Let’s explore how to find the most comfortable hiking or mountain boots for you this season in a few simple steps.
How do I choose hiking boots?
Before you tackle the trail, pick a pair of boots with the right fit, function, and components for the type of hiking you’re tackling. For instance, boots for day hikes tend to have a mid to high-cut that requires little break-in time, while backpacking boots have a high cut and are designed for heavier loads.
With that in mind, what are the most comfortable boots for men? What about the best walking boots for women? Here are a few key things to keep in mind when choosing the right footwear for you:
First, choose the right type of shoe
From day hikes to mountaineering adventures, there are endless styles of boots for different needs. For instance, hiking shoes have flexible midsoles and are ideal for ultralight backpackers on short trips. Day hiking boots also flex very easily, but may not offer as much support for expert backpacking in harsher environments.
If you’re planning on a morning jog through the woods, standard running shoes might be your best bet. Consider the length of your trip and the nature of the terrain you're trekking and go from there.
Pick the right size
Size is perhaps the most important element to consider when finding comfortable boots. Generally, hiking boots should fit snugly around the foot with just enough room to easily flex your toes. If your big toe touches the front toe cap while you’re standing up straight, definitely size up.
If you’re ever in doubt, you can easily measure your foot length at home with a measuring tape. Use our Timberland Sizing Guide for reference.
Try them on with socks
Pay close attention to the thickness of the socks you’re likely to wear out the door. Boots that seem to fit well with thin socks will instantly be too tight if you opt for thicker, wool alternatives. Remember to always opt for a pair of quick-drying boot socks in a polyester blend for added comfort.
Test fit at the end of the day
Your feet can swell up to a half size larger than normal over the course of a long day. Consider trying on your Timberland 6 inch Premium Yellow boots towards the end of the day to avoid picking a pair that’s a bit too tight for you.
Be sure to break in your boots
As excited as you may be to test out your new favourite Timberlands, be sure to wear your boots in the house or for a short trip to the shops before embarking on a long hiking trip. This will wear in the leather upper and help the boot conform to your fit for optimal ankle support. Read more about stretching and softening leather boots.
Invest in EVA midsoles for added comfort
Go for midsoles or footbeds to guarantee comfort and support on all-day adventures. While EVA is currently the most widely used midsole for shoes globally, a range of midsoles is available for hiking boots.
What are the most comfortable women’s hiking boots?
The most comfortable walking boots for women are lightweight, waterproof, and offer extra support while keeping your feet dry in any weather. The best walking boots for women are made of high-quality leather and engineered with modern footwear technology for long-lasting protection.
What are the most comfortable ladies walking boots? Whether you’re looking for women’s walking shoes or a solid pair of women’s waterproof hiking boots, here are the best hiking boots out there:
Best Waterproof Boot: The Chocorua Gore-tex® Hiker For Women In Brown is our top-rated women’s hiking boot, and it’s easy to see why. Equipped with a durable rubber lug outsole designed for optimum traction, these boots guarantee your feet stay dry with breathable, waterproof GORE-TEX™ technology. With functional features like rustproof hardware and a durable rubber outsole, these boots only get better with age.
Best Low-Top Hiker: If you prefer a bit more flexibility around the ankle, then the Greeley Gore-tex® Low Hiker For Women In Grey is the ultimate pair for you. Made exclusively from Better-Leather suede, these shoes are sustainable and stylish. Plus, a lightweight OrthoLite® footbed and EVA-blend cushioning offer ample cushioning minus the bulk. Similar to the Salomon x Ultra Collection or La Sportiva hiking shoes, these low-top hikers are ideal for more technical hiking adventures.