Women's Editor's Choice
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Columbia Men’s Woodburn II
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Last Updated On February 22nd, 2021
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Whether you’re walking the dog, enjoying a day out in the countryside, or heading on a leisurely hike – there are plenty of scenarios that require a good pair of hiking boots. The best walking boots will keep your feet properly supported and well-protected from the elements, while also being comfortable to wear for long periods.
Choosing the right walking boots for you can be tricky, especially if you have never owned a pair before. With so many brands and features to consider, you could be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed. Who knew boots were so complicated!
To help you to find the very best pair for your needs, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 walking boots on the market. Read on to find your perfect match.
Want to know just what are the best men’s walking boots? Our walking boots review found that our Editor’s choice and overall men’s favourite is the Men’s Woodburn II Walking Shoe by outdoor gear specialists, Columbia.
Designed with lightweight and comfort in mind, these walking shoes are also waterproof thanks to their leather and mesh upper with an Omni-Tech waterproof seam-sealed bootie. To keep your feet in good shape over miles of trails, the Techlite midsole provides cushioning and support. For good grip even in damp conditions or over difficult terrain, the Omni-Grip traction rubber sole will keep you firmly in place.
The main downside to this trail shoe model is that, in spite of its mesh construction, these walking shoes do not breathe very well. However, if you don’t tend to have sweaty feet and are looking for a pair of walking boots for those cold mornings accompanied by a coffee, then they make a great choice. Also, the laces come undone very easily due to their round design, though they are easily changed. Lastly, depending on your foot size, you may find this particular model to be a little narrow.
All in all, if you are looking for the best men’s walking boots, the Men’s Woodburn II Walking Shoe by Columbia is a top selling choice. Lightweight, waterproof and durable, if you need a comfortable walking shoe then it should be top of your list.
The overall best walking boots for women and our editor’s choice is the Adventurer Women’s Boots by Mountain Warehouse. This basic, but comfortable hiking boot has all the features you need to stay safe and enjoy your walk, while also being excellent value for money.
Unlike other inexpensive models, these boots will keep your feet dry even when walking over wet vegetation, thanks to their specialised membrane they are fully waterproof. You won’t have to worry about moisture from perspiration either, as they also feature a breathable mesh lining. Thanks to the cushioned footbed and protective toe and heel bumpers, your feet will remain as comfortable during your tenth mile as they did on your first.
The outer lug sole provides good grip and traction over rocky screes and when hill contouring. However, these boots are not the most durable. So, while they are an excellent choice for walking and general outdoor wear, if you need a serious pair of hiking boots for regular long-distance outings, you’re going to have to spend a fair bit more.
Bear in mind that these boots size a little on the small side, especially if you want to wear thick socks. You may also like to change the laces early on, as they are not of the best quality.
However, on the whole, if you are looking for a women’s walking boots that will ensure your feet stay dry and protected, the Adventurer by Mountain Warehouse is an unbeatable choice.
If you’re serious about exploring the great outdoors and you’re looking for your next pair of shoes to accompany you on your adventures, you can’t go wrong with our luxury men’s choice, the MOAB 2 Men’s by Merrell. This model is named the “Mother Of All Boots” (MOAB) for a reason, it has all of the qualities that you need for an outstanding hiking boot.
Thanks to its synthetic leather and mesh upper, combined with a Gore-Tex membrane, these boots are designed to keep moisture out, while allowing your feet to breathe, preventing a buildup of perspiration. With the bellow, cushioned tongue and rubber toe cap, your feet will be well protected from debris, gravel and stones. However, due to their mid-rise design, these boots are less suitable for frequent hill walking.
With a highly durable, rubber outer Vibram lug sole, these boots provide excellent grip and traction over wet, slippery surfaces. They are also very comfortable to wear, thanks to the highly supportive EVA footbed, complete with arch and heel support. While the moulded nylon shank keeps your feet protected from the continued impact over roots and stones.
Two things to bear in mind if you are considering these highly comfortable, practical hiking boots. Firstly, the waterproofing doesn’t always last for the full lifespan of the footwear. Secondly, this model does tend to size rather small, so you may need to order a size up, especially for wearing thick hiking socks.
The MOAB 2 is one of the most popular hiking boots around and it will certainly provide protection and comfort in all seasons, over virtually all types of terrain.
If you need a pair of comfortable walking boots then our luxury choice – Timberland Women’s White Edge is the one to go for. Thanks to their premium leather upper and shock-absorbing cushioning, these women’s walking boots seldom need breaking in and provide unparalleled comfort levels to help look after your feet.
Capable of taking on all trail conditions, these are possibly the best hill walking boots available. The rubber lug outer sole is durable and provides excellent traction, while the padded collar and tongue give you excellent ankle support and the comfort you need on tricky ascents and descents. With their fully gusseted tongue, you won’t have to stop every five minutes to remove debris from your footwear even on gravel tracks and screes.
Thanks to the cushioned dual-density EVA midsole, these boots remain lightweight, yet provide superior comfort levels with their EVA footbed. The premium leather upper has a seam-sealed construction for effective waterproofing. You are, however, advised to regularly reproof these boots to ensure they remain fully waterproof. Bear in mind that they do size a little on the small side and that there is not much in the way of arch support. However, this can be quickly remedied with the purchase of an inner sole to suit your specific orthopaedic needs.
All in all, possibly the best hiking boots in the UK for women, if you are looking for a pair of highly durable, comfortable walking boots, then this stylish leather version by Timberland make an outstanding choice.
If you don’t want to spend a lot on your next pair of boots, take a look at our men’s budget choice, the Bodmin IV Weathertite Shoes by Karrimor. These best value walking boots are highly durable and comfortable to wear.
With their stylish suede and mesh upper, these walking shoes are waterproof and breathable, enhanced by the Weathertite lining. Lightweight with a mid-height design, the Bodmin is easy to wear and will keep a spring in your step throughout your hike. The cushioned Phylon midsole means that your feet stay protected, as well as comfortable, while the Duragrip rubber outer sole provides excellent grip over rocks, gravel, and slippery terrain.
The main downside of this budget men’s walking shoe is its poor-quality inner sole that tends to slip out after several uses. However, you can easily replace it with a better one of your choosing. Bear in mind that these walking boots take some time to wear in, so be sure to wear them for small durations before attempting a long hike. Also, this particular model tends to size small.
On the whole, if you need a pair of men’s walking boots, the Bodmin IV is an excellent value for money choice that is perfect for light to moderate use on easy trails.
If you’re thinking of increasing your activity levels but are not a dedicated hiker or are looking for some walking boots for a one-off day out, then understandably, you may go for a modest pair. The Dek Ladies Trail boots is a good pair that won’t break the bank.
These lightweight walking boots are easy to wear. Unlike heavy, traditional models, their faux nubuck synthetic upper won’t weigh you down. They also feature mesh panels for added breathability, preventing a build-up of perspiration. Just be aware that if you are going to be walking in the wet, you will want to waterproof these boots’ upper first with a sealant.
The PVC grip sole will keep you secure out on the trail. It is also lightweight, saving you effort. It may not be the most durable model but given its features, this is by no means the best budget walking boots for women in this rundown. The cushioned collar and lining also add to comfort levels, although if you are a regular hiker and undertake walks of over several hours, then these are not the right model for you.
If you are looking for a well-designed pair of women’s hiking boots for occasional use, then this model makes an exceptional buy. With its secure, adjustable lace-up design for an optimal personalised fit, a comfortable moulded sole and a good grip, these boots are an excellent budget option.
The best waterproof walking boots for men in our selection are the Inuvik Men’s Walking Boots by Northwest Territory. Highly durable and waterproof, they are all you could ask for from a set of reliable hiking boots.
One of the best leather hiking boots around, this model features a Hydry breathable and waterproof membrane to ensure that your feet don’t get wet, through precipitation or perspiration. The cushioned lining helps to maintain comfortable over all terrains, however, bear in mind that these walking boots will take some time to wear in and loosen up.
The slip-resistant rubber outer lug sole grips well, even in the wet, making this pair a good choice for winter walks as well as in spring and autumn. When choosing your size, bear in mind that this model is fairly wide, making it less suitable if you have narrow feet. Also, there are no half sizes, so you may need to size up.
If you are looking for leather boots with a good grip and superior waterproofing, the Inuvik by Northwest Territory is a top model to go for. It is also highly durable, as well as comfortable, making it excellent value for money.
What are the best walking boots for ladies? If dry feet and excellent durability are top of your list, then you can’t go wrong with a pair of Northwest Territory Ladies Peak Leather Walking Boots. Their sturdy construction, rugged lug outer sole and superior waterproofing make them an excellent choice.
Thanks to a combination of a breathable membrane that is completely waterproof and a waterproof leather upper, these boots will ensure your feet stay dry from both the outside and the inside. The padded inner sole cushions your feet from rocks and gravel, providing comfort that you’ll appreciate mile after mile.
The cushioned tongue and support collar are also comfortable, however, bear in mind that these boots, like most traditional hiking boots, take some time to wear in and become adapted to your feet.
The rubber outer lug sole is highly durable, as is the entire boot, providing excellent grip, wherever you choose to roam. When purchasing, sizing can be a little tricky as these boots do not come in half sizes and they tend to size a little large. However, they are great for wearing with thick hiking socks.
Sturdy, reliable, and waterproof, this pair of boots is a great value choice that have been made to last. They are also great value for money given their high quality and superior lifespan.
If you are looking for lightweight walking boots that are also fully waterproof, be sure to take a look at the Ladies Walking Shoe by Northwest Territory. Made with a leather upper and an extra comfortable memory foam inner sole, these walking boots are ideal for year-round outdoor exploration.
Thanks to their waterproof and breathable inner membrane, these boots are designed to make sure that your feet remain dry in all conditions. The inner sole is made from a comfortable, compressible memory foam to cushion your feet regardless of the terrain, while the rubber outer lug sole gives excellent traction and grip.
The supportive collar provides excellent ankle support and makes these boots a good choice for hill walking or uneven terrain; however, note that it will take some time to wear them in properly and at first the collar can be very stiff. What’s more, the laces that are supplied with these lightweight walking boots are not of the best quality however, they are easily replaced.
Unfortunately, durability is not these boots’ strong point. So if you need a pair of hiking boots for regular use, you’d be better off considering another model from our reviews.
For a fantastic set of ladies walking boots that won’t weigh you down, this model by Northwest Territory is a good entry-level choice. Comfortable, waterproof and lightweight, these are good walking boots that offer great value for money.
Our choice for the best summer walking boots has to be the MOAB 2 Vent Low Rise by Merrell. One of the best lightweight walking boots around, treat your feet to a pair of highly breathable, comfortable hiking boots and make the most of summer in the great outdoors.
Ideal for dry, warm weather on trails where ankle support is not required, these highly breathable shoes are not at all water resistant, so reserve them for summer use only. They do, however, dry out quickly when wet, thanks to their highly breathable design which will help to make sure your feet stay cool this summer.
Flexible and quick to adapt to the wearer, these walking shoes feature a leather and mesh upper. The protective toe cap prevents you from damaging your feet in rocky areas, while the bellowed tongue keeps debris out.
The moulded nylon shank reduces the impact of stones and gravel mile after mile. However, bear in mind that these walking boots are a little low on padding. Hecne, if you are looking for a highly cushioned version, you would be better off with an alternative model.
The Vibram rubber outer sole is highly durable and will last for hundreds of miles. The adjustable lace-up design allows for a good, personalised fit, however, note that the laces tend to come undone a little too easily.
Provided you are looking for a highly breathable walking shoe for fair weather, the MOAB 2 Vent Low Rise makes a great choice.
Owning a good set of walking boots is essential to enjoying the great outdoors, over all terrain and in all weathers. Here are some of the top reasons to invest in your very own pair.
While you may feel comfortable in your normal, everyday shoes, after a few miles your feet will soon ache. Thanks to their design, hiking boots support and protect your feet from the repetitive impact of walking mile after mile.
So, while around the house your walking boots may feel clunky and uncomfortable compared to your slippers, when you’re putting in the miles over moors, paths and mountains, there is no comparison with a good choice of outdoor footwear.
Even short walks with your dog across fields or woods, you’re sure to come across some slippery patches, mud or gravel, not to mention what you’ll encounter when you’re out and about in the middle of nowhere.
Many pairs of walking boots have specially designed soles that help you to grip even in slippery conditions. This helps to keep you safe, as a fall or a slip in an isolated area could become extremely dangerous.
Not all walking boots are waterproof, but if you tend to walk in all weathers then aside from wellies, that are not suitable for most terrains, your best choice for grip, warmth and dry feet, is a waterproof model of hiking boots.
When you’re choosing your new walking boots, it’s important to bear in mind the following features to ensure that you get the right pair for your needs.
A good pair of hiking boots may be a considerable investment, but its high-quality construction will stand the test of time and trail challenges. If you are a regular trekker, a pair of sturdy walking boots will prove to be a wise choice.
On the other hand, if you are just getting into hiking or need a pair of boots for a one off-trip, then understandably you may opt for a modest pair. There are plenty of best value hiking boots that are ideal for light trails and dog walking. These models should last a long time with occasional use and provide the comfort and protection you’ll need to ensure your feet are feeling good when you’re out exploring.
Hiking boots generally have rubber soles for good grip and excellent durability. Most will have lug patterns that are widely spaced in order to improve traction and allow mud, gravel and debris to be more easily shed. Vibram rubber soles are renowned for their exceptional durability.
Most midsoles are made from EVA or PU (polyurethane).
The midsole is designed to protect your feet from the repetitive impact with the hard ground. EVA tends to provide more cushioning than PU; however, for long distance hikes over rocky ground, you may prefer the extra rigidity and protection provided by PU.
If you are contemplating some serious hiking trips, you’ll want to look out for boots with a shank between the midsole and outer sole. Shanks are often made of lightweight, moulded nylon. Their purpose is to add stiffness to your boot to help protect your feet from the terrain and to better support your weight or backpacking load.
Highly durable, leather has the advantage of adapting to your feet for a comfortable, highly personalised fit. This does, however, tend to take some time. Both nubuck leather and full-grain leather provide high levels of waterproofing. Always check what specific type of leather your boots are made from as there is an increasing amount of synthetic leather available.
Nylon, synthetic leather, and polyester are other popular hiking boot upper materials. While they are less durable than leather, they tend to cost less, are quicker to dry out when wet through, and they are often ready to wear out-of-the-box without the need for an extensive “break-in” period.
If you tend to go walking in the rain or through damp vegetation a lot, you’ll want to look out for a pair of walking boots with a waterproof membrane.
Bear in mind that waterproof membranes are notorious for reducing your boot’s breathability. If your feet tend to get sweaty when you’re out hiking, we recommend looking for membranes that emphasise their breathable nature.
Ill-fitting shoes can lead to a variety of painful foot problems. So make sure you pay close attention to any size charts provided by the manufacturer.
Some sizes are not equal across all brands, so be sure to check. For example, some EU sizes may not always correctly match the equivalent UK size. If you have narrow or wide feet, check the boot’s general design and how it laces up to see if there is any extra leeway.
For improved foot and arch support, consider changing the inner soles to a pair of boots that are better adapted to your feet. This can often make a world of difference and is an inexpensive way to make a good boot into an excellent fitting one.
Lastly, remember that a lot of people advise sizing up when you buy boots for walking, especially if you are planning on wearing thick hiking socks. So, bear this in mind when making your decision.
If you are planning on regularly using your hiking boots, you’ll want a good, durable pair that will last.
The best hiking boots UK stores have to offer will come with leather uppers and Vibram rubber outsoles – both of which are renowned for their longevity. Also, be sure to check any joins, you’ll want to look for sealed seams and a tight join between the outer sole and the boot’s upper.
There is an excellent selection of best walking boots available for both men and women. If you’re still struggling to make up your mind, why not take a second look at our editor’s choices?
For women, the Adventurer by Mountain Warehouse is an unbeatable, highly versatile all-rounder. Featuring an outer lug sole with excellent grip and traction, these budget hiking boots also benefit from a waterproof membrane to ensure your feet remain dry in all weather conditions. Toe and heel protection keep you safe on inclines and descents, while the breathable mesh lining stops you from working up a sweat.
For men, our top pick, the Columbia Men’s Woodburn II is another great all-rounder. With its lightweight design, these best men’s walking boots are extremely easy-to-wear. Thanks to its waterproof mesh and leather upper, this model is both comfortable and durable. The non-marking rubber sole provides excellent traction, even in the wet, while the cushioned Techlite midsole keeps your feet comfortable – perfect if you’re looking to do many miles in the Great Outdoors.