Hiking is one of the best ways to keep fit and enjoy nature simultaneously. A quality pair of hiking boots is often the first part of kit that outdoor enthusiasts buy.

A good set of hiking boots have to fit perfectly to ensure that blistering is not an issue- not only are poor footwear choices an annoyance, they can be extremely painful and may end up ruining your hiking trip.

Hiking boots are also an expensive piece of essential that will be a worthwhile long-term investment and therefore must be chosen wisely!

They need to feel comfy and snug, supporting your feet and ankles in all the right places, but need not to restrict too much.

If a pair fit well but feel a little tight around the ankle it is probably wise to steer clear of them as they will end up rubbing.

Quality hiking boots are very well made and are designed to be waterproof and breathable and made from either synthetic or leather materials, which make them especially ideal for winter excursions.

Best Value

The North Face Ultra 110 GTX

The North Face Ultra 110 Goretex

Comfort should not be an issue with these boots.

Lined with waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX material makes them great for those wet and muddy winter months.

They are quite a durable shoe and, at first glance, do not look like your average hiking boot.

They are lightweight and consist of leather and tight mesh with a low-rise style that doesn’t fully cover the ankle.

The soles are sturdy and provide excellent grip on a variety of terrain.

Top comfort and great functionality make this a perfect option for many hikers.

Best Choice

Merrell Moab Polar Waterproof

Merrell Moab Polar Waterproof

A beautifully crafted design that uses suede and mesh upper with a tpu waterproof shell to ensure that water is kept outside the boot and the feet are kept dry.

The lightweight and low bulk insulation keeps the feet warm and the sole is of high quality so that it lasts winter after winter without showing signs of wear.

They are designed for heavy winter use, but they are lightweight and breathable enough that they can be used throughout the year.

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX

This boot provides one of the most comfortable fits on the market, without compromising on its sturdiness.

With a GORE-TEX lining, the boot guarantees dry feet yet can take a while to dry out once wet on the outside.

Made with a mix of nubuck leather and textile materials, it is a great option for people looking for that reliable ankle support and excellent traction, thanks to the sophisticated and recently evolved lug pattern.

Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof

Timberland White Ledge Men%u2019s Waterproof

Recognised as one of Timberlands best selling walking boots, the White Ledge offers a great balance of style and protection.

Timberland’s waterproofing arises out of the added waterproof impregnated properties that are added during the leather tanning process with the footwear then being seam-sealed to keep the feet dry in any weather.

Not only do they look good and can be worn causally on a daily basis, they prove to be tough boots that can withstand any terrain for many years.  It is difficult to find the level of durability of this boot in any other brands.

Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof

Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof

The seam-sealed construction of the boot ensures full waterproof features whilst still providing a lightweight, durable hiking boot constructed from coated leather.

This shoe certainly provides the comfort, protection and style that many hikers worldwide seek for.

Built for use on many terrains, the grippy rubber outer sole ensures that footing is not lost, however difficult the terrain may be, whilst providing your feet with supportive cushioning.

This boot also has the option for a wide fit, for individuals with slightly wider soles.

Premium Pick

Berghaus Mens Supalite II GORE-TEX

Berghaus Mens Supalite II GORE-TEX

These hiking boots appear like the average, traditional pair yet have a range of modern features that keep them waterproof and breathable.

The GORE-TEX lining keep the feet warm, yet sweat free, offering maximum comfort for all types of outdoor adventures.

The base uses EVA Midsole technology that enables it to remain comfortable and lightweight yet tough and reliable.

This boot is known for its super quick “wear in” time, allowing the hiker to embark on long distance hike straight away.

Based on the Berghaus Brasher, this version builds on the famous quality and comfort associated with Berghaus.

If you are looking for “straight out of the box comfort” then these are your go to hiking footwear.

Whatever boot you decide to get, make sure they fit before you hit the hills, wear them around the house for a few days to make sure they fit perfectly. Check each retailers website, but most allow you to return if they don’t fit assuming they haven’t been warn outside.

If you haven’t used the brand before, consider ordering two sizes just incase the style is different.

Happy hiking.

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