The best men’s hiking boots 2017

From walking the dog to scaling a rocky mountain; be prepared for action and adventure with hiking boots that won’t let you down

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Whether you’re an everyday walker or you are a keen adventurer taking on mountain hiking challenges, the boots you wear make all the difference. 

We know that shopping for the perfect shoe can be frustrating which is why we’ve compiled a list of the best men’s hiking boots for all eventualities.

Depending on what adventure you’re planning next, you’ll want to think about the type of material that’s going to work for you. Leather is a sturdy and durable material that is no doubt going to stand the test of time, but it can be restrictive and difficult to break in if you’re shopping last minute. 

How to buy the best walking boots for you 

If you’re planning a big hike, we recommend investing in leather for their warmth, but if you go for a synthetic or textile boot, make sure they have waterproof technology that will stop you from getting soggy feet.

You’ll also want to opt for a sturdy sole, especially if walking on rocky or rough terrain, and if you have any foot injuries then a high ankle will provide the extra support you need when walking.

You can get a cheap pair of boots for daily use in any high street retailer, but for a good quality boot that’s more than a one-hike-wonder, prepare to pay around the £150 mark. If you’ve got funny-shaped feet or require specialist boots, then you’re looking at even more, but they’ll most likely last a lifetime.

These are the best hiking boots for men

1. Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX

This is a sturdy shoe, perfect backpackers carrying weight

Specifications
Best for: Backpackers
Upper Material: Nubuck Leather & Synthetic
Sole Type: ContraGrip
Waterproof Technology: Gore-tex
Height: High Boot Cut
Weight: 1280g
RRP: £165.00
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Good traction
Reasons to avoid
-A little pricey-Need breaking in
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These high cut boots are the ideal shoe for maximum ankle support which makes them great for backpackers carrying a lot of weight on their shoulders. The Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX boots have a sturdy outer material and ContraGrip rubber sole which is perfect for walking on slippery terrain.  With their Gore-Tex technology and good toe protection, they are a great all-purpose boot for adventurers and daily walkers alike. However, we wouldn’t invest in them just to walk the dog.  

2. Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Boot

A very comfy boot for intense hiking trips

Specifications
Best for: Comfort
Upper Material: Nubuck Leather
Sole Type: Vibram
Waterproof Technology: Gore-Tex
Height: High Boot Cut
Weight: 1110g
RRP: £150.00
Reasons to buy
+Super comfy+Waterproof
Reasons to avoid
-Not for rocky terrain
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If you’re going on a long walk, comfort should be your main concern. And at this price, you can be sure these are some of the best men’s hiking boots for comfort. The Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Boot is incredibly soft with plenty of movement in the toes so you can forget about blisters and sweaty feet! Their leather outer looks swish and doesn’t take too long to break in, however the material of this boot is not ideal for rough and rocky terrain.  

3. Keen Galleo Mid Boot

With shock absorption and toe protectors, this shoe is great for mountain climbers

Specifications
Best for: Rough Hill Walking
Upper Material: Nubuck Leather
Sole Type: Dual Compound Rubber
Waterproof Technology: Keen Dry
Height: Mid Boot Cut
Weight: 629g
RRP: £140.00
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Cushion protection
Reasons to avoid
-Non-branded soles/waterproofing
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If you are a keen hill climber, then the Keen Galleo Mid Boot will serve you well. Its PU heel cushion and EVA foam foot bed make them good for comfort and shock-absorbing when going uphill; and the rubber toe protects the feet when walking downhill. If some of the classic Gore-Tex and Vibram soled boots are slightly out of your price range, then this is the best men’s hiking boot alternative for you.  

4. Scarpa Men’s Peak Gore-tex Boot

Flexible and specially designed for narrow feet

Specifications
Best for: Narrow Feet
Upper Material: Condura & Suede
Sole Type: Biometric Trek
Waterproof Technology: Gore-Tex
Height: High Boot Cut
Weight: 610g
RRP: £165.00
Reasons to buy
+Great blue colour option+Narrow fit
Reasons to avoid
-Fiddly laces
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If you struggle to find shoes that fit well, then check out the Scarpa Men’s Peak Gore-tex Boot. These are great for men with narrower feet and the material provides much-needed flexibility. Users say the insoles stay comfortable and bouncy even after multiple walks and you have the added reassurance of the trusty Gore-tex waterproofing for all year round use. If you’re going to be walking a lot but don’t want to buy more than one shoe for different purposes, this boot is worth the money for its customised fit.  

5. AKU Alterra GTX

An ergonomic design that can take a beating from poor weather conditions

Specifications
Best for: Long walks
Upper Material: Suede and Fabric
Sole Type: Vibram
Waterproof Technology: Gore-Tex
Height: High Boot Cut
Weight: 1340g
RRP: £179.95.
Reasons to buy
+Snug fit
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey-A little heavy
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The Aku Alterra GTX is loved by many for their snug and ergonomic fit. This is a shoe that feels like it was personally designed for you, and it has the price tag to match. These boots cradle your foot and have laces that give to avoid tension when walking, making them the perfect fit all round. These are the best men’s hiking boots for long walks because they can take a good beating and will stand the test of time. 

6. Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX

A boot for the fashion-conscious hiker

Specifications
Best for: Style Lovers
Upper Material: Synthetic
Sole Type: ContraGrip
Waterproof Technology: Gore-Tex
Height: Mid Boot Cut
Weight: 920g
RRP: £130.00
Reasons to buy
+Affordable +Variety of colours
Reasons to avoid
-Focus on fashion over function
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If you like what the other boots have to offer, but hate the way they look, then the Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX are the best men’s hiking boots for stylish walking. These boots are made from a combination of leather, polyester and mesh, making them breathable and flexible. They do a great job at hugging your feet for a supportive fit and users have praised this boot for its comfort with no blisters after walking in them. This is a great adventure boot with toe caps that have been described as ‘indestructible’ and if you are a style-conscious hiker, you’ll be pleased to know these boots come in a wide range of different colours. 

7. Altberg Kisdon Boot

A boot for those with wider-than-average feet

Specifications
Best for: Wide Feet
Upper Material: Nubuck Leather
Sole Type: Vibram
Waterproof Technology: Sympatex
Height: Mid Cut Boot
Weight: 811g
RRP: £214.99
Reasons to buy
+Wide fit+Vibram soles
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive
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If you struggle to find boots that fit, then this Yorkshire boot maker can provide you with the best men’s hiking boots for wide feet, but it comes at a cost. The Altberg Kisdon Boot has extra width at the front as well as extended lacing down the boot that makes it easier to take them on and off. You get all the mod-cons of a decent hiking boot but these boots come in just over £200 due to the extra volume. Although this seems a little unfair, if you are a keen hiker then investing in the perfect fit is worth it. 

8. The North Face Men’s Verbera Backpacker GTX

A cheaper alternative for extreme hikers and backpackers that need stability

Specifications
Best for: Mountains
Upper Material: Nubuck Leather
Sole Type: Vibram
Waterproof Technology: Gore-Tex
Height: Mid Boot Cut
Weight: 1236g
RRP: £90
Reasons to buy
+Good in snowy conditions +Supports heavy backpacks
Reasons to avoid
-Might not last as long as other boots on this list-Heavy
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When hiking up a mountain with a large backpack, you’ll want your shoes to be extra sturdy, and if the Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX boots are a little out of your price range then these boots have got you covered, and for half the price! The North Face Men’s Verbera Backpacker GTX boots are great for rocky terrain and light snowy conditions, with a sturdy but cushioned sole that eases the pressure when carrying a heavy backpack. Although these may not last as long as a more expensive boot, they are considered a proper mountain boot that will keep your feet comfortable and dry.  

9. Merrell Moab 2 Mid WP

A budget boot that provides comfort for everyday walking

Specifications
Best for: Trail Walking
Upper Material: Synthetic
Sole Type: Vibram
Waterproof Technology: Gore-tex
Height: Mid Boot Cut
Weight:936g:
RRP: £99.00:
Reasons to buy
+Cheap+Lightweight
Reasons to avoid
-Not for intense hiking
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If you’re more of a frequent walker on less intense trails then this is the shoe for you. The Merrell Moab 2 Mid WP boots are super lightweight with comfy insoles. Customers have noted that the soles seem a bit ‘high’ to begin with but that these adapt after a couple of wears. These are not ideal for mountains but if you like casual walks then these provide stability and grip on sloping hills. If you’re looking for a shoe you can wear to walk the dog or take a long sunday walk in the forest, then these boots are the perfect budget buy for everyday walkers.