12 Best Women's Hiking Boots

Written by Brad Lane

The right hiking boot can really take you places. Whether it's trekking through snow or exploring desert canyons, the best women's hiking boots of 2019 are built to last against the elements. Trail tested and designed with the latest waterproofing, traction, and form-fitting technologies, this year's best women's hiking boots range from ventilated trail shoes to insulated winter boots. The fashionable nature of boots like the Keen Targhee II or the Adirondack Boot from Ugg add to their popularity, but it's by far the functionality that brings out the best of each in our list of top-rated women's hiking boots of 2019.

Best Women's Lightweight Hiking Shoes

Merrell Moab 2 MOTHER OF ALL BOOTS™ Ventilator

Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe

Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe | Photo Source: Merrell

A top choice for lightweight hiking shoes, the Moab 2 from Merrell is a common footprint found on trails. Built for mixed terrain, including dusty canyons, trickling creek beds, and rocky slopes, the Moab 2 is lightweight and fast-drying. A rubber toe cap protects toenails from unnecessary stubbing and the Merrell M Select™ contoured footbed provides extra support for all-day adventures and lightweight backpacking trips. Much of the Moab 2's longstanding popularity comes from the out-of-box comfort and hundreds of miles they go from there.

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Altra Lone Peak 4

Lone Peak 4.0

Lone Peak 4.0 | Photo Source: Altra

Popular for day hiking, trail running, and long-distance backpacking, the Lone Peak 4 is the latest edition of Altra's original trail shoe. Featuring the forefront of trail technology and design, the patented Zero Drop™ Platform of the Lone Peak 4 provides a low-impact foot fall with each step, and the Footshape™Toe Box gives toes room to spread out. A quick-drying mesh upper keeps these shoes light on the feet, and the durable Maxtrac™rubber outsoles keep the boots on the ground.

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Salewa Mountain Trainer GORE-TEX®

Women's MTN Trainer GTX

Women's MTN Trainer GTX | Photo Source: Salewa

Featuring an impenetrable suede upper leather with Gore-Tex® lining, the Mountain Trainers from Salewa are designed for technical hiking on mixed terrain. Ideal for rocky approaches, long-distance trekking, and via ferratas, the self-cleaning lugs and aggressive traction of these lightweight hikers ensure a great grip wherever you go. Ideal for casual day hikes and weekend adventures, too, the moisture-wicking footbed of the Mountain Trainers keeps socks dry, while the climbing laces keep the boots snug to your feet.

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Hoka One One Tor Summit WP

Tor Summit Waterproof Hiking Shoe

Tor Summit Waterproof Hiking Shoe | Photo Source: Hoka One One

Built with the patented cushioning that defines the Hoka One One brand, the Tor Summit waterproof hiking shoe is great for anyone looking for extra support. Featuring a thick midsole and Meta-Rocker geometry for a smooth step, the Tor Summits are designed for the trail, with a suede upper leather and waterproof membrane, as well as Vibram® MegaGrip traction and 5mm lugs. A great lightweight and comfortable hiking shoe, many users take the Tor Summits from day hikes to day jobs and anywhere a supportive shoe is needed.

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Best Women's Hiking Boots for Support

KEEN Women's Targhee II MID

Women's Targhee II Waterproof Mid

Women's Targhee II Waterproof Mid | Photo Source: Keen

A go-to option for big adventure travel, the Targhee II from Keen is one of the most popular boots on the trail. Lightweight and rugged, the mid-ankle protection from the Targhee II adds extra support while keeping rock and debris out of your boot, and the Keen.Dry waterproof membrane doesn't let soggy trails ruin the day. Popular for day hiking, backpacking, and trudging through wilderness conditions, the Targhee II features a molded footbed and supportive heel structure for extra arch comfort and shock absorption.

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Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX

X Ultra 3 Mid GTX

X Ultra 3 Mid GTX | Photo Source: Salomon

The X Ultra line of boots is well regarded for long-distance hiking capability. Longtime users appreciate the standard comfort designed into each pair, and the latest edition of this classic hiking boot features even more traction and downhill-minded design. Utilizing descent control technology including a Sensifit™ footbed and technical lacing system, the X Ultra 3's make hiking down a mountain a breeze. With new adjustments that cater specifically to a woman's foot, these boots remain supportive every step of the day.

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LOWA Renegade GTX Mid

Lowa Women's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot

Lowa Women's Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot | Photo Source: LOWA

A fast-moving hiking boot made for all-day hiking and lightweight backpacking, like all women's boots from LOWA, the Renegade GTX Mids have a gender-specific design, including narrower footbeds. Providing instant comfort right out of the box, the Renegades are built to last, with a full upper leather and Gore-Tex® lining, as well as a Vibram outsole with deep traction control lugs. A full-length stabling shank adds extra stability to the Renegades on rocky terrain, and a moisture-management footbed wicks away sweat to keep feet dry.

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Vasque Breeze III GTX

Breeze III GTX Waterproof Hiking Boot

Breeze III GTX Waterproof Hiking Boot | Photo Source: Vasque

One of the best-selling boots in the long line of Vasque footwear, the Breeze III GTX is made for miles of backpacking, hiking, and mixed terrain. Customers frequently note the out-of-the-box comfort of these rugged hikers, and the Dual Density EVA footbed often holds up to years of travel. Ideal for those carrying a load or looking for extra stability on a day hike, these stylish hikers can also be seen pushing through snow, mud, and debris on city sidewalks.

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Best Women's Snow Boots

Columbia Ice Maiden™ II Boot

Ice Maiden II Insulated Snow Boot

Ice Maiden II Insulated Snow Boot | Photo Source: Columbia

With 200 grams of insulation and a seam-sealed waterproof membrane, winter doesn't have a chance to enter the Ice Maidens from Columbia. Built for cold temperatures and snowy conditions, these stylish winter boots feature Omni-Grip™ traction for a great grip on the ice and a full-lace closure system for a snug fit around the ankle. Giving a warmth comparable to most other clunkier snow boots, many users appreciate the fashionable side of the Ice Maidens as much as their functionality.

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Ugg Adirondack III Boot

Women's Adirondack III Snow Boot | PhotoSource: Ugg

Of all the fashionable Ugg boots on the market, the Adirondack III is top-rated for cold temperatures. Waterproof and lined with 200 grams of wool insulation, the Adirondack has great traction on ice thanks to a Molded Spider Rubber outsole. Rated for temperatures as low as -32°C / -25.6°F, these fashionable winter boots easily transition from the trail to the town all the while keeping your feet nice and toasty.

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The North Face Shellista II Shorty Boots

Women's Shellista II Shorty Insulated Boot

Women's Shellista II Shorty Insulated Boot | Photo Source: The North Face

Designed specifically for winter weather and women's feet, the Shellista Shorty Boots from The North Face are the shorter version of the popular Shellista II Mid Boots. These waterproof boots feature a fashionable suede upper leather and 200 grams of PrimaLoft® insulation, as well as a rugged rubber outsole, including deep IcePick® lugs that really grip the ice. Great for winter hikes and walks down a snowy street, these below-the-calf winter boots hold up all season long.

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Kodiak Surrey II Waterproof Hiker Style Boots

Kodiak Surrey II Hiking Boot

Kodiak Surrey II Hiking Boot | Photo Source: Kodiak

With 200 grams of Thinsulate™ insulation and the classic design of a hiking boot, the Surrey II snow boots from Kodiak are as stylish as they are practical for winter conditions. This Canadian-brand snow boot features waterproof leather, anti-corrosive hardware, and a slip-resistant rubber tread, as well as a removable memory foam insole that supports all day travel. What customers seem to appreciate the most about the Surrey II's is the fact that once you find your fit, you're set with a trusted winter boot for life.

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