Most recommended / Camping & Hiking
Most Recommended Hiking Shoes Under $250
Updated

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 $250, and then be sure to chat with an expert here on Curated for free advice and recommendations on the best shoe for your needs.

Result summary
  1. LOWA - EXPLORER GTX MID WMNS - 8 - REGULAR - Anthracite/Turquoise
  2. SALEWA - MTN TRAINER LT MD GTX W - 7.5 - Feld Green/Fluo Cora
  3. Columbia - Newton Ridge Plus WTPF - 9.5 - Elk Mountain Red
  4. COLUMBIA - NEWTON RIDGE PLUS II WTPF M - 9.5 - WIDE - Cordovan Squas
  5. MERRELL - FORESTBOUND MID WP MENS - 10 - Cloudy
  6. SALEWA - MTN TRAINER LT MD GTX M - 11 - Black Out/Carrot
  7. Salewa Women's Dropline Hiking Shoes in Field Green/Fluorescent Coral, Size 7
  8. TECNICA - PLASMA MID S GTX MENS - 13.5 - Dk Piedra-Fh Lava
  9. VASQUE - BREEZE AT GTX M - 10.5 - REGULAR - Magnet
  10. Keen - Terradora II Mid WP - 10 Canteen/Andorra
1
100 / 100
LOWA - EXPLORER GTX MID WMNS - 8 - REGULAR - Anthracite/Turquoise
#1 in the Top 10 Hiking Shoes Under $250
Lowa

LOWA - EXPLORER GTX MID WMNS - 8 - REGULAR - Anthracite/Turquoise

$240.00

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.

Camping & Hiking Expert Brady Fraser
Brady Fraser
Verified • Reviewed Feb 16, 2022

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.

Camping & Hiking Expert Kami B
Kami B
Verified • Reviewed Feb 16, 2022

This shoe is rugged and solid in support. The traction in wet conditions is wonderful and it has extra support in the heel.

MB
Madeline Bauer
Verified • Reviewed Apr 22, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$240.00
2
99 / 100
SALEWA - MTN TRAINER LT MD GTX W - 7.5 - Feld Green/Fluo Cora
#2 in the Top 10 Hiking Shoes Under $250
Salewa

SALEWA - MTN TRAINER LT MD GTX W - 7.5 - Feld Green/Fluo Cora

$149.96
$199.95
25% off

This shoe is the most recommended women's hiking shoe of 2021, and for good reason. It's at a great price and has a comparable weight to a trail runner, making it great for keeping things light!

Camping & Hiking Expert Ellian Weisbeck
Ellian Weisbeck
Verified • Reviewed May 2, 2022

Providing ankle support for backpacking and long hikes with comparable weight to a trail runner.

Camping & Hiking Expert Lucas Henzler
Lucas Henzler
Verified • Reviewed May 2, 2022

Waterproof and breathable, built for comfort and support during long hikes.

Camping & Hiking Expert Nathan Lambert
Nathan Lambert
Verified • Reviewed May 2, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$149.96
3
96 / 100
Columbia - Newton Ridge Plus WTPF - 9.5 - Elk Mountain Red
#3 in the Top 10 Hiking Shoes Under $250
Columbia

Columbia - Newton Ridge Plus WTPF - 9.5 - Elk Mountain Red

$110.00

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.

Camping & Hiking Expert Kami B
Kami B
Verified • Reviewed Apr 5, 2022

A comfortable and durable hiking boot with a lightweight and cushy mid sole and grippy outsole for traction on any surface.

Camping & Hiking Expert Amy B
Amy B
Verified • Reviewed Apr 5, 2022

Lightweight, grippy, and supportive for hiking and backpacking.

Camping & Hiking Expert Cecilia R
Cecilia R
Verified • Reviewed Apr 5, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$110.00
4
90 / 100
COLUMBIA - NEWTON RIDGE PLUS II WTPF M - 9.5 - WIDE - Cordovan Squas
#4 in the Top 10 Hiking Shoes Under $250
Columbia

COLUMBIA - NEWTON RIDGE PLUS II WTPF M - 9.5 - WIDE - Cordovan Squas

$110.00

A mid hiking boot with full-grain leather that offers improved water resistance and abrasion resistance for protection in rugged terrain. These boots have a weight of 1.9 lbs and offer a semi-breathable membrane. Great for longer trips, rugged terrain, or heavier loads.

Camping & Hiking Expert Kami B
Kami B
Verified • Reviewed Apr 6, 2022

A mid-ankle boot with water resistance. Columbia boots tend to be very comfortable. This pair has great traction and is very affordable.

Camping & Hiking Expert Jenn L.
Jenn L.
Verified • Reviewed Apr 6, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$110.00
5
86 / 100
MERRELL - FORESTBOUND MID WP MENS - 10 - Cloudy
#5 in the Top 10 Hiking Shoes Under $250
Merrell

MERRELL - FORESTBOUND MID WP MENS - 10 - Cloudy

$139.95

Designed with comfort at the forefront of this endurance-ready boot, the removable contoured insole gives you a ton of flexibility and support along with the molded nylon arch shank. This boot features a lightweight EVA foam midsole to keep weight down while keeping support and comfort high. Merrell's sticky rubber outsole has adaptable traction with 5mm lugs to ensure that even the most technical terrain can't stand in your way.

Camping & Hiking Expert Victor Von Claus
Victor Von Claus
Verified • Reviewed Apr 25, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$139.95
6
82 / 100
SALEWA - MTN TRAINER LT MD GTX M - 11 - Black Out/Carrot
#6 in the Top 10 Hiking Shoes Under $250
Salewa

SALEWA - MTN TRAINER LT MD GTX M - 11 - Black Out/Carrot

$149.96
$199.95 to $199.99
25% off

Great for moving fast in the mountains, while being supported. It's constructed of lightweight, but strong materials to transform you into a mountain goat!

Camping & Hiking Expert Alex T
Alex T
Verified • Reviewed May 2, 2022

Great, fully supportive synthetic design with a GORE-TEX liner - fully waterproof and highly supportive.

Camping & Hiking Expert Christian B.
Christian B.
Verified • Reviewed May 2, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$149.96
Gear:30$199.99
7
81 / 100
Salewa Women's Dropline Hiking Shoes in Field Green/Fluorescent Coral, Size 7
#7 in the Top 10 Hiking Shoes Under $250
Salewa

Salewa Women's Dropline Hiking Shoes in Field Green/Fluorescent Coral, Size 7

$104.95
$139.95
25% off

This is a great show for everything from fast approaches to longer day hikes. The extra cushion is forgiving and they will keep your feet dry if you encounter rain or wet conditions.

Camping & Hiking Expert Hannah F.
Hannah F.
Verified • Reviewed Sep 17, 2021
8
80 / 100
TECNICA - PLASMA MID S GTX MENS - 13.5 - Dk Piedra-Fh Lava
#8 in the Top 10 Hiking Shoes Under $250
Tecnica

TECNICA - PLASMA MID S GTX MENS - 13.5 - Dk Piedra-Fh Lava

$200.00

This high performance boots feature Vibram Megagrip soles for incredible traction, bombproof Gore-tex waterproofing, and a breathable synthetic fabric. The mid-cut also provides a moderate level of ankle support.

Camping & Hiking Expert Howard Ding
Howard Ding
Verified • Reviewed Apr 11, 2022

This high performance boots feature Vibram Megagrip soles for incredible traction, bombproof Gore-tex waterproofing, and a breathable synthetic fabric. The mid-cut also provides a moderate level of ankle support.

Camping & Hiking Expert Kate Wilson
Kate Wilson
Verified • Reviewed Apr 11, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$200.00
9
80 / 100
VASQUE - BREEZE AT GTX M - 10.5 - REGULAR - Magnet
#9 in the Top 10 Hiking Shoes Under $250
Vasque

VASQUE - BREEZE AT GTX M - 10.5 - REGULAR - Magnet

$128.99
$190.00
32% off

With a waterproof, breathable GoreTex membrane, these shed water, move moisture and offer great traction, stability, support and comfort for day hikes to longer outings with weight on your back.

Camping & Hiking Expert Gregg Mason
Gregg Mason
Verified • Reviewed Feb 17, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$128.99
10
80 / 100
Keen - Terradora II Mid WP - 10 Canteen/Andorra
#10 in the Top 10 Hiking Shoes Under $250
Keen

Keen - Terradora II Mid WP - 10 Canteen/Andorra

$174.95

Waterproof hiking boots that offer great comfort and traction for long days on the trail! Very highly reviewed by users. Natural odor control keeps the shoes fresh.

Camping & Hiking Expert Amy B
Amy B
Verified • Reviewed Feb 17, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$174.95
Honorable mentions
KEEN - PYRENEES MENS - 11 - Syrup
Keen

KEEN - PYRENEES MENS - 11 - Syrup

$179.95

Designed for longer backpacking trips in mind, comfort is at the forefront of the Pyrenees. Dual density compression molded EVA midsole is going to keep your feet from fatiguing over the course of putting miles behind you. 4mm multi directional lugs on the outsole give you optimal traction when the terrain gets a bit more variable. As well as KEEN.DRY waterproof breathable membrane and waterproof nubuck leather upper, you'll be dry and comfy throughout your excursions!

Camping & Hiking Expert Victor Von Claus
Victor Von Claus
Verified • Reviewed Apr 22, 2022

A blend of all-leather construction with waterproofing durability. A classic boot built for long distances.

Camping & Hiking Expert Jenn L.
Jenn L.
Verified • Reviewed Apr 21, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$179.95
Lowa- Renegade GTX MID Mens - 11 - Wide - Sepia/Sepia
Lowa

Lowa- Renegade GTX MID Mens - 11 - Wide - Sepia/Sepia

From $174.97
$240.00 to $245.00
Up to 27% off

This lightweight over-the-ankle boot is perfect for more maintained trails of any length. The Vibram sole guarantees fantastic traction, and the Gore-tex liners will keep your feet dry all day long!

Camping & Hiking Expert Andrew Sampson
Andrew Sampson
Verified • Reviewed May 2, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$174.97
TEVA - GRANDVIEW GTX MENS - 11 - Chocolate Chip
Teva

TEVA - GRANDVIEW GTX MENS - 11 - Chocolate Chip

$175.00

Great boots for day hiking or backpacking! Waterproof and comfortable with sturdy durable vibram rubber soles.

Camping & Hiking Expert Mariah Wear
Mariah Wear
Verified • Reviewed Feb 16, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$175.00
TECNICA - PLASMA S WMNS - 6 - Black Deep Fiori
Tecnica

TECNICA - PLASMA S WMNS - 6 - Black Deep Fiori

$150.00

No break in needed for these hiking shoes. They are lightweight and offer great traction. These hiking shoes features a CAS (custom adaptive shape) uppers and footbed which are heat-moldable for the perfect fit.

Camping & Hiking Expert Amy B
Amy B
Verified • Reviewed Feb 16, 2022

No break in needed for these hiking shoes. They are lightweight and offer great traction. These hiking shoes feature CAS (custom adaptive shape) uppers and footbed which are heat-moldable for the perfect fit.

Camping & Hiking Expert Mike Smeaton (Griz)
Mike Smeaton (Griz)
Verified • Reviewed Mar 2, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$150.00
SALEWA - DROPLINE WMNS - 10 - Feld Green/Fluo Cora
Salewa

SALEWA - DROPLINE WMNS - 10 - Feld Green/Fluo Cora

$104.96
$139.95
25% off

This is technically a "speed hiking shoe" but that just means that it'll be lighter weight and nimble. Since these are for speed hiking and trail running, they have a lot of cushioning and support in the mid-soles with super aggressive traction!

Camping & Hiking Expert Addi Srednick
Addi Srednick
Verified • Reviewed May 3, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$104.96
VASQUE - TALUS AT ULTRADRY M - 10 - REGULAR - Dk Earth/Avacado Ud
Vasque

VASQUE - TALUS AT ULTRADRY M - 10 - REGULAR - Dk Earth/Avacado Ud

$160.00

These boots have a high ankle for plenty of support on uneven terrain, a very grippy Vibram sole, and have an ultraDry waterproof membrane to keep your feet day all day long. They also weigh in at only 1lb 13oz for the pair.

Camping & Hiking Expert Mitchell Knock
Mitchell Knock
Verified • Reviewed May 2, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$160.00
ALTRA - TUSHAR BOOT WMNS - 7 - Black/Purple
Altra

ALTRA - TUSHAR BOOT WMNS - 7 - Black/Purple

$200.00

These mid ankle hiking boots offer increased flexibility and performance. They are both waterproof and breathable with an outsole that provides great traction on terrain in any environment. Designed for comfort and performance.

Camping & Hiking Expert Amy B
Amy B
Verified • Reviewed May 17, 2021
We haven't found this product listed elsewhere. If you find a lower price, let your expert know - we'll match it!
LA SPORTIVA - TX 4 WMNS  - 40.5 - Carbonaqua
La Sportiva

LA SPORTIVA - TX 4 WMNS - 40.5 - Carbonaqua

$140.00

This shoe was built for the routes you're describing. Performance fit, very stiff for edging control and super sticky outsole. This can tackle double duty with hikes in and exists as a middle ground for when you need to put in miles and require precision for technical footwork on class four and above rock scrambles.

Camping & Hiking Expert Gregg Mason
Gregg Mason
Verified • Reviewed May 11, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$140.00
VASQUE - ST ELIAS FG GTX MENS - 9 - WIDE - Cognac
Vasque

VASQUE - ST ELIAS FG GTX MENS - 9 - WIDE - Cognac

$220.00

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!

Camping & Hiking Expert Connor Hult
Connor Hult
Verified • Reviewed Apr 21, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$220.00
SALEWA - ALP TRAINER 2 MID GTX M - 11 - Wallnut/Fluo Orange
Salewa

SALEWA - ALP TRAINER 2 MID GTX M - 11 - Wallnut/Fluo Orange

$149.96
$199.95
25% off

The Alp Trainer 2 Mid's are equipped with a GORE-TEX Extended Comfort membrane providing more longevity out of the waterproof and breathable upper. Salewa's Multi Fit Footbed Plus features interchangeable layers to fine tune fit and volume! An improved Vibram Alpine Hiking outsole is exclusive to Salewa, and boasts unparalleled traction in virtually any conditions when out on the trail.

Camping & Hiking Expert Victor Von Claus
Victor Von Claus
Verified • Reviewed May 5, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$149.96
LOWA - ZEPHYR GTX MID TF - 10.5 - Coyote Op
Lowa

LOWA - ZEPHYR GTX MID TF - 10.5 - Coyote Op

$210.00

Featuring polyurethane frames and midsoles so your feet are cradled in a manner than increases stability, rebound and comfort but gives a pretty big reduction to overall shock from your foot strikes. Climate controlled footbeds along with GORE-TEX linings to keep your feet from either overheating or getting too cool, but also keeping things dry. Not to mention the nylon stabilizer to ensure that when your load gets heavier your knees and back don't suffer.

Camping & Hiking Expert Victor Von Claus
Victor Von Claus
Verified • Reviewed Apr 11, 2022
Outdoor Gear Exchange$210.00
Why you can trust this list

Curated Experts don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews. All of their opinions are their own and unbiased. Want to learn more about our experts? Check out the video or view some of their profiles to learn more!

Meet the Curated Experts
FAQ
Our experts earn money for each customer they help. They earn the same commission regardless of which brands they sell, so their recommendations are completely unbiased. Also, most shoppers love their expert’s advice so much that they choose to leave an optional tip!
Getting fitted by an expert is easy. Complete a short quiz to tell us about yourself and what you’re looking for, we’ll match you with an expert, and your expert will guide you to the right gear.
Learn more
It’s absolutely free! Seriously. You’ll just pay for any products you buy.
A collage of people skiing, snowboarding, playing golf, camping, hiking and fly fishing.
Still have questions?
Click below to chat with an expert — it’s free!