The best women's hiking boots 2017

Whether it’s a forest trail or a snowy mountain, the Great Wall or your local AONB, make sure you have happy feet with our round-up of the perfect hiking boots, including leather for loafing and Gore-Tex galore

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Do we like a challenge? Sure. But as all seasoned walkers will tell you, hiking is no walk in the park, so before you take your first step, it makes sense to invest in the right pair of boots to keep you comfortable and stable from start to finish. 

We know that preparing for a long hike or walking challenge can be stressful even without the daunting prospect of shopping for the right shoes, so whether they’re for the lady in your life, or a gift to yourself (you shouldn’t have!), let our top 10 guide make finding the best women’s hiking boots smooth and simple.

How to choose the best women's hiking boots for you

There’s a whole host of different materials to choose from, with the best one depending on your personal preference and the conditions you’ll likely find yourselves in. These days, majority of women’s hiking boots come equipped with Gore-Tex waterproofing or similar, but for extra warmth, you can’t beat leather boots. 

Durable and long-lasting, leather feels undeniably luxe, but is generally harder to break in, and therein lies the rub — literally. Synthetic or textile materials lie on the lighter and comfier end of the spectrum, so they’re easy to pack, and when you’re wearing them you’ll probably go for longer. However, they aren’t ideal for harsh weather conditions as they won’t keep you as warm, or won’t last as long. 

Finally, the fit. For any long walk you’ll want a boot that fits snugly, but gives you enough room for toe-wiggling, and always take into consideration any postural issues, or the likelihood of needing special measures like boots with extra ankle support. 

Our pick of the best hiking boots for women to buy today

1. Scarpa Peak Gore-tex Boot

A true hiking boot for all adventurous women: weatherproof, and supportive, to boot

Specifications
Best For: 3 Peaks Challenge
Upper Material: Condura & Suede
Sole Type: Biometric Trek
Waterproof Technology: Gore-tex
Height: High boot cut
Weight: 606g
Reasons to buy
+High ankle support+Durable material
Reasons to avoid
-Narrow foot-Expensive
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For serious walking, you’re going to want some serious support. That’s where the Scarpa Peak Gore-tex Boot comes in. This boot has been praised for its durability, standing up to even inclement weather, and, hitting a little higher than most boots, it's great for secure and supported ankles. Although pricey, this boot is a great investment for all year round, and comes in an appealing teal shade that’s at once feminine and understated. 

2. Keen Terradora Waterproof Boot

The very definition of waterproof, this is the shoe for showery days

Specifications
Best For: Wet weather
Upper Material: Textile
Sole Type: Non-marking rubber
Waterproof Technology: Keen Dry
Height: Low boot cut
Weight: 726g
Reasons to buy
+Extremely waterproof+Girly colours
Reasons to avoid
-Come up big 
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This stylish women’s hiking boot is beyond good-looking — it’s also the best boot for wet weather. Owners of the Keen Terradora Waterproof Boot have been known to wax lyrical about just how waterproof it is, so there’s no need to fret at an unexpected stream (unless it means you’re really, really lost). The adaptable soft mesh material is ideal if you don’t have time to devote to breaking in, and looks the part no matter which shade you choose. A great investment, but not the best for very small feet. 

3. Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX W

A shoe for every season, these Salomon hiking boots shine whatever the weather

Specifications
Best For: Style Lovers
Upper Material: Synthetic
Sole Type: Contagrip
Waterproof Technology: Gore-tex
Height: Mid boot cut
Weight: 880g
Reasons to buy
+Stylish+Super soft sole
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Come up big
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Don't want to shell out for a new boot every season? The Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX W has got you covered. The plush padded sole makes this boot super soft, but it’s still tough enough for hiking on rough terrain. As well as boasting Gore-tex technology, this boot wicks moisture away from the foot to keep you as dry as possible. One caveat: it's been noted that these boots come up on the larger side, so we recommend opting for a size or half lower than your usual. 

4. Berghaus Women’s Expeditor AQ Ridge

The ultimate adventure boot

Specifications
Best For: Duke of Edinburgh Award/Adventure
Upper Material: Leather & Synthetic
Sole Type: OPTI-STUD
Waterproof Technology: AQ Waterproof
Height: Mid boot cut
Weight: 880g
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Adventure-proof
Reasons to avoid
-Quite narrow-Lack of colour
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With the glowing recommendation of being on the Duke of Edinburgh Award-approved kit list, the Berghaus Women’s Expeditor AQ Ridge is a strong and sturdy boot that can take a beating out on the track. The OPTI-STUD soles keep you light on your feet while providing enough grip for apprehending obstacles, and the full-grain leather gives them lasting power. AQ Waterproof technology comes highly-rated as a cheaper alternative to Gore-tex, making them great value for money at under £100. 

5. Merrel Moab Mid Gore-Tex Women’s Hiking Boots

The lighter boot for everyday walking

Specifications
Best For: Everyday use
Upper Material: Dura leather & mesh
Sole Type: Vibram
Waterproof Technology: Gore-tex
Height: Low boot cut
Weight: 822g
Reasons to buy
+Cheap +Sturdy soles
Reasons to avoid
-Small sizing-No colour choice
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The Merrel Moab Mid Gore-tex boots are a great alternative to leather for those who find it hard to move in. The easy-on low ankle style and thick Vibram soles make these are the best women’s hiking boots for everyday walking, helped considerably by waterproof Gore-tex technology and clever soles that don’t pick up stones. And, you won’t have to break these shoes in, so you're good to go as soon as they're out of the box. It has been noted that these boots come up small, so opt for half a size bigger, but if your feet are too petite for Keen’s Terradora boots, consider these instead.

6. Lowa Renegade Gore-tex Mid Boot

The sturdy and durable boot that will stand the test of time

Specifications
Best For: Adventurers
Upper Material: Nubuck Leather
Sole Type: Vibram
Waterproof Technology: Gore-tex
Height: Mid boot cut
Weight: 1110g
Reasons to buy
+Keep feet dry +Long-lasting soles
Reasons to avoid
-Narrow fit-Need breaking in
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Durable, comfortable, and reliable, it’s unsurprising that Lowa’s walking boots are some of Europe’s best-sellers. Their trusty Vibram soles wear extremely well, so you’ll be sure to get years of walking out of them, and the interiors have been praised for their comfort, resulting in dry feet even after a long day’s walk. These have a narrower fit, good news for walkers with smaller feet, but may still require some breaking in thanks to their nubuck construction. 

7. Karrimor Ladies Hot Rock Waterproof

Trust Karrimor’s waterproof walkers for a budget boot without the blisters

Specifications
Best For: Budget buy
Upper Material: Leather/textile
Sole Type: DynaGrip
Waterproof Technology: Weathertite Extreme
Height: Mid boot cut
Weight: n/a
Reasons to buy
+Cheap+Stylish
Reasons to avoid
-Not long lasting 
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You may be thinking that buying boots on a budget is a one-way ticket to painful blisters — but we don’t mind telling you that you’d be wrong. The Karrimor Ladies Hot Rock Waterproof boots have been praised for their balance of comfort and durability, especially at their budget price. They have thick soles for exploring rough terrain, and a soft outer for easy movement with no rubbing. If you’re after years of faithful service, this isn’t the one. But for semi-regular walking, it’s a winner. 

8. The North Face Women’s Terra Hiking Boots

The ultra-hard-wearing boot for rugged terrain, ideal for hiking at high altitude

Specifications
Best For: Rough terrain
Upper Material: Synthetic
Sole Type: UltraATAC
Waterproof Technology: Gore-tex
Height: Mid boot cut
Weight: n/a
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Attractive colour
Reasons to avoid
-Not for bad ankles 
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With solid toe coverage and contoured soles, these North Face hiking boots are guaranteed to keep you comfy, buoyant, and warm all the way along the trail, even if it’s particularly rocky. They have a slightly lower ankle than many other boots, allowing for more movement on inclines, but still provide admirable support. These might be some of the toughest on the market, but their cheerful magenta accents keep them looking sweet. 

9. Hi Gear Snowden Waterproof Boots

An expensive-looking leather hiking boot without the hefty price tag

Specifications
Best For: Dog walking
Upper Material: Leather
Sole Type: Rubber
Waterproof Technology: Standard waterproof lining
Height: Mid boot cut
Weight: n/a
Reasons to buy
+Cheap+Junior matching boots
Reasons to avoid
-No Gore-tex technology 
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If you’re looking for an everyday boot for everyday use, one that looks the part but won’t break the bank, you’ve found it. Presenting Hi Gear’s Snowden Waterproof Boots: these are almost identical to the boots Kate Middleton wore on her trip to Borneo, but half the price — a royally good bargain, if you ask us. Made from full-grain leather in classic brown, they have an unbeatable heritage look, and while they don’t have Gore-tex technology, they are fully waterproof. For the price, they certainly do a good job.