20 Best Waterproof Hiking Shoes in 2024

The market is full of seemingly endless options when it comes to hiking footwear, especially so in recent years. Each brand is doing its best to shave weight, improve agility and use the most advanced materials possible to present something new. When you add waterproofing to that, you’re entering a whole different area within the market, and it can be difficult to choose out of the endless options available. This guide aims to give you the low down on the best waterproof hiking shoes out there right now. 

Where waterproof shoes were once seen as a heavier option, now, the options available are a lot more lightweight and the difference in weight between non waterproof and waterproof shoes is marginal. Making them a much more attractive, and practical proposition. We’ve tried and tested in a wide variety of terrains to bring you our top picks.

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

Product
Buying Options
Pros
Cons
Weight (pair)
Danner Panorama Mid
Rugged build. Clean, minimal sytling
Took a little while to break in. We wish there was a little more ankle support
1048g/2lb 5oz
Adidas Terrex Free Hiker 2 GTX
Striking Design. Makes use of recycled material
Pricey. Sole material can look tatty with time
910g/2lb
Regatta Vendeavour Pro
Bargain price. Well made
Limited Color choices. Not the Lightest
1080g/2lb 6oz
Salomon Cross Hike 2 Mid Gore-Tex
Very lightweight. Very Comfortable
Ankle support could be better. Pricey
826g/1lb 13oz
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Hiking Boots
Relatively lightweight. Good support
Styling may not be to eveyone's taste. Pricey
940g/2lb 1oz
Muck Boot Apex Lace Up
Very solid build. Totally waterproof
Very heavy. Takes some time to break in
1800g/3lb 15oz
Merrell Moab 3 Waterproof Hiking Shoe
Reputaiton for comfort. Resaonably priced
No the lightest design and color choices may seem dated to some
900g/2lb
Black Diamond Mens Mission Leather Low Waterproof Approach Shoes
Very low weight. They look great!
Pricey. Soft rubber sole may wear quickly
666g/1lb 7oz
Lowa Renegade GTX LO
short break in, comofrtable, tread grip is substantial
Limited range of colors. Long term durability concerns
950g/2lb 1.5oz
KEEN Targhee 3 Waterproof
Comfortable. Very durable
Dated design. Pricey
950g/2lb 1.5oz
Danner Womens Trail 2650
Durable build. Extremely comfortable
Not the cheapest. We found they didn’t keep our feet warm in wet conditions
680g/1lb 08oz
The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack
Excellent Comfort. Wide variety of options within the range
Some options not as durable as others. Can be expensive
663g/1lb 7oz
Adidas Terrex AX4 Gore-Tex Hiking Shoes
Striking design. Makes use of recycled material
Looks may be too much for some. Slightly narrow fit may be unsuitalbe for wider feet.
758g/1lb 11oz
On Cloudrock 2 Waterproof
Stylish Deisgn. Very supportive
Pricey. Fit may be a little narrow for some
990g/2lb 3oz
Salomon Quest 4 Gore-Tex
Sturdy build. Good foot and ankle support
Took a while to break in. Some may not like the rigid construction
1070g/2lb 6oz
Scarpa Ribelle Lite HD
Extremely rigid offering great support and protection. Comfortable and very light weight considering their spec.
Pricey. Not the best choice for generla hiking and walking
1310g/2lb 14oz
La Sportiva Spire GTX
Light Weight. Ultra breathable
Pricey. Some may prefer a more rigid shoe
740g/1lb 10oz
Keen NXIS EVO Low Height Waterproof Hiking Shoe
Light weight. Good environmental credentials
May not be best fit for narrower feet. A bit pricey
644g/1lb 6oz
Altra Lone Peak 7
Roomy toe box. Excellent traction.
Less durable. Pricey
635g/1lb 4.5oz
Merrell Moab Speed
Lightweight. Iconic Moab fit and comfort
Not most supportive. More expensive than the regular Moab
640g/1lb5oz

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The 8 Best Hiking Shoes for Men

Danner Panorama Mid

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Danner 634359.5D Panorama Mid 6' Black Olive 9.5D

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Very rugged yet soft and flexible to wear
  • Minimal style with classic feel

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Could do with a little more ankle support
  • Takes a few wears to break in

See the Danner Panorama Mid’s in motion:

We were incredibly impressed by the Danner Panorama Mid’s and – so much so, they came out as our top pick for best waterproof hiking boots. Here’s why – they were exceptionally comfortable for one. What we also loved was their versatility, whilst they are certainly not a rigid B rated boot, these Danner Panorama Mid’s are really well suited for demanding alpine trails, hill hiking and general walking and hiking.

For many hikers, these could be the only water resistant walking shoes you need and if you’re also familiar with the Danner Mountain Light 2 boots, you’ll like these. Weighing in at 1048g/2lb 5oz per pair, they are not the lightest waterproof hiking shoes in our reviews, but considering their robust build, they make up for it with a footwear option you’ll be able to trust.

These Danner boots have their own in-house produced sole made of rubber which performed extremely well on slippery surfaces and wet rocks as well as allowing you to feel where you are. Whilst these boots don’t outrightly look from first glance like they are the most breathable, they have a Gore-Tex membrane that helps with breathability and unless you go hiking in extremely hot conditions, you’ll have no complaints about the Danner Panorama Mid’s.

They’re offered in two widths – standard and wide and are also available in sizes US 7/UK6.5/EU 40 to US15/UK14.5/EU50.6, and we were really happy to see an option available for those with larger feet. They use a mix of suede and synthetic materials keeping them durable. They could very well last you for a long time if looked after well! Read our full review of the Danner Panorama Mid Hiking Boots here.

danner panorama mid waterproof hiking boots

Adidas Terrex Free Hiker 2

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

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Striking design which feels very stylish
  • Love that they use recycled materials

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • The sole can look a bit worn over time
  • They are on the pricey side

See the Adidas Terrex Free Hiker 2’s in motion:

If you’re looking for a great pair of lightweight hiking shoes that work well all round, then you may well have found it with the Adidas Terrex Free Hiker 2’s. Adidas shoes have of course been on the market for longer than most of us will remember, but their Terrex range, aimed at technical outdoors pursuits has been making waves since 2011 when it launched its first climbing focused range.

Since then, it has expanded, and their products are surprisingly great. If you don’t want to make any compromises when it comes to style whilst out on the trail, the Terrex Free Hiker 2 will not disappoint, and will look just as good in the dirt as they will in town later the same day. However, there’s more to these comfortable hiking shoes than their looks alone and that’s why we gave them our recommended award as some of the best waterproof hiking shoes for men.

Firstly, they’re incredibly durable. Waterproof hiking shoes have come a long way and these present a great option. They are Gore-Tex so waterproof and breathable, and you’ll notice that if you look closely, they have a tight square rip-stop pattern which helps tremendously will durability.

They aren’t going to offer you a great amount of ankle support due to the snug fitting collar, but that level of adjustability can also be great on the trail. Once more, they’re also available in a large range of sizes that you don’t always see from outdoors brands – from US 6/UK 5.5/EU 38.6 to US 15/UK 14.5/EU 50.6 and suitable for normal to slightly wide feet.

These waterproof shoes are pretty much instantly comfortable, and it won’t be long before you’re taking them out on long hikes with no worries. Read our full review of the Adidas Terrex Free Hiker 2 here.

adidas terrex free hiker 2 side profile

You may also want to check out our guide to the Best Hiking Shoes too. 

Regatta Vendeavour Pro Waterproof Hiking Shoes

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

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • For the product, these come at a bargain price!
  • Incredibly well made and durable

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Limited in terms of color choice
  • On the heavier side of our reviews

See the Regatta Vendeavour Pro’s in motion:

Why have the Regatta Vendeavour Pro’s got our recommended award? For the price point they come in at, they are one of the most affordable shoes in our round up, but they certainly don’t feel entry level – anything but in fact.

Inexpensive hiking shoes that are actually well performing are hard to come by, but we’ve been incredibly impressed by the Regatta Vendeavour Pro’s performance out on the trail for their comfort, durability and waterproofing. It may not be the most stylish model, but we firmly believe they are some of the best men’s waterproof hiking shoes on the market right now.

Whilst they did have a bedding in period, this was minimal and after a few shorter walks, they were ready for longer, more demanding trails very quickly with no complaints. The Regatta Vendeavour Pro’s have large mesh sections on the sides which aids their breathability, but they get the balance between insulation and breathability right here.

Coming in a mid design, they also offer a good level of ankle support which will be more than adequate for a lot of hikers, even into tackling more tricky and difficult terrain. They make use of Regatta’s own ‘Isotex’ membrane; their own version of Gore-Tex, which likely allows them to keep the price of these waterproof shoes down.

They’re entirely synthetic, but don’t let this fool you – they’re extremely durable and we would confidently say that if you look after these boots, you’ll be hiking many miles happily in them! Read our full review of the Regatta Vendeavour Pro here.

regatta vendeavour pro waterproof hiking boots review

Salomon Cross Hike 2 Mid Gore-Tex

Salomon Cross Hike Mid GTX 2 Quiet Shade/Acid Lime/Golden Lime 10 D (M)

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Extremely Comfortable

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Lacking in ankle support
  • On the pricey side

See the Salomon Cross Hike 2 Mid Gore-Tex in motion:

The Salomon Cross Hike 2 Mid Gore-Tex are some of the best Gore-Tex hiking shoes on the market. If you’ve spent any amount of time in the outdoors, you’ll know that Salomon are well respected for their hiking shoes and boots, and these do not sit any differently, and they certainly don’t disappoint.

In fact, the Cross Hike 2 are one of the highest tech products in our round up. They make use of fully synthetic materials and top of the line technology to help with both weight and breathability, making an incredibly versatile, breathable, and waterproof hiking shoe. Coming in at 826g/1lb 13 oz a pair, this is impressive and will make a big difference to your speed and fatigue on the trail.

Their mid to deep thread on the rubber sole has an excellent grip on slippery rocks and more technical terrain also. What’s more, the Salomon Cross Hike 2’s were near trail ready straight out of the box – of course, we’d always recommend breaking them in through a series of shorter trails, but you’ll be ready to go in these in no time.

We were amazed at just how waterproof these mid’s were too – after extensive testing, they showed no signs of damage and we’re confident that these Gore-Tex hiking shoes will last you a very long time. Read our full review of the Salomon Cross Hike 2 Mid Gore-Tex waterproof shoes here.

salomon cross hike 2 mid goretex waterproof shoes review

Merrell Moab 3

Merrell Moab 3 Waterproof Granite 10.5 W

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Like all Moab shoes and Moab hiking boots, they’re extremely comfortable
  • Relatively cheap waterproof hiking shoes

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Not the lightest waterproof trekking shoes in our reviews
  • Design may be a little bit dated

If you’ve come across the Merrell Men’s Moab 2 mid waterproof hiking boot before, then you’ll love these Merrell trail shoes. In. fact, these Merrell Moab waterproof hiking shoes have an almost cult following and are some of the most popular hiking shoes on the market – and that isn’t without reason.

The Moab name covers a range of different footwear from Merrell, including mid high boots, trail runners, sandals and more but all come from the same core design principle. So, if you’ve ever looked at the Merrell Men’s Moab 2 waterproof hiking shoe, the mid Gore-Tex hiking boot, and also the women’s version of the Moab 2, you’ll be familiar with the look and feel.

The Moab 3 is incredibly comfortable and breathable with the shoe’s upper mainly being constructed from breathable mesh with leather panels for reinforcement. Merrell are well known for fitting their shoes with their in-house breathable membrane, and the Moab 3 doesn’t disappoint here either (it’s also worth noting that there is a slightly more expensive option of the Moab 3 available with a Gore-Tex membrane instead).

The shoe is also available in a good range of sizes from US 7/UK 6.5/EU 40 to US 16/UK 15, EU 51 and available in normal and wide fits. This makes the Moab 3’s a great option for most hikers. Whilst they don’t offer a lot in terms of ankle support, this will be enough for many hikers, especially those looking for lightweight options for low hiking shoes (990g/2lb per pair).

These are near enough comfortable straight out of the box – quite rightly some of the best waterproof hiking shoes out there! Read our full review of the Merrell Moab 3 waterproof hiking shoe here.

Merrell Moab 3

Black Diamond Mission Leather Low Waterproof Approach Shoes

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

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Very lightweight waterproof hiking shoes
  • Stylish design

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Pricey option
  • Rubber sole may wear quicker than some others in our reviews

These are more than just an approach shoe that you’d wear to a rock climb – the versatility of the Black Diamond Mission’s makes them some of the best waterproof shoes out there right now. However, their climbing roots do give them an edge when it comes to grip and makes sure you’ll have a firm footing when it comes to technical terrain too.

All in all, these lightweight waterproof hiking shoes have a great all-round appeal when it comes to comfort, lightweight (666g/1lb 7oz per pair) and genuine durability and are worth the price tag. If you’re into fast packing or ultralight backpacking, their weight is a certain bonus.

Whilst this offering from Black Diamond doesn’t give much by way of ankle support, the soft cushioning of the sole offers a lot of shock absorption to help you feel surer footed whilst out on the trail. The fit is best suited to those with normal or slightly narrower feet. Sadly, Black Diamond don’t offer a wider fit, but they do offer sizing from US 6/UK 5/EU 38 to US 14/UK 13/EU 48.5. Read our full review of the Black Diamond Mission Leather Low Waterproof Approach here.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX

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

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Relatively lightweight design
  • Offer good support around the arch and ankles

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • They have a distinctive look that may not be to all tastes
  • Higher price point

These high top waterproof shoes have an impressive spec. Sure, their looks might not be for everyone, but what they offer is durability, lightweight feel (940g/2lb 10oz) are surprisingly robust and extremely well waterproofed.

La Sportiva are well known for making well performing waterproof trail shoes. Whilst it is possible to get hold of these as a lowcut hiking shoe (the Ultra Raptor Mountain running shoe), these mid’s offer the best of both worlds. These mid high waterproof shoes make use of a fully synthetic material with Gore-Tex helping them to be both breathable and highly weather resistant.

If you know you’re going to be tackling a variety of different terrain, they make a wonderful option that is pretty much trail ready very quickly. We found the Ultra Raptor II to be able to take a real beating so to speak on the trail whilst offering significant comfort and grip.

La Sportiva’s signature deep thread pattern helps a lot in this regard and tested extremely well. If you’re looking for a great pair of Gore-Tex shoes that are made with cutting edge technique and materials – you’ll be very impressed with the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX. Read our full review of the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX here.

Muck Boot Apex Lace Up

Muck Boots Men's Wellington Boots Rain, Grey, 7

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Sturdy and well made
  • Fully waterproof design for extreme wet situations

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Heavier than many in our reviews
  • Longer break-in period

Whilst these Muck Boot Apex Lace Up’s may seem like a bit of an odd one out in our reviews, we’ve been so impressed with their hybridised design between a hiker and a wellington boot that we had to include them. If you’re used to hiking somewhere with very deep water crossings or marshy ground at certain times of the year, then these boots could be a fantastic choice for you.

Traditional wellington boots and fully waterproofed, rubberized shoes can actually be quite uncomfortable, whereas the Muck Boot Apex Lace Up’s present something that is surprisingly comfortable, keeping your feet warm and looked after.

These waterproof walking shoes have a moulded rubber sole with a fairly deep thread pattern, designed for taking on slippery surfaces, like deep mud with relative ease. Whilst they aren’t breathable, if you’re wearing these in the right conditions, you may find this is actually a plus point rather than a negative. In terms of rigidity, we were surprised at how flexible these boots are, and whilst this doesn’t offer a lot in ankle support, it’s actually really helpful in managing your step and feeling secure in your footing.

They do have a slightly longer break-in period than some of the other water-resistant hiking shoes in our reviews, so don’t buy them expecting to head out on the trail right away. However, a few training walks allowed them to become comfortable and we’d now have no worries about taking them for miles on the trail. Read our full review of the Muck Boot Apex Lace Up here.

The 8 Best Hiking Shoes for Women

Danner Women’s Trail 2650

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

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Very durable hiking shoes
  • Extremely comfortable

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Pricey
  • Run cool in wetter conditions

See the Danner Women’s Trail 2650 in motion:

These 2650 shoes from Danner have won our top pick award quite simply because they are one of the most comfortable waterproof walking shoes we’ve ever tested.

We do not say that lightly. What’s more, these hiking sneakers are as good on the trail as they are in town in the evening – they’re stylish and striking. If you’ve read any reviews on Danner shoes, you’ll see that the Mountain Light comes up an awful lot, but the brand has a lot more to offer than just these (though these are also great) and the 2650’s are a great example of this.

They’re the perfect shoe for general hiking, light mountaineering and are surprisingly well water proofed. Their comfort comes in part from their Vibram outsole with a medium to deep thread pattern that offers excellent grip and traction even on slippery, rocky surfaces.

We found the one width offering was perfect – even for our reviewer who has slightly wider feet as the shoes have a slightly widened toe post that helps here with comfort.

They’re offered in a range of sizes from US 5/UK 3.5/EU 36 to US 11/UK 9.5/ EU 44 which isn’t the biggest, so if you do find yourself needing a slightly larger shoe, they are offered as a men’s version too (there really isn’t any difference).

The Danner Trail 2650 water resistant shoes use a mixture of leather suede and synthetic materials; however the suede areas are relatively small and put to use on the front of the shoe where it’s best placed.

The rest is entirely synthetic with open mesh or rubberised mesh. The moulded flourish on the heel of the shoe provides extra rigidity against impact here. We have racked up hundreds of miles on the trail in these shoes and they show no signs of letting us down – we’ve been extremely impressed and we’re confident to say, you will be too – they’re some of the best low cut hiking shoes on the market. Read our full review of the Danner Women’s Trail 2650 here.

danner trail 2650 waterproof hiking shoes

The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack

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THE NORTH FACE Women's Hedgehog Fastpack II Waterproof Hiking Shoes, Zinc Grey/Moonlight Jade, 6

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Very comfortable and some of the best waterproof trail shoes out there
  • A large number of options in the ‘Hedgehog’ range

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Not as durable in some areas as others in our round up
  • Pricey

See The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack in motion:

When it comes to reliable waterproof shoes, the Hedgehog range from The North Face have you covered – our reviewers have personally been using these shoes for years and have never not been impressed.

One of the main reasons they get our recommended award here is because of their combination of reliability, comfort and water resistance. These The North Face Hedgehog Fastpacks are ideal for exactly that – fastpacking and backpacking and they’re some of the best waterproof sneakers you can get on the market.

Whilst they’re not going to hold up to full on alpine conditions or wintery conditions like more traditional hiking boots will, they make use of a Vibram sole with medium to deep thread pattern. This is extremely ‘grippy’ and performs well on slippery rocks and uneven surfaces.

Their breathability is second to none and this helps with their flexibility too – we’ve been just as happy wearing these out in the desert as we have more wet and windy conditions. The North Face’s use of synthetic materials allows them to create a fully waterproof shoe using their own waterproof membrane (in this instance, Dryvent).

They’re lightweight at 663g/1lb 7oz a pair and you’ll really notice that on the trail. You’ll also be happy at just how quickly they break-in (almost not needed) and will feel comfortable in these from pretty much the get go. Read our full review of The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack here.

the north face hedgehog fastpack waterproof shoes review

Adidas Terrex AX4 Gore-Tex Waterproof Walking Shoes

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

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Beautiful design with striking colorways
  • Some recycled materials used

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • The way they look may not be to everyone’s taste
  • Slightly narrow

See the Adidas Terrex AX4 Gore-Tex in motion:

As with our review of the Adidas Terrex Free Hiker 2 above, these AX4 Gore-Tex sit within the same range of outdoors focused products from Adidas. Like the Free Hiker 2’s, these shoes do not disappoint and make a great option for a lightweight hiking shoe.

In fact, their robust waterproof membrane alongside Adidas’ own technologies put them in the running as some of the best Gore-Tex trail running shoes out there. Their stunning design has them sit comfortably on the trail whilst also being suitable for general use too – making them a versatile shoe and meaning you need to buy less.

Adidas make use of a Continental sole on all of their Terrex shoes and this rubberised grip provide excellent traction on wet and slippery surfaces. Whilst on first look these hiking shoes don’t seem the most breathable, the finely woven rip-stop material on the upper not only helps with durability, but with breathability too. Even though they’re not the most ventilated in our round up, you won’t have any problems – we’ve tried them out in very hot conditions and they perform very well.

The one thing to be weary of is their slightly narrow fit, and the shape of the toe does contribute to this even more. Absolutely fine if you have slightly narrow or ‘normal’ feet, but if you’re feet run a little wide, you may find it best to try the AX4’s on before you buy. Read or full review of the Adidas Terrex AX4 Gore-Tex hiking shoes here.

adidas terrex AX4 gore text waterproof shoes review

On Cloudrock 2

On-Running Men's Cloudrock Waterproof Boots, All Black, 9 Medium US

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Very stylish and understated
  • Supportive and surprisingly rigid

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Pricey
  • Run a little narrow

See the ON Cloudrock 2 in motion:

These On waterproof shoes are making some serious waves in the outdoor footwear scene and rightly so – they’re incredibly robust and well made for purpose not to mention extremely comfortable.

On are a relative newcomer to the market and have made a name for themselves in producing feature led footwear for years (with a big focus in trail running). What we loved about the Cloudrock 2’s was the balance between their understated good looks and their technical design, making them some of the best waterproof shoes for walking you’ll find.

Their unique ‘cell’ style honeycomb cutaway sole gives an aggressive thread pattern – more than any other shoe in our line up, and this gives you a very secure shoe in just about any terrain.

The mesh panels on the upper section of these waterproof shoes are backed with a membrane which will keep your feet dry, no questions asked. They perform extremely well in both cold and warmer temperatures with no comfort concerns regarding both insulation and breathability.

Whilst these do run a little narrow and have a maximum size of US 11/UK 9/EU 43, they are offered in a men’s variant which offers a larger size range and is virtually indistinguishable from the women’s version. Read our full review of the On Cloudrock 2 here.

on cloudrock 2 waterproof hiking boots review

Salomon Quest 4 Gore-Tex

Salomon Quest 4 Gore-TEX Hiking Boots for Women, Slate/Trooper/Opal Blue, 8

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Very sturdy
  • Excellent ankle support – in fact some of the best ankle support hiking boots in our round up

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Longer break-in period
  • Rigid design may not be to everyone’s taste

See the Salomon Quest 4 Gore-Tex in motion:

This offering from Salomon is certainly up there with the more substantial hiking boot, but if you find yourself in muddier and wetter conditions, you may well find that these are the only hiking boots you need.

We’ve been very impressed with the offering here from the Quest 4 Gore-Tex and whilst they aren’t rated as B1, they feel like they could be. Whilst they may not look it, they’re incredibly breathable with large mesh sections that make use of a Gore-Tex membrane for their waterproofing.

Whilst there are more breathable options on the market for hiking boots, when you consider what these are intended for, the breathability they offer is actually excellent.

They’re certainly not low cut hiking boots, but they offer fantastic ankle support and stand up very well to demanding terrain. However, like with most rigid hiking boots, they do take some getting used to and have a longer break in period than some of the other shoes and boots in our line-up.

They’re a fantastic option if you find you have wider feet too – our reviewer does and found them very comfortable once they were broken in. They are at the heavier end of the scale, coming in at 1070g/2lb 6oz for a pair, but when you consider their construction, that is phenomenally lightweight.

If you compare them to some of their competitors aimed at the same function, you’ll find these come in very well in this category. Read our full review of the Salomon Quest 4 Gore-Tex here.

Salomon quest 4 gore tex waterproof hiking boot

Scarpa Ribelle Lite HD

SCARPA Women's Ribelle Lite HD Lightweight Waterproof Boots for Hiking and Mountaineering - Baltic/Baltic - 7

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Extreme rigidity with great support
  • Very comfortable and light

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Specialized (more suitable for mountaineering)
  • Pricey

See the Scarpa Ribelle Lite HD in motion:

These waterproof boots from Scarpa are possibly the most specialized in our roundup, but they present a fantastic option for those who need a boot for extreme mountaineering, high altitude expeditions and general alpinism.

Whilst we have tested these boots out in generalized hiking, it would be fair to say they are going to be overkill for a gentle hike. Where they come into their own is in situations where insulation, waterproofing, ankle support and lightness are important.

They’re also compatible with crampons as well as semi-automatic crampons. These Vibram hiking shoes provide excellent traction on all surfaces except for conditions where you’d expect to use crampons or other such devices.

Whilst these boots aren’t outwardly breathable, they are more intended to be insulting and waterproof – two areas where these boots make up for the former in bounds. They run at an average fit, meaning they wear exceptionally well for people with normal to wider feet, but unless your feet are exceptionally narrow, you will have no problem, especially with a thicker mountaineering sock.

These fully synthetic boots are exceptionally durable and are built to withstand extreme conditions and take them in their stride. We’ve been nothing but impressed with this offering from Scarpa, and if you’re in the need of a waterproof hiking boot that is going to last you a long time, you would not go wrong with these. Available in men’s version too here. Read our full review of the Scarpa Ribelle Lite HD here.

scarpa ribelle lite hd mountaineering boots

KEEN NXIS Evo

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

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight design
  • Environmentally focused

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Not the best fit for narrow feet
  • Pricey

These are some of the best low hiking shoes we’ve reviewed. Why? It’s got a trainer inspired fit making it pretty much comfortable straight out of the box. KEEN are one of the biggest names in the outdoor industry and this fast and light variant stands up well against some of their other well regarded products.

If you’re looking for lightweight waterproof hiking shoes that get the balance between comfort and style, we would highly recommend the Keen NXIS EVO.

These all weather hiking shoes make use of Keens ‘KEEN.ALL-TERRAIN’ soles which have a deep thread pattern and lugs to help improve traction on slippery surfaces. We found the sole to be soft enough to feel your way over ground whilst also being rugged enough to take on more demanding alpine conditions.

Whilst these waterproof hiking shoes don’t outwardly look like they offer much by way of ankle protection, they make use of Keens ‘KonnectFit’ technology which sees tensioned panels around the lower ankle and heel keep the foot securely in place, helping to improve fit and stability.

They’re a fully synthetic in build which gives you a lightweight, durable shoe (weighing in at 644g/1lb 6oz – in fact the lightest in our roundup). You’ll be wearing these out on the trail in no time – they’re great waterproof walking shoes! Read our full review of the Keen NXIS EVO here.

Keen NXIS Evo waterproof hiking shoe

La Sportiva Spire GTX

La Sportiva womens Spire GTX Low Profile Hiking Boot, Clay/Celery, 8.5

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Very breathable design

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Not the most rigid design
  • Pricey

These Spire’s could well be described as Gore-Tex trail running shoes as well as hiking shoes, making them perfect for multiple uses. Quite simply, they’re a great offering from outdoors giant, La Sportiva and make use of their well-regarded technologies and innovative design.

A big deal for these waterproof trail running shoes is their breathability using what La Sportiva calls ‘Nano Cells 2.0’ in the upper mesh and the mid sole.

Whilst they do not offer ankle support as such, many hikers will find these more than up to the job, and depending on the kind of hiking you do, these may be the only pair of trail shoes you need to buy (especially if you’re into fastpacking and ultralight backpacking).

They were extremely comfortable straight out of the box too and after a few short walks, we felt comfortable taking these out on longer trails with no complaints. Weighing in at 740g/1lb 10oz per pair, these Gore-Tex walking shoes are a great choice. Read our full review of the La Sportiva Spire GTX here.

What Is the Difference Between Walking Shoes and Hiking Shoes?

Is there actually much of a difference between walking shoes and hiking shoes? Given there are so many different options out there – lets look into it. Technically speaking, yes there is a difference when you look at the word ‘walking’ over ‘hiking’ and how that is interpreted. Generally, hiking is seen as an activity that takes in varying terrain – rocks, slippery boulders, loose scree, river crossings etc.

Whereas walking is classed generally as heading out onto more even terrain, more groomed trails so to speak. However, it can also really depend on where you’re from – for example, in the United Kingdom it’s very common to hear people referring to what you might call a hike in the US, a walk, with no difference. Generally, after years of testing we’d recommend that the best outdoor walking shoes are going to be those intended for hiking or trail running.

The Best Walking Shoes for Men

Lowa Renegade GTX Lo

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

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Thread is substantial
  • Short break-in period

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Colorways could do with updating
  • Long term durability concerns for the price

If you’re familiar with the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid hiking boots then you’ll like this variant, which is one of the best low top waterproof shoes out there at the moment from a very well-respected brand. It’s a great shoe for less demanding trails, everyday use and so much more. Like the Lowa Renegade GTX mid, this shoe comes with the brands robust Gore-Tex lining that gives breathability and comfort.

It comes with a short break-in period, and we found that these shoes were good to go on the trail within a few short walks and had no problems with comfort at all.

They have been said to be a little less durable by some than earlier models, especially given the price, but we have not found any concerns in terms of the shoes durability. In fact, they are exceptionally well made. The shoe comes with a durable Vibram sole with the brands Evo-Trac rubber outsole which has a fantastic grip whether on more groomed trails or slippery surfaces.

Our only negative point was that the colorway does seem a little outdated and would have liked to have seen something more exciting, but that said, these are a classic shoe that will do you well. Read our full review of the Lowa Renegade GTX Lo here.

KEEN Targhee 3 Waterproof

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

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Comfortable
  • Very durable

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Traction concerns on wet surfaces like rock
  • Less exciting than other shoes out there

The KEEN Targhee 3 has a very loyal following, and this is for good reason. These shoes are extremely comfortable and match that with great durability.

They’re also great if you need a wider fitting, as they work exceptionally well for those with wider feet. The Targhee 3 is made with oiled nubuck leather, has a breathable, waterproof membrane and a rubber sole.

Weighing in at 861g/1lb 14oz as well, they’re a pretty impressive package. Our only concern whilst testing was that whilst they do offer the brands all terrain rubber outsoles which are marketed to give exceptional grip. They can feel a little bit slippy on the trail. That said, they perform exceptionally well in all other areas and are a safe bet when it comes to waterproof lightweight shoes.

They were pretty much good to go straight out of the box, and after a few short walks we had no problems taking them out on the trail for long distances. If you’re looking for a reliable pair of shoes that have a very big, hyped following, then you’ve found it with the Targhee 3. Read our full review for the KEEN Targhee 3 here.

The Best Walking Shoes for Women

Altra Lone Peak 7

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

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Roomy toe box for great wider fit
  • Gaitor attachment can be added

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Less durable than some
  • Pricey considering the above

If you’re familiar with and like the Altra Lone Peak Hiker Hiking Boots for women and the Altra Lone Peak All-WTHR mid boots, then you’ll like these Lone Peak 7’s as a shoe option.

First of all, the comfort offered with these shoes is second to none, especially if you have a slightly wider foot as the toe box is very generous. Even if you don’t, you’ll still find these extremely comfortable and having that bit of extra wiggle room in the toe box is great for improving comfort.

These shoes come with Altra’s signature ‘Trail Claw’ lug with ‘MaxTrac’ outsoles for outstanding grip on the trail. There were some concerns in previous generations of this shoe that the traction wasn’t as good as it could be, and it seems that with the Lone Peak 7, Altra have got it right. In our testing, this shoe performed extremely well in a whole range of environments.

If you’re also looking for a shoe that could work well for trail running, this could be your answer, too, as it sits in the hybrid between the two with its pretty much entirely synthetic design.

What’s more, the striking color designs of this shoe are one of its most attractive features – like some of our earlier reviews, such as the Adidas Terrex, this shoe from Altra gets the balance between spec and design very right, especially weighing in at 635g/1lb 4.5oz! Read our full review of the Altra Lone Peak 7 here.

Merrell Moab Speed

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

Pros / Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight all round fast shoe
  • Very comfortable

Cons / Reasons to Avoid

  • Not the most supportive
  • Doesn’t keep debris out

If you’re a fan of the Merrell Moab range, such as the Moab 2 mid waterproof hiking boots, the Merrell Moab Adventure or the more trail runner friendly Merrell Zero Drop, you’ll like this hybrid shoe. It mixes everything that is good about Merrell’s hiking shoes with a trail runner and it’s one of the best Gore-Tex shoes on the market right now.

Firstly, it has a striking design which we loved, but more so than that, these shoes are extremely comfortable. We found the Moab Speed’s extremely durable and hard wearing out on the trail and the generous toe cap plays a big part here – they feel really well protected from any bumps and knocks.

They almost feel like a lighter version of the Moab 3, which we reviewed further up, with these weighing in at a much lighter 640g/1lb 5oz compared to the Moab 3 coming in at 900g/2lb. That’s a big weight saving!

We found these shoes comfortable near straight out the box and have loved them ever since. What’s more, we love their environmental credentials too – using 100% recycled linings and Eco Dura Vibram sole with 30% recycled rubber. Read our full review of the Merrell Moab Speed here.

Waterproof Hiking Shoes Buying Guide

There is a lot to consider when it comes to finding the best waterproof hiking shoes for your needs. Whether robust ankle support is a given for you may depend on the type of hiking you intend to do (or want to do later down the line).

The breathability will very much depend on what kind of temperatures you find yourself and the level of waterproofing itself will be determined by what kind of terrain you’ll encounter.

There’s also price – as you can see, waterproof hiking shoes vary in price a lot! So, we’ve broken down what you need to consider when choosing the right waterproof trail shoes for you.

Type and Style

When looking at the type and style, there are a variety of different things to consider. You’ll generally see walking and hiking shoes offered as a mid or low hiking shoe (more like a trainer) a mid (hybrid between a boot and a shoe) and a more traditional boot style.

You’ll also find trail runners which are a hybrid between a hiking shoe and what you’d usually use for running except they generally have a slightly softer sole that is better suited to the trail rather than pavement. Deciding which variant is right for you will really depend on what you plan to do on the trail.

For example, if you know you’re going to be trying to cover terrain that is very high altitude, alpine etc, you might be better served with a more traditional hiking boot, but if you’re looking for something more all-round and for generalized hiking, waterproof hiking shoes will be better served for you.

If you are someone that doesn’t always feel the steadiest on the trail, you may be better opting for a mid or full shoe with better support. If you are quite sure of your footing, or are into ultralight backpacking or fastpacking, then good waterproof hiking shoes with strong support in the heel, such as the Danner 2650 will suit you well – they’re some of most comfortable waterproof walking shoes you’ll find.

danner womens trail 2650 heel design

Price

As you’ll see, the prices of hiking shoes vary a lot across the board. Where you’re seeing shoes offering high end and cutting-edge design with state of the art materials and well known brands like Gore-Tex, you can expect to pay more.

It’s about looking at, firstly, the budget you have to spend, but secondly, what is going to get you the best return on investment. If you’re going to be hiking a lot and know that a pair of comfortable waterproof shoes will fit the bill for most of what you’ll be doing, opting for some of the more high-end models in our roundup would likely be best suited for you.

If you know you’re likely to need something different for summer hiking than you will in winter, even as a waterproof version, then it may be better going for something in the middle.

That said, they do not have to cost the earth and there are numerous shoes in this line up that offer great technical spec at a more reasonable price point. Such as the Adidas Terrex AX4, The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack, The Merrell Moab 3 and the Regatta Vendeavour Pro.

Traction

If you’ve been thinking ‘should I get waterproof hiking shoes as an upgrade from trainers?’ when we think about traction, this is where you’re going to see the biggest improvement and where comfortable, water-resistant shoes come into their own.

More casual footwear can be great, but it can never really take on shoes that are intended for hiking when it comes to harder terrain, loose gravel and slippery surfaces. On a lot of the hiking shoes out there, you’ll see that Vibram is the go-to name – they’re well known for their mid to deep thread which provides secure grip on the trail.

You’ll also see relative newcomers on the outdoor footwear scene from tyre brands like Continental, who partner with Adidas Terrex on their line. There are also numerous brands who handle their soles and traction in house – for example, Salomon.

They work with their in house ‘Contagrip’ which, in our tests is just as robust as you’d likely find with Vibram or Continental. If you’re looking at a hiking shoe from a well-known, reputable brand, you can be sure that the traction you’ll be getting from the soles of your shoes will stand up to heavy usage.

Breathability

If you’re looking for the best breathable hiking shoes, and you also want them to be waterproof, you will always need to make some concessions. There is, at present, no way to create a fully breathable pair of hiking shoes that is waterproof.

The reason for this is because a fully waterproof material and membrane is never going to wick moisture away from the skin (or socks) as well as a shoe that is made pretty much entirely of mesh.

However, some of the more advanced, GTX hiking shoes (Gore-Tex) out there do a good job of getting the balance right. Looking at the absolute breathability and the absolute waterproofing balance on the shoes you decide to buy should be determined by where you will use your hiking shoes the most.

If you are going to be wearing them mostly in the desert, where it is unlikely to rain very much for example, then going for more breathable options will be the best call.

If you know you’re likely to experience all weathers and types of condition, or if this may change quite quickly, opting for something that get the balance will be better.

the north face hedgehog fastpack waterproof hiking shoes breathable design

Ankle Support

The market has moved on a lot, and many hikers now favor a hiking shoe over a more traditional, heavy weight boot. This gives you a more flexible, agile feel on the trail. Provided you feel relatively sure on your feet, these may well be the only waterproof hiking sneakers you need.

This is one of the things that makes a pair of fit for purpose hiking shoes sit out against just having a pair of runners or tennis shoes. In terms of ankle support, there are various models that, even though they outrightly don’t have a lot of ankle support, actually offer something quite special. For example, the Danner Trail 2650’s have a rubberised plate on the outer heel of the shoe which keeps the foot in place making you feel more secure.

Arch Support

Most hiking shoes out on the market today will be offered with a gentle to slightly raised arch support. Those that come with a slightly different arch support will likely offer a more padded insole which can help improve shoch from the ground.

Generally, most people will be ok with the arch support offered with most hiking shoes on the market, but if you find that you could benefit from a little bit of extra support, you may find that replacing the manufacturer insoles with insoles bought specifically from the pharmacy or online may improve your experience.

You will generally find that the best waterproof hiking shoes will be more comfortable when worn on the trail than tennis shoes or similar, more for their sole and overall comfort than the arch support offered by the insoles.

Fit

As a general rule, most of the hiking shoes we’ve reviewed are good for those with average width feet and those with slightly wider feet, with only a couple being trickier and suitable for narrower feet. When looking at fit, it’s a good idea to know how your feet feel in shoes before you buy.

Do you generally like a toe post that is a little wider, or do you prefer it when the toe post narrows in? This will help you determine which will be the best for you. That said, you should always think in terms of your socks, and what kind of terrains you’ll be using your lightweight waterproof shoes in.

If you find that they’re a little too snug, you should return them immediately and go for a larger size – they likely will never wear in on the trail and being decisive at the start can save you a lot of money on non-returnable shoes once worn. If they’re running a little big, then if it’s only slightly, try insoles. We also wrote a guide on how lacing your shoes for your particular foot shape can make all the difference that you can read here.

Onto the question of men’s and women’s specific shoes. Is there really a difference? One of the main reasons we’ve divided the shoes up above like we have is because most manufacturers are still offering a specific shoe for different genders.

Most of them are available as unisex options too. Upon testing, we genuinely don’t see that much of a difference between the two, except the size ranges – you’ll generally find that men’s sizes are offered much larger and sometimes with a wider fit. If there are further differences, then they really are marginal.

So, if you’re someone who needs a wider fit or a larger option, go with what works. We’d be happy to see the outdoors industry moving towards more unisex styles without the need for so much variance!

Materials

There are a whole range of materials used when it comes to good waterproof walking shoes. These vary a lot depending on how much you are prepared to spend and range from high end tech materials to more entry level or basic designs.

You’ll typically find mesh sections fitted to waterproof hiking shoes and this helps tremendously with breathability – something that used to be a problem before the advent of more modern technology.

Traditionally, most hiking shoes were made from either leather or suede (or a combination) but many brands are now opting in favor of synthetic materials. Not only is this great because you can pack in some mighty technical gains, but you can also remove the need for animal based materials too (though if you’re looking for a vegan hiking shoe, be sure to check out the manufacturers specs to see what glue is used).

Generally, we’ve found no real difference in our testing between synthetic materials and animal based materials. Of course, leather is well known, but it isn’t the be all and end all now.

When it comes to waterproofing, you’ll likely find Gore-Tex or a similar type technology used on the top waterproof shoes. This allows the manufacturer to create a breathable fabric membrane within their shoes. Whatever materials are used can have a significant impact on weight too, with synthetic options generally being the lightest.

adidas terrex free hiker 2 gtx waterproof hiking shoes

Appearance

Appearance is such a personal thing when it comes to light waterproof hiking shoes. What you think is stunning, someone else might think is overkill. What you might see as boring, someone else might see as practical and hard wearing.

Generally, hiking shoes have come a long way in design and now, some manufacturers, such as Adidas Terrex and Danner, amongst others are offering options for great lightweight hiking shoes that get the balance between technical specs and being desirable to look at.

It is important to keep in mind that their looks may not last forever though – whilst it is possible to clean your hiking shoes (and you should if you want to have them last as long as possible) you may find that some areas can’t be cleaned as easily and do not look so good after a lot of wear and tear.

Generally, the more high spec the materials used, the more likely you are to have a hiking shoe that stays looking as good as it can for as long as it can as this will help to ward off any rips or scrapes that can tarnish it’s look.

Durability

The best walking and hiking shoes use strong, well tested materials which have a proven track record of standing the test of time. This only continues to improve – and whilst a hiking shoe may seem a little flimsy on first look, you’ll realize very quickly that it’s incredibly durable.

However, durability is of course very subjective and it’s very difficult to plan for anything and everything that may happen to it in its lifespan. You can’t really predict what might happen down the line! That said, we’ve made sure that all of the hiking shoes we’ve recommended have been rigorously tested for durability amongst harsh conditions.

If you know you’re going to be hiking in very demanding terrain, opting for a model with more robust material and less mesh with a heavier thread sole may be a good option for you. Whereas if you know your shoes are going to get less of a beating, walking/hiking shoes with more mesh and a lighter feel may be more suitable with no concerns for durability.

Weight

The weight of your waterproof walking sneakers is by far one of the most important considerations, and you should be thinking about how you intend to use them.

In times gone by, you’d be right in thinking that waterproof hiking shoes were much heavier, but now, thanks to improvements in technologies and the competition many outdoor brands have against each other, you’re seeing these offered at absolutely astounding weights.

The weight you carry on your feet makes a big difference to the overall fatigue you’ll feel – this has been scientifically proven (the weight on your feet is x5). All of the shoes we’ve recommended above are light, but some more so than others, and this is generally down to the amount of mesh used in the upper for breathability. Mesh is generally a lighter material.

Even with modern developments aside, the heavier shoes out there will always be the one with more substantial waterproofing, or at least for now. So, take note of where you plan to hike and we’d advise getting the lightest shoes you can get away with for purpose.

Insoles

If you have never had problems with your feet, there’s a fairly strong chance that the insoles that come with your waterproof walking shoes are going to be more than fit for purpose. In all our testing, the insoles offered by most brands really don’t differ that much.

Whilst they may make claims about them, there really isn’t a lot in it. We genuinely feel that what makes the most difference in terms of comfort is the sole and upper of the shoe. However, if you find your hiking shoes are running just a tiny bit too big, a good pair of insoles can make a big difference in the snug feeling of the fit.

Likewise, it’s worth knowing that if you need specialist support and have been recommended to wear specific insoles that pretty much any of the shoes, we’ve recommended can switch up the insoles. Of course, insoles do wear down over time, so if you’ve had your shoes for a couple of years and they feel less comfortable than they once did, it’s worth changing the insoles to give them a new lease of life.

Break-in Period

One of our most important testing criteria was comfort, so all the recommendations above are for products that offer some of the most comfortable waterproof hiking shoes you’ll find. However great your new hiking shoes feel straight out of the box, you should never just wear them straight out on the trail.

Even more so if that trail is going to be a long distance one. You need to have them broken in before you attempt anything longer than a mile or two and be confident that there are no rubbing points or areas of concern.

This can easily be the difference between enjoying, and even completing, your hike or not. We’d recommend that you try them out locally for a while first and wear them as much as possible to get a real feel for how they are. Make sure that any sore, rubbing spots have been rectified first.

Lacing System

Most of the waterproof walking shoes that we’ve recommended come with a similar, or standard lacing system that you’ll be very well used to.

One of the only exceptions to this is the Salomon Cross Hike 2 Mid Gore-Tex that come with a speed lacing system. Some shoes come with a multizone approach to allow you better definition and fit on certain areas of the foot, such as the Regatta Vendeavour Pro, the Muck Boot Apex Lace Up and the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX Hiking Boots to name a few.

However, there is a lot you can do yourself to fine tune the feeling a fit of your shoes by looking at the lacing system. We wrote a whole article on how you can do this – looking at some of the most common foot concerns and shapes and the lacing patterns you can do to achieve a bespoke fit. Read the guide to relacing your shoes here.

salomon cross hike 2 quick lacing system

Toe Protection

If you find that you bump your toes quite a bit on rocks and branches on the trail, then you should be thinking about the level of toe protection that you get with the waterproof walking shoes you decide to buy.

It maybe goes without saying, but as with the advent of more nimble and lightweight hiking shoes has come a decrease in ankle protection, so has there been a decline in toe protection. This is likely because of the weight reduction that can be achieved by removing heavier materials that were often used for toe protection in the past.

If this is a point of concern, you want to look for shoes that have a better rubberized toe and less focused on mesh around the toe. Something like the Danner Trail 2650 would work really well here, as would the Black Diamond Mission Low Waterproof Approach Shoes.

Hiking Shoes v Hiking Boots

Whether you go for a hiking shoe or a hiking boot is going to be a personal decision. Some people still prefer the added ankle support of a hiking boot, whereas others prefer the lightweight feel and quick movement you get from light waterproof shoes.

We’re still divided here, based on personal preference and how we like to feel on the trail, as to which is the best. If you know you are likely to roll your ankle more, then opting for boots may be the best option for you. If you know that you’re a lot surer footed and want the lightweight feel you can get from a shoe, then go for that. We see the difference between hiking boots and hiking shoes becoming less and less obvious with more hybrid models than ever.

Conclusion

The world has certainly changed when it comes to durable waterproof shoes and with many manufacturers adapting to the increase in popularity of hiking shoes there are seemingly endless options on the market. To be honest, a lot of them seem very similar or offer quite distinctly similar things, so we wanted to be sure to recommend waterproof hiking shoes that had unique qualities that set them apart from the rest. We’ve tested countless pairs of hiking shoes out on the trail in as many different conditions and scenarios as you can expect to find in the outdoors to narrow down to our picks and bring you this guide. We hope, with our buying guide above and recommendations, that we’ve made your next purchase clearer.

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