11 Best Hiking Boots of All Time (2020)

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Hiking boots are timeless in terms of their versatility, design, comfort, and durability. These are highly expensive, but gives unmatched comfort than any other shoes and made to last for years. This is why proper attention should be paid while choosing hiking boots. Because we don't want anyone to spend on things that they will want to regret after receiving them. 

In this article, we have developed a list of 11 hiking boots of all time and you can also wear all your round. We covered issues like how to find the right size, important tips to follow before hiking with wearing those shoes and a buying guide. All of these are done so that we can help you find a pair of shoes that stay the trial of time.

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Danner Women's Mountain Light Cascade Hiking Boot
Propet Men's Ridge Walker Hiking Boot
Zamberlan Men's 1996 VIOZ LUX GTX RR Leather Backpacking Boots
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Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GORE-TEX Men's Hiking Boots
Oboz Bridger Vent Mid B-Dry Hiking Boot - Men's
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Columbia Youth Newton Ridge Leather Boot, Waterproof
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Danner Women's Mountain Light Cascade Hiking Boot
Propet Men's Ridge Walker Hiking Boot
Zamberlan Men's 1996 VIOZ LUX GTX RR Leather Backpacking Boots
Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GORE-TEX Men's Hiking Boots
Oboz Bridger Vent Mid B-Dry Hiking Boot - Men's
Columbia Youth Newton Ridge Leather Boot, Waterproof
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Short Reviews- Top 11 Hiking Boots of All Time

1. Salomon Men's Wide Boots for Year-round Hiking

Men's Wide Boots for Year-round Hiking
  • For wide feet;
  • 100% synthetic upper;
  • Rubber sole.

For serious trekking and hiking, I strongly recommend these boots from Salomon. This brand has gained its reliability over decades with their high-quality shoes. When it comes to this particular model, it has the perfect grip on the sole to make hiking on the rocky mountains irrespective of the season. 

Men who are confused about the toe room in the hiking boots can really invest in this pair. These are specifically meant for wide feet. The roominess in the shoes will give you the comfort you need for a day-long trail running or backpacking whilst the snug fit will keep you secured in place. The cushioning in the shoe cups the heels on the right places to walk on rough surfaces without any impact. 

Please note that the upper part of the boots is made of synthetic material. It can be really uncomfortable in highly humid weather. In that case, a pair of leather boots can be a better choice. 

Good side

  • Lightweight
  • Lasts long;
  • Weatherproof;
  • Perfect grip.

Not so good side

  • Not to mention any.

2. Danner Women's Timeless Hiking Boot

Women's Timeless Hiking Boot
  • Model: Mountain light cascade;
  • Made of 100% leather and hand-stitched;

These women’s boots are now a hot cake in the market after seeing those in the movie ‘Wild’. They were worn by the leading character, Reese Weatherspoon and ladies who love hiking boots instantly fell in love with these. And, why not? These are rustic yet feminine and beautiful and looks great on anyone with any outfit. You really don’t need to be a hiker to wear these, they go well with casual outfits as well. 

Light cascade boots are made from grain textured leather material and are hand-stitched. These are the things that make it stand out from all other hiking boots in the market and not to mention, raise the price as much twice. The long stunning red lace adds boldness and femininity to it. If you have a flexible budget, get these head-turners to add to your collection. 

Good side 

  • Antique rugged look;
  • Timeless;
  • Roomy toe box;
  • High quality.

Not so good side

  • Pricey.

3. KEEN Men's Targhee-iii Breathable Leather Hiking Boot

Men's Targhee-iii Breathable Leather Hiking Boot
  • Leather and synthetic material;
  • Narrow toe space;
  • Breathable lining.

If you ask me which boots are good to wear all year round, synthetic or leather? I would say a combination of both. Have a look at this Targhee-III pair. Its upper is made of synthetic material but has a pure leather lining to make these breathable. This unique combination makes this pair of hiking boots waterproof yet breathable. 

The arch support is a little low in this model and the toe box is relatively narrow. These are meant for flatter and narrower feet of men who don’t prefer unusually boxy hiking boots. If you need extra support on the arch, you can use a supportive insert. For wider feet, you are recommended to order a size bigger than you need to check out the Targhee II model. This pair has higher arch support and a wider toe box. For a pair of comfortable and affordable hiking boots, these are unbeatable. 

Good side 

  • Suitable for flat and narrow feet;
  • Affordable;
  • Color variety available;
  • Comfortable;
  • Good grip.

Not so good side

  • Not fully weatherproof;

4. Under Armour Men's All-Season Boot for Hiking and Hauling 

Men's All-Season Boot for Hiking and Hauling
  • Waterproof GORE-TEX membrane;
  • Weight: 13.02 oz.

For hauling big loads, wearing lightweight shoes is a prerequisite. Are you a big fan of hiking, hunting, and hauling? Then you must consider this ultra-light pair of hiking boots from Under Armour. The collective weight of these shoes is merely several ounces. You won’t even feel that you are actually wearing boots. 

The identical GORE-TEX membrane of these boots makes it waterproof and the quick-drying breathable textile on the upper part makes these a must-have to wear on snowy and rainy season. Unlike other hiking boots, all the layers of this boot are welded, not glued or stitched. So, it will definitely win the test of time. To make it lightweight, the materials used are somewhat thin. You need to wear two woolen socks to keep the feet warm in winter. 

Good side 

  • Comfortable fit;
  • Waterproof;
  • Lightweight;

Not so good side

  • Runs a little small. 

5. ECCO Men's Biom Boots for Multi-Sport and Hiking

Men's Biom Boots for Multi-Sport and Hiking
  • Made of 100% Yak leather;
  • FLUIDFORM sole.

These are multi-sport shoes that double as high-intensity workout shoes and hiking shoes. The makers made sure that your hiking becomes more beneficial for you by making your legs stronger with each stride, not only just to explore nature. The sole has identical fluid form injected in it to get unique support that none other hiking shoes can provide. The fluid changes its position to where it needs to be to support your position. 

Another thing you should consider before buying these boots are, its low lying sole. To get the most out of your leg muscles, the feet need to be closer to the ground. Besides, it keeps you closer to the ground which gives you better balance and stability. 

The overall construction of this model of hiking boots is far different from other conventional hiking boots. For an athlete, I support using these for light hiking as a form of sport. For hiking for a long term or going for mountaineering, these are not the most comfortable one. 

Good side 

  • Good for winter;
  • Suitable for multi-sports and workouts as well.

Not so good side

  • Not very breathable for summer;
  • Weak grip for rocky trails. 

6. Oboz Men's Sawtooth-II Mid Hiking Boot 

Men's Sawtooth-II Mid Hiking Boot
  • O FIT Insole;
  • Sawtooth midsole;
  • Sawtooth outsole.

From the molded insole to the identical sawtooth midsole and outsole layers, everything is designed to take care of the grip and stability you need for serious hiking. O-FIT insole is entirely patented by the Oboz and it makes a big difference in terms of performance. The EVA insole is molded in the right ways to give perfect arch support, heel cushioning and moisture-wicking. This insole will eliminate the need to use any insert we use in hiking boots. 

Now, the ‘Sawtooth’ design is made by layering three separate sawtooth shape parts. It gives an unmatched grip on the ground and makes the boots last longer than other competitors. No need to worry about the breathability. The entire upper is made of ventilated textiles so that the feet won’t suffocate throughout the camping, hiking, trekking or hauling. 

Good side 

  • Well ventilated;
  • Comfortable for long-wearing
  • Excellent grip for hiking.

Not so good side

  • Narrow fit.

7. Columbia Kids' Newton Ridge Hiking Boot for Childrens Expedition

Kids' Newton Ridge Hiking Boot for Childrens Expedition
  • Made of leather and polyurethane

Thanks to Columbia Kids for making comfortable hiking boots available to small kids, teens and young adults. A large number of people like to go camping with their family including the children. Why not get them to experience the most of it by wearing the right shoes just like the big ones do? On the other hand, the expeditions and day outs arranged by the school and college can not be missed for not having the right pair of shoes. 

Keeping all these in mind, children's hiking boots should be in your closet if you have kids at home. Columbia Kids makes this pair out of leather and polyurethane. The leather material gives the breathability of the boots and the polyurethane helps the boots clean easily. No need to worry about cleaning messy boots of your hyperactive kids. 

Moreover, there are a large variety of colors and designs available for this model. Go check them out and give them as a present to the next birthday or Christmas of your beloved little ones. These shoes do not last very long like adult boots. That should not be an issue because kids outgrow their wardrobe and shoes very fast!

Good side 

  • Size available for kids and teens;
  • Waterproof;
  • Light;
  • Easy to clean.

Not so good side

  • Not long-lasting for heavy use. 

8. Zamberlan 1996 Men's Leather Backpacking Boots

Men's Leather Backpacking Boots
  • Model: VIOZ LUX GTX RR;
  • Two sets of laces included.

Ever felt that the pack you are carrying on your pack is pulling you back when you are riding a steep mountain? Or the pack pushing you forward when you are riding the slope of the mountain? The problem lies on the boots you are wearing, not the size or weight of your pack. Next time, get these backpacking boots from Zamberlan. It is designed solely for making backpacking an excursion. 

The sole is designed with wide rugs and pronounced rockers to make backpacking less stressful on a steep. On the other hand, heel undercut and a TPU on the arch shifts your center of gravity to the middle point of the boots. While walking down a slope, you will no longer feel the ‘push’ by your pack. Revolutionary, isn’t it?

No matter how perfect these boots seem, it is out of affordability for most people. For people who hikes more than twice a year should not leave the home without these for their next trip. 

Good side 

  • Wide variety of color range;
  • High-quality leather;
  • Waterproof;

Not so good side

  • High price.

9. Propet Men's Ridge Walker Hiking Boot

Men's Ridge Walker Hiking Boot
  • Removable footbed;
  • Medicare-approved;
  • Available in black and chocolate color.

We know the struggle of people with wide feet. It is hard to find a good looking pair of comfortable shoes for those feet. That is why we chose these boots from Propet. Propet is basically a shoemaker company which works on making different kinds of footwear for different medical conditions. These boots are no different. 

The footbed of these shoes is made removable so that anyone can insert an orthotic insert and can use this boot as regular wear shoes. Because under the suede and mesh upper, there is a waterproof lining to keep the moisture from entering the boots. In all seasons anyone can wear them worry-free. 

On the other hand, the footbed also prevents the feet from sweating, making the interior of the boots a comfortable bed for the feet to rest on, not a bed of sweat-led fungus. The rubber sole is the high-traction type and the toe area is guarded by a toe bumper. Altogether the construction makes this boot longlasting. For hiking purposes, there is also a model available in a low-cut design. You can check that out too for better comparison. 

Good side 

  • Versatile boots; 
  • Suitable for people with medical conditions;
  • Suitable for wide feet;
  • Breathable.

Not so good side

  • Not to mention any.

10. Oboz Bridger Vent Mid B-Dry Men's Hiking Boot

Bridger Vent Mid B-Dry Men's Hiking Boot
  • Granite peak outsole;
  • B-DRY Waterproof.

Previously we have reviewed the saw-tooth model of hiking boots from Oboz and now we are elaborating on the prospects of granite peak outsole hiking boots. It is quite interesting that Oboz always names after their hiking boots to different mountains around the continent and gives a distinct design on their soles. 

However, the specialty of granite peak midsole and the outsole is, it gives better torsional stability. For this reason, the boots feel firm even after being feather-light. The granite peak outsole protects the entire boot so as to your feet from the rough terrain, rocks, and roots. EVA sculpted insoles are the common feature of Oboz hiking boots. The insole is sculpted higher on the arch to provide better arch support and it gets denser close to the heel area to cup the heels. There are EVA pods scattered around the insole to absorb shock better. 

The B-Dry feature will keep water from entering into the boots and ruin your hiking. It also drains sweat from the boots to keep the insole nice and fresh. 

Good side 

  • Comfortable;
  • Easy to clean;
  • Prevents sweat and moisture;
  • Shock absorbent.

Not so good side

  • Pricey option.

11. Oboz Women's Bridger B-DRY Hiking Boot

Women's Bridger B-DRY Hiking Boot
  • Available in red, walnut, mahogany and grey color;
  • Nubuck leather material;
  • Weighs 459 g.

For different physic, the center of gravity is different in women’s bodies compared to men. These women’s hiking boots are designed to keep the balance and stronghold on the ground a women must need on an uneven surface. For example, the EVA insole is molded and sculpted differently than any other hiking boots. Most of the women's hiking boots are designed to make those look good, only a handful of those are made functional. 

O, unlike other hiking boots, the high-density EVA on the insole holds the heel in place and gives it padding all around. The granite peat midsole and outsole support the unique position of a women’s center of gravity with a pack on her back. 

This pair of boots are available in four common colors. Find yours among those to make the hiking more comfortable. 

Good side

  • Available in vibrant colors;
  • Fits well;
  • Sweatproof;
  • Water-resistant.

Not so good side

  • Pricey option.

Why Spend on Hiking Boots?

There are many uses of hiking boots. These are not exclusively used for hiking or trekking. Many people with different issues find it comfortable to wear on a regular basis. The people living in the snowy regions also prefer to wear boots over any other shoes for warmth and comfort. 

For a weekend stroll around the nearby mountain, going for an outing with friends, camping, backpacking, hunting and anything that involves walking or a long time on the rough surface requires wearing protective hiking boots with better ground hold. Because no one wants to ruin their good time for not wearing appropriate shoes. 

Now, to answer the ultimate question, why spend hiking boots, we need to consider the high price, hiking boots are not cheap. They are made comfortable, durable, got better hold on a slope or steep surface, shock-absorbent, and breathable. To make all these features available, the price rises. When you are out on an expedition if I ask you which one you want to sacrifice of these qualities? You won’t want to sacrifice any because all of these qualities are required for spending a long time in nature. 

Tips to Follow Before Wearing New Boots Outdoors

Break-in

Before wearing a pair of hiking boots outside, you must spend a week or two wearing those shoes at home to break them in. Trust me, it will save you from tons of blisters and other unexpected issues to face. Besides, this way you will get to know if the shoes are alright or you need to replace it for defect or wrong size. 

Water Repellent Spray

All the hiking boots are claimed to be waterproof and they truly are. But using a water repellent spray won’t harm you. In fact, just like spraying the tent before leaving for the camping, using a scotch guard on the shoes will lessen hassle if it rains or snows. 

Wear Thick Socks

Sometimes, wearing one pair is not enough in cold weather. In those cases keep an extra pair of socks handy all the time. You don’t know when you need those to save your life. 

Use Silicon Gel to Store

Before storing the shoes, clean and disinfect the shoes properly. Don’t forget to use silicon gel packs inside of the shoes to keep those dry till the next season. 

How to Find the Perfect Fit Online?

It is the trickiest part of shopping for shoes online. There are basically two categories of hiking boots. One is a narrow fit, for narrow feet and snug fit. Another one is for wide feet and gives room at the toe box. You have to determine which category your feet fall in. If it is wide, go for the roomy boots. If it is too wide, you can fix it by wearing thick socks. 

For narrow feet, go or the shoes that run small. Those will keep the feet in place. You can always return the shoes and ask for a different size if they don't fit well. 

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What Else to Consider Before Buying Hiking Boots?

Fit

To get the best out of the hiking boots you want to wear for years, get the right pairs in terms of size and type. If it does not fit well, it won’t deliver the stability if offered. Look for a snug fit. For a wide fit, you can go a size higher for a narrow design. For narrow feet, go for a size down on wide design. 

You can also use inserts if the arch support is not enough for you. Wearing socks of different thicknesses also works wonders if a pair is too loose or too tight. 

Weight

During mountaineering, even an ounce matters. Invest in the lightest shoes, but don’t compromise the durability. The durability makes the boots last longer and is properly used. Usually, these are the priciest boots. In our list, you will find some hiking boots in an affordable range. Check those out, your shopping will be regret-free. 

Ground Hold

No matter if you are a professional hiker or a beginner if you intend to use the boots for a long time, get a pair that offers a good grip on the ground. Say, you got a pair that is recommended for light hiking. If it starts raining in the middle of the hike and the boots fail to latch on the muddy ground, the experience will not be very pleasant. 

Comfort

The more cushioned the insole is the better. It will save your feet from getting tired and bruises. It will also help you to concentrate on the trekking or hunting; the boots will not come in between. 

Weather Proof/Sweat Proof/Water Proof

To use all time, all season and to fit all trends, invest in a pair of boots that is breathable. Otherwise, the boots will get warm and uncomfortable from sweat and you only keep those away to wear during winter only. You can keep a pair of thin boots warm by wearing socks, but you can’t beat the summer heat if it is not ventilated enough. 

Conclusion

Now you know the timeless and top quality hiking shoes we can offer you. Just find the right size and you can also have a pair of boots that never disappoint you or leave your side when you need those.

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