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

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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 products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written before about the best winter boots for men and women, work boots for men, rain boots for men, boot liners and insoles, hiking boots for men, and the best Chelsea boots for women (and for wide feet), 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

“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

“Now that I have worn these on a few hikes (probably totaling 40-plus miles of use to date) and consider them fully broken in, I think it is safe to say I love these boots. I have a pair of Salomon trail runners that I use for lighter hiking and outdoor trekking, but wanted something for more rugged terrain and backpacking. They are not very bulky or heavy at all, I have no rubbing or irritation from them, and I love that my feet stay dry and warm on wet, muddy trails. I have never had them truly submerged in water, but when I have gone through puddles and small creeks where water/mud has flowed over the toe box, there is no permeation. I normally wear a size 9, as in my trail runners, but went with a 9.5 for these to accommodate thicker hiking socks, and that was just right. I will likely stick with this brand for my hiking shoes and boots.”

Best waterproof women’s hiking boots

Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Amped Hiking Boot

“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

“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

“After 20 years of wearing Keen waterproof hiking boots, this is my first pair of non-waterproof boots. I wanted to try these because in the past I have had issues with my feet getting pretty hot when hiking during the summer. My feet stay remarkably cool wearing the Voyageur boot. Also, they are very pliable compared to the waterproof boots. They are very comfortable and may be the most comfortable pair of Keens I’ve ever owned. On a side note, the first pair of Keens I bought 20 years ago I still have. They have been repaired a few times and the soles are worn almost completely smooth but I still throw them on when doing chores around the yard.”

Best lightweight women’s hiking boots

Ahnu Women’s Montara Waterproof Boot

“Very comfortable, very light, sturdy boots. Love them! These kept me steady on the hiking trails. The lightness kept me energetic for longer. They look better than some/most hiking boots. Virtually no break in period.” Editor’s note: The Ahnu Montara is one of Cheryl Strayed’s favorite boots.

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

Kee Women’s Targhee II Mid WP-W Hiking Boot

“I can’t say enough about this boot except that it is THE ABSOLUTE most comfortable footwear that I have ever worn! I have issues with my feet, I had bunion surgery on both my feet and removed hammertoes on each foot also. So I have to find footwear that will accommodate my issues and sometimes it can be difficult, but with these boots I can walk forever and never think about my feet hurting. The fit is perfect it’s like it has the support and cushion in all the right places, as if the boot weremade with specifics for the heel, arch, etc. I’ve owned other boots and just gave them away because they hurt my feet; after owning my first pair of Keen boots I was hooked. I also own the hiking shoe and wear them in warmer weather. Keen footwear is very comfortable and I can say I climbed a couple of pyramids in Mexico wearing these boots! I have several pairs of Keen boots in different colors because they are so comfortable and I think they look nice. Thank you Keen for making an excellent product!”

Best women’s hiking boots for narrow feet

Merrell Women’s Moab Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

“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

“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

Manfen Women’s Mid-Rise Waterproof Hiking Boot

“LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! I have serious foot problems, so I normally only purchase orthopedic shoes, but I needed snow boots and I wanted something that would give my ankles some support (I have a sprained ankle-long term it seems). How did I manage to stumble upon these? Wow. I slipped my foot in and heaven! There is awesome arch support and I have high arches, and I have worn a lot of shoes in my life, but never any with such a thick, cushy support. I have also not ever seen such deep tread and I’ve bought a lot of snow boots in my life. These are now my favorite shoe and I would seriously consider purchasing other shoes from this company. If you need a good pair of cold weather, hiking boots, or something to run around in the snow in, don’t pass these up. One note: Other reviewers said to buy a half size up and I took their advice. I would also recommend the same. Mine are perfect and I bet there won’t be any need to ‘break them in.’ I can’t wait for it to get cold so I can wear my boots.”

Best women’s hiking boots with ankle support

Lowa Women’s Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot

“Quality of this boot is outstanding. Bought for a hiking trip to Zion after reading more reviews on hiking boots than I thought possible. I didn’t have time to break them in before my trip and was very nervous about that but THESE. BOOTS. ARE. THE. BOMB. My friend had ordered a pair as well for our two day hiking adventure and hadn’t had the chance to break them in either, and neither one of us had any hot spots or blisters or anything. The boots grip like crazy (which we were both thankful as we scrambled over rocks and trails slippery with grit and sand) and the ankle support was stellar — I would have rolled my ankle more than once if I had attempted to hike in sneakers. They are waterproof, sturdy, crazy grippy, and (with the addition of the cushy insole) so comfortable! I’ve worn them since and I swear they are amazing. So happy with my purchase — would buy these again and again. Worth every penny!”

Best stylish women’s hiking boots for long backpacking trips

Danner Women’s Mountain Light Cascade Hiking Boot

“Broke in very easily and are now my favorite pair of shoes whether I’m backpacking or going to the grocery store. Thanks for making an awesome product, Danner!”

Best women’s hiking boots under $50

Nevados Women’s Boomerang II Low V4088W Hiking Boot

“Absolutely great boot!!! Fits perfectly to size and very comfortable! Much better than higher priced boots that I’ve had! Definitely recommend.”

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