28 Best Hiking Shoes in 2024

If you’re looking for the best hiking shoes for your time outdoors, we’ve put everything to the test from trail runners, to waterproof hiking shoes and general purpose hiking shoes to bring you our top picks to make your decision easier.

All the hiking shoes we’ve recommended in this line up have been tested in real world scenarios outdoors. We test in all weather, all terrains and push them to their limits to be able to make true and considered recommendations when it comes to durability and versatility.

Quite simply, your hiking shoes are important – they can make or break your experience. If they’re not right, all you’ll remember is hurting feet and nobody wants that. So, whether you need a waterproof pair, a fast and light pair or something with a little more support, read on to find the perfect shoe for your needs.

You might also see that we’ve categorized around men’s and women’s hiking shoes, but generally most manufacturers make a gender specific shoe, so if you click through to the supplier we’ve highlighted, you’ll find the gender specific version very easily alongside it.

Editor’s note: This article is part of our guide to the best hiking shoes, be sure to check out the rest of this guide for our top buying tips:

Product Comparison Table: 

Salomon Men's X Ultra 4 GTX Hiking
Columbia Facet 75 Outdry
Adidas Terrex Free Hiker 2 GTX
KEEN Targhee 3 Waterproof
Hoka Men's Anacapa Aero Low
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Hiking Boots
Nike Pegasus Trail 3
Danner Panorama Mid
Black Diamond Mens Mission Leather Low Waterproof Approach Shoes
Lowa Renegade GTX LO
Regatta Vendeavour Pro
Merrell Moab 3 Waterproof Hiking Shoe
La Sportiva Mens TX Hike GTX Hiking Shoes
The North Face Men's Vectiv Fastpack Futurelight Track Shoe
Vasque Men's Juxt Hiking Shoe
Salomon X Ultra 4 Gore-TEX Hiking Shoes for Men, Magnet/Black/Monument, 10
Columbia Men's Facet 75 Outdry, Black/Fiery Red, 7
adidas Terrex Free Hiker Gore-TEX 2.0 Hiking Shoes Men's, Purple, Size 7
KEEN Men's Targhee 3 Low Height Waterproof Hiking Shoes, Black Olive/Golden Brown, 10.5
HOKA ONE ONE Arahi 6 Mens Shoes Size 10, Color: Black/White
La Sportiva Mens Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Wide Hiking Boots, Black/Clay, 10.5 Wide
Nike Pegasus Trail 3 Mens Running Trainers DA8697 Sneakers Shoes (UK 6 US 6.5 EU 39, Black Green Strike asken Slate 004)
Danner 634359.5D Panorama Mid 6' Black Olive 9.5D
BLACK DIAMOND Equipment Men's Mission Leather Low Wp Approach Shoes - Amber-Cafe Brown - 8
Lowa Mens Renegade GTX Lo Nubuck Leather Black Graphite Shoes 10.5 US
Regatta Men's Walking Hiking Shoe, Black Granite, 8
Merrell Moab 3 Waterproof Granite 10.5 W
La Sportiva TX Hike GTX - Men's Charcoal/Moss 41
THE NORTH FACE Men's VECTIV Fastpack FUTURELIGHT Hiking Shoe, Meld Grey/Summit Navy, 7
Vasque Men's Juxt Multisport Shoe,Aluminum/Chili Pepper,7 M US
Buying Options
Our Ratings
Best Overall Men's
Best Budget
Most Versatile
Most Comfortable
Best for Summer
Best for Technical Trails
Best Appearance
Pros
Robust whilst feeling light and aerodynamic, excellent traction
Great value. Breathable and water resistant
Striking Design. Makes use of recycled material
Comfortable. Very durable
Light weight. Extremely comfortable and quick to bed in
Relatively lightweight. Good support
Very lightweight. Very comfortable
Rugged build. Clean, minimal sytling
Very low weight. They look great!
short break in, comofrtable, tread grip is substantial
Bargain price. Well made
Reputaton for comfort. Resaonably priced
Relatively light weight. They Look Good
Very comfortable. Low weight
Durable build. Extremely comfortable
Cons
Fast lacing system won't be for everyone
Not the lightest. They might look a little plain for some
Pricey. Sole material can look tatty with time
Dated design. Pricey
Not as water resistant as some competitors. Divisive Styling
Styling may not be to eveyone's taste. Pricey
Not as durable as some competitors. Not suitable for very cold or wet conditions
Took a little while to break in. We wish there was a little more ankle support
Pricey. Soft rubber sole may wear quickly
Limited range of colors. Long term durability concerns
Limited Color choices. Not the Lightest
No the lightest design and color choices may seem dated to some
Slightly vague sustainability credentials. Sizing guidance is confusing
Limited choice of colors. Potential long-term durability issues
No waterproofing. Limited color choice
Traction
Very good
Good
Continental outsole with medium/deep thread pattern
Full rubber outsole with deep thread pattern
Very Good
Full rubber outsole with medium/deep thread pattern
Very Good
Full rubber sole with medium/deep thread pattern
Rubber outsole with deep thread pattern. Uses 'Black Label' Sticky rubber for better grip.
Vibram outsole with medium/deep thread pattern.
Full rubber outsole with medium/deep thread pattern
Vibram outsole with medium/deep thread pattern.
Very Good
Very Good
Very Good
Breathability
Very good
Good
Fine mesh upper with Gore-Tex membrane
Mesh sections on upper backed with waterproof membrane
Very Good
Breathable mesh upper with Gore-Tex
Very good
Minimal use of mesh, and unvented leather in main body of shoe but there is a Gore-tex membrane the boot is not insulated.
Breathable 'BD.dry' waterproof lining with some mesh sections. However unperforated leather will limit breathability.
Mesh lining backed with Gore Tex membrande
Breathable mesh upper with 'Isotex' waterproof membrane.
Breathable mesh upper with waterproof membrane
Good
Good
Very Good
Ankle Support
Minimal but feels supported
Minimal
Medium - Mid height boot. Support can be adjusted via lacing
Minimal - Low top shoe with minimal ankle support
Minimal
Good - Mid height design with adjustable tensioning via laces
Minimal
Medium - Mid height boot. Support can be adjusted via lacing
Minimal - Low top shoe with minimal ankle support
Minimal - Low top shoe with minimal ankle support
Good - Mid-height design with ankle collar adjustment via laces.
Minimal - Low top shoe with minimal ankle support
Minimal
Minimal
Minimal
Arch support
Regular
Regular
Gently moulded arch support in insoles
Subtle arch support
Very good
Subtle arch support
Regular
Subtly shaped inner section offers gentle arch support
Subtle arch support
Subtle arch support
Moulded nylon arch shank
Regular
Regular, but rocker-style sole may help comfort for some wearers
Regular
Fit
Fits true to size - regular
Regular - can run slightly large
Available in sizes from US 6/UK 5.5/ EU 38.6 up to US 15/UK 14.5/EU 50.6. Suitable for normal to wide feet. Runs small, so recommended to buy a slightly larger than normal size.
Meant to be very comfortable for a slighhtly wider foot - with lots of toe room. Available in sizes from US 7/uk 6/EU 39.5 up to US 16/UK 16/EU 49
Regular
Availalble in standard and wide versions. Available in sizes from US 5.5/UK 5 /EU 38 up to US 14/UK 13.5/ EU 49.5
Regular
Available in standard and wide fit. Standard is good for narrow/normal width feet. Available in sizes from US 7/ UK 6.5/EU 40 up to US 15/UK 14.5/ EU 50.6
Typically suitable for normal width feet. Some reports indicate it's wise to size up a little. Availalble in sizes from US 6/UK 5/EU 38 to US 14/ UK 13/ EU 48.5
Santadard - nothing to note, can be good for wide feet and standard feet may be a bit wide for narrow feet. Available in sizes from US7.5/UK 6.5/EU40 to US 16/UK 15/ EU 51
Suitable for normal to wide feet. Available in sizes from US6.5/UK 6/EU 39.3 to US 12.5/UK 12/EU 48
Suitable for normal width feet - have a reputation for out-of-the-box comfort. Also available in a wide version. Available in sizes from US 7/UK 6.5/ EU 40 up to US 16/ UK 15/EU 51
Regular - can run a little small
Regular to narrow fit
Regular and Wide versions available
Materials
Synthetic
Fully synthetic
Fully synthetic with Gore-Tex membrane. Minimum of 50% recycled material used in upper. High density foam sole can degrade with time.
Nubuck Leather and synthetic upper with Waterproof Membrane
Synthetic and nubuck leather
Fully synthetic with Gore-Tex membrane
Fully synthetic
Suede and synthetic with Gore-Tex membrane
Nubuck leather and synthetic
Nubuck Leather and synthetic upper with Gore-Tex Membrane
Fully synthetic with waterproof Isotex membrane
Pig suede and synthetic. Mesh lining, laces and webbing are made from 100% recycled materials.
Fully synthetic
Fully Synthetic
Suede leather and synthetic
Appearance
Modern, grippy hiking shoe
Modern hiking shoe
Ultra-contemporary style with a wide range of colour ways - many are quite vivid
Slightly dated styling compared some newer designs
Modern hiking shoe with oversized sole
Contemporary styling. Available in a number of colour ways ranging from neutral to very striking.
Modern running shoe
The sytling is reminiscent of a hi-top basketball boot, but with with a clear modern interpretation.
Contemporary styling referencing classic sports shoe. Available in two colour ways
Design inspired by traditional hiking shoes. Limited color choices
Unintrusive styling. Available in a range of colours - some with vivid colour accents.
Unintrusive styling. Available in a range of colour options - mostly muted, 'earthy' colours.
Modern hiking shoe
Modern hiking shoe with oversized sole
Modern hiking shoe in earthy colors
Durability
Very good
Good
Medium to high
High
Good
Medium to high
Good
High
High
Medium to high
Medium to high
Medium to high
Very good
Good
Excellent
Weight (pair)
800g/1lb 11.2oz (pair)
833g/1lb 14oz (pair)
910g/2lb
861g/1lb.14.8oz
706g/1lb 9oz (pair)
940g/2lb 1oz
642.8g/1lb 7oz (pair)
1048g/2lb 5oz
666g/1lb 7oz
950g/2lb 1.5oz
1080g/2lb 6oz
900g/2lb
790g/1lb 12oz (pair)
646g/1lb 7oz
822g/1lb 13oz (pair)
Insoles
Padded removable insole
Padded removable insole
Removable insoles
Removable, dual-density EVA footbeds cushion your stride
Padded removable insole
Removable insoles
Padded removable insole
Removable three-layer cushioned insoles
Removable insoles
Removable insoles
Removable foam insoles
Removable insoles
Padded removable insole
Padded removable insole
Padded removable insole
Break-in Period
Minimal
Minimal
Minimal
Straight away
Minimal
Minimal
Minimal
Medium
Minimal
Meant to be able to wear straight out the box
Minimal to medium
Minimal
Minimal
Minimal
Minimal
Lacing system
Quick lacing system
Regular laces
Standard laces
Standard laces
Regular laces
Multizone lacing system allows control over fit
Regular laces
Standard laces
Standard laces
Standard laces
Multizone lacing system allows for precise fit control
Standard Laces
Regular laces
Regular laces
Regular laces
Toe Protection
Reinforced rubber rand on toe
Reinforced rubber cap on toe
Hardened rubber toe cap and thin but full boot rand.
Hardened rubber toe cap
Reinforced rubber cap on toe
Hardened rubber toe cap
Reinforced rubber cap on toe
Hardened rubber toe cap and full boot rand.
Hardened rubber toe cap
Hardened rubber toe cap
Hardened rubber toe cap and rand on front section
Hardened rubber toe cap and rand on front section
Reinforced rubber rand at front
Reinforced rubber cap on toe
Reinforced rubber rand and toe cap
Product
Danner Womens Trail 2650
Columbia Women's Trailstorm
Hoka Speedgoat 5
Adidas Terrex Swift R3 Gore-Tex
Keen Zionic Speed
Altra Lone Peak 7
Adidas Terrex AX4 Gore-Tex Hiking Shoes
Keen NXIS EVO Low Height Waterproof Hiking Shoe
La Sportiva Spire GTX
Merrell Moab Speed
Oboz Sawtooth X Low Waterproof
On Cloudwander Waterproof
Merrell Siren Edge 3
Danner 612836M Women's Trail 2650 3' Gray/Blue/Spectra Yellow 6M
Columbia Women's Trailstorm Waterproof Hiking Boot
HOKA ONE ONE Womens Speedgoat 5 Textile Synthetic Scuba Blue Black Trainers 8 US
adidas Terrex Swift R3 Gore-TEX Hiking Shoes Women's, Grey, Size 9.5
KEEN Women's Zionic Low Height Waterproof All Terrain Hiking Shoes, Desert Sage/Ember Glow, 5
ALTRA Women's AL0A7R7G Lone Peak 7 Trail Running Shoe, Light Gray - 5.5 M US
adidas Women's Terrex AX4 Primegreen Hiking Shoe, Magic Grey/Dash Grey/Acid Red - 5
KEEN Women's NXIS Evo Low Height Waterproof Fast Packing Hiking Shoes, Sea Moss/Ipanema, 11
La Sportiva Womens Spire GTX Low Hiking Shoes, Clay/Celery, 8.5
Merrell Moab Speed Hiking Shoes for Women – Textile Construction – PU Foam Insole – FloatPro Foam™ Midsole Black 6.5 M
Oboz Sawtooth X Low B-Dry Hiking Shoe - Women's Slate - 5 Medium
ON Womens Cloudwander Waterproof Textile Synthetic Black Eclipse Trainers 8.5 US
Merrell womens Siren Edge 3 Hiking Shoe, Rock/Bluestone, 5 US
Buying Options
Our Ratings
Best Overall Women's
Best Budget
Best Lightweight
Best for Winter
Best for Long Distances
Best for Trail Running
Pros
Durable build. Extremely comfortable
Exceptionally good hiking shoe for the price point. Clever traction design in the lugs
Extremely well cushioned and comfortable fit. Deep lugs offer good traction on slippery surfaces
Well protected and durable. Great traction and feels very grippy
A great fast and light shoe. Roomy toe box, and comfortable for wider feet
Roomy toe box. Excellent traction.
Striking design. Makes use of recycled material
Light weight. Good environmental credentials
Light Weight. Ultra breathable
Lightweight. Iconic Moab fit and comfort
Durable build. Good water resistance
Excellent balance of weight and waterproofing. Stiffer design gives a more technical feel
Very light. Often very reasonably priced
Cons
Not the cheapest. We found they didn't keep our feet warm in wet conditions
Breathability concerns in warmer temperatures
Colorways are divisive. lacking in stiffness between outsole and midsole
Pretty rigid - not the most fast and light shoe on the market, can feel a little big
Not waterproof. Durability concerns on the sole
Less durable. Pricey
Looks may be too much for some. Slightly narrow fit may be unsuitalbe for wider feet.
May not be best fit for narrower feet. A bit pricey
Pricey. Some may prefer a more rigid shoe
Not most supportive. More expensive than the regular Moab
Heavy. Longer break-in period
Some may find them too stiff. Can be pricey.
Not Waterproof. Some durability concerns
Traction
Vibram outsole with medium/deep thread pattern
Extremely good
Very good
Extremely good
Average
Full rubber outsole with medium/deep thread pattern
Continental outsole with medium deep thread depth
Full rubber outsole with medium thread depth
Vibram outsole with deep thread pattern
Vibram outsole with medium/deep thread pattern.
Very good
Very good
Good
Breathability
Perforated suede outer with breathable mesh inner
Not so great
Good
Good, but Gore-Tex membrane does play in here
Excellent
Full mesh upper
Breathable mesh upper with Core-Tex membrane
Breathable mesh upper and lining with anti-odor treatment
Breathable mesh upper with Gore-Tex
Full mesh upper
Average
Good
Very good
Ankle Support
Minimal - Low top shoe with minimal ankle support
Minimal
Minimal
Minimal
Minimal
Minimal - Low top shoe with minimal ankle support
Minimal - Low top shoe with minimal ankle support
Minimal - Low top shoe with minimal ankle support
Minimal - Low top shoe with minimal ankle support
Minimal - Low top shoe with minimal ankle support
Minimal
Minimal
Minimal
Arch support
Gentle arch support
Regular
Regular
Regular
Minimal
Gentle
Subtle arch support
Gentle arch support
Gentle arch support
Gentle
Good
Regular
Regular
Fit
Available in medium width and in sizes from US 5/ UK 3.5/ EU 36 up to US 11/ UK 9.5/ EU 44
Regular
Standard/slightly wide
Regular/wide
Standard/slightly wide
Roomy and good for wider feet with natural movement. Available in sizes from US 5.5/UK 3.5/EU 36 to US 12/UK 10/EU 44.5
Available in sizes from US 5/ UK 3.5 /EU 36 up to US 12/ UK 10.5/ EU 45.3
Iconic Keen fit' - Wider fit with extra space at forefoot. Available in sizes from US 5/ UK 3.5/ EU 36 up to US 12/ UK 9/ EU 43
Fits true. Typically suitable for normal to narrow feet. Available in sizes from US 5/ UK 3/EU 36 up to US 11/ UK 9/ EU 42
Similar to the Moab 3 - but a little more narrow but still suitable for most hikers. Available in sizes from US 5/UK 2.5/EU 35 to US 11.5/UK 9/EU 43
Normal and wide verisons available
Standard/slightly narrow
Normal and wide versions available
Materials
Suede and synthetic
Synthetic
Synthetic
Synthetic with 50% recycled upper
Synthetic
Fully synthetic
Fully synthetic with Gore-Tex membrane. Adidas claims upper contains a minimum of 50% recycled material
Fully synthetic with waterproof 'KEEN.DRY' membrane
Fully synthetic with Gore-Tex membrane
Fully synthetic. Merrell claim these sheos are vegan.
Synthetic and leather
Synthetic
Synthetic
Appearance
Modern design with classic elements and materials. Available in a wide range of colour ways.
Modern cross between hiking shoe and trail runner
Trail running shoe
Modern hiking shoe
Trail running shoe
A really nice looking shoe that could work well for multiple purposes such as hiking and trail running - with a variety of striking color designs
Striking angluar design available in a wide rang eof colour ways
Distinctive good looks available in multiple colour ways
Available in multiple colour ways with striking styling, typical of La Sportiva.
Does something inbetween a hiking shoe and trail runner and comes in a variety of striking colourways
Modern hiking shoe
Modern hiking shoe
Modern hiking shoe
Durability
Very high
Considering the price point, seems durable
Average
Rip resistant synethetic finish with durable Continental sole
Longer term durability concerns
Medium to high
Medium to high
Medium to high
Medium to high
Medium to high
Excellent
Good
Some durability concerns
Weight (pair)
680g/1lb 08oz
500g/1lb 3oz
460g/1lb
700g/1lb 7oz
544g/1lb 2oz
635g/1lb 4.5oz
758g/1lb 11oz
644g/1lb 6oz
740g/1lb 10oz
640g/1lb5oz
800g/1lb 12oz
640g/1lb 7oz
560g/1lb 4oz
Insoles
Removable three-layer cushioned insoles
Standard insole
Standard insole
Standard insole
Standard insole
Removable padded insole
Removable insoles
Removable padded insole
Removable padded insole
Removable padded insole
Paded, shaped 'O FIT' insole
Standard insole
Standard insole
Break-in Period
Minimal
Minimal break in
Minimal
Minimal break in
Minimal break in
Very minimal
Minimal
Minimal
Minimal
Very minimal
Short break in period
Short break in period
Very minimal
Lacing system
Standard laces
Ghillie lacing
Standard lacing system
Traditional laces
Traditional laces
Standard laces
Standard laces
Standard laces
Standard laces
Standard laces
Standard laces
Standard laces
Standard laces
Toe Protection
Rubeerized, semi-rigid toe cap with rubber rand around front section of shoe
Rubber toe rand
Rubber toe rand
Rubber toe rand
Minimal rubber toe rand
Hard but not solid
Rubberized, reinforced, but non-rigid toe and front section
Hard, but not solid, rubber toe cap.
Non-rigid PU 'TechLite' toe cap
Hardened rubber toe cap
Reinforced toe
Rubber toe rand and small toe cap
Reinforced toe

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The 15 Best Hiking Shoes for Men

Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX Hiking

Best Overall Men’s

Salomon X Ultra 4 Gore-TEX Hiking Shoes for Men, Magnet/Black/Monument, 10

Great news: This shoe is also available in a women’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • A really robust hiking shoe that is extremely well made
  • Extremely grippy outsole is perfect for alpine adventures and tough ascents/descents

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Fast lacing system isn’t to everyone’s taste
  • They don’t offer much flexibility at all

See the Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX Hiking in more detail: 

Throughout our tests, we were impressed time and time again by the Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX Hiking shoes. Their performance was well rounded and that’s why we’ve awarded them our top pick.

Salomon are well known for producing high end running and outdoor gear, so we had high expectations and they didn’t disappoint. Where they came into their own was in terms of durability and how they handled wet, rugged, and less than ideal alpine conditions. Similarly, they were the perfect comfortable shoe on more well-groomed trails.

They make use of a Contragrip MA outsole, and their Gore-Tex membrane gives them a bullet proof attack against even the heaviest of downpours or stream crossings. They’re rigid, but they are also incredibly comfortable, which we feel offers the best of both worlds.

Salomon offer these hiking shoes in a standard and wider fit which is great for a range of hikers. Another area we loved was how the quick lacing system makes adjusting on the trail much easier. We found ourselves reaching for these hiking shoes time and time again – we feel they are one of the best out there right now. Read our in-depth review of the Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX Hiking.

Salomon X Ultra 4 hiking shoe

Columbia Facet 75 Outdry

Best Budget

Columbia Men's Facet 75 Outdry, Black/Fiery Red, 7

Great news: This shoe is also available in a women’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Great budget friendly option, especially if you’re a new hiker
  • Great breathability and water resistance

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Heavier than some in our reviews
  • They can look a little ‘dull’ in comparison to other hiking shoes out there

See the Columbia Facet 75 Outdry in more detail: 

These hiking shoes have great appeal, and you’re getting a great shoe for the money. They certainly don’t feel like an entry level shoe, and if you look after them, they should last you for a good while. Plus, you’re buying from a brand who are well respected in the outdoors scene you know you can trust.

The Facet 75’s make use of Columbia’s own rubber sole which has a medium to deep thread pattern, which gives a really good grip on the majority of surfaces you’ll come across whilst outdoors. They’re also very breathable too, which makes them a great choice for hotter conditions, and whilst they’re not as ventilated as some others in our reviews, for the price point, they do a great job.

Columbia offers this shoe in a wider range of sizes, from US 7/UK 6/EU 40 all the way up to US15/UK 14/EU 48 for the men’s and US 5/UK 3/EU 36 upwards for women’s. If you have a slightly wider foot, you may find these a perfect fit. Either way, if these are within your budget, you won’t be disappointed. Read our in-depth review of the Columbia Facet 75 Outdry.

Columbia Fact 75 Outdry hiking shoe

Adidas Terrex Free Hiker 2

Most Versatile

adidas Terrex Free Hiker Gore-TEX 2.0 Hiking Shoes Men's, Purple, Size 7

Great news: This shoe is also available in a women’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • The design makes the best of stylish looks and comfort
  • Recycled materials are used extensively in this shoe

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • They are more of an investment compared to some other models in our reviews
  • They can look ‘worn in’ relatively quickly, especially on the sole

See the Adidas Terrex Free Hiker 2 in more detail: 

Adidas are a tried and tested brand in the sports and fashion scene that we’re all familiar with – they’ve been around for a very long time and have a great reputation for dependable footwear to boot. The Terrex brand is a relatively new addition to their range, launching in 2011 when it’s first range of more climbing focused products came onto the market.

Since Terrex came to market, their range has expanded very quickly and now they have some of the most well-respected hiking shoes out there – they’ve really made a name for themselves in the outdoors world and some of their designs easily stand up against some of the most popular shoes.

The thing we love about the Terrex Free Hiker 2 is that it looks just as good worn whilst tackling a trail as it does later in the evening, wandering around town. They’re extremely versatile in this regard, but that isn’t where it stops. They’re also waterproof (Gore-Tex), which insulates them extremely well for 2-3 season (at a push) hiking and have great durability.

They offer these hiking shoes in a good range of sizes as well, from US 6/UK 5.5/EU 38.6 to US 15/UK 14.5/EU 50.6 which works perfectly if you have either a normal or slightly wide foot as they’re pretty roomy. These shoes are also comfortable pretty much straight out of the box, and within a couple of short training hikes you will be happy to take them out on a longer journey. They’re a great shoe that looks stylish and feels built to last – you won’t have any regrets if you decide to buy these! Read our in-depth review of the Adidas Terrex Free Hiker 2.

Adidas Terrex Free Hiker 2 hiking shoe

KEEN Targhee 3 Waterproof

Most Comfortable

KEEN Men's Targhee 3 Low Height Waterproof Hiking Shoes, Black Olive/Golden Brown, 10.5

Great news: This shoe is also available in a women’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • A well-known and loved favorite for its comfort
  • They’re a very durable hiking shoe and can be put through their paces

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • They can lose traction on wet or slick surfaces
  • Whilst they’re a dependable favorite, visually, they are not the most exciting walking shoe out there

An old faithful favorite and one that is well loved by the outdoors community, the KEEN Targhee 3 Waterproof hiking shoe has a very loyal following. In fact, some people would argue it is one of the best hiking shoes for men.

Personally, we love the KEEN Targhee 3 because it is a great, no nonsense hiking shoe – you know what you’re getting, and they’re durably made so they will last you a long time. Made of oiled, nubuck leather, they also have a waterproof membrane which will keep your feet dry even in bad weather. They weigh 861g/1lb 14oz, so they’re not the lightest in our reviews, but they’re certainly not the heaviest either.

Another thing we love about these walking shoes is that they are pretty much comfortable straight out of the box, and within a few short ‘testing’ walks, you’ll be good to get out on the trail with no worries. They wear with you over time and will become a very reliable and dependable addition to your gear. Read our in-depth review of the KEEN Targhee 3 Waterproof shoe.

Hoka Men’s Anacapa Breeze Low

Best for Summer

HOKA ONE ONE Arahi 6 Mens Shoes Size 10, Color: Black/White

Great news: This shoe is also available in a women’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Pretty lightweight
  • Quick break in period and comfortable right away

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Lacking in water resistance compared to some other models
  • Not to everyone’s taste looks wise

This is a great lightweight hiking shoe option from well-known brand Hoka. They weigh in at 706g/1lb 9oz per pair which puts them at the lighter end of the scale, and they are ideal for fast packers and ultralight backpackers.

Straight out of the box, these hiking shoes are really comfortable and need a minimal break in period before you’ll feel ready to get out on the trail. Their hardened, rubber toe cap is a great addition for that extra bit of support against any bumps and knocks on the trail too.

You will likely know the distinctive sole that Hoka are well known for – well, these shoes are no different. The larger Vibram outsole gives a really solid level of grip on the trail and the particularly aggressive grip pattern that these shoes make use of are brilliant for wetter conditions and light alpine treks. If you are hiking or trail running in warmer conditions quite frequently, then Anacapa Breeze Low will be a solid addition to your kit. Read our in-depth review of the Hoka Men’s Anacapa Breeze Low.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Hiking Shoe

Best for Technical Trails

La Sportiva Mens Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Wide Hiking Boots, Black/Clay, 10.5 Wide

Great news: This shoe is also available in a women’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Has a fairly robust feel that helps with arch and ankle support
  • Feels light on the foot

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Higher price point, so more of an investment
  • Their looks might not be for everyone

If you like the idea of a high-top style hiking shoe, then the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX may just be your perfect match. They’re extremely durable and pretty lightweight – coming in at 940g/2lb 10oz, which is on the lighter side of our reviews. The waterproofing offered is best for rockier and alpine environments than a deep bog, but then we likely wouldn’t take a pair of hikers like that into that kind of environment anyway!

Even though these hiking shoes use Gore-Tex, they do maintain a really good level of breathability, which is helped massively by the synthetic materials used. They’re a good all-rounder and keep you feeling comfortable all day. In fact, they’re pretty much comfortable straight out of the box.

They have a good level of grip which feels sticky on slippery surfaces and slick rock. The deep thread pattern helps here and adds to your sense of confident foot placement. They’re one of the most cutting-edge pairs of hikers out there right now in terms of technology and materials and we think you’ll be impressed if you decide to buy them. Read our in-depth review of the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Hiking shoes.

Nike Pegasus Trail 3

Best Appearance

Nike Pegasus Trail 3 Mens Running Trainers DA8697 Sneakers Shoes (UK 6 US 6.5 EU 39, Black Green Strike asken Slate 004)

Great news: This shoe is also available in a women’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight option for more well-maintained trails and fair-weather hiking
  • Comfortable and well cushioned

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Not suitable for cold and wet weather
  • Might not be as durable in the longer term

See the Nike Pegasus Trail 3 in more detail: 

The Nike Pegasus Trail 3 are a pair of hiking shoes that we were surprised by, and in a good way. Of course, Nike has a very long and iconic history in sportswear, but they don’t have much of a presence when it comes to hiking gear. These hikers really stood out to us as they’re lightweight but not flimsy feeling and give a solid level of comfort. If you’re looking for a shoe that will be good in cold weather, then these may not be for you, but they’re really breathable which makes them an asset in warmer conditions.

The Pegasus Trail 3 has a grippy sole which is surprisingly versatile on steep ascents and slippery surfaces all the way through to trail running. What’s more, they’re offered in a good range of sizes, which is good to see. If you’re in the market for a lightweight shoe that’s stylish and gets a nice balance between comfort and speed, we think these are a great option for more well maintained and trodden trails. Read our in-depth review of the Nike Pegasus Trail 3.

Nike Pegasus 3 hiking shoe

Danner Panorama Mid

Danner 634359.5D Panorama Mid 6' Black Olive 9.5D

Great news: This shoe is also available in a women’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Great level of softness and comfort
  • Low profile design that feels timeless

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Break in period is slightly longer than some other hiking shoes in our reviews
  • Ankle support is lower profile, so not as sturdy as some others

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From the first moment our testers put the Danner Panorama Mid’s on, we loved them and became one of our favorite hiking shoes out of all of our picks.

Not only are they comfortable, they’re also very versatile and can be worn in a variety of situations. They’ll suit you just as well for general hiking and walking as they will for more demanding terrain and even make a great approach shoe.

If you like the Danner Mountain Light 2, you’ll like these. They’re fairly light coming in at 1048g/2lb 5oz a pair, and when you consider how durable and well-made they are, this is barely noticeable once hiking.

The Danner Panorama Mid use an in house produced sole which is rubberized and works great on slippery surfaces or rocks, allowing you to get a sense of where you are placing your feet.

We like the slightly hybrid feel between a boot and a shoe, which does give a level of ankle support whilst also not being too restrictive. Overall, you cannot go wrong with a pair of these! Read our in-depth review of the Danner Panorama Mid.

Danner Panorama Mid hiking shoe

Black Diamond Men’s Mission Low Approach Shoes

BLACK DIAMOND Equipment Men's Mission Leather Low Wp Approach Shoes - Amber-Cafe Brown - 8

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Perfect style for the trail and town afterwards
  • Lightweight, ‘airy’ feel when wearing

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • They are on the pricier side than some shoes in our reviews
  • They have a rubber sole which could wear down over time quicker for some people depending on your foot positioning

If you’re looking for one of the best hiking shoes out there that works as an all-rounder, you may have found it with the Black Diamond Men’s Mission Low Approach Shoes – they’re hard wearing, waterproof and versatile.

Black Diamond are well known in the climbing scene, and this gives these shoes a great advantage – their grip is well formed for crag as well as more technical terrain. If you’re looking for a walking shoe that is also lightweight (666g/1lb 70z per pair), they feel ‘airy’ on the foot, and to us, they bridge the gap (even though not specifically intended) between a fastpacking shoe and an approach shoe. In fact, these make an exceptional backpacking shoe.

The soft cushioning on the inner sole works a treat when it comes to shock absorption which helps with confidence of foot placement on the trail. The only downside is, they are very much more suited if you have a normal or slightly narrower foot – and one of our reviewers with a wider foot remarked on this. However, they are offered in a good size range from US 6/UK 5/EU 38 to US 14/UK 13/EU 48.5. Read our in-depth review of the Black Diamond Men’s Mission Low Approach Shoe.

Lowa Renegade GTX LO

Lowa Mens Renegade GTX Lo Nubuck Leather Black Graphite Shoes 10.5 US

Great news: This shoe is also available in a women’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Chunky thread (Evo-Trac) and durable Vibram sole means for great traction even on slippery surfaces
  • Comfortable quickly with a shorter break in period than many

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Limited colors
  • Longer term durability isn’t the greatest

There have been a number of comments when you look at the Lowa Renegade GTX Lo shoes online about their potential durability over time. That said, we haven’t found this, but it is obviously important to keep in mind that a pair of shoes isn’t going to last you forever and it really depends how you use them and the kind of life they see.

That aside, we think you’ll love these hiking shoes – there’s a good chance you’ve heard of them before and they’re a good compliment to Lowa’s existing Renegade Mid boots. In fact, if you’re looking for a great waterproof hiking shoe, these might be some of the best out there.

The fact that these walking shoes come with just about as short a break in period as you could hope for give them a massive advantage, but of course, they can look a little tired due to the lack of exciting designs where other brands bridge the gap. That said, if you’re looking for something very dependable, then you should seriously consider them. Read our in-depth review of the Lowa Renegade GTX Lo.

Merrell Moab 3

Merrell Moab 3 Waterproof Granite 10.5 W

Great news: This shoe is also available in a women’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Very comfortable with a short break in period
  • On the more budget end so great for beginners and enthusiasts alike

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Their classic design does mean they are not as lightweight as some other shoes in our reviews
  • This also means that they do look a bit dated in comparison to some other models out there

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These trail shoes are a great addition to anybody’s kit – they’re dependable, well made, durable and to boot, waterproof too. The Merrell Moab line has an almost cult like following and these are some of the most popular hiking shoes out there. Be sure to check out our reviews of the mid in our best hiking boots guide. 

We found the Merrell Moab 3 comfortable straight away and only needed a couple of short walks before we were ready to tackle more full-on trails in them. The shoes breathable membrane was great too – and they keep your feet feeling nice and cool on hot summer days and protected when it rains, the perfect combination.

What is also fantastic about these walking shoes is that they are available in a flexible range of sizes from US 7/UK 6.5/EU 40 to US 16/UK 15, EU 51 and can even be bought as a standard or wider fit, which makes them the perfect option for any hiker. Read our in-depth review of the Merrell Moab 3.

Merrell Moab 3 hiking shoe

Regatta Vendeavour Pro

Regatta Men's Walking Hiking Shoe, Black Granite, 8

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • We love the bargain price for what you get – they stand up well to some of the more expensive designs
  • Strong, durable and built to last

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Heavier than some other hiking shoes in our reviews
  • The color range offered by Regatta for this model is limited

See the Regatta Vendeavour Pro in more detail: 

If you’re looking for a more budget friendly pair of waterproof hiking shoes then this offering from Regatta will set you up well for your adventures. In fact, they are actually one of the most affordable in our guide. Where they really come into their own is that they punch well above their weight, and they feel anything but entry level on the trail. What we feel helps here is that they make use of their own ‘Isotex’ waterproof membrane which likely keeps the price down.

Not only are they fantastic for a variety of different terrains and conditions, they also feel extremely durable and comfortable to wear. They have just the right amount of flexibility to feel comfortable right away with a robust and durable finish that protects you from all you might encounter whilst outdoors.

Worn in the warmer months, the mesh sides on the Regatta Vedeavour Pro’s help with breathability and do a great job in wetter conditions too. The mid height gives flexible ankle support which lets you be both flexible and well protected. If you put some love, care, and attention into these boots, you could find yourself reaching for them for a long time. Read our in-depth review of the Regatta Vendevour Pro.

Regatta Vendeavour Mens Hiking Shoes

La Sportiva TX Hike GTX

La Sportiva TX Hike GTX - Men's Charcoal/Moss 41

Great news: A similar shoe is also available in a women’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight feel
  • Elegant looks

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Sizing guidance isn’t the best
  • Not the best for wider feet – and you may need to order a bigger size if you do

The La Sportiva TX Hike GTX shoes offer a really nice balance between lightweight design, a durable finish and water resistance which made them stand out to us. The use of cutting-edge design technologies in these hiking shoes are what allow them to get such a strong balance between looking stylish and being ultimately functional.

They’re very comfortable from the start and we think they’re a really solid investment in your outdoor gear. Overall, we think that the La Sportiva TX Hike GTX is a reliable option and one you’ll be reaching for time and time again. Read our in-depth review of the La Sportiva TX Hike GTX.

The North Face Vectiv Fastpack Futurelight

THE NORTH FACE Men's VECTIV Fastpack FUTURELIGHT Hiking Shoe, Meld Grey/Summit Navy, 7

Great news: This shoe is also available in a women’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Comfortable with relatively minimal break-in period
  • Lightweight and affordable

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Limited range of color options
  • Longer term durability concerns

The North Face Vectiv Fastpack Futurelight shoes are impressively lightweight, they’re also comfortable and water resistant, which makes them suitable for pretty much all hiking scenarios and trail running. We loved the fact that they made use of mesh in the upper as this helps the breathability of the shoes, something the Futurelight membrane does take away. The North Face have also added their distinctive Vectiv rocker soles which are extremely comfortable, particularly so if you find yourself needing a bit more in terms of arch support.

They are only available as a standard, single width and they are true to size but if you have wider feet, you may find them a bit of a pinch. They’re also not available in many color variants, so this can feel a little bit limited.

However, they are extremely grippy and the deep lugs combined with the soft rubber sole works wonders in a whole variety of terrain. At 656g per pair, if you are looking for something to help you go further with fastpacking or fast and light scenarios, these should be top of your list, especially as they are comfortable to wear extended time periods. They’re also extremely affordable and all in all, they’re a well-rounded, great option. Read our in-depth review of The North Face Vectiv Fastpack Futurelight.

Vasque Men's Juxt Hiking Shoe

Vasque Men's Juxt Multisport Shoe,Aluminum/Chili Pepper,7 M US

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Durable for fair weather hiking
  • Very comfortable

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Not waterproof
  • Limited color range

The Vasque Juxt Men’s hiking shoe stood out for us for a few reasons – the durability and comfort offered are great, and they’re a great contender for warmer and drier environments. Their comfort was one of the most impressive areas – they just feel so good straight out of the box. However, they offer no waterproofing and are therefore really only suited to warmer and drier locations and conditions. That said, this impacts their breathability in a very positive way. They also have great traction and make use of a Vibram outsole.

They are made from suede leather, so are very durable and are actually surprisingly light considering this – coming in at 822g. These shoes really are a great option for more fair weather hikes. Read our in-depth review of the Vasque Men’s Juxt Hiking Shoe.

The 13 Best Hiking Shoes for Women

Danner Trail 2650

Best Overall Women’s

Danner 612836M Women's Trail 2650 3' Gray/Blue/Spectra Yellow 6M

Great news: This shoe is also available in a men’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Great durability and longevity
  • Very comfortable hiking shoes, even straight out the box

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • On the pricier side, so an investment
  • Can feel colder when wet

See the Danner Trail 2650 in more detail: 

We love the Danner Trail 2650 shoes and in fact we believe they are some of the best hiking shoes for women out there (they’re also available in a men’s version too). They’re just so comfortable, they feel like an old faithful straight away. Plus, they look great for both the trail and town afterwards too – they could even be the only pair of hiking sneakers you need!

They’ve versatile – they’re perfect for general hiking, they do well with light mountaineering treks and stand up to water and are waterproofed very well. You’ll find their comfort comes mostly from the Vibram sole that has a medium to deep thread. This gives a great, chunky grip and really solid traction across all surfaces. We found on slippery surfaces you’ll feel confident and glide past.

If you have a wider foot, the Danner Trail 2650’s will suit you well as the have a wider toe post than some. Their materials are mostly leather suede and synthetic mesh and rubber, which helps with their longer-term comfort. We’ve hiked long distances with these shoes, and they are dependable and reliable. You’ll love these – they’re one of the best low cut hiking shoes out there. Read our in-depth review of the Danner Trail 2650.

Danner 2650 best hiking shoe

Columbia Women's Trailstorm

Best Budget

Columbia Women's Trailstorm Waterproof Hiking Boot

Great news: This shoe is also available in a men’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • They offer a lot of impressive features for their price point
  • Very grippy with excellent traction

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Can feel sweaty in warmer conditions
  • Runs small – you may need to size up

See the Columbia Women’s Trailstorm in more detail: 

The Columbia Women’s Trailstorm hiking shoe is a great option for the price point, when you consider what you actually get in terms of grip and durability. If you’re looking for something that will work well in colder and wetter conditions, then this is a great shoe for you. Maybe not so much for hotter locations though! This is certainly geared more towards handling rain and even snow well.

What we loved was the innovative lug design which gave a really great level of traction on a whole range of terrain, from alpine to boggy, marshy ground. They’re just a comfortable shoe right out of the box and the ghillie lacing system gives you something really adjustable.

As they’re constructed of durable synthetic materials, they should last the test of time, and whilst they aren’t really the most exciting to look at, considering the price point, they’re well worth it. They give you the kind of performance you’d expect from much more expensive models. Read our in-depth review of the Columbia Women’s Trailstorm.

Columbia Women's Trailstorm hiking shoe

Hoka Speedgoat 5

Best Lightweight

HOKA ONE ONE Womens Speedgoat 5 Textile Synthetic Scuba Blue Black Trainers 8 US

Great news: This shoe is also available in a men’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Good level of traction
  • Cushioned, platform sole gives a great bounce

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • The cushioned sole is divisive
  • You can feel everything underfoot

The Hoka Speedgoat 5 is kind of divider. Some love it, others hate it. Some love the bouncy feel the iconic sole gives, whilst others say it’s just too bulky. Having tested, we have to say we are on the side of loving them, especially if you use them in the right conditions.

They sit as a trail runner, and they offer a really strong level of traction and make use of Vibram Megagrip for their outsole. The outsole is one of the most distinctive parts of their design and it’s springy and cushioned which helps to absorb shock extremely well. We loved the level of breathability this shoe offers – and it’s a real winner for warmer conditions and fair-weather hikes.

It does lack a bit of protection between the midsole and outsole which allows you to ‘feel’ the ground underneath when hiking. Some hikers love this – but this was our main area to mark this shoe down. That said, it did very well on loose and slippery surfaces and the chunky design felt good to wear.

It may not be the best solution for more rugged alpine trails but its lightweight feel makes it pretty much perfect for well-maintained paths. Read our in-depth review of the Hoka Speedgoat 5.

Adidas Terrex Swift R3 Gore-Tex

Best for Winter

adidas Terrex Swift R3 Gore-TEX Hiking Shoes Women's, Grey, Size 9.5

Great news: This shoe is also available in a men’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Extremely durable
  • Very grippy, with great traction on the most slippery surfaces

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Can feel too large if you have narrower feet
  • If you’re used to trail runners, you may find this shoe quite stuff

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Terrex have come up time and time again over the last few years since they entered the hiking scene, and we really feel that the praise received is warranted. The Adidas Terrex Swift R3 Gore-Tex hiking shoes give a really strong level of durability and traction which sees them perform well in a lot of differing and challenging terrain.

Their Continental soles handle really well on slippery surfaces, rock and light alpine. We also found through our testing that the Gore-Tex waterproofing handled exceptionally well in harsh conditions, but they also work well as a fair-weather shoe too.

If you have narrower feet, you may not find these the right shoe for you, as they can feel a little wide. They also do have a slight break in period as they are a little stiff to begin, but once they’re worn in, they feel really comfortable and effortless to wear.

They make use of at least 50% recycled materials too, and they have made some good headway with their sustainability credentials too. Their appearance, look and feel are a little divisive but we think they sit up there well, punching above their weight. Read our in-depth review of the Adidas Terrex Swift R3 Gore-Tex.

Adidas Terrex Swift R3 GTX Hiking Shoe

Keen Zionic Speed

Best for Long Distances

KEEN Women's Zionic Low Height Waterproof All Terrain Hiking Shoes, Desert Sage/Ember Glow, 5

Great news: A similar shoe is also available in a men’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • A great fast and light shoe
  • Roomy toe box, and comfortable for wider feet

 Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Not waterproof
  • Durability concerns on the sole

The Keen Zionic Speed hiking shoe is a lightweight contender with a flexible design and good level of grip. It works perfectly for fair weather areas, fast and light hiking, and well-maintained trails.

It has a wide toe box which suits wider feet and feels really roomy and comfortable. It does lack in the waterproofing department though, which is a shame. Though this is made up for with its quick drying design and its use of recycled materials.

If you’re looking for a budget friendly shoe, this will be a good option, especially if you’re likely to head out on shorter trails. Likewise, if a lightweight feel and breathability are important, the Zionic Speed is a good choice. Read our in-depth review of the Keen Zionic Speed.

Altra Lone Peak 7

Best for Trail Running

ALTRA Women's AL0A7R7G Lone Peak 7 Trail Running Shoe, Light Gray - 5.5 M US

Great news: This shoe is also available in a men’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • With space in the toe box, these are a great option for wider feet
  • Can use a gaiter for added protection from the elements

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Seem a little flimsier than some others in our reviews
  • On the pricier side

The Altra Lone Peak 7 is one of the best hiking shoes for women out there right now if you have wider feet. Even if you don’t, the comfort offered in these shoes will be a welcome addition for anyone! If you’re already familiar with the Altra Lone Peak Hiker Hiking Boots, you’ll like this offering.

It seems that Altra have gone to some lengths to work on some of the previous concerns that their fan base had about traction, especially when it comes to slippery surfaces. In our tests, we found the Altra Lone Peak 7 hiking shoes gripped well when it came to slippery surfaces and in fact a whole range of different environments. This is helped by the use of Altra’s ‘Trail Claw’ lug and their ‘MaxTrac’ outsole.  

This is also a great option if you’re looking for a hiking shoe that can work as a trail running shoe too, it’s almost a hybrid, kind of fastpacking but not quite, so it’s great for many purposes. They also weigh in at a very light 635g/1lb 4.5oz. We think you’ll be very happy with the Altra Lone Peak 7 if you buy them! Read our in-depth review of the Altra Lone Peak 7.   

Adidas Terrex AX4 Gore-Tex Hiking Shoes

adidas Women's Terrex AX4 Primegreen Hiking Shoe, Magic Grey/Dash Grey/Acid Red - 5

Great news: This shoe is also available in a men’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Great balance between looks and functionality
  • Makes use of recycled materials

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • The striking looks can be off-putting for some buyers
  • They are intended for slightly narrower feet

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Alongside the Men’s Free Hiker 2, which we’ve reviewed above, the AX4 shoes from Terrex sit within the same range. These shoes are a great addition to their range and are some of the best hiking shoes out there right now if you’re looking to balance style, functionality, and comfort on the trail within a waterproof package.

They’re a really versatile shoe, and what we love is that they’re as good on the trail as they are for everyday use, which means you can potentially cut down on the number of shoes you need and buy less. They make use of a Continental branded sole which only adds in a good way to the AX4’s traction and grip on the slipperiest of rocks and terrains.

Even though these waterproof hiking shoes don’t look the most breathable, the ripstop upper helps massively with breathability. We tested these shoes out in the height of summer hikes and they kept our feet well aired with no real sweating or discomfort.

If you have wide feet, you may not get on so well with these walking shoes from Adidas Terrex, so keep that in mind, as our reviewer with wider feet did find that they pinched, whereas our other reviewers with ‘normal’ width or narrow feet found them extremely comfortable to wear. They generally take a little breaking in, but once they are, they’re good to go straight away. Read our in-depth review of the Adidas Terrex AX4 Gore-Tex Hiking Shoes.

Adidas Terrex AX4 hiking shoes

Keen NXIS EVO Waterproof

KEEN Women's NXIS Evo Low Height Waterproof Fast Packing Hiking Shoes, Sea Moss/Ipanema, 11

Great news: This shoe is also available in a men’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Sturdy yet lightweight
  • Environmentally focused shoe (and brand)

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Wider fit, so not a great option for buyers with narrow feet
  • On the pricier side, more of an investment

See the Keen NXIS EVO Waterproof in more detail: 

If you want a hiking shoe with the feel of a trainer, then you will like the Keen NXIS EVO Waterproof – they’re some of the best low hiking shoes out there right now. We found these shoes comfortable pretty much straight away and needed extremely minimal breaking in, which was perfect to get out on the trail straight away with confidence.

KEEN are a well-respected brand when it comes to hiking and outdoors footwear and they do a really fantastic job with this model/line of getting a good balance between the look and feel of the shoe as well as comfort and durability. This is due in part to the ‘KEEN.ALL-TERRAIN’ soles which handle really well on rocks, slippery surfaces and similar. We felt very sure footed when testing these hiking shoes. What we loved is that the sole is soft enough to know where you are, but rigid enough to give you support when needed.

The ankle support is also a nice addition to these shoes – they make use of Keen’s ‘KonnectFit’ technology. This is a series of panels that use tension around the ankle and heel which keeps the foot from wiggling around whilst wearing and improves the fit too.

They’re also very lightweight, coming in at 644g/1lb 6oz and this is due in part to their fully synthetic build. Once you try the NXIS EVO’s, you will be happy you bought them! Read our in-depth review of the Keen NXIS EVO Waterproof.

Keen Nxis Evo Hiking Shoe

La Sportiva Spire GTX

La Sportiva Womens Spire GTX Low Hiking Shoes, Clay/Celery, 8.5

Great news: This shoe is also available in a men’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight design feels airy
  • Extremely breathable hiking shoe

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Isn’t the most rigid of shoes out there
  • An investment as it is on the pricier side

The La Sportiva Spire GTX gets a good balance between a trail running shoe and a hiking shoe which sits them well across multiple categories. They make use of outdoor giant La Sportiva’s cutting edge technologies for their design, and you can tell in how they feel when worn on the trail. This is particularly so with their breathability which makes use of La Sportiva’s ‘Nano Cells 2.0’ upper mesh and mid sole.

Depending on how you hike and what your goals are, you may find these are one of the only pairs of hiking shoes you’ll need, and they would work particularly well as a fastpacking shoe (they weigh in at 740g/1lb 10oz). They’re also good to go pretty quickly, and we found them really comfortable straight out of the box with only minimal breaking in before we felt confident wearing them on the trail. Making use of Gore-Tex, they’re also waterproof, and we’d say they’re 2-3 seasons without a doubt. Read our in-depth review of the La Sportiva Spire GTX.

Merrell Moab Speed

Merrell Moab Speed Hiking Shoes for Women – Textile Construction – PU Foam Insole – FloatPro Foam™ Midsole Black 6.5 M

Great news: This shoe is also available in a men’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight feel and really fast hiking shoe
  • Comfortable straight out of the box

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Debris can easily collect in these shoes
  • Doesn’t offer the greatest support

This is a great hybrid shoe from Merrell, which, if you’re already a fan of the Moab range, you’re sure to love. We love the design and look of the Speed and it’s also very durable and feels long lasting to boot. They feel well protected whilst out on the trail as the toe cap protected from any hazards or bumps on the trail.

What’s more, they weigh in at 640g/1lb 5oz per pair so they’re a fantastic option if you’re looking to fastpack and if you’re looking for something that is comfortable right away, then these will tick that box for you. We found they were good to go with confidence after a short break in and withstood long distances straight away. They also make use of 100% recycled linings and an Eco Dura Vibram sole which uses 30% recycled rubber – a great bonus! Read our in-depth review of the Merrell Moab Speed.

Oboz Sawtooth X Low Waterproof

Oboz Sawtooth X Low B-Dry Hiking Shoe - Women's Slate - 5 Medium

Great news: This shoe is also available in a men’s fit.

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Durable and well made
  • Good water resistance

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Heavier than some other shoes in our round-up
  • Longer break in period

The Oboz Sawtooth X Low Waterproof hiking shoes stood out to us for a few reasons. We loved the fact that they feel really durable, and their waterproofing is a great addition – so they work as a good all-rounder.

They are a little on the heavy side, but we feel that their robust build will see them lasting the test of time. They are a little rigid, but once you’ve broken them in, they feel really comfortable and offer a really good level of arch support too.

They use a combination of nubuck leather and synthetic materials, and we did find that the breathability was a bit less impressive than some other models in our line up, but they handle really well in colder temperatures. We think they’re a reliable shoe that you’ll be glad you invested in. Read our in-depth review of the Oboz Sawtooth X Low Waterproof.

On Cloudwander Women’s Hiking Shoe

ON Womens Cloudwander Waterproof Textile Synthetic Black Eclipse Trainers 8.5 US

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight and waterproof
  • Stiffer build feels more in line with a boot

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • If you’re used to lighter shoes, you may find them stiff
  • Pricey

The On Cloudwander Women’s hiking shoe is pretty durable and it gets a really nice balance between weight and waterproofing. It handles really well in a wide range of terrains from the desert all the way through to alpine. We loved the level of traction offered and found the tread absolutely perfect.

They also have a minimal break in period, and they feel comfortable within a couple of test wears. They’re a great option if you want a hiking shoe that’s durable and offers a good performance in different conditions. Read our in-depth review of the On Cloudwander Women’s Hiking Shoe.

Merrell Siren Edge 3

Merrell womens Siren Edge 3 Hiking Shoe, Rock/Bluestone, 5 US

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Good price point

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Not waterproof
  • Durability isn’t as good as some other models

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If you’re on a budget, these should be up there as a top consideration for you. The Merrell Siren Edge 3 is well regarded and handles well as a lightweight hiker/trail runner hybrid.

One thing to keep in mind is that it isn’t waterproof, so you will be more limited to fair weather hikes or limited conditions, but if that works for you, then this shoe is pretty much perfect. Vibram is used for the outsole, and this gives a really good level of traction on drier surfaces. We love this shoe, and we think given the right circumstances, you will too! Read our in-depth review of the Merrell Siren Edge 3. 

Merrell Siren 3 Hiking Shoe

Hiking Shoes Buying Guide

Choosing the right hiking shoes for you will be a really personal preference. The main deciding factors first off should be if you need a specific width. If you do, it’s worth checking out if the brand offers a specific width measurement – wide fit or narrow fit for example. In our reviews we always try to make the fit obvious to help you make this easier.

The other main factor will be how you intend to use your hiking shoes – you might be thinking, well hiking, duh! What we mean is a little more specific – if you see yourself taking on lots of rocky conditions, you’ll want to look for a hiking shoe with a more rigid sole and better grip than if you know you’ll be hiking on dirt most of the time, where a softer sole or fastpacking shoe might be more your thing.

Either way, there is a lot to consider when making the right decision for your needs, and below we’ve broken down the main areas to consider when making your new walking shoe purchase. For a more detailed look, you may also want to check out our full buying advice and how we tested hiking shoes articles.  

Type and Style

There are a couple of main types of hiking shoes out there – or shoes that fall under the category of being able to be used for hiking.

Hiking Shoes

Your most obvious contender. Most shoes intended for hiking alone and not falling into a sub category are more robust and have a stiffer build than a shoe intended for trail running or fast packing. They generally sit just below the ankle, but that isn’t always the case, especially with sock designs becoming more popular. They are generally designed to have you carry a light to medium load without feeling overwhelmed by a more traditional or heavier boot style. Their soles are not really intended for wearing so much on pavement as they can wear through a little faster but in general, they’re great for varied terrain and can be worn in all 4 seasons provided you have the right conditions.

merrell moab 3 hiking shoes

Trail Running Shoes

A trail runner is a great shoe if you’re looking to move quickly along the trail, especially for ultralight weight backpackers or fast packers. You’re generally looking at more lightweight options here, but they are not what you’d call the most robust when looking at hiking footwear and their lightness can often be a product of a cutting down of materials with more minimal toe and heel protection. They can make a great option if your trail is well trodden, you live in hotter or desert conditions or want to combine running with hiking.

trail running shoes for hiking