About Men’s Hiking Boots

Finding the best pair of men’s hiking boots for your upcoming adventure will be one of the most important pieces of gear you’ll purchase for your adventure.

There are a number of different styles and brands of hiking boots and hiking shoes for men and women to choose from so it’s important to do your research.

As opposed to men’s trail runners, hiking boots can offer more safety, traction, and warmth, especially on more challenging terrain.

There are a number of features to take into consideration when finding the right men’s hiking boot including size, fit, traction, and of course overall comfort.

Its important to also remember that before you even hit the trail, it’s important to take some time to break in your hiking boots.  This can help make the trail more manageable in new boots

Just remember, you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to afford a new pair of Men’s Hiking Boots, in fact there is a quite a nice selection of Men’s Hiking Boots under $100 to choose from.

There are even accessories like Vibram soles you can add to your boots to add better traction and make them more comfortable.

Below we rank and review some of our favorite hiking boots and offer tips on how to find the right men’s hiking boot for your adventure.

 

Best Men’s Hiking Boots 2020

    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof No
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The KEEN Men’s Revel III Hiking Boot is a stylish, all-terrain, winter hiking boot that will keep your feet happy in tough conditions. The Revel III’s are built with waterproof Nubuck leather and provide enough insulation thanks to Keen’s “Heat Trapolator” technology which works as a 3 layer system to keep heat inside the shoe.

    Pros
    • Lots of heat trapping insulation with the Nubuck Leather and Keen's Heat Trapolator technology
    • Waterproof
    • Lightweight for a Winter boot
    Cons
    • Some customers have complained about faulty stitching and problems with the laces

    Read our full review of the KEEN Men’s Revel III Hiking Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The Salomon Men’s X Ultra Mid 2 GTX Multifunctional Hiking Boot is a great lightweight hiking boot that will offer protection from the elements and foot pain. The Ultra Mid 2’s uppers are made with a polyurethane coated leather and textile combo fabric that helps make it waterproof and flexible for comfort and dryness.

    Pros
    • 4 season boots built for most conditions and weather
    • Strong waterproofing and breathability
    • Tough Sole/heel/and toe
    • Incredibly flexible and comfortable
    Cons
    • Kind of narrow for wider feet

    Read our full review of the Salomon Men’s X Ultra Mid 2 GTX Multifunctional Hiking Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot is an incredibly comfortable boot that offers great support in challenging environments. The Vibram TC5 outsole with 5mm lug depth gives you a ton of traction along with the Merrell air cushion in the heel give you much-needed comfort and reliability when climbing or declining.

    Pros
    • Vibram TC5 outsole with 5mm lugs offer great traction
    • M SELECT™ Dry makes these boots waterproof
    • Durable yet breathable upper made from suede/leather/mesh
    Cons
    • They fit tight so order a half size up from your normal shoe size

    Read our full review of the Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof No
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Vent Mid Hiking Boot is a great boot for those shorter, low maintenance hikes where you don’t need the robustness and durability of a more expensive boot. The Moab 2 Vents offer great traction and control thanks to the Vibram sole and the Merrell air cushion in the heel.

    Pros
    • Good hot weather hiking boot
    • Great ventilation
    • Very durable
    • Strong and comfortable Vibram sole
    Cons
    • Not at all waterproof

    Read our full review of the Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Vent Mid Hiking Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The KEEN Men’s Durand Mid Waterproof Boot is a great 4 season mid-length boot that performs well on a variety of terrain. Like other Keen boots, the Durand Mid’s were very durable and the waterproofing keeps the water out while staying breathable on the inside thanks to Keen’s Dry waterproofing materials, nubuck leather, and mesh uppers.

    Pros
    • Waterproof, 4 season
    • Plenty of grip and traction
    • Wide toebox
    • Durable for short and longterm backpacking
    Cons
    • Loose in the heel

    Read our full review of the KEEN – Men’s Durand Mid Waterproof Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The Merrell Men’s Moab Polar Waterproof Winter Boot is a well-insulated winter boot that will keep your feet very warm and dry. The 400 Gram insulation will give you plenty of warmth and cushion inside the boot including so unless you are dealing with frigid temps you don’t have to worry about sock thickness.

    Pros
    • Very warm and waterproof boot
    • Tough outer and midsoles with plenty of ice grip traction
    • They look great in pants
    Cons
    • Inside is too narrow for wide feet

    Read our full review of the Merrell Men’s Moab Polar Waterproof Winter Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot is a comfortable, yet technical boot that offers premium performance no matter what distance or conditions you pose them. The Salomon Quest 2’s are a top 3 season boot choice for amongst thru-hikers and have developed a bit of a cult following.

    Pros
    • Incredible durability
    • Very breathable and waterproof
    • Great traction on sole
    Cons
    • The toe box can be a little tight

    Read our full review of the Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The Timberland Men’s Mt. Maddsen Hiker Boot are great boots on and off the trail. Like most Timberland’s they are high quality on top and bottom. The waterproof leather uppers are comfortable and flexible which makes these a great boot to stay fearless in most weather conditions including the rain and snow.

    Pros
    • Built for comfort and versatility on the top and bottom,
    • Strong outsole with great traction and grip for rigid day hikes
    • Versatile for the trail and city work
    Cons
    • Narrow fit for a wider fit
    • The tongue tends to dig into the top of your feet

    Read our full review of the Timberland Men’s Mt. Maddsen Hiker Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof Boot is the big guns you call in when you need a durable boot that looks good and can stand up to the roughest outdoor terrain. These leather boots will keep your feet dry with a seam-sealed waterproof liner and a removable, dual-density EVA breathable footbed which provides better circulation.

    Pros
    • Lots of waterproofing features including seam sealed waterproof liner and EVA breathable footbed
    • Good for hiking or city work
    • B.S.F.P. (Brake, Support, Flex, and Propel) lug system gives dynamic control and traction,
    Cons
    • Lots of stiffness especially near the front of the tongue

    Read our full review of the Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The Merrell Men’s Turku Trek Waterproof Winter Boot are a stylish hiking boot that will pair well with street clothes, but maybe not the best for long hikes or winter treks. They have some nice features like Merrell’s patented M Select DRY for water and moisture proofing along with M Select Fresh which helps keep out the odor.

    Pros
    • Versatile/stylish boot
    • Good for Snow and Ice in the city
    • Good odor control
    Cons
    • The waterproofing doesn't seem to hold up
    • Padding under your feet is kind of weak

    Read our full review of the Merrell Men’s Turku Trek Waterproof Winter Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    Timberland Men’s Flume Waterproof Boot is a stylish, waterproof boot that’s built tough to withstand mother nature all year round. The uppers are made with a fully waterproof, abrasion proof leather and seam-sealed construction that can handle rain, snow, puddles, streams or and spilled coffee.

    Pros
    • Fully waterproof and durable
    • Great comfort inside the foot
    • BFSP motion efficiency system
    Cons
    • Not well ventilated or breathable

    Read our full review of the Timberland Men’s Flume Waterproof Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof Hiking Boots are a comfortable, 4 season hiking boot that feels great right out of the box. The Newton Ridge 2’s are light on the feet and offer a lot of support due to the shank under the arch.

    Pros
    • Great arch support
    • Excellent traction
    • Good for 4 seasons
    • Lightweight
    Cons
    • Waterproofing is a bit suspect. Not a deal-breaker though

    Read our full review of the Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof Hiking Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The Timberland Men’s Chocorua Trail Gore-Tex Mid Hiking Boot is a super comfortably fitting boot. This is one of Timberland’s signature hiking boots. Right out of the box your feet ease into the boot and will find a very cozy fit. They are lightweight and work well for hiking and as work boots.

    Pros
    • Goretex
    • Great fit on your ankle and heel
    • Leather uppers
    Cons
    • Spotty waterproofing

    Read our full review of the Timberland Men’s Chocorua Trail Gore-Tex Mid Hiking Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price Price not available

    The KEEN Men’s Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot is a comfortable boot that looks better than it actually performs. On your feet, the Keen’s are light weighing in at 17 ounces with a waterproof exterior and tough 4mm multidirectional lugs.

    Pros
    • Very lightweight
    • Water resistant
    Cons
    • Heel and lowers wear down
    • Shoe laces tear easily

    Read our full review of the KEEN Men’s Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot


Men’s Hiking Boots Buying Guide

Everything you need to know before purchasing Mens Hiking Boots

How to choose

As you look for the right hiking boot or shoe, keep in mind that one of the most important parts of the process comes down to finding a boot that gives you the right fit and provides the most amount of comfort for your particular feet.  

With the amount of variety and styles of boots on the market, each boot will fit differently on your feet.

Even if you do all the work to find the perfect boot for your adventure, if it doesn’t fit properly you’ll be in a world of hurt.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY 

Especially if you plan on purchasing online!

Go to a store that sells hiking boots and actually try the boots on your feet and figure out which one works best.  

Here’s a couple of best practices to follow when trying on hiking boots in a store.

  1. Get your foot sized by an in-store employee.  Trying to use your regular shoe size to buy hiking boots may leave some room for error, so its best to go into a store and have your foot length, width, and arch measured accurately with a foot sizing instrument like a Brannock device. 
  2. Wear the socks that you’ll be wearing with the boots on your feet.  Your crusty old cotton socks aren’t the best option to wear with hiking boots as they retain more moisture and can lead to blisters.  There are a number of hiking sock options available made with wool and synthetic materials.  Also, bring any orthotics and insoles you plan on wearing with the boot for a more accurate reading.  https://adventuresacks.com/recommends/dexshell-ultralite-bamboo-waterproof-socks/ 
  3. Try the boots on later in the evening.  Throughout the day your foot will naturally swell and expand, so its best to try on any footwear once you know the absolute tightest fit you’ll experience.  Trying on boots earlier in the day might feel comfortable at that time, but is not an accurate assessment of how they will feel on the trail.  As the day wears on they will get tight and uncomfortable.
  4. Remove all the laces, and then re-lace.  Make sure there is no lace slack at the toe area.  As you hike you may need to re-lace your boots to relieve pressure points and discomfort.  
  5. Walk around a bit.  The fit should be snug in the heel, ankle, and forefoot with around 1/4 inch heel lift to ensure your Achilles heel is able to move up and down which will help you avoid blisters 
  6. With the boot on, bang the front of your foot against a sturdy wall or pole 3 times.  Each time the toe should inch closer to the front with the third bang forcing your toe to hit against the front of the boot.  This will indicate a good size.  
  7. Always make sure to break the boots in before you actually use them on the trail.  Where around your neighborhood or on errands.  That way when you first lace them up they’ll feel more natural.

Be sure to check out our recommendations for the top men’s and women’s hiking boots listed in this article.  

We highly encourage to do as much research as it takes to find the right boot for you.

Finding the right hiking shoes is an investment, and if done right can last you for years.

If done wrong, you could end up buying a whole new pair sooner than you’d like.