Most Recommended Hiking Shoes Under $150


Curated Camping & Hiking experts help thousands of customers every season find the right gear within their budget. Check out their most recommended hiking shoes under $150, and then be sure to chat with an expert here on Curated for free advice and recommendations on the best shoe for your needs.

Cecilia R, Camping Expert
Elizabeth H., Camping Expert
Victor Von Claus, Camping Expert
By Footwear ExpertsCecilia, Elizabeth, Victor and others
The Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Amped Hiking Boot is a top choice for those who need a durable, waterproof boot for rugged terrain. Weighing in at 1.7 lbs, these boots are ideal for longer trips or heavier loads. The full-grain leather offers improved water resistance and abrasion resistance, but may require a longer break-in time. Despite not being the most breathable, they offer excellent protection against the elements. With a burly tread and added ankle support, these boots are perfect for hiking and backpacking.
Ideal for
  • Longer trips
  • Heavier loads
  • Rugged terrain
  • Hiking and backpacking
Not ideal for
  • Scenarios requiring high breathability
  • Immediate comfort without break-in time
Kami B, Camping Expert
Cecilia R, Camping Expert
by Curated experts Kami B, Cecilia R
The Salewa Women's Mountain Trainer Lite Shoes are ideal for those transitioning from boots to shoes or those who prefer a sturdy, supportive trail shoe. They are especially lightweight and perfect for off-trail travel and rugged, rocky, wet terrain. The shoes feature a POMOCA rubber outsole, trusted by expert alpinists and ski mountaineers, and a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane for unrivaled waterproof comfort and excellent breathability.
Ideal for
  • Transitioning from boots to shoes
  • Off-trail travel
  • Rugged, rocky, wet terrain
  • Those who prefer a sturdy, supportive trail shoe
  • Those who value lightweight shoes
Davis P, Camping Expert
Alex Dolan, Camping Expert
by Curated experts Davis P, Alex Dolan
The Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Lite Shoes are perfect for those who love hiking on uneven terrains. They offer the lightweight feel of a running shoe but with the protection of a heavy-duty boot. The stiffer nylon provides extra support on rocky paths, while the rubber toe keeps your feet safe from any potential harm. These shoes are ideal for keeping your feet dry and comfortable during your outdoor adventures.
Ideal for
  • Hiking on uneven terrains
  • Long treks
  • Outdoor adventures
  • People who prefer lightweight shoes
  • People who need extra foot protection
Merle O, Camping Expert
by Curated expert Merle O

Which gear are you interested in?

The Tecnica Women's Plasma S is a dream come true for hikers, offering a no break-in period, lightweight design, and excellent traction. The shoe's standout feature is its CAS (custom adaptive shape) uppers and footbed, which are heat-moldable for a perfect fit. However, the heat molding process must be done in a shoe store.
Ideal for
  • Hikers seeking immediate comfort with no break-in period
  • Individuals who value lightweight footwear
  • Outdoor enthusiasts needing shoes with excellent traction
  • Those who prefer a custom fit through heat-moldable uppers and footbed
Not ideal for
  • Individuals who don't have access to a shoe store for the heat molding process
Amy B, Camping Expert
Mike Smeaton (Griz), Camping Expert
by Curated experts Amy B, Mike Smeaton (Griz)

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Result Summary
  1. Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Amped Hiking Boot
  2. Salewa Women's Mountain Trainer Lite Shoes
  3. Salewa Men's Mountain Trainer Lite Shoes
  4. Tecnica Women's Plasma S
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