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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. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about shoes before — including the best workout shoes for women, travel shoes, and walking shoes, here, we’ve rounded up the best hiking boots (and a couple of hiking shoes) for women that you can find on Amazon, as praised by the site’s most enthusiastic reviewers.

Best-rated women’s hiking boots

Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Hiking Boot

Garnering more than 1,200 five-star reviews, these Columbia boots are lauded for their durability. “These boots held up against all different types of climates and weather and water on my road trip and they still look great,” a reviewer attests. “Wore them for five days straight in dust, on rock, in soil, in small creeks,” another adds, “they performed amazingly with good traction the whole time.” One reviewer also helpfully notes that “they were 100% waterproof through small rivers, streams and waterfalls.”

In addition to handling tough and variable conditions, these boots are described as quite comfortable. “Extremely lightweight and required almost no breaking in,” as a reviewer puts it. “They felt lightweight and flexible. No blisters, no discomfort. I would buy them again tomorrow if anything happened,” another adds. A reviewer who says she’s on her feet walking ten miles a day for work notes, “I must say the experience wearing them is priceless … They are soft and comfortable, high enough so my shin does not hurt. No blisters and they look awesome.”

Best-rated (less expensive) women’s hiking boots

Ahnu Women’s Montara Waterproof Boot

Dozens of five-star reviews allude to the Ahnu Montara’s “amazing arch support” that at least one reviewer found “very therapeutic.” That strong support has a habit of winning over skeptics: “I was nervous to purchase this product because it comes in a bit tight at the arch,” one review starts. “That tight arch was perfect though for keep my foot steady, still had room at my toes and comfort in my heels… I wore them from 6:30am until 10pm [yesterday] and my feet never hurt. I never needed to take them off to give my arches a break.”

But reviewers with all different kinds of feet love the Montara: “I have long narrow feet and have problems with bunions as well as need good arch support, and these are PERFECT for me,” notes another reviewer who added, “My ankle feels supported but not bulky.” As another sums it up: “Arch support is rather strong for my flat feet so I don’t have to wear orthotics in these boots.” (They also happen to be writer Cheryl Strayed’s favorite hiking boots.)

And now for some micro-picks for every type of women’s hiking boot you might be looking for.

Best all-weather hiking boots

Timberland Women's White Ledge Mid Ankle Boot

“I worked in the worst of conditions with mud, muck, rain, mountainous terrain, and for 70 to 80 hours a week for 13 weeks while deployed as a housing inspector for a contractor working with FEMA,” a reviewer attests. “I had these boots on every day except for the few hours of sleep I got each day. And they were so comfortable. Even in 90 degree, very humid conditions in Houston, my feet did not sweat but stayed comfortable. I got many comments from other workers who admired their look and practicality.” Dozens of other reviewers attest to these all-weather capabilities, or, as one puts it, “good in the cold weather but I would also wear these for summer hikes.” “They got me through 2 months’ worth of ecological field work, trekking off trail through dense forest in the PNW,” adds another reviewer who’s also used them on “50-mile backpacking trips in the southwest, day hikes back east, you name it.” Simply put: “These boots perform and will not let you down.”

Best all-terrain women’s hiking boots

Timberland Women's Chocorua Trail Boot

“So far in one week I’ve been in mud, puddles, lawns, and forests, wet grass and out to dinner,” vouches one reviewer. “I have NO complaints and wish I’d spent the money on these, $450 and 3 boots ago.” One very qualified reviewer professes, “For months out of the year I live in these shoes 16 hours per day, seven days a week without fail. I have dragged several pairs of these across the country, trampled them through salt/fresh water, have scraped them to heck on Maine coast rocks day after day, and basically put each and every pair through the wringer. Not only do I hike with these, but I kneel, crawl, gouge them on rocks, walk on slippery seaweed-covered rocks in the ocean carrying 50 pounds of baggage, and sit on the couch with them. They are perfect.”

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

Ariat Women’s Terrain H2O Hiking Boot Copper

Many reviewers say these leather boots are ready to go, “right out of the box.” One writes, “I have always had to take several weeks to get use to a new pair of shoes. I put these boots on and took my dogs for a walk. I couldn’t believe how comfortable they were. Right out of the box they felt great!” One tells a story of how these stood up to a rough five-day trail ride: “I had very little time to break them in before the ride, so I was a little concerned about blisters, particularly since we were living out of our saddle bags with no room to bring extra shoes. I was relieved to find that these boots were instantly comfortable. Although I wore them at least twelve hours a day in very hot temperatures, my feet didn’t blister at all, and the boots kept my feet dry when we got surprised by a sudden hailstorm.” As one reviewer sums up the appeal of these Ariat boots, “The boots that arrived were a perfect fit right out of the box. No breaking in period either. All that and waterproof too. Amazing!”

Best women’s hiking boots for wide feet

Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Amped Hiking Boot

“I have wide feet and these boots were super comfy even with my orthotics in them as well. Didn’t even need to break them in before doing multi-mile hikes in the beautiful rugged terrain of Iceland,” writes one satisfied reviewer, who continues, “Not only are they cute, but totally functional. LOVE.” And many other female hikers with wide feet gravitate toward this waterproof boot from Columbia, like this one who explains, “These boots are very lightweight compared to my old hikers — an added bonus. I have worn the boots through downpours with my feet staying dry. My feet are wide, but the medium width fits comfortably with my heavy socks. Great boots, lightweight, comfortable. I am ready for my England hike!” In terms of sizing though, many recommend going up a half-size in these boots, “especially if you plan to wear thick hiking socks,” as one reviewer explains, “but my standard size will work fine.”

Best long-distance backpacking boot

Salomon Women's Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot

Reviewers who are hauling heavy gear or trekking long distances recommend these Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX. “We hiked 68.5 miles that week and I never had ANY foot pain,” notes one 53-year-old reviewer of their first big trip in them. “The sole is solid and grippy and the boots provided great ankle support and overall comfort. I recommend them for backpacking or anyone who needs a wider boot.” With “great ankle support and a thick sole that allows me to walk on anything without feeling it,” as one reviewer puts it, customers find that these boots keep feet blister-free. “We backpack into some very extreme wildernesses and these boots are outstanding,” writes a reviewer planning on taking these boots on a hike to Everest Base Camp. “[They’re] light and water-resistant and uber comfortable. No heel blisters and feet don’t hurt after 10 or 11 hours on the trail.” Another reviewer echoes that sentiment: “So far I’ve put on about 23 miles of backpacking on various terrain with weight of 20 to 25 lbs. plus water. I’ve had zero blisters.”

Best women’s hiking boots with traction

Vasque Women's Breeze 2.0 Gore-Tex Hiking Boot

Multiple reviewers of this Vasque boot sing the praises of its embarrassment-saving traction: “The bottoms grip like your life depends on it, so no more bruised ego or tailbone!” one reviewer writes. “What really amazed me that I didn’t expect was the grip on the ice,” another reviewer says. “My friend flew down on her backside and my boot gripped — on ice — and I stood firm.”

“How did I ever hike without these Vasque boots? They are the best thing that’s ever happened to me!” one enthusiastic review exclaims, adding, “The traction is unbelievable, great grip, keep my feet warm and a strong toe tip so when I accidentally kick a rock, I don’t feel a thing.” Put another way by a different reviewer: “These make me feel like I have little tractors on my feet!”

Best lightweight women’s hiking boot

Keen Women's Terradora Mid Wp-w Hiking Shoe

From cacti to creeks, reviewers say Keen’s Terradora Mid can handle all conditions, despite being made of mesh. “Had an encounter with a nasty cactus [and] the barbs never got through the fabric or the soles,” writes one. However, that mesh exterior is also why it gets lauded as a great lightweight boot. “I love these hiking shoes! They are super comfortable, lightweight and cute. Their first test was on the Mt. Lassen Cinder Cone hike which is a steep mountain of sharp gravel. They passed the test,” raves one reviewer. And others are impressed with how well this lightweight boot can withstand the elements. “I stepped in three inches of water and almost did not realize it because my feet felt totally fine,” a reviewer recalls. “Five miles later when the shoe came off, my feet were still warm and COMPLETELY dry.”

Best women’s hiking boot for summer

Keen Women’s Voyageur Mid Hiking Boot

“These boots are amazingly lightweight. You will be shocked at how light they are when you pick them up,” one impressed reviewer writes. “When people say that they wear these around town, I totally believe it. They are as cozy as my tennis shoes, and I will be wearing them this winter for sure!” And multiple reviewers also mention that this non-waterproof version of the boot is great at temperature regulation, especially in the summer: “I wanted to try these because in the past I have had issues with my feet getting pretty hot when hiking during the summer,” one writes. “My feet stay remarkably cool wearing the Voyageur boot.” Many reviewers note these boots stand up to heavy wear: “These are my third pair of Voyageurs, the other two are retired with around 700–800 miles of trail and 3–4 years of almost daily archaeological field work a piece,” a reviewer says. “Highly recommend.”

Best women’s hiking boots for narrow feet

Vasque Women's Talus Trek UltraDry Hiking Boot

The Vasque Talus Trek UltraDry hiking boots seem to especially be a hit among reviewers with narrower feet. “I have to use double inserts because most hiking or work boots seem to be made for people with wider feet,” writes one reviewer. “These fit perfect. Wish I would’ve tried them years ago.” Others agree: “I am an avid hiker with a narrow foot, and this is the first pair of hiking boots that have worked for me.”

Fitting narrow feet is far from the only thing they’re good for. “Even on days when we didn’t hike, I still wore these shoes for the comfort. I had originally selected these for their waterproof/resistance, width, and arch support — all of these were superb,” notes a satisfied hiker. In fact they’re “so comfy, I was even able to sleep in them on the night when the temperature fell to 23 degrees,” says an excited reviewer. “The rest of me was super cold, but my feet were not! Woah!”

Best women’s hiking boots for snow

XPETI Women's Thermator Mid High-Top Waterproof Hiking Outdoor Boot

Dozens of reviews for the XPETI Thermator mention its performance in the snow. “I did a 5-mile hike to see how they felt that was through about 16 inches of snow (and some sections of just slush a few inches deep),” recalls a satisfied reviewer. “These boots were so comfortable and kept my feet dry! For the price point you can’t beat them.”

“Bought these for cold weather hiking and unexpectedly ended up in Rocky Mountain National Park at 9,500-foot elevation in 2+ feet of snow,” notes another winter hiker. “They fit great, the ankle support is fantastic, and the grip is amazing. They saved me from busting my clumsy butt on slippery rocks and trails more than once.” Others agree that these boots are “definitely water/snow proof and pretty warm. I was able to hike up hills, rocks, snow, etc. without any problems,” as one reviewer explains it. “I’ve been hiking in snow and slogged through streams and my feet stayed warm, dry and comfy.”

Best women’s hiking boots with ankle support

XPETI Women's Dimo Mid Waterproof Hiking Outdoor Boot

For reviewers, the ankle support on this XPETI model is a must-have feature. “I have a mobility problem and regularly roll my ankles, I can finally take my dogs hiking without the fear of not being able to get back to my car … Not only that, but these shoes are extremely comfortable. They feel like I’m walking on clouds,” writes a relieved reviewer. “I have ‘rolly’ ankles and they held them straight!” exclaims another. “The outside feels like a waterproof ski jacket material, and I really like that about the shoes!” exclaims a happy reviewer who also echoed their “great ankle support.”

Overall, reviewers agree that this modestly priced option gets the job done. “These have good traction for snow and ice. Look just like the picture and super comfortable,” says one reviewer. “Love how they are more forgiving than some leather boots that are more stiff.” Adds another: “The soles are very aggressive so great for rough terrain, mud or snow … Overall a cute, substantial hiking boot.”

Manfen Women's Hiking Boots Lightweight Waterproof

About 10 percent of all five-star reviewers appreciate the ankle support on these Manfen hiking boots. One customer with “serious foot problems” typically only buys orthopedic shoes, but she found these comfortable enough to wear: “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.” A second customer describes them as “like walking on clouds” because of how comfortable and supportive they are. Another reviewer wore these boots “for a week straight in Iceland” and reports that they are very comfortable. “They have superior soles, great ankle support and they look great.” She “didn’t slip at all” while wearing them and fully recommends them “to any outdoor enthusiasts.” And one more reviewer, who has broken “both ankles at two different times” while hiking, was looking for something that would support them while walking on the street. “I am not disappointed,” she writes. “They are very sturdy and stylish!”

Best women’s hiking boots for beginners

Merrell Women's Moab 2 Vent Mid Hiking Boot

Many reviewers of these Merrell hiking boots are first-time hikers. “Bought these for a hiking trip to the Grand Canyon. They feel great — and are perfect for a beginner hiker,” writes one. Several reviewers also describe these boots as running true to size and, as such, “didn’t need any ‘break in’ time,” for one reviewer. “The second I put these on I could tell these were going to be good shoes. My ankles feel so supported in them,” recalls another happy owner. “I work on concrete floors for up to ten hours a day and haven’t had any issues with my feet hurting at the end of the day.”

Best waterproof women’s hiking boots

Keen Women's Gypsum Ii Mid Wp-w Boot

“The mud was deeper and squishier than I expected,” a reviewer recalls of the moment that sold them on these Keen boots. “This shoe is some kind of miracle — the wet did not reach my sock, the mud did not stick to the outside as it should have. At the end of the day there was no evidence of having been by the river. I have never worn boots that repelled mud as well as these. I don’t even bother going around puddles anymore.” Another reviewer agrees: “Went to Yosemite for a week in February and walked through ankle-high water and my feet stayed dry. That was pleasantly surprising!”

These “sturdy, tough, and waterproof” boots provide support on dry land as well: “I am a relatively awkward human being and I usually end up injuring an ankle or a toe on my hikes,” notes a reviewer. “I used to wear trail running shoes instead, but now I’m never looking back.”

Best lightweight women’s hiking boots