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The Best Hiking Boots for Women on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best winter boots for men and women, the best boot liners and insoles, and even the best boots and coats for dogs, here, we’re singling out the best hiking boots for women on Amazon, primed for whatever type of trail you’re tackling. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best all-weather women’s hiking boots

Ariat Women’s Terrain H2O Hiking Boot Copper
From $83 at Amazon

“I’ve been wearing these boots since May 2016, and I absolutely love them. I grew up riding horses, so I am familiar with and trust the Ariat brand. I know they make excellent-quality riding apparel. A little pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for. I bought these because I was going on a three-week backpacking trip in Ireland and needed a shoe that was sturdy, comfy, and above all waterproof. As an added bonus, they also double as riding boots, so I knew I’d use them after the trip as well. These boots did not disappoint. They took me all over the countryside, up mountains, through puddles and mud; throughout all my dirty hiking adventures, these boots kept my feet warm, dry, and comfortable. So for you non-horsey people, these make excellent hiking boots. For horsey people as well, they make very durable work boots. I work at a barn, and they have withstood all the mud and poop I’ve stomped through the last four months. Very convenient if I also want to ride.”

Best three-season women’s hiking boots

Salomon Women’s X Ultra Mid 2 GTX Hiking Shoe
From $90 at Amazon

“These are an all-around great shoe. They are exceptionally cushioned, required very little time to break in. These have luxurious padding around the ankle and heel. The main reason I purchased them was because of the Sensifit design that incorporates extra padding and supersoft fabric specifically for a woman’s foot. This boot is much more comfortable than previous hiking shoes I have owned. They are light on the feet while still providing the support and comfort of a more heavy-duty shoe. I was incredibly impressed with the waterproof ability of these boots. These are great three-season boots that can hold up on rough, muddy, wet terrain. This is a great option for an all-weather hiking boot that is comfortable, waterproof, and breathable.”

Best waterproof women’s hiking boots

Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Amped Hiking Boot
From $75 at Amazon

“Absolutely love these boots! I needed something waterproof and durable for hiking the muddy mountain trails here in the Pacific Northwest. These worked out perfectly! They arrived on time, fit as expected, and are SO comfy! I put on long socks, and took them on my first hike, expecting some discomfort, as I didn’t take any time to break them in, but they were super comfy the whole time. They are very sturdy and kept my feet completely dry. These are clearly well-made.”

Best women’s hiking boots for snow

Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boot
$75 at Amazon

“These little hiking boots were AWESOME! I purchased them for my backpacking trip to the Tetons. I broke them in a little bit by going on several smaller hikes for a couple weeks before I went on my trip. A bit stiff at first, of course, as they were new, but then bam! They fit perfectly. They ROCKED for the whole duration of my trip. Four days in the Tetons hiking all day long in all terrain, including a LOT of snow, and these held up beautifully. My friend had other hiking shoes, and she got huge blisters and lost two toenails. Yikes! Not me. I wore sock liners the whole trip, and didn’t lace them super tight, and they were a dream to hike in. I didn’t think about my feet once the whole time. I cannot wait to take them out again. BEST purchase EVER! I am SO glad I got them.”

Best women’s hiking boots for summer

Keen Women’s Voyageur Mid Hiking Boot
From $95 at Amazon

“As a petite woman, I oftentimes have difficulty finding comfortable quality shoes. Not this time! After many hiking and backpacking trips, my original hiking shoes were trashed. They were great, but I wanted to find something better for summer backpacking. After reading multiple product descriptions and reviews for hiking shoes, my husband found these, and I LOVE them … They’re super breathable (I get grumpy when my feet are too warm, haha). The breathability means they aren’t waterproof, but I’ve walked through some puddles and haven’t had a problem yet. They’re lightweight with good arch and ankle support, well-built, and they look great with hiking and yoga pants. Thanks, Keen, for making it easy!”

Best lightweight women’s hiking boots

Ahnu Women’s Sugarpine Hiking Boot
From $74 at Amazon

“These shoes are amazing! I live in Kathmandu, Nepal, and we do a lot of trekking into some unreached areas, and they have been the perfect shoes! They have been comfortable since the first day I wore them. I didn’t have to break them in. They are definitely waterproof, which also makes for an easy cleanup during the very muddy monsoon season, and my socks stay dry. They are also very lightweight; you don’t have to worry about lugging around a really heavy boot … I would recommend them to anyone! They have met all of my expectations.”

Best women’s hiking boots that don’t need breaking in

Keen Women’s Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot
From $90 at Amazon

“LOVE, LOVE, LOVED these. Bought them spur of the moment for a weeklong hiking trip to the Smoky Mountains in the backcountry, so I had absolutely no time to break them in, but I didn’t need to! Not a single blister, and we hiked 20-plus miles and about 2,000 feet up and down in the rain and shine. These boots exceeded my expectations, and I would buy these again in a heartbeat! Definitely recommend for a beginner or for a seasoned hiker. They’re cute, too.”

Best women’s hiking boots for narrow feet

Merrell Women’s Moab Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
From $102 at Amazon

“For as long as I can remember, I have always had pain from my shoes. Some shoes have been better than others, but I have always had some degree of pain. I’ve even had custom-made orthotics made by a podiatrist and still have experienced pain with my shoes. I have a very narrow foot and extremely high arches. Every shoe I’ve ever owned has slipped about on my feet when walking, and even the most expensive shoes never really supported my arches. I thought this was just something I would have to learn to live with. Until now. Since owning these boots, I have experienced nothing short of a heavenly shoe experience. These boots fit perfectly, giving perfect support without any slipping or sliding when I walk. For the first time in my life, I have absolutely zero foot pain. I feel like I have been given golden silk shoes crafted by the gods of eternal bliss. Seriously. I will never ever buy any other brand of shoes or boots again.”

Best women’s hiking boots for wide feet

Ariat Women’s Terrain Hiking Boot
From $75 at Amazon

“These are the most comfortable boots I have ever purchased. I have a wide foot and always have a hard time finding boots that are comfortable and not too sloppy or don’t stretch out too much. I own a lawn and landscape business. I have done lots of trimming and mulching in these boots and they have worn well. I would definitely recommend them. Probably going to purchase another pair just in case they are discontinued.”

Best women’s hiking boots for high arches

Ahnu Women’s Montara Boot
From $87 at Amazon

“I have a high arch and tiny ankles, and have a hard time finding athletic or hiking shoes that don’t need extra help. These offer great support for day-hiking, but probably don’t have enough cushion for backpacking. I hiked on wet days, and my feet stayed dried, and I loved the traction in the mud … I highly recommend buying this shoe. It fits true to size.”

Best women’s hiking boots with ankle support

Lowa Women’s Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot
From $188 at Amazon

“I bought these for my trip to Peru for the four-day, three-night Inca Trail to Machu Picchu … This past weekend, I took a trip to Colorado and did a hike up the Manitou Springs Incline. I wore thick hiking socks, and they fit perfectly. I did not feel any pressure points, and my ankle felt secure, especially [with] how steep the incline was. I did a lot of hiking last weekend, and so far, so good! I am very happy with the purchase so far, and these boots seem well-made and super light … [After] I trekked the Inca Trail, I hiked up Colorado fourteeners, I hiked all over the Rockies. These boots are so comfy and provide great support that I am picking up another pair just in case they stop making them. My feet love them! They are holding up pretty well, too, even after a few years of abuse.”

Best women’s hiking boots for long backpacking trips

Danner Women’s Mountain Light Cascade Hiking Boot
From $257 at Amazon

“Okay, first-time buyer of hiking boots here. I must admit, I kind of solely went for these right away after seeing them in Wild. I loved how they looked. I did plenty of research, but wanted something simple yet stylish. I came right back to these boots … They fit perfectly!!!! I am currently still breaking them in around my house with a pair of Thorlo thick cushion hiking socks, and there’s still room, so I don’t feel like my toes are being squished. The boots themselves are absolutely beautiful; you can tell they are good quality and will last awhile. Even the packaging is beautiful … I say go ahead and order them. You won’t be disappointed!”

Best women’s hiking boots under $50

Nevados Women’s Boomerang II Low V4088W Hiking Boot
From $30 at Amazon

“They run a bit on the large side, but I love them! I have truly broken them in and can say they are very comfortable. I like the off-trail hiking; getting dirty is part of the fun with my two boxers who keep me on and off my toes! Great deal, great product!!”

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The Best Women’s Hiking Boots, According to Amazon Reviews