Top 10 Best Hiking Boots For Men

A Guide To The Best Hiking Boots For Men

Our table of the best hiking boots for men will give you options to pick the most appropriate footwear for your next hiking, trekking or walking trip.  If you’re a female hiker then perhaps our top 10 best women’s hiking boots might be more suitable unless you have big or wide feet than the men’s boots might be more suitable.

Whether you know them as hiking boots, hiking shoes, trekking shoes or walking shoes, it is essential that you have the correct footwear for any activities that will involve a lot of walking or walking on rugged terrain.

Hiking boots are arguably one of the most important items from your arsenal of hiking gear.  Not only do they allow you to endure longer distances due to their design and comfort, but they also prevent injuries by offering more support to your feet and ankles.  To see the list of benefits of wearing hiking boots click here.

 1) Karrimor Bodmin IV Weathertite2) Merrell Jungle Moc3) Merrell Moab Ventilator4) Hi-Tec Keswick Waterproof5) Merrell Intercept
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 6) Berghaus Men's Expeditor AQ Trek7) Mens Inuvik Fully Waterproof8) Karrimor Bodmin Low IV Weathertite9) Merrell All Out Blaze Vent Gore-tex10) Hi-Tec Men's Eurotek II
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How To Choose The Best Hiking Boots For Men

When it comes to deciding what are the best men’s hiking boots to buy, there are many factors to take into account.  Fortunately women can also use walking boots for men so it gives them more options, but there are some differences when it comes to hiking boots for women.

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Great Britain

Activity – One of the biggest factors that will determine what the best hiking shoes for you would be is the type of activities you’ll be participating in. 

If you’re a beginner and you’ll only be hiking small mountains then a pair of lightweight hiking boots might be more ideal.  Whereas if you’re experienced or you want something more challenging and you’ll be hiking Ben Nevis, Mont Blanc or even Mount Everest then you’ll need a pair that is extremely durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions.

If you’re stuck for ideas or you want a tough challenge then check out the world’s best hikes, then we’re sure you’ll be on the each of your seat.

Hiking boots are not just for mountain hiking, they are also often used for backpacking, climbing or hunting, and they can even be used as dog walking shoes.

Location & Climate – The climate will depend on where the location of your hiking trip is based.  Mountains will be colder the higher up you get, but if your trip involves trekking in a country which has tropical climate and your route does not involve much elevation then a pair of summer hiking shoes would be ideal.

Low to medium top boots made from material that’ll give your feet a bit more ventilation is more suited to hiking in warmer climate.

Hiking in places where the climate is cold and weather conditions are harsh would require heavy duty winter hiking boots.  Medium or high top boots with tough durable material would be ideal.

Outer Material – Most hiking boots are made from leather as the material is hard wearing.

High/Mid/Low Top – The boots will come in different levels of cuts, each type of boot has its own purpose and may be more suited to different types of activities.  Below is a list of pros and cons of each type:

High top – Completely covers your ankles, more associated with long hikes where you’ll face tough weather conditions.

Pros:

  • Provides maximum support and protection for your ankles.
  • Generally durable and hard wearing.
  • Able to endure harsh weather conditions and most will be completely waterproof.

Cons:

  • Will be heavier than mid & low top boots.
  • Not as practical for hiking in warmer climate.

 

Mid top – These will usually either partially cover your ankles or just about cover your ankles.  The style of these types of boots makes it a good all-rounder, but you’ll probably be better off with the high tops for long tough hikes.

Pros:

  • Good all-rounder so can be used in cool and warm climate.

Cons:

  • Doesn’t provide as much ankle support as the high tops.

 

Low top – Kind of like trainers but made to endure excessive walking, ideal for hiking in warm climate or shorter hikes.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and more ventilated.
  • Plenty of options to choose from.
  • Can even be used for everyday use.

Cons:

  • No ankle support.
  • Would struggle to endure harsh weather conditions.

Closure – This is how the boots are fastened up, most will be lace ups as this is the most secure.

Merrell Intercept 2

A pair of lightweight hiking boots are ideal for shorter hikes

Shoe Width – Most boots will have a regular shoe width, manufacturers will usually mention if the shoes come up bigger or smaller.

Weight – The combined weight of the pair of shoes, of course low top shoes will generally be more lightweight than mid or high tops.  An even lighter pair if weight is your concern would be walking sandals, however this is not as practical for hiking or uneven terrain.

Price – Good quality hiking boots will generally cost more but as this is going to be one of the most important piece of hiking equipment it’s worth investing in a good pair of hiking boots. 

If you’re a beginner or your trip is not too strenuous you can still buy cheap hiking boots which are fairly good quality.

 

Waterproof Hiking Boots For Men

Berghaus Men's Epeditor AQ

The Berghaus Men’s Epeditor AQ are completely waterproof

Waterproof hiking boots are required especially when going on hikes where you’re likely to face adverse weather conditions.  Be sure to regularly clean and reproof your boots to prolong its usage and to maintain their waterproof ability.

The waterproof function keeps your feet dry and prevents rain and snow from getting in.  It is essential for trips where the climate is a lot colder and will last a few days or more. 

In our table we’ve marked with a tick for boots that are weatherproof and a cross for ones that are not.  An amber light would indicate that they are not fully waterproof but more splash proof.

 

Hiking Boots vs Ordinary Trainers Or Shoes 

If you’re unsure whether you need walking boots or not as you own a comfortable pair of trainers or shoes that you feel would do the trick, then unfortunately we’d have to disagree for the following reasons:

 

  • They offer more support and stability for your ankles, so you’re less likely to roll your ankle.
  • Waterproof models are designed to endure adverse weather conditions.
  • You’ll probably be carrying a large backpack so you’ll need supportive footwear.
  • Boots designed for cold to freezing climate will be made with materials designed to keep your feet warm.
  • They are more hard wearing and durable so are less likely to break during longer treks.
  • The boots will usually be anti-slip enabling you to have more grip and balance.