8 best walking shoes for women

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Hiking shoes differ from boots in a few key ways – they’re lighter, bulkier, often more comfortable, and easier to transport

8 best hiking shoes for women

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What better time than now to stock up on a new pair of hiking boots for the wide variety of amazing terrain this country has to offer.

The best hiking shoes at a glance

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Why hiking shoes, not boots?

Hiking shoes differ from boots in a few key ways – they’re lighter, bulkier, often more comfortable, and easier to transport.

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They also work better in terms of dual use – we’d be very comfortable putting on a pair of hiking boots to go into town or to go shopping, for example. They can be breathable, very comfortable and easy to walk on.

Hiking boots not so much though – everyday use of chunkier, higher boot options can be tiring, hot and blistering. Summer is a great time to invest in more breathable shoes like the ones listed here.

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Why hiking shoes and not sneakers?

They may look like sneakers, but make no mistake, these shoes mean business. If you’re frustrated by the poor performance of everyday sneakers or athletic shoes (and those types of shoes can sometimes be downright dangerous on certain terrain), then these options make the stomping around in the muddy forest or chasing a piece of cake.

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What you should look for in a hiking shoe

Make sure you have good ankle support as these shoes are lower than traditional hiking shoes so you will need extra padding there to ensure you don’t injure yourself.

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An easy-to-clean upper is also a plus – leather or something wipeable or easily machine-washable works best here (they will definitely get dirty if used properly!)

Look for good laces that fit snugly and nicely and securely, and pay close attention to the width – a shoe that’s too narrow and your walking is likely to be sub-optimal, in fact highly uncomfortable.

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Gear up for your hiking and backpacking adventures.

Here are eight of our most popular women’s hiking shoes on the market right now.

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Keen Ridge Flex Waterproof

Keen Ridge Flex Waterproof

Scarpa Cyrus

Scarpa Cyrus

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