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Best women's hiking boots

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The best hiking boots for women are the ones that have been designed specifically for female feet. Typically smaller and narrower, the fit is different to men’s boots as many female hikers who have tried to manage with male boots in their size will confirm.  

When you’re heading outdoors on a long hike, or just exercising the dog, hiking boots are usually the best thing to have on your feet if you are walking any distance. When it comes to being comfortable for longer, able to walk on more difficult terrain or in wet weather, you owe it to your feet to invest in some hiking boots. Thankfully they don’t have to cost a fortune and will repay your purchase with every step. When deciding on a pair it’s worth looking for boots that will protect your feet, absorb impact, keep out water and stay comfortable over multiple miles. Here are the boots we would recommend.

Best overall

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Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boot

Tough and stylish

Designed for female hikers and made with high-quality materials, these boots are durable, comfortable, lightweight and stylish. A leather exterior and waterproof mesh keep your feet dry and protected, the outsole gives a good grip on the trail and the midsole has superior cushioning to absorb impact and return energy.

Best for the environment

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KEEN Women's Terradora 2 Waterproof Mid Height Hiking Boot

Friendly to your feet and the planet

These updated boots add more comfort, traction and performance to the original. They are made to a narrow fit for a women’s foot form with lightweight waterproof mesh. A natural, pesticide-free technology called Eco Anti-Odor breaks down sweat odor, the water repellant used is PFC-free and the leather comes from certified tanneries which all mean the Terradora 2 will make a difference in terms of environmental impact.

Best for dry feet

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Merrell Women's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot


Keep your feet comfy and dry

Moab stands for Mother Of All Boots, a name you won’t doubt when you have experienced its supportive footbed, durable leather and Vibram traction. The Merrell air cushion in the heel absorbs shock and their M Select DRY technology keeps water out but lets moisture escape for dry, comfortable feet when you’re on the move.

Best leather boot

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Danner Women's Mountain 600 4.5" Waterproof Hiking Boot


Classic style with advanced features

These leather boots from hiking boot icons Danner look classic but pack in plenty of modern technology. They have waterproof protection, cushioning open-cell OrthoLite footbed, Vibram SPE midsole for comfort and maximum support and a Vibram Fuga outsole with Megagrip technology which offers superior traction on wet and dry surfaces. 

Bottom line

Hiking boots are the most important piece of equipment you can buy if you intend to walk any distance for enjoyment or adventure. So if you’re a woman it’s vital to get boots that are designed for the shape and size of your feet. With the best boots, you can stride out on amazing hikes in the wilderness or take the dog for a walk in the woods, knowing your feet will be protected and comfortable. We would recommend the Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boot. It’s well designed, made from quality materials and has all the features you need at a reasonable price. 

If you like the look of leather boots, the Danner Women's Mountain 600 4.5" Waterproof Hiking Boot is a classic. It’s supremely comfortable and has all the waterproofing and support you need.