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Hiking | Women’s Hiking Boots: 8 Of The Best

Here's a guide to the best women's hiking boots for both day hikes and multi-day hikes...

The guide to buying the best women’s hiking boots

Finding the best women’s hiking boots can be very confusing if you don’t know what you’re looking for, there is much less information online than there is for men’s hiking boots. 

Most online hiking boots descriptions involve a lot of technical jargon about breathable membranes and flexible exoskeletons, which is great is that’s what you’re looking for, but more than a little disorientating if you’re just looking for a good boot to hit the trails and hike this weekend.

To make it a little simpler, we’ve combed through all the technical reviews and information and pulled out the best boots to describe in a way that’s quick and easy to understand.

Women’s hiking boots differ between styles and technical functions

The Right Fit

When buying any new show, getting the right fit is important, but when buying hiking boots for walking hundreds of miles, like any sort of  it becomes incredibly important.

When trying a pair of hiking boots on, remember to do these five important tests.

  1. Remove the insole– Instead of squeezing your foot into a boot, remove its insole at measure it to your foot. It should be slightly bigger on both the toes and the heel. If it’s the same size or smaller, the boots will pinch and rub.
  2. Make sure the tongue is central– This is one of the main reasons for discomfort and rubbing in seemingly fitting shoes. If the tongue sits at the side of your foot, they aren’t the boots for you.
  3. Walk up a slope, focus on toes – Figuring out if your feet are going to slip around inside the hiking boots, when you’re half way through a hike is
  4. Walk up slope, focus on crease in shoe upper- We all know the pain of a hard leather crease on the top of your foot. Don’t discover it half way up a mountain, much better in the store.
  5. Walk down slope, stamp feet- Do your feet hit the front of the hiking boot? Take them off, these are not the shoes for you.

Keen WANDERER WP Women’s Hiking Boots

Price: £124.99

Weight: 425.2g

Crafted from leather and suede, these are some seriously waterproof boots.

If you want comfort over all else, look no further. These shoes deliver long-lasting durability and performance as a priority. With shock-absorbing qualities and premium materials, your feet will stay comfy and dry all day long.

A great choice for anyone who wants to move to longer hikes and a harder terrain.

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Meindl Bhutan Women’s Hiking Boots

Meindl Bhutan HIking Boots

Price: £194.99

Weight: 650g

Consider yourself a hardcore hiker? Meet the Merrel boot.

These boots are all about support. The fit provides amazing ankle support, which is great for rockier terrain and the thick sole is great for harder hikes.

Most impressively however, the lining is built to remember and change to the shape of your foot, making these boots even more comfortable.

If your planning on climbing mountains anytime soon, these could be the best hiking boot for you.

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Merrell Chameleon Shift Women’s Hiking Boots

Merrell Chameleon Shift HIking Boots

Price: £140

Weight: 524g

When choosing hiking boots, you usually have to choose between boots that are sturdy, or boots that are lightweight.  These Chameleon boots however, manage to be as tough as they are light.

With a tight fit around the ankle, these shoes feel very secure and great for long hikes.

The best thing about these boots however, is that they have a female-specific insole. Perfect for backpacking with a light pack!

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Aku Tribute II Women’s Hiking Boots

Aku Tribute II HIking Boots

Price: £140.00

Weight: 543g

A hardcore Gore Tex hiking shoe, without the technical aesthetic, the Aku Tribute is a perfect choice.

A mid-range priced shoe, this is a good summer boot for someone who wants to go on a good hike, but doesn’t want to commit to a technical boot.

Low on the ankle, but tough around the sole. A great choice for beginner hikers.

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Scarpa R-Evolution Women’s Hiking Boots

Scarpa R-Evolution Women’s HIking Boots

Price: £180.00

Weight: 544g

Featuring Scarpa’s Sock Fit technology, this boot is the next evolution in trekking footwear with unparalleled performance, comfort and agility.

The Sock Fit technology provides an ever adapting fit through the unique Scholler S-tech fabric, which links the tongue, ankle flex zone and collar with an elastic action, just like you are wearing a sock.

Based around the B.A.G last the 1.8mm suede upper is backed with a GTX lining, providing great weather protection. The upper is protected with a toe rand, while the new Vibram Fagus

Lite sole gives great shock absorption underfoot with a broad heel platform for optimum stability. Revolution GTX is the future of three season hiking and trekking.

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Berghaus Explorer Trek Women’s Hiking Boots

Berghaus Explorer Trek Women’s Hiking Boots

Price: £130.00

Weight: 535g

If you like to hike whatever the weather and you’re never put off by a little rain and mud, a Gore Tex boot is a necessity.

These Berghaus boots are great for  wet and windy hikes and we were pleased to find that, except for one particularly deep puddle, they hold up and kept  your feet perfectly dry.

The extreme grip on these boots made for easy walking over rougher terrain, with the mid sole providing brilliant shock absorption.

While they worked fantastically on a wet and cold walk, the breathable suede material means that this boot will also be an equally good choice for hotter weather and dryer walks.

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Alt-Berg Malham Women’s Hiking Boots

Alt-Berg Malham Women’s Hiking Boots

Price: £164.99

Weight: 522g

The Melham Boot is noticeably light and nimble, yet still very firm and supportive.

The lower ankle support was great for both rough and soft terrain, but these boots definitely perform best and are their most comfortable on long flat walks.

For a serious hiking boot, these shoes are seriously good looking. With their smaller design and full grain leather. you can wear these guys all week long.

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Timberland Flume Mid Waterproof Women’s Hiking Boots

Timberland Flume Mid Waterproof Women’s Hiking Boots

Price: £90.00

Weight:  454g

Timberland aren’t a normal hiking brand, however this offering holds in own next to any technical shoe.

The trailblazer Flume Mid Waterproof hiking boot includes a cushioned EVA footbed and EVA midsole, as well as multi-directional lugs on a solid outsole to deliver all-terrain grip on harder hikes.

What Timberland is more known for, is making tough boots that look good. Their hiking boots are no different, this pair are a beauty!

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