Do we like a challenge? Sure. But as all seasoned walkers will tell you, but this challenge is no walk in the park, so before you take your first step, it makes sense to invest in the right pair of boots to keep you comfortable and stable from start to finish.
We know that preparing for a long hike or walking challenge can be stressful even without the daunting prospect of shopping for the right shoes, so whether they’re for the lady in your life, or a gift to yourself (you shouldn’t have!), let our top 10 guide make finding the best women’s hiking boots smooth and simple.
1. SCARPA PEAK GORE-TEX BOOT
For serious walking, you’re going to want some serious support. That’s where the Scarpa Peak Gore-tex Boot comes in. This boot has been praised for its durability, standing up to even inclement weather, and, hitting a little higher than most boots, it’s great for secure and supported ankles. Although pricey, this boot is a great investment for all year round, and comes in an appealing teal shade that’s at once feminine and understated.
2. KEEN TERRADORA WATERPROOF BOOT
This stylish women’s hiking boot is beyond good-looking — it’s also the best boot for wet weather. Owners of the Keen Terradora Waterproof Boot have been known to wax lyrical about just how waterproof it is, so there’s no need to fret at an unexpected stream (unless it means you’re really, really lost). The adaptable soft mesh material is ideal if you don’t have time to devote to breaking in, and looks the part no matter which shade you choose. A great investment, but not the best for very small feet.
3. SALOMON X ULTRA MID 2 GTX W
Don’t want to shell out for a new boot every season? The Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX W has got you covered. The plush padded sole makes this boot super soft, but it’s still tough enough for hiking on rough terrain. As well as boasting Gore-tex technology, this boot wicks moisture away from the foot to keep you as dry as possible. One caveat: it’s been noted that these boots come up on the larger side, so we recommend opting for a size or half lower than your usual.
4. BERGHAUS WOMEN’S EXPEDITOR AQ RIDGE
With the glowing recommendation of being on the Duke of Edinburgh Award-approved kit list, the Berghaus Women’s Expeditor AQ Ridge is a strong and sturdy boot that can take a beating out on the track. The OPTI-STUD soles keep you light on your feet while providing enough grip for apprehending obstacles, and the full-grain leather gives them lasting power. AQ Waterproof technology comes highly-rated as a cheaper alternative to Gore-tex, making them great value for money at under £100.
5. MERREL MOAB MID GORE-TEX WOMEN’S HIKING BOOTS
The Merrel Moab Mid Gore-tex boots are a great alternative to leather for those who find it hard to move in. The easy-on low ankle style and thick Vibram soles make these are the best women’s hiking boots for everyday walking, helped considerably by waterproof Gore-tex technology and clever soles that don’t pick up stones. And, you won’t have to break these shoes in, so you’re good to go as soon as they’re out of the box. It has been noted that these boots come up small, so opt for half a size bigger, but if your feet are too petite for Keen’s Terradora boots, consider these instead.
6. LOWA RENEGADE GORE-TEX MID BOOT
Durable, comfortable, and reliable, it’s unsurprising that Lowa’s walking boots are some of Europe’s best-sellers. Their trusty Vibram soles wear extremely well, so you’ll be sure to get years of walking out of them, and the interiors have been praised for their comfort, resulting in dry feet even after a long day’s walk. These have a narrower fit, good news for walkers with smaller feet, but may still require some breaking in thanks to their nubuck construction.
7. KARRIMOR LADIES HOT ROCK WATERPROOF
You may be thinking that buying boots on a budget is a one-way ticket to painful blisters — but we don’t mind telling you that you’d be wrong. The Karrimor Ladies Hot Rock Waterproof boots have been praised for their balance of comfort and durability, especially at their budget price. They have thick soles for exploring rough terrain, and a soft outer for easy movement with no rubbing. If you’re after years of faithful service, this isn’t the one. But for semi-regular walking, it’s a winner.
8. THE NORTH FACE WOMEN’S TERRA HIKING BOOTS
With solid toe coverage and contoured soles, these North Face hiking boots are guaranteed to keep you comfy, buoyant, and warm all the way along the trail, even if it’s particularly rocky. They have a slightly lower ankle than many other boots, allowing for more movement on inclines, but still provide admirable support. These might be some of the toughest on the market, but their cheerful magenta accents keep them looking sweet.
9. HI GEAR SNOWDEN WATERPROOF BOOTS
If you’re looking for an everyday boot for everyday use, one that looks the part but won’t break the bank, you’ve found it. Presenting Hi Gear’s Snowden Waterproof Boots: these are almost identical to the boots Kate Middleton wore on her trip to Borneo, but half the price — a royally good bargain, if you ask us. Made from full-grain leather in classic brown, they have an unbeatable heritage look, and while they don’t have Gore-tex technology, they are fully waterproof. For the price, they certainly do a good job.