When we’re out and about travelling around the world, our feet take us to a lot of places, especially if we’re exploring on a budget or checking out nature. Sometimes trainers just don’t cut it. The thing is, it can be tricky to find the right hiking boots for the right adventure at the right price point.
First things first, to find the right boots for you, you can’t just dive in and buy them online unless you order a load of different hiking boots and then return the ones that aren’t right for you. That can be an expensive option until you get your refund back, so you’re probably better off going to a local outdoors store to try on a few options and ask for an expert opinion. Nowadays many high quality outdoor shops will have incline treadmills that you can test out your new boots on to see if they feel right. Whether you buy your boots in these stores or not, it’s a great first stop.
Once you know which ones you like, then you can go online and compare the prices. Don’t automatically go for the cheapest rate. Some outdoor sites or brands will offer money back guarantees or gear insurance in case they break within a certain warranty period. If you’re going to be getting plenty of wear out of your new hiking boots, this is definitely something worth considering.
So, with so many options on the market, what are the best hiking boots that are going to see you through any kind of adventure? Let’s find out…
Quick note: a lot of these hiking boot styles are available in both mens and womens varieties so if you like the look of them but they’re not in your size, then check the alternate version.
The Best Men’s Hiking Boots
If you’re looking for a versatile hiking boot that has the durability and support of a traditional hiker but with the range of movement of a trail running shoe, then the Salomon X ULTRA 4 is going to be right up your street.
It’s super lightweight so perfect for long days on your feet or for throwing in your backpack if you’re needing to wear something else.
Designed to suit a multitude of adventures and coming in a range of colours, this hiking boot is ideal for the traveller who is always looking for their next place to explore and get lost in.
This particular hiking boot is a little bit more of a traditional look and feel and as a result is a bit more affordable for the budget minded traveller in your life.
The Berghaus Men’s Hillwalker Trek Gore-tex Boot feature specially designed cushioned soles with OrthoLite® footbeds that mean your feet are going to stay comfortable, secure and pain-free even if you’re on the trails for hours and hours at a time.
Thanks to the Gore-tex material, these durable and classic hiking boots are completely waterproof, quick drying and breathable – say goodbye to damp, stuffy and smelly feet after days of wear!
With a cool and classic brown leather look, the Keen Men’s Targhee III Waterproof Hiking Boot is the perfect all rounder for wherever your next adventure takes you.
Featuring a durable, lightweight sole, it’s an ideal companion for any kind of traveller while the mud repellent leather and breathable mesh lining means that they’re quick drying and easy to just brush clean after you’ve been out in the wild – no matter what the weather!
With removable cushioned insoles that offer specialist arch support, the Keen Men’s Targhee III Waterproof Hiking Boots are a great option for those with wider feet or those who need the extra cushioning when they’re out on the road.
The Best Women’s Hiking Boots
As with many of the Salomon hiking boots, the Salomon QUEST 4 GORE-TEX are super lightweight and offer a durable but flexible sole that supports your foot as you walk or run around the world. This is because of their background in trail running, so you know that the quality and range of movement is there.
The Gore-Tex material means that they’re breathable, quick drying and odour and mud resistant, making them easy to clean off with a brush or quick wipe at the end of the day.
They also support high up on the ankle to prevent any ankle rolling or damage on uneven terrain, giving you all the support and peace of mind you need to explore freely.
When it comes to hiking boots, Merrells are an institution. So much so that over 20 million people have worn boots and hiking shoes from the Moab range since it was first created. That many people cannot be wrong.
With a Gore-tex membrane for waterproofing, breathability and mud resistance and a rubber toe cap to protect your toes and keep your hiking boots secure and durable for years to come, they’re a great all rounder choice for your next adventure.
Based in the wilds of Montana, USA, Oboz plant a tree for every pair of boots or shoes purchased and with each collection offer both mens and womens options in hiking shoes and mid height boots options, giving you the design flexibility to choose the style that you prefer.
With suspension and specially designed to protect your feet from unnecessary jolts and damage, it ensures the pressure is spread out and goes where it’s supposed to, reducing bruising and blisters – because no one wants that when we’re on our holidays!
There you have it, the best hiking boots for any adventure, so get on down to your nearest outdoors store, try on some boots and get ready to explore by foot – you won’t regret it. Make sure you buy a Hostel Card to get discounts on the best hostels, tours, activities and more, in Europe!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How to clean hiking boots?
The best way to clean hiking boots is by following the brands care instructions.
2. What are the best hiking boots?
The best hiking boots for men and women that are suitable for any adventure can be found in this post. They include options from brands like Solomon, Merrell, Berghaus and Oboz.
3. Where to buy hiking boots?
You can buy great hiking boots from popular sports shops or known brands online. In this post, we break down some of the great brands and options for you.