You can't head out on the trail without a good pair of hiking shoes, but it can be hard to know where to start when you're shopping for them. Check out this list of our experts' most recommended hiking shoes, and don't forget to talk to a Camping & Hiking expert to find the perfect hiking shoes for you.
- LOWA - EXPLORER GTX MID WMNS - 10 - REGULAR - Anthracite/Turquoise
- KEEN - TARGHEE II MID MENS - 10 - Shitake/Brindle
- MERRELL - FORESTBOUND MID WP MENS - 11.5 - Cloudy
- SALEWA - MTN TRAINER LT MD GTX W - 9 - Feld Green/Fluo Cora
- DANNER - MOUNTAIN 600 4.5IN M - 10 - REGULAR - Rich Brown Full Grai
- LOWA - LOCARNO ICE GTX MID WS - 7 - REGULAR - Anthracite
- Columbia - Newton Ridge Plus WTPF - 9.5 - Elk Mountain Red
- GARMONT - ATACAMA 2.0 GTX W - 10 - Light Blue/Green
- VASQUE - ST ELIAS FG GTX MENS - 9 - WIDE - Cognac
- VASQUE - BREEZE LT LOWGTX WOMENS - 7 - REGULAR - Majolica Blue/Red Cl
LOWA - EXPLORER GTX MID WMNS - 10 - REGULAR - Anthracite/Turquoise
This shoe is best for rugged backpacking trips where support and comfort are top priorities. It provides a ton of stability, and the traction is stellar even on wet surfaces.
Great for hiking and backpacking, providing ample support and great water protection. This boot is great all around for stability, traction, comfort and water resistance.
KEEN - TARGHEE II MID MENS - 10 - Shitake/Brindle
Anything from a day hike to a multi-week trek. The leather uppers will give you good durability and stability, and the mid height ankle gives support without restricting movement as much as a higher ankle.
Great boot for hiking has a high heel for more comfort and easy time hiking uphills!
MERRELL - FORESTBOUND MID WP MENS - 11.5 - Cloudy
SALEWA - MTN TRAINER LT MD GTX W - 9 - Feld Green/Fluo Cora
DANNER - MOUNTAIN 600 4.5IN M - 10 - REGULAR - Rich Brown Full Grai
These all leather boots are lightweight, comfortable, and offer a technical performance while on the trial. With a 100% waterproof barrier and a Vibram outer sole, these boots are perfect for wet or dry conditions and their grip will be uncompromised. Their lower profile look is just as appropriate around town as it is on the trail too.
LOWA - LOCARNO ICE GTX MID WS - 7 - REGULAR - Anthracite
GORE-TEX shoes can be comfortably worn in wet conditions or through the winter and keep your feet warmer than a normal shoe. Higher ankle than most, which some people love, others feel is unnecessary.
Columbia - Newton Ridge Plus WTPF - 9.5 - Elk Mountain Red
A durable, waterproof mid hiking boot with full-grain leather that offers improved water resistance and abrasion resistance for more rugged terrain. These boots have a good weight at 1.7 lbs and offer a semi-breathable membrane. Great for longer trips or heavier loads.
A comfortable and durable hiking boot with a lightweight and cushy mid sole and grippy outsole for traction on any surface.
Lightweight, grippy, and supportive for hiking and backpacking.
GARMONT - ATACAMA 2.0 GTX W - 10 - Light Blue/Green
Mid-cut breathable lightweight shoe that is both waterproof and windproof. Heel-lock technology allows the heel to remain in the heel pocket to prevent slip and blisters.
VASQUE - ST ELIAS FG GTX MENS - 9 - WIDE - Cognac
Made for straight-out-of-the-box comfort with long lasting durability. The leather upper and GORETEX membrane make this boot waterproof and rugged while the EVA midsole provides cushioning to keep your feet and ankles comfortable on long treks.
Waterproof GTX liner in a solid boot! No break-in needed with these guys, comfortable out of the box! Vasque exclusive Vibram outsole for great grip!
VASQUE - BREEZE LT LOWGTX WOMENS - 7 - REGULAR - Majolica Blue/Red Cl
This is a great multi-day, low top hiker. The GTX liners assists in keeping your feet dry for in rain or slips into a stream. Very supportive even with a moderate weighted pack and true to size.
They're best for having flexibility when navigating trails.
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