Hiking boots

Hiking boots are one of the most essential pieces of gear in your hike or backpacking trip. Ankle support and a rigid sole help your ankles stay in one piece and keep your feet going even in extensive use. Lighter, more flexible boots and shoes serve you in easier terrain and when carrying moderate loads on your back. When you spot a letter such as A, B, B/C or C in context with a boot or shoe, you can tell how rigid it is: A is close to a running shoe, B is good for rocky trails and C is ready for rocks and boulders while carrying a heavy pack.

When testing a pair of hiking boots on solid, flat terrain such as a store floor or on asphalt, you’ll feel the shoes are… well, a bit too rigid. When going off road, however, you’ll benefit from their stiffness in a new fashion, especially when carrying some weight on your back. As these shoes gather kilometers (or miles, if you will), you’ll notice them getting a bit softer and more compliant as their leather panels adjust to the strain.

Most hiking boots sold in the Northern countries are equipped with a waterproof membrain. The popularity of Gore-Tex footwear is mostly based on the moist conditions in Nordic countries, where rubber boots or wellingtons used to be the de facto choice for outdoors people. A modern hiking boot will not only keep your feet dry but also give your ankles the support they need when you’re walking, perhaps already a bit tired, with a heavy load in rocky terrain. For some conditions a non-membrane option is the one to go for and for that reason you’ll find them in our collection as well.

Many hiking boots come with a stiffness rating. This tells you how supportive and rigid the boots are. A and A/B class boots are suitable for day trips and light backpacking, B, B/C and C class boots are at their home in more demanding conditions, especially with a heavy backpack. Some manufacturers have their own stiffness ratings, but we always strive to tell the best uses of each boot model. The stiffness of a boot not only refers to how much ankle support they give but also to the stiffness of their mid sole in terms of torsional and fore-aft-rigidity. Even the stiffest shoes can be adjusted to more moderate conditions thanks to their advanced lacing systems, allowing for independet adjustment of the fore foot and the ankle.

By taking care of your boots you’ll keep them going on for ages. Especially if the boots are subject to swamp or marshland conditions or sea waters, it’s best to rinse them with fresh water after you come back home. It’s also a good idea to swipe or brush off any dirt or muck off them when you finish your hike. All the leather and textile surfaces of our hiking boots are factory impregnated to be water repellent. This not only protects you from water but also helps keep the material breathable: if the surface gets soaked through, there’s no chance for the underlying layers to get rid of the moisture from your feet. This impregnation has a lifecycle of its own, and as it wears off you should treat your boots with a refreshing dose of care products. With a brand new boot you’ll see that any water will run off the surface while an older boot might show signs of immediately taking in the moisture. When you see your boots sucking in all available moisture, it’s time to go for some care products. With leather materials waxing the leather is also a great idea, as it refreshes the leather and prevents it from drying. Meindl, Nikwax and Lowa make excellent shoe care products for this use and they enable you to keep your prescious boots in tick. Pay attention to whether a product is suitable for Gore-Tex or other membranes: we always mention this in the description of care products. Take care of your boots - your feet will thank you!

If you intend to store your hiking boots for a while, it may happen that the soles develop a hardened surface. In this case you shouldn’t hesitate using a wire brush. Just brush the sole to break the surface a bit. This brings back the original grip without damaging the shoe. Remember, they were originally made to support your entire weight on rocky terrain. Hiking boots also like to be used: regular use keeps the mid sole materials “alive”, keeping them from crumbling. Remember to store your hiking boots in a dark, cool place and never keep them on top of floor heating.

A solid companion to hiking boots is a pair of hiking socks. We recommend you use one pair of thin liners and a pair of regular thickness socks on top. This allows the socks to move in relation to another, saving your skin from a lot of trouble. On long excursions changing the liner sock will get you a long way while the thicker hiking sock can take several days of use. By choosing a weather compatible material to the socks you wear you can make a big difference in your comfort. In cold conditions wool is the master of the universe while in hot conditions synthetic fabrics will be able to get rid of the most moisture.

Although most of our hiking boots will feel great out of the box, we seriously recommend you wear them on extended walks before going for your holiday trip. This allows the boots to acquire the shape of your feet, and also spot any trouble areas that may benefit from protective tape or salve.

54 products
Banks SF Extra
Gore-Tex
$ 199.45
Hanwag Banks SF Extra
Super comfortable hiking shoes for men, with a spacious Straight Fit last.
Vandra II Mid
$ 260.42
Lundhags Vandra II Mid
Sturdy and supportive, non-membrane hiking boots.
Sky Kaha
Clearance
$ 87.10
Hoka One One Sky Kaha
Light weight hiking shoes with excellent cushioning. Men's sizes.
Taurus II W GTX Mid
Outdoor price
$ 112.35
Lowa Taurus II W GTX Mid
Naisten monipuolinen retkeilykenkä.
Ledro GTX Mid WXL
Outdoor price
Gore-Tex
$ 164.61
Lowa Ledro GTX Mid WXL
Men's mid height trekking boots.
Jaure II MS LT High
$ 435.49
Lundhags Jaure II MS LT High
Top of the line hiking boots with a tighter shaft fit.
Sky Kaha W
-28%
$ 87.10
$ 121.07
Hoka One One Sky Kaha W
Light weight hiking shoes with excellent cushioning. Women's sizes.
Professional II High Regular
$ 391.93
Lundhags Professional II High Regular
Top-quality Lundhags boot without a waterproof membrane. Regular last.
Mauria W GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 216.87
Lowa Mauria W GTX
Women's heavy duty hiking boots with Gore-Tex membrane.
Vandra High Men's
$ 260.42
Lundhags Vandra High Men's
Sturdy, non-membrane hiking boots with a flexible shaft.
Matrei GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 190.74
Meindl Matrei GTX
Lightweight, waterproof boot with excellent ankle support and a wide last.
Matrei GTX Lady
Gore-Tex
$ 190.74
Meindl Matrei GTX Lady
Women's lightweight, waterproof hiking boot with a wide last
Hampton GTX Mid
Clearance
Gore-Tex
$ 87.10
Lowa Hampton GTX Mid
Modern Gore-Tex trekking shoes: flexible yet supportive.
Mira II WS LT High
$ 409.35
Lundhags Mira II WS LT High
Women's super sturdy hiking boots with a higher shaft.
Vakuum GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 234.30
Meindl Vakuum GTX
Supportive, comfortable trekking boots from a bootmaking legend.
Kansas GTX Lady
Gore-Tex
$ 173.32
Meindl Kansas GTX Lady
Day and weekend trips are a blast with these waterproof hiking boots. Women's sizes.
Kansas GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 173.32
Meindl Kansas GTX
Day and weekend trips are a blast with these waterproof hiking boots. Men's sizes.
Lady Light GTX
Clearance
Gore-Tex
$ 104.51
Lowa Lady Light GTX
Women's Gore-Tex trekking boots.
Tatra II Wide Lady GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 225.58
Hanwag Tatra II Wide Lady GTX
Women's top quality trek boot with wide last.
Vakuum GTX Lady
Gore-Tex
$ 234.30
Meindl Vakuum GTX Lady
Supportive, comfortable trekking boots for women from a bootmaking legend.
Camino GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 216.87
Lowa Camino GTX
Waterproof Gore-Tex boots for men.
Sky Toa Women's
-36%
$ 94.93
$ 147.19
Hoka One One Sky Toa Women's
Fast hiking shoes for women, with a breathable and waterproof eVent membrane.
Forge GTX Men
Gore-Tex
$ 234.30
Tecnica Forge GTX Men
Men's mid height hiking shoes. Heat moldable.
Women's Sassa GTX Mid WXL
Outdoor price
Gore-Tex
$ 164.61
Lowa Women's Sassa GTX Mid WXL
Women's mid-height trekking shoes with Gore-Tex membrane.
Innox Mid GTX Women's
Vegan Product
Gore-Tex
$ 155.90
Lowa Innox Mid GTX Women's
Light and waterproof hiking boots for women. Vegan product.
Outline GTX
-49%
Gore-Tex
$ 60.10
$ 117.58
Salomon Outline GTX
Waterproof and light weight shoes for active everyday wear. Men's sizes.
Innox Mid GTX
Vegan Product
Gore-Tex
$ 155.90
Lowa Innox Mid GTX
Light and waterproof hiking boots for men. Vegan product.
Vakuum Ultra GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 216.87
Meindl Vakuum Ultra GTX
Supple, light and waterproof hiking boots for men.
Forge GTX Women
Gore-Tex
$ 234.30
Tecnica Forge GTX Women
Women's mid height hiking shoes. Heat moldable.
Makra Combi Women's GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 216.87
Hanwag Makra Combi Women's GTX
Sturdy and supportive Gore-Tex shoes for use in steep terrain. Women's sizes.
Guffert GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 260.42
Meindl Guffert GTX
Men's wide last hiking boots.
Professional II High Opti
$ 391.93
Lundhags Professional II High Opti
Top-quality Lundhags boot without a waterproof membrane. Wide last.
Island Lady MFS Active GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 243.00
Meindl Island Lady MFS Active GTX
Women's tough hiking boots for difficult terrain.
Bernina Lady 2
Gore-Tex
$ 260.42
Meindl Bernina Lady 2
Wide last walking shoes for women. Waterproof and breathable.
Dovre GTX Wide
Gore-Tex
$ 312.68
Meindl Dovre GTX Wide
Men's high shaft hunting boots with Gore-Tex membrane.
Vandra Mid Women's
Outdoor price
$ 208.16
Lundhags Vandra Mid Women's
Sturdy and supportive, non-membrane hiking boots.
Island MFS Active
Gore-Tex
$ 243.00
Meindl Island MFS Active
High-quality trekking boots for demanding terrain and big loads.
Tibet GTX WXL
Gore-Tex
$ 277.84
Lowa Tibet GTX WXL
Sturdy, highly supportive trekking boot. Extra wide last.
Moab 2 Smooth GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 103.65
Merrell Moab 2 Smooth GTX
Men's waterproof outdoor shoes.
Renegade GTX Mid Lady
Gore-Tex
$ 173.32
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Lady
Extremely flexible, multipurpose hiking boot for women
Renegade Mid GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 173.32
Lowa Renegade Mid GTX
Extremely flexible, multipurpose hiking boot
Tatra Wide GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 208.16
Hanwag Tatra Wide GTX
Men's hiking boot with extra wide last.
Banks SF Extra Lady GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 199.45
Hanwag Banks SF Extra Lady GTX
Super comfortable hiking shoes for women, with a spacious Straight Fit last.
Borneo Lady 2 MFS
$ 199.45
Meindl Borneo Lady 2 MFS
Membrane-free hiking boots for women.
Taurus II GTX Mid
Outdoor price
$ 112.35
Lowa Taurus II GTX Mid
Miesten monipuolinen retkeilykenkä.
Pinto GTX Mid
Gore-Tex
$ 216.87
Lowa Pinto GTX Mid
Men's trekking shoes. A touch of retro in the looks, and pure modern functionality.
Sky Toa
-36%
$ 94.93
$ 147.19
Hoka One One Sky Toa
Fast hiking shoes for men, with a breathable and waterproof eVent membrane.
Tatra Light Bunion GTX
Clearance
Gore-Tex
$ 113.23
Hanwag Tatra Light Bunion GTX
Lightweight hiking shoes for problem feet.
Tatra II Wide GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 216.87
Hanwag Tatra II Wide GTX
Men's top quality trek boot with wide last.
Renegade Mid GTX SP
Gore-Tex
$ 173.32
Lowa Renegade Mid GTX SP
Highly popular hiking shoes for all terrain use. Men's sizes.
Renegade Mid GTX SP Women's
Gore-Tex
$ 173.32
Lowa Renegade Mid GTX SP Women's
Highly popular hiking shoes for all terrain use. Women's sizes.
Vyn GTX
Outdoor price
Gore-Tex
$ 155.90
Haglöfs Vyn GTX
Men's hiking boots with Asics FluidRide midsole.
Antelao Lady GTX
Gore-Tex
$ 208.16
Meindl Antelao Lady GTX
Wide last waterproof trekking shoes for women.
Nevada Ride Low W
$ 87.05
Jack Wolfskin Nevada Ride Low W
Light and waterproof winter ankle boot with very warm fleece lining