10 best hiking boots for women 2022

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After a pair of reliable hiking shoes? Here’s what to buy – and the best pairs on the market



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Best women’s walking shoes UK 2022: what to look out for and women’s walking shoes from Keen, Jack Wolfskin, On

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Gear up for any type of trail — and any weather — with a great pair of hiking shoes.

When it comes to buying hiking boots, there is a huge choice on the market and the most important decision is whether to go for leather or fabric boots.

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The best hiking shoes for women at a glance

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Leather, fabric or both?

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Leather is inherently waterproof but can be stiff and heavy and takes a while to break in and adjust comfortably to your feet.

Cloth boots tend to be lighter and feel more like wearing comfortable sneakers straight out of the box, but are less durable and less warm than leather.

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Leather is best suited for winter and mountain hiking, while fabric is ideal for travel and casual use in spring and summer. If you can afford it, owning a pair of each is a good idea.

What you should look for in a boot

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Your boots need to be waterproof (for wet weather) and breathable (for warm temperatures). Look for boots with built-in waterproofing technology, like Gore-Tex, and thick, springy soles with deep lugs (the indentations that provide traction)—we always benchmark Vibram soles. Good boots should contain a breathable membrane to wick away sweat and keep your feet from overheating.

Make sure your new boots feel comfortable when they’re laced tight, with plenty of room for your toes and not too much room to move your heel. If the boots have a high ankle, your ankle should feel well supported without rubbing.

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wider feet? Look for boots that specify a roomy fit, especially if you have bunions. Expect to pay around the $150 mark for a great pair of boots, although we also include a great option for tighter budgets. Take good care of your new boots and you will wear them for many seasons to come.

On Cloudrock Edge Raw Boot

On Cloudrock Edge Raw Boot

Main Specifications – Material: Synthetic; Waterproof Technology: Waterproof polyurethane membrane; Weight: 390g; Color options: 1

These beautiful bright colored boots look a little different than your average hiking boot for a reason – they’re completely undyed and made from recycled materials to minimize their environmental impact.

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The Edge Raw is fully waterproof and we liked the high, narrow ankle and tight lacing system that offers great support. Impressively deep lugs offer great grip even in wet weather.

Each boot weighs just 390g and the Edge Raw offers sneaker-like comfort even on longer walks.

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The only downside to this smart and sustainably designed boot is that it gets dirty very quickly.

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