About twenty years ago, it's fair to say women didn't have the best time of it when it came to the choice of female friendly hiking boots. Thankfully, times have moved on a lot with brands now placing a far greater emphasis on designing women-specific boots. In general, women have narrower heels, slightly lower ankles, and lower foot volume overall. However, this is as stated - a generalisation. The most important thing, as it's always been, is to find a brand of boot that's closest to your own foot shape.
The women's walking boots featured below won't, in our opinion, leave you feeling disappointed. They're top of the class for comfort, performance, balance, and, in the majority of cases, style. Not only that, but they're also lightweight without sacrificing all-important sturdiness. A bad boot can ruin time spent in the outdoors, but with these on the wearer's feet - that potential issue gets removed from the equation.
The North Face Women's Terra Mid Gore-Tex
The North Face know a thing or two about making high quality gear for the great outdoors. They certainly haven't dropped the ball with the Women's Terra Mid. This product is extremely rugged, hard-wearing, and durable in all manner of conditions. It's Gore-Tex waterproof technology means the boot is both waterproof and breathable. Well considered insoles and outsoles work together to optimise traction, grip, and underfoot comfort. No matter the ruggedness of the terrain, these things will do a good job.
They're available in sizes between four and eight, and feature striking dashes of purple on the sole, the upper, the tongue, and the collar. The RRP price is £135, but if you shop around you should be able to get them on a reduction. Recommended.
KEEN Women's Oakridge Polar Waterproof Boot
When it comes to making quality hiking boots, footwear specialists KEEN have definitely got previous. The Oakridge Polar Waterproof boot for women has everything you could want in that it's breathable, warm, waterproof, and comfortable.
Features on this boot, that's perfect for wet and wintery hikes, include a non-marking rubber outsole, a stability shank, multi-directional lugs, and a Cleansport NXT™ for natural odour control. Oh, and that fleece lining will make your feet feel like they're encased inside a foot-shaped jumper. For a cosy, happy, hiking foot it really is all about the Oakridge.
Merrell Moab FST Mid Gore-Tex
For straight out of the box comfort, Merrell are right at the top of the class. The Moab FST Mid only serves to underline this. No matter how uncomfortable the terrain underfoot, this boot will keep you and your feet feeling in control.
Athletic styling, lightweight midsole, breathable mesh lining, and a Vibram MegaGrip outsole are just some of the elements that make this shoe such an enticing prospect. The outsole, in particular, offers traction and durability on both wet and dry terrain. Throw in the very impressive contoured footbed and organic odour control, and it's safe to say that you can't go far wrong with the Merrell Moab.
Berghaus Women's Expeditor AQ Ridge
Whether you're into hiking fells, fields, or farting about in the park; the Berghaus Women's Expeditor AQ Ridge is a superbly versatile activity boot that will keep your feet comfortable from dusk till dawn. If you're the type of person who likes your boot to have been royally endorsed, you'll also be interested to know that the Expeditor is on the Duke of Edinburgh Award's Recommended Kit List.
The Expeditor is constructed from an extremely durable full grain leather, and an AQ waterproof lining. It's the perfect choice for the outdoor enthusiast who loves being outside, no matter the activity. The cleverly designed outsole pattern means you'll have grip and traction, whatever the weather. Seriously, you need these boots on your shortlist.
Anatom V2 Lomond Women's Light Hiking Boots
The Anatom V2 Lomond is an excellent women's lightweight hiking boot. It combines heavenly comfort, with sturdy support and a floaty feel. But don't, whatever you do, let the lightness of it fool you into thinking it can't handle tough terrain. The V2 Lomond is made from extremely durable materials, and comes with a lifetime warranty. Anatom don't just talk the talk, you see, they walk the walk as well.
The calibrated midsole means torsional support is optimised in key areas, without sacrificing that all important flex. Anatom's website claims that the V2 Lomond has been "designed specifically for the female foot." With its balance of lightness, comfort, performance and aesthetically pleasing styling; these boots are the complete package for keen adventurers. They're also just under £100 in price. Bonus.
Adidas Women’s AX2 GORE-TEX® Mid Boot
With fast hiking and versatile adventuring at the forefront of its thinking, the Adidas Women's AX2 Mid is a lightweight, supportive, breathable mid-cut walking boot that's been produced in conjunction with Gore-Tex. The midsole and outsole have been designed to maximise cushioning, support, and comfort on the trails while the technical underfoot sole pattern offers good grip and agility for hikers.
They look great, they're reliably waterproof and breathable, and they deliver optimal traction no matter what Mother Nature decides to throw at you and your feet. They've supposedly been designed specifically for the female foot, come in sizes four to eight, and are available in three different colourings. We reckon you'll love what this boot has to offer.