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The Best Hiking Boots for Men, 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 (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 hiking sandals and hiking backpacks, even the best hiking baby carrier, here, we’re singling out the best hiking boots for men on Amazon, primed for whatever type of trail you’re tackling. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best-rated hiking boots for men

Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof Boot
From $76 at Amazon

“Exactly what I was looking for for a trip to Peru, and the price I got them for is great. I wore these in restaurants, bars, museums, walking, and hiking. I like that they’re a plain, solid color with an understated logo, as opposed to most walking [or] hiking shoes. They got dusty and dirty but cleaned up easily with a damp paper towel. They’re incredibly comfortable. I broke them in with one week of light wear before the trip, and I never had any discomfort, pain, or blisters. I have high arches, but so far I haven’t needed any extra support. I’ll definitely purchase another pair when these wear out.”

Best waterproof hiking boots for men

Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
From $91 at Amazon

“These shoes have literally changed my hiking world! They didn’t need any breaking in, they feel as close to walking on clouds as I can imagine, the waterproofing is perfect (and I’ve tested them walking through nearly-ankle deep streams multiple times), the soles are very grippy and non-slippy, and the construction is of high quality. I literally cannot speak more highly of them, and I have talked of their glory to all of my hiker friends. The week I got them in, I hiked 40 miles over 5 day trips, and not only did these shoes not cause me any problems whatsoever, they made my hikes much better than with previous footwear. When these eventually wear out, I’ll be coming right back to order another pair.”

Best leather hiking boots for men

Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof Hiking Boot
From $53 at Amazon

“These boots are fantastic. The fit was spot on, and they were already waterproofed. I hiked a day after purchasing them, and I have had casual work shoes that were more difficult to break in than these. I hiked about 5 miles, in and out of water, and until I actually fell knee-deep, my feet stayed completely dry. After my hike, they were covered in trail dust which turned to mud from getting dunked several times. After getting home, I simply rinsed them off and dried them with a towel, and a day later wore them to the office. They look and feel great. A lot of arch support. … The tread was excellent on wet rocks, and anytime I fell it was due to my lack of balance and not these great shoes.”

Best suede hiking boots for men

Danner Men’s Mountain 600 4.5” Hiking Boot
From $105 at Amazon

“Wow, very comfortable with a grippy tread. … These Danner boots were love at first hike with little to no break-in. I’ve only had them a week, and after the first mile I knew they were keepers. I normally wear a 12.5 since a [I have] wider foot, but that is hard to find. I got the 12E wide and they fit perfectly. If you are a 12D and plan on using 2 socks (light inner/heavier outer) I would suggest getting the wide, but only if you are more on the D width and not a B (narrow) width. Traction is excellent on wet trails, feet stayed dry when rock hopping and creek crossing in two to three inches of water, and comfort is outstanding. I’m buying a second pair since I hike our Sierra’s two times a week. Very happy hiker.”

Best winter hiking boots for men

Merrell Men’s Moab Polar Waterproof Winter Boot
From $68 at Amazon

“I got these boots in October before the snow started falling in Colorado … The intended purpose of the boot is mostly walking in snow and the occasional hike on a warmer winter day. The boot holds up well to both tasks. I’ve worn these in about 10 to 12 inches of snow multiple times and very pleased with the results. Feet don’t get wet and the 400-gram insulate is warm, very warm. I’ve found myself wearing these on a hike where the temp gets above 60 degrees, and it does get quite hot — maybe too hot — but those temps aren’t what this boot is made for. When the temps are in the 10s-20s while the rest of my body may be shivering, my feet have stayed nice and toasty. That’s where this one shines. As far as grip goes, it is phenomenal. On those slushy and icy days I can always trust these boots to get me to where I need to be. Very grippy outsoles with no problems on ice. Whether it be shoveling on the driveway or up hiking in the mountains, the grip is always there. After about 5 or 6 winter hikes and occasional use throughout the winter on snowy days they still grip as well as the did right out of the box.”

Best hot-weather hiking boots for men

Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Vent Mid Hiking Boot
From $89 at Amazon

“The toe box is wide enough for my big feet, and along with the heel cup, the boot really felt like one with my foot. It’s very comfortable to wear even after hours of hiking. With wool socks I’ve found them very breathable and I’ve not experienced that ‘swampfoot’ feeling at all this summer. Support is firm all along the foot bed, and the quality of materials and craftsmanship are hard to beat. I found them surprisingly light, and after four months and 100 hours in them — I’m very happy with the Moab 2s.”

Best Goretex hiking boots for men

KEEN Men’s Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
From $112 at Amazon

“Maybe my favorite footwear ever. This purchase is my second pair of the exact same size and color. I don’t even need them yet; they are still in the box while I continue to milk the first pair. I just wanted to make sure when the first pair died I could continue to wear the same shoes ongoing. That’s how much I like these. … I’ve worn these hiking in the Rocky Mountains and tromping through Minnesota snow walking the dog every day. There are many miles on these shoes and they are still going strong. I think these look great. I love the copper color and the materials look great. The shoes are built tough. Uppers look really good after 18 months. … Waterproofing is STILL strong … was over the tops in ice melt earlier this year and water only came in from the top. The GoreTex does breathe pretty well. I can get sweaty feet, but it’s really not bad going 10 hours in these shoes. My wife doesn’t complain about the smell of these compared to my tennis shoes. That’s an indicator.”

Best wide hiking boots for men

KEEN Men’s Targhee II Mid Wide Hiking Shoe
From $117 at Amazon

“These are awesome boots, and I am a very tough customer. I have very wide feet, and I hike about ten miles a day in Oregon. I routinely go into sporting goods stores, try on every boot and walk out without buying anything. Or I will buy a couple of pairs, take them home and walk around the house in them, and then return them. I had almost decided that nobody made good hiking boots for wide feet. I bought the Durand and these Targhees. Both are excellent, but the Targhees are the ones you should get. They just work in all conditions, they fit well, and they are light. Very well-constructed.”

Best lightweight hiking boots for men

RAX Men’s Wild Wolf Mid Venture Waterproof Lightweight Hiking Boots
From $61 at Amazon

“Light, very comfortable, fits true to size. Good traction on everything I’ve tried, which excludes snow and ice. Waterproof though i haven’t submerged them; I’ve hiked through deep wet grass in a downpour, and they stayed nice and dry. I can’t speak to durability as I’ve only had them a couple months, but they’re my go-to shoe for around town, hiking, and rock hounding. For the price I’d be happy to get a season’s use out of them. The only possible drawback is that they don’t breathe as well as sneakers, but it’s a reasonable tradeoff for being waterproof, and even hiking several hours in mid-80s temps they didn’t get uncomfortably steamy.”

Best men’s hiking shoe

Salomon Men’s X Ultra Prime Hiking Shoes
From $100 at Amazon

“My second pair of Salomon hiking shoes, and I love them. Fit well, very well made, and supportive during long hikes. Haven’t tried them in the rain, but my last pair stayed totally dry through all weather conditions. I will continue to buy them and recommend them to all.”

Best men’s trail shoes

Salomon Men’s Speedcross 4 Wide Trail Runner
From $96 at Amazon

“My fifth pair of Salomon Speedcross. Absolutely swear by them. When I run trails I typically run around 20 miles, sometimes more. Wore these a few days ago for the first time on a 28-mile mountain run. Perfect, perfect, perfect. GREAT grip, very luggy, almost like cleats but manages to be exceptionally light. Cushioned well but not so well that you lost the feel of the trail beneath your feet. I find it incredibly valuable, especially on rocky or technical trails, to be able to feel the ground. I generally put between 400-500 miles on them before retirement.”

Best men’s water shoe for hiking

Merrell Men’s All Out Blaze Sieve Water Shoe
From $69 at Amazon

“Bought a pair of these for my week long canoe trip in the [Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota]. These shoes exceeded my expectations: great in the water, good support, excellent traction, easy to shake the rocks and sand out while wearing, quick drying, protected my feet, and look awesome. What’s not to love? I climbed rocks both wet and dry, swam, portaged, everything just fine in these shoes. The other guys on the trip were impressed and several mentioned wanting to purchase a pair of these shoes. I can’t recommend them enough and plan to purchase another pair.”

Best men’s hiking sandals

KEEN Men’s Newport H2 Sandal
From $63 at Amazon

“I love these sandals. I wear them hiking and kayaking in the Colorado Rockies; I’ve also taken them to Costa Rica and Panama, where they really excel in the outdoors. I even wear them casually in the suburbs while I walk my dogs. I played a game of impromptu pickup basketball once as well. They are good for myriad situations! If I’m not mistaken, the hard rubber soles are made by Vibram (even though this doesn’t seem to be marketed by Keen explicitly). They are virtually indestructible. I’ve walked over hundreds of miles of sharp mountain rocks and the soles barely show any wear. I’ve had a few pairs of this model over the past decade, and have always been satisfied.”

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The Best Hiking Boots for Men, According to Amazon Reviewers