Hey there campers and welcome to my post covering my three best hiking boots for women to hit the trails with this year. Hiking is a great pastime – and even better if you can get into some camping at the end of it. Regardless of your end plans however it is imperative that your boots are durable and comfortable at the same time.
Before you set out on your next hiking adventure, make sure you have everything you need to brave the challenging elements of the great outdoors. This includes a backpack (Link), insulated mugs (Link), tent (Link), and a good pair of hiking boots.
Hiking boots are also popular due to their durability, ankle support and ability to keep your feet dry. Of course as always however there are many different options available with a good variation of features. So to save you a little time I have had a good look around and come up with 3 options for you below. Let’s check em all out…
My three recommended hiking boots for women
I will review these in more detail below, but if you just want to get moving without all the carry-on, my recommended products are listed here for your convenience:
What are hiking boots?
Hiking boots are explicitly designed to protect your feet and ankles during outdoor walking activities such as hiking. They are one of the most essential pieces of hiking equipment as their quality and durability can determine a hiker’s ability to walk long distances without becoming injured.
They are specifically designed to provide comfort while walking long distances over rugged terrain where it is recommended that hikers wear boots that protect their feet and heels.
Note: In this post we are discussion hiking boot options for women. Alternatively check out my best hiking boots for men.
What should you be looking for?
Below are some of the main factors you should take into account as you shop for a good pair of women’s hiking boots:
- Fit and comfort
Fit and comfort
Fit is highly subjective, so whatever works for one person may not be the best option for everyone. The most comfortable hiking footwear in general will allow your toes to spread, possess cushioning that supports your foot shape, and have some flex in the upper, so it moves with your foot.
Some people prefer stiffer soles for increased comfort, while others prefer a more flexible design. Typically, this aspect is determined by the type of terrain you intend to traverse using your boots.
A boot with a thin sole will most likely suffice on a smooth dirt path. However, in rocky terrain, a thin sole and flexible forefoot may cause pain and sensitivity over time. Rugged terrain usually necessitates stiff soles, whereas smoother terrain can require a softer, more flexible sole.
Hiking shoes’ durability is determined by the material, technology used, storage, duration of use, terrain, and weather conditions (including humidity). Abrasion damage is much more common in synthetic hiking shoes than leather ones so if you enjoy hiking on rough and rocky terrain, then a leather upper may suit better.
In general, a pair of leather boots will withstand the elements better and last longer in terms of general wear and tear. Toe bumpers and stitching provide durability in the upper, while reinforced toe and heel provide durability and protection. The sole’s durability is achieved through the use of materials and traction design.
Weight on your feet consumes approximately five times the amount of energy as the weight carried on your back. From here, lighter boots result in less muscle fatigue and the prevention of injuries. However, heavier boots have their own upside – especially in rough terrain.
As with any piece of camping related clothing, breathability is another option to be considered. Granted this is not as easy with boots especially if you choose to wear boots with a waterproof membrane inserted.
Hence, the greater the ability of the upper materials to transmit moisture, the less perspiration around the foot. To keep your feet dry, it’s critical to wear shoes that are adequately ventilated. This keeps the feet warm in cold weather and relaxed and comfortable in hot weather.
Slip resistance, or “traction”, has long been a common selling point for hiking boot manufacturers with the majority of soles being made of rubber or soft synthetics. Look for good grip and ensure that there is solid stitching where it is attached to the sole.
- Lacing system – Laces are an often-overlooked feature on hiking boots, even though they play an essential role in fit and comfort. If a shoe’s lacing system is prone to loosening, you’ll find yourself constantly readjusting.
- Cushioning – This additional refers to a shoe’s ability to absorb shock. Most brands interchange the terms “cushioning” and “shock absorption.” As a result, when it comes to trekking shoes, shock absorption and cushion are two different terms for the same thing.
- Waterproofing – Waterproof footwear is beneficial for rainy day hikes, but do remember that “waterproof” does not automatically mean that water cannot get inside the product. During a prolonged downpour, water will always find its way in, and light rain can drip down your legs and into the tops of your boots. Even the best boots will develop small holes over time, allowing moisture to enter. Waterproof treatments are not permanent, and you will need to reapply one to keep your shoes sealed.
- Warranty – Hiking shoes are built to last, and many of the details can be repaired or replaced. Nonetheless, certain materials, such as the impact-absorbing wedge in the sole, have a limited shelf life. This synthetic material ages and eventually becomes porous. As a result, certain brands offer warranties to ensure that the product is brand new and of high quality.
My three recommendations broken down
So based on the information above and my own experience, I recommend the following options:
1. Merrell Women’s Moab 2 Hiking Shoe
This first product is a popular choice among female trekkers as it provides support, comfort, and excellent ventilation. The internal cushioning is dual-purpose for it absorbs shock and stabilizes your feet. See its specifications below:
- Brand: Merrell
- Material: 100% Suede Leather/Mesh
- Weight: 0.75 pound
- Dimension: 12.28 x 8.31 x 4.29 inches
- Waterproof: Water-resistant only
- Vibram sole
- 5mm lug depth
- One year warranty
Why have I chosen it?
These hiking shoes are incredibly comfortable right out of the box with a cushioned collar and tongue, a supportive footbed, and enough flexibility to account for many trail types. All in all this is a great all round shoe from the well-known brand.
2. KEEN Women’s Voyageur Mid Hiking Boot
This next option makes use of an internal support mechanism that is anatomically designed to provide excellent arch support while also cradling the natural contours of the foot. The leather and mesh boot comes with a rubber sole to keep your feet safe across all terrains – even when wet. See its specifications below:
- Brand: Keen
- Material: Leather and mesh
- Weight: 0.875 pounds
- Dimension: 12 x 10 x 5 inches
- Waterproof: Yes.
- Rubber sole
- Wide boot opening
- Cushioned collar
- 4mm multi-directional lugs
Why have I chosen it?
This is another good boot from another well-known brand with a 2-inch rubber sole to absorb shock to reduce foot fatigue and relieve pressure. The footbeds are arched to support your feet as you walk, allowing you to maintain proper form and integrated plastic shanks provide the torsional stability required to relieve the strain on your calves and feet. This is a great option for beginner and experienced hikers alike.
3. Zamberlan Women’s Leather Backpacking Boots
My final recommended hiking boot is an upgrade of the manufacturer’s already-bestselling product with an added PU-coated toe rand and abrasion-resistant material that protects the upper leather from scrapes and sharp rocks while also extending its life. See its specifications below:
- Brand: Zamberlan
- Material: Leather uppers
- Weight: 3.64 pounds
- Dimension: 14 x 11 x 5 inches
- Waterproof: Yes
- PU coated rubber toe rands
- High resistance treatment lacing system
- Two sets of laces, one round and one flat
Why have I chosen it?
Everything on this sole is designed to increase traction and the included GORE-TEX® Performance Comfort waterproof, breathable membrane and waxed Hydrobloc technology will keep your feet warm and dry whilst also strengthening the leather. A great option for avid or frequent hikers in any terrain.
There you have it, my best-hiking boots for women that will help you overcome any kind of camping terrain. I would be pleased to know how this article helped you, and as usual, let me know of your experiences with them.
Also, please do not hesitate to comment below if you have any questions, concerns, corrections, or would like me to check anything else out for you.
Until next time