lining, and good breathability.
Lacking support and not suited for heavier loads and rugged trails.
Performance: If you want a lightweight pair of boots for a day hike, you'll love these. They offer excellent comfort, good ventilation, and surprisingly excellent waterproofing (given the materials are synthetic). They weigh just 2 pounds, meaning you can wear them all day without tiring.
The lacing system is excellent, ensuring the boots grip your feet and ankles tightly as you scramble over rough and rocky ground. Though it's not built for truly rugged terrain, the boots are a comfortable option that will keep you hiking all day long through any forest, up any mountain, and along any riverbed.
Features: The original Moab was one of the top-rated hiking boots available, and the Moab 2 received an upgrade to just a few features: deeper cushioning for the heels, a higher arch in the insole, increased waterproofing, and added durability to the synthetic suede upper.
The Vibram outsoles offer excellent traction, thanks to the deep tread. With the moulded nylon shank built into the midsole, you'll find these shoes are surprisingly stable and offer great freedom of movement. The air cushions built into the heels will reduce joint impact and keep your knees, ankles, and feet from hurting after a long hike.
Price: Starting at $130, these are definitely on the pricier side. However, if you want lightweight comfort and durability, they're a great option to consider!
Hiking and walking boots, stylish, intended for casual around-town use, water-resistant, good value for the cost, durable, excellent support for your ankles, solid construction, and lightweight.
Shallow tread and not ideal for heavier hikers.
Performance: These are ranked as "all-purpose boots" because they're designed hiking, walking, camping, and wearing in the city. They're stylish, lightweight (at 1 lb, 7 oz), and a good-looking choice if you want to wear boots around town. Thanks to their woman-specific design, they're wonderfully comfortable!
Be warned: these are NOT hardcore hiking boots built for days on rugged trails. Their shallow tread means they don't offer the best traction, and they can't carry too much weight. However, they're great for walking around town, hitting the hiking trails, or walking in the forest in style. They offer excellent stability and support, and they are light enough for hour-long and day-long hikes.
Features: The nylon shank built into the midfoot of the sole keeps it nice and stiff, offering a solid platform for you to step off of. With solid laces, these mid-height boots are excellent for keeping your ankles stable. Women with ankle problems will love walking in these bad boys. The foot bed is designed specifically for a woman's foot, with arch and heel support to keep you comfortable as you walk or hike.
The boots come with their own unique waterproofing system. Thanks to the gusseted tongue, your feet will stay dry as you cross streams or walk in the rain. The synthetic material used for the boots' upper is dirt- and dust-resistant, meaning your boots will stay clean for longer.
Price: Starting at $100, these are a decently priced pair of boots that will come in handy on hikes or around town. They're not ideal for hardcore hikers, but women who prefer form over function will want a pair of these at home.
Top-rated waterproofing, comfortable, solid padding, good ankle support, solid lacing system, durable construction, stylish, short break-in time, and perfect for all-season hiking.
Boots feel bulky and the sole is a bit too soft and flexible for rugged terrain.
Performance: For those who want superior waterproofing for lake, river, and stream hikes, look no further than these bad boys. Made with a mesh and leather upper, the shoes offer better breathability than Gore-Tex boots, but without sacrificing waterproofing. You can put your whole foot in water without worrying about getting soaked. Thanks to the gusseted tongue, debris and dust will never get in your shoe.
The boots are built to last, with a solid construction that feels comfortable as you walk. The padded tongue can be a bit bulky, but the boots themselves are lightweight compared to Gore-Tex boots with similar waterproofing. The use of mesh and leather for the upper doesn't compromise the durability of the boots one bit!
Features: You will IMMEDIATELY love these boots, thanks to the extra-thick padding built into the ankle and heel. The boots are designed for women's feet specifically, with an Ortholite sockliner and EVA molded heel cup for maximum comfort. However, thanks to the breathable mesh lining, your feet will stay cool and dry all day long.
The solid lacing system and mid-height boot will offer excellent ankle support, and you'll find the aggressive tread pattern keeps your feet firm on even slippery and muddy ground. Though the outsole is a bit too soft and flexible for very rugged terrain, the grip is excellent.
Price: Starting at $100, these boots are on the lower end of the mid-priced range. Thanks to their excellent comfort and superior waterproofing, they're your best choice if you're hiking in wet and muddy conditions.
Incredibly sturdy, lightweight, waterproof, high ankle offers great stability, comfortable, keep your feet securely in place, no slipping or sliding, broad range of styles, good shock absorption,and long lifespan.
Lacking arch support and pricey.
Performance: For those who want one pair of hiking boots for years to come, these are definitely your top pick! Not only are they made with incredibly durable leather, but the stitching and construction is resistant to damage, wear, and water. You'll get easily 5 to 7 years of regular hiking from these bad boys.
The shoes offer great support for your feet and ankles, and you'll find they're beautifully comfortable. Though they weigh more than the average lightweight hiking boot (2.8 pounds), they're not too heavy even after an all-day hike. However, they are a tad bulky—they feel big and solid on your feet, but still perfect for all-terrain hiking. If you want quality and durability, these Lowa boots are your top choice.
Features: The high boot comes with a polyurethane shank built in to protect your ankles and improve stability of the shoe. Though they don't offer good arch support, they have a stiff sole that will protect the bottom of your feet from impact and sharp rocks. The Durby Cut lacing system is beautifully adjustable, and works with the gusseted tongue to offer padding, stability, and keep out debris and dirt.
The fit is roomy and perfect for wider-footed users, with excellent traction and superior waterproofing to many competing boots.
Price: Starting as high as $175, these are definitely on the pricier side of boots on our list. You get what you pay for, though: a pair of boots that will last you for years to come!
Versatile, lightweight, incredibly comfortable, enhances stability, provides excellent underfoot support, mid-height, breathable, protect your feet and toes, sturdy outsole, and great price.
Plagued by durability issues and lacking ankle support.
Performance: For those who want a versatile pair of hiking boots for all terrains, these Keen mid-height boots are definitely your top pick. Users love how comfortable they are, with the contoured heel lock and added heel support.
The stiff outsole provides amazing underfoot support for your feet, keeping you stable no matter how treacherous the footing. However, despite the mid-height, the ankle support could be better. You'll love how lightweight they are—you can wear them all day long without feeling your feet getting heavy.
The water-resistant design of the boots keeps your feet dry in wet conditions, and the mesh will allow for excellent breathability for your feet. Be warned: the mesh isn’t as durable as the leather upper, so it's prone to damage and durability issues.
Features: The extra-wide toe box reduces break-in time and keeps your feet from feeling cramped in the hiking boots. They're actually designed with wide-footed women in mind. However, be warned: the boots run half a size small.
The deep 4mm lugs give you excellent traction on slippery/muddy ground, loose gravel, and uneven terrain. Thanks to the rubber toe cap, your toes will always be protected. The metatomical footbed and dual-density compression molded midsoles will offer the arch support you need, keeping your feet comfortable and reducing joint impact throughout a long day of hiking.
Price: Starting at $90 per pair, these are one of the best-priced pairs of hiking boots on our list. They offer the comfort and versatility of higher-priced boots, but at a much more affordable cost. Definitely your top choice overall!