Best Hiking Boots
What Are The Best Hiking Boots For Your Budget
Firstly, you have to decide what your main need is and then what your budget is.
Do you want running shoes, rugged hiking boots, wet weather walking shoes or a general everyday walking boot that is suitable for most weather and trail situations?
It’s time to make your mind up!
Are Walking Boots Different To Hiking Shoes?
If you prefer to trek through woodlands and semi rugged terrains like most hiking trails then you will probably prefer a well-built multi-purpose walking shoe. But if you want to progress up to hiking in the hills and need something that wears well on rock and rivers then a hiking boot with ankle support, side and toe cap protection will be more useful and longer lasting for you.
How Do I Choose a Pair of Hiking Boots?
As the saying goes, “It is always better to pay a little more than you thought than to pay less than you should”. So budget well but keep in mind “need” is a major factor in buying the right walking shoes. Look for design, it has to look good and make you feel good when wearing them, but also look at show construction.
- Are they built to withstand scuffing?
- Do they have built-in protection on the outside of the shoe?
- Are the inners replaceable?
- Do they have a GORE-TEX weather/waterproof system?
- Are they lace-up or slip-on and how easy will that be in the wild?
- Are the soles built for your chosen regular terrain
Who Needs Hiking Boots?
If you choose to hike over mainly flat areas where the most you will encounter is a few loose pebbles and puddles, walking shoes are for you. You don’t have to spend an awful lot of money but go for comfort and reliability.
But if you are looking to venture somewhere more adventurous with hills, rough terrain and shallow water then you should look for a sturdier ankle support like hiking boots have.
Also, of course, waterproofing is vital – it goes without saying really doesn’t it!
Hiking Boots: How To Find The Right Fit (video)
Mini Review of Each Hiking Boot
1. North Face Hedgehog Mid:
Great all-purpose hiking boot to keep you warm and dry in most weather conditions. These North Face Hedgehog hiking boots have had a mix of reviews with some people saying they received poor quality ones but most saying they have the perfect fit and the perfect hiking boot.
- Heel Stability
- Great Grip
- Comfort (see notes)
2. Rax High Rise:
Rax Hiking Boots are a fairly new company, having started in 2010, but they have built up a good reputation within the hiking fraternity.
These really are a comfortable wear, it’s just a shame the rubber sole isn’t suitable for hiking in the snow, but then again, not many are.
Well made and comfortable walking shoes for most outdoor walks. Not waterproof but breathable and suitable for light showers and grassland.
- V-Tex Waterproof Membrane
- Slip Resistant Sole
- Not Good For Snow
3. ECCO Rugged Track:
Full grain cow oil nubuck leather uppers with Gore-Tex waterproof keep your feet comfortable and dry when out walking. These ECCO Rugged Track hiking boots have a gum rubber sole giving a good grip on most terrain and are a comfortable wear for the longer walks.
- Leather Upper
- Gore-Tex Waterproof
- Long Lasting Cushion
- Narrow Fit
- Shallow Instep
4. Berghaus Explorer:
Comfortable straight from the box, these Berghaus Explorer Trek plus Gore-Tex hiking boots may be the perfect all weather boot. They have a gum rubber sole with a deep tread allowing for grip on the most rugged surfaces and extend up round the ankle to help support you.
- Great Grip
- Ankle Support
- Narrow Fit
- Slightly Heavy
5. Salomon X Alp:
Salomon X Alp Mid LTR GTX hiking boots come in a fantastic and unique range of colours. To see more click on the button below. They lace up really well and stay tight giving excellent support around the ankle.
- Great Leather Upper
- Great Colours
- One Size Small
- Rubber Grip
6. Merrell Capra Mid
Made with pig suede leather and a mesh upper these Merrell Capra hiking boots are waterproof whilst at the same time allowing the feet to breathe.
- Breathable Waterproof
- Excellent Comfort
- Lightweight Soles (see notes)
7. Karrimor Bodmin Mid IV
The Karrimor Bodmin Mid IV Weatherlite Walking Boots provide you with a comfortable and waterproof hiking boot straight from the box. With enough cushioned support for gritty trails and everyday walking paths, these mid high boots also give support around the ankles.
- Ankle Support
- Big & Wide Fit
8. Berghaus Fellmaster
Very comfortable straight out of the box and supportive around the ankle. Made with British quality leather that is soft and supple whilst remaining durable and abrasion resistant.
- Memory Foam Tongue
- Wet Rock Grip