The 11 Best Men’s Hiking Boots
Long a staple of mountain towns around the world, the humble hiking boot is a must-have for every man when the autumn arrives. Maybe it’s because a walk in the woods centers us, regardless of what else is going on in our lives. Or maybe it’s because the best hiking boots for men are just built better than your average shoe, holding up better to the season’s rigors and demands. With grippy, aggressive soles for traction in less-than-ideal conditions and an upper than can withstand hurricane-grade rains, these waterproof hiking boots should be considered survival gear when the weather turns icky. Whether on-trail or around town, here are some of our favorites for every clime and place. Read on for some of our all-time favorite hiking boots for men.
Danner Vertigo 917
Drawing on their decades of experience designing the best hiking boots around, Danner designed the Vertigo 917 with the urban explorer in mind. Outfitted with all the technical details that make Danner’s trail boots among the most popular but with a lightweight sole and twin gores for easy on and off, the Vertigo is ready for any urban or outdoor adventure you find yourself on.
Danner Trail 2650 Mid
Danner boots may be legendary in the history of hiking boots, but its Trail 2650 GTX Mid provides a glimpse into the future. Named after the foot-torturing Pacific Crest Trail, which spans the same number of miles, it’s so lightweight you may catch yourself wishing for a few more. Incorporating a waterproof-breathable GORE-TEX liner over a plush EVA midsole, these feel like your favorite pair of running shoes more than a musty old boot. We loved the bulletproof Vibram outsole for slick trails and late-season sleet.
Naglev Unico Hiker
Featherweight hiker or beefed-up trail runner, whatever you call it, the Unico Hiker by Naglev is ready to get down and dirty. Every detail is built for speed and longevity. From the seamless upper (read: zero pit stops to dig out rocks inside the shoe), cable laces for a secure fit and simple adjustment, and a wool sock liner that wicks moisture away from your feet, this is your go-farther backpacking option. While still exceptionally breathable, its construction is such that it’s naturally water-resistant. Deep, multi-directional lugs on the outsole allow you to take on the gnarliest trails.
Danner Crater Rim
The classic hiking boots for men get a few subtle upgrades. The Danner Crater Rim is the boot that most perfectly straddles the line between respecting history and making it. The beefy Vibram Bifida has been formulated to take you over a variety of terrain, wet or dry. And speaking of wet: A GORE-TEX waterproof-breathable liner keeps you comfy rain or shine. The tall nubuck leather upper looks great while providing a great amount of ankle support. For complete foot protection, a wrapping rubber piece runs around the full boot.
German construction, from autos to cameras to the autobahn itself, is legendary, and so it’s no surprise that the country makes one of our favorite all-around men’s hiking boots. The Tashi by Hanwag is built in-country from supple, durable yak leather with double-stitching for increased durability. Looking for more Germanic ingenuity? Check out the unique ball-bearing lacing system—another Hanwag original. While the combination of high ankle support and a deep Vibram outsole will help you get over varied terrain without pause, the boot is stuffed with creature comforts like a leather lining, flex zones, and cuff cushions to permit you to enjoy the ride.
Merrell Jungle Mid XX Waterproof AC+
Trusted by hikers, explorers, and adventures, Merrell has been a leader in quality outdoor footwear since they came on the scene in 1981. Their cornerstones of comfort, design, durability, and versatility are in full effect with their Range AC+ all-purpose shoes. The Jungle Mid XX Waterproof Range AC+ is ideal for day treks when you need your feet to be comfortable, cool, and well-ventilated, yet these hybrid shoes still perform like a quality, technical hiking boot. But Merrell didn’t stop there—these waterproof shoes can easily flex as a comfortable alternative to city sneakers with a modern design and lightweight construction.
Adidas Terrex Free Hiker
When you’re in the mountains, on the trail, and on your feet all day, a comfortable and supportive shoe is nothing less than a necessity. The Terrex Free Hiker fuses adidas Primeknit textile uppers to keep things lightweight with their Boost midsole that cushions and provides energy, finished off with a Continental rubber outsole that grips a variety of surfaces with ease.
Hoka One One Kaha
At first look, Hoka One One’s shoes may look like your typical full-cushion running shoe. Over time, they have proven to runners everywhere that they are much more. For their first foray into hiking boots, Hoka has developed the Kaha. With an unparalleled weight-to-cushion ratio, these boots will have you outpacing your pals who lag behind in old, heavy hiking boots. Between their distinct Hoka looks and the comfort of the clouds at your feet, there are no heights too high to climb, in the streets or on the mountain.
Vasque Sundowner GTX
Classic good looks and the strength of GORE-TEX waterproofing set the Vasque Sundowner in a class to themselves. You know when you’ve got a pair of Vasque boots on, things have gotten serious. With your feet dry and a Vasque Pyrenees sole underfoot, you will be protected from the elements no matter what you are getting into, be it mud, snow, sleet, or ice.
Salomon Outback 500 GTX
Built on years of experience in the mountains, Salomon has developed a hiking boot that is as comfortable and protective as it is fast. Contragrip soles will keep you attached to the ground below you and moving quickly as you speed towards the summit of your favorite Colorado fourteener or just speed to the fridge after a jaunt through the park. We talk a lot about versatility here at Huckberry and we think this hiking boot absolutely fits the bill.
Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX
You know if you have a pair of Scarpas strapped on, you’re into something serious. Built entirely for the mountain, Scarpa has made this hiking boot the perfect companion when working through some tough terrain under the shadow of a storm. A chunky Vibram sole gives grip where a lesser boot may falter and leave you careening down the trail you just worked so hard to climb. And if a thunderstorm hits, the GORE-TEX upper will have your feet locked down as you splash back down to the safety of camp.
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