In the western US, you can find over 2,000 highly rated mountain hiking trails, and that’s just in a single state. That’s a lot of hiking! To enjoy these trails comfortably, a well-fitting hiking boot is a must.
But does a hiking boot need to look like something my grandpa would have worn when he went hunting in the woods?
It’s possible to have style, comfort, and function in a hiking boot. What features should you look for when you shop for hiking boots?
Hiking Boots: What are the Important Features
First and foremost, the boot must support and stabilize the foot and ankle. It really doesn’t matter how cute or expensive the boot is if it doesn’t provide stability and support.
There is nothing stylish about a swollen, black-and-blue ankle or, worse yet, a broken ankle. So make certain that the boot you choose is highly rated in support and stability.
A waterproof boot is a good choice, as well. Unless you’re hiking in the desert, there’s a good chance you will encounter either water or mud on your hike. Blisters are not your friend, and a soaked hiking boot is a sure recipe for blistering.
Consider the terrain you will be hiking. Hiking a lowlands trail is very different from mountain hiking. An important issue when you consider the terrain is will the boot support the ankle and foot comfortably and thoroughly?
Now let’s look at a few stylish, highly-rated hiking boots.
Getting to Matching with Danner Hiking Boots
The Danner Jag 4.5″ Hiking Boot is a lightweight hiking boot for women. This fashionable hiking boot comes in a variety of colors. Personally, I like the red and leather shade and the gray and purple shade. The waffled outsole makes this a good boot in various terrains.
From the Streets to the Trails: Kodiak Women’s Hiking Boot
If you’re looking for a high-rise boot for greater ankle support, maybe the Kodiak Women’s Surrey II Hiking Boot would suit your needs. This boot features Thinsulate for cold-weather comfort and a thick felted collar for protection of the heel and back of the ankle.
If you tend to get sore from the back of a boot, this feature will be important to you. The boot comes in several color choices and is stylish enough that it can even be worn around town as casual footwear.
Conquer Multiple Terrains: Merrell Women’s Sugarbush Waterproof Boot
Consider also the Merrell Women’s Sugarbush Waterproof Boot. Even though it is a waterproof boot, it’s highly breathable and comfortable. It also features antimicrobial agents on the interior to keep the lining fresh.
The outsole of this boot will allow you to hike in any terrain without concern about slipping. The Sugarbush Waterproof Boot comes in three attractive colors.
Stay Warm & Dry with Vasque Coldspark UltraDry Boot
Finally, consider the Vasque Coldspark UltraDry Boot if you are planning any cold-weather hiking excursions. This boot protects your feet from cold and from outside moisture like snow or rain. It also features a rubberized sole that prevents slippage on frozen or snowy surfaces.
The ebony and shaded spruce color issue screams “fashionable!” as well.
If you want to hike the trails, you should look good while you’re comfortable and dry in any of these hiking boots. Choose wisely!