Men aren’t exactly left wanting when it comes to boot options. Whether you’re in the market for a pair of dress boots, regular lace-up boots or even winter boots to help combat rain and snowfall, there are myriad options on the market today. But for a greater breadth of choice, a stylish alternative is the hiking boot.
However, hiking boots can fall into a couple of categories: the traditional version that you’ll find at specialist outdoor gear stores that are made to accompany you on serious excursions up, down, and over a variety of terrains, and designer hiking boots from the likes of Danner, Moncler, and Hunter, that offer warmth and waterproofing, but in a far more stylish package.
While they’re more likely to be put through their paces scurrying around high-street shops than they are over mountain peaks, the stylish, designer option is the sort you’ll want to stock in your closet. But what should you be looking out for when searching for your own pair?
Hiking Boot Materials
A vast majority of hiking boots – or at least, the ones you’re going to want – should be made from premium materials such as leather or suede. Since they’re most likely going to be subject to a bit of rain or an occasional bout of snow at worst, these materials will be more than capable of holding their own.
You will, however, want to make sure they have a rubber sole, ideally a Vibram-branded one for ultimate quality. A chunky rubber sole will help keep you planted on the ground during inclement weather, and will go some way to helping you wade over rocks and snow should you ever decide to give them a thorough workout.
Hiking Boot Features
One of the clear signs that you’re in possession of a pair of hiking boots lies with the laces. Most hiking boots will rock either D-rings, eyelets or lace hooks to make tieing and untieing your laces easy, while also helping to make sure they remain securely fastened.
Given the conditions your hiking boots are likely to endure, you’re going to want to make sure they’re waterproof too. While the likes of premium leathers and suedes can help combat rain showers – with regular maintenance – other technologies such as Gore-Tex should also be welcomed.
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With this knowledge in mind, let us reveal to you some of the very best hiking boots for men available right now.
Danner only uses premium leather for their large range of hiking boots, and most feature a Vibram sole for ultimate grip and Gore-Tex lining to keep your feet dry and comfortable.
Being an outdoor specialist, Columbia's hiking boots are built to perform and last. Waterproof yet breathable, and featuring full-grain leather uppers, Vibram outsoles, and cushioned midsoles, Columbia’s hiking boots will keep you protected and comfortable.
With seam-sealed waterproof technology, microfleece linings, and rubber soles for traction, Sorel’s hiking boots will keep you protected whilst hiking tough terrains. Plus, these boots are rather good-looking, so they’re suitable for casual wear too.
Wolverine has a huge range of hiking boots that are all made with premium materials and have a myriad of technologies, such as insulated, waterproof, and rubber high-grip soles.
Keen’s hiking boots are super lightweight yet durable and ready for adventure. Your feet will be given plenty of support and come with a whole host of high-tech features to get you through even the toughest of hikes.
Easily the best-looking pair on this list (in our opinion) the Moncler Peak boots sit at the perfect ankle height and are made in Italy from premium leather. A padded collar provides extra support to the ankle and you can let everyone else know you're better than them by way of Moncler's iconic red, white and blue branding.
On Running has a small but decent range of hiking boots and shoes that are perfect for speed hiking. This is because On Running’s hiking boots are 35% lighter than other brands’ pairs. All of On Running’s hiking boots and shoes feature impressive technologies such as Missiongrip rubber for enhanced traction and a FlexLock lacing system that allows you to tighten them with one pull.
Under Armour’s hiking boots are all lightweight and incredibly tough. Under Armour's own Storm waterproof membrane banishes water away, and they'll hold up against abrasions from rocks thanks to a PU film. Comfortable enough for easy all-day wear, you can be sure to get a quality pair of hiking boots from Under Armour.
Merrell has a huge range of hiking boots that all come with impressive technologies and features. Some of these include waterproof uppers, insulated lining, ventilation, and traction grip soles. Plus, Merrell only uses premium materials like Gore-Tex, Vibram, and Thinsulate, to make its hiking boots.
While you probably won't be scaling mountains of a similar vein, these Pyramid GTX hiking boots will still see you over some difficult hikes. Benefitting from Gore-Tex Surround technology for complete breathability all the way round, these hiking boots remain lightweight yet tough, and will comfortably see you through wind, water, and snow.
Salomon has a huge range of hiking boots that cover all terrain types, experience levels, and distances. Lightweight, waterproof, and sturdy, Salomon’s hiking boots will keep you comfortable while you hike.
Forsake’s range of hiking boots have a rather modern design but will still keep you protected. With D-ring eyelets and speed hooks for comfort, waterproof yet breathable membranes to keep your feet dry, and outsoles that are designed to traverse tricky terrain, Forsake’s hiking boots are pretty darn good.
Their range of hiking boots all feature waterproof membranes to repel water and EVA-blend foam cushioning for shock absorption and energy return. Available in multiple colour options and styles, you’re sure to find the perfect hiking boots for you from Timberland.
The North Face
No matter what type of hiker you are, The North Face has hiking boots suitable for everything from day hikes to serious backcountry camping trips. With breathability, waterproof construction, and ultra-comfortable and supportive insoles, The North Face knows how to make a high-quality hiking boot.
The brand’s Tracker II FG hiking boots has everything you could want from a hiking boot: a waterproof lining with added thermal protection, a lightweight build, and a firm ground sole to help see you across the toughest of terrains.
The company is hoping to add hiking fans to that list too with their 1400 hiking boots. Rocking an internal waterproof liner and fully sealed seams and a waterproof leather upper, you can forget about any water getting inside. They're available in various widths too, for those with wide feet or narrow feet looking for a pair of hiking boots.
Inov-8’s hiking boots boast the strength, protection and durability of boots, the lightweight agility of trail running shoes, and outsoles that have been designed to give you the ultimate grip over unpredictable terrain.
The Track 25 GTX hiking boot take on a timeless design, i.e. chunky. Made from premium full-grain leather and fitted with a fully waterproof Gore-Tex lining, you can be assured of dry feet even in severe downpours. Incredibly comfortable right out of the box, and with a couple of sets of speeds hooks, they're a pair of hiking boots you're not going to want to take off.
SCARPA has a huge range of hiking boots that are high-quality and high-performing. Whether you’re after hiking boots for a relaxed hike or a full-on tumultuous terrain, SCARPA will have the perfect hiking boots for you.
Adidas’ Terrex Skychaser hiking boots are seriously good looking, in our opinion, channelling the design of a pair of sneakers into a fully functioning hiking boot. Offering complete waterproofing thanks to a Gore-Tex lining and serious levels of grip afforded by the Continental Rubber outsole (the same Continental that makes car tyres), they're a go-anywhere, do-anything hiking boot.
Diemme’s Roccia Vet hiking boots are made from a hardwearing canvas with suede applied to the tongue and collar, which also receive extra padding. Incredibly good looking and equally functional, they may cost a little more than some others, but these stylish hiking boots are oh so worth it.