If you’ve ever hit the 10,000-step mark on your smartphone and regretted your shoe choice, you’ll know that the right footwear is of the utmost important to take your love of walking up a gear. Whether you’re a hardened hiker or first-time walker, there are several boxes to tick when it comes to choosing women walking boots. Here’s a few things to look for before you hit ‘add to bag’….
- Comfort is key, so pick a pair of walking boots with cushioning. An EVA or PU midsole will provide plenty of padding underfoot and ensure a bouncy tread
- How often do you walk? For once-a-summer treks, you can afford to lean towards less expensive, lightweight designs while hardcore hikers will need increased durability – look out for grained leather and Gore-Tex® constructions
- Wherever your hike takes you, no doubt you’ll encounter a variety of terrains. Good traction means the soles of your walking boots will grip uneven surfaces just as well as flat ones – think rocky mountain climbs, woodland explorations and coastal trails
- It might seem like a no-brainer, but finding the right fit is important. Caged lacing is flexible so moves with your foot, while double-hook fastenings make sure your bootsare secure
- Should your destination be soggy, you’ll want to choose walking boots that are waterproof. If water gets into your boots, not only will your feet rub and blister but the boots themselves will become weaker and less able to withstand long hikes. We test all our walking boots in the lab and realistic settings – so you can expect comfort and durability whatever the weather – and recommend using mini gaiters to further prevent water (as well as sand or stones) getting into the top of the shoe
Now you know what you’re looking for, put your best foot forward with our top five walking boot styles for women:
Quechua Forclaz 100 Hiking Shoes
If long hikes are reserved for summer holidays or a couple of times a year, the Forclaz 100 from Quechua is ideal. They’re not built to be used intensively – which means they can be designed with a super lightweight frame –but still have all the supportive, waterproof and breathable qualities you’d expect from a hiking shoe.
Quechua Forclaz 500 Walking Boots
These are best suited to flat terrains and roads or pavements and are complete with two top hooks and a blocking hook to support the roll of the foot. A Cross-contact sole with 5mm cleats helps with grip on hard as well as wet surfaces, so there’s no need to worry about the weather.
Quechua Trekking 600 Walking Boots
Similarly to the Trek 500 walking boots, the Trek 600 are designed to support the roll of the foot but should be considered an upgrade with added benefits. They’re best for mountain hikes and rugged marked trails, and are much more rigid – note the tough grained-leather upper for extra support, durability and longevity.
Lowa Renegade Walking Boots
You can expect optimum comfort and support from Lowa’s Renegade walking boots. Rocky mountain terrains are an easy feat when you’re wearing these, as is a change in temperature thanks to the waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex® and leather membrane. Traction is ticked off too courtesy of the VIBRAM® sole, while the PU midsole gives good bounce and durability.
Salomon X Ultra Walking Boots
The lightest of our best women’s walking boots picks, the X Ultra style from Salomon has a Gore-Tex® sockliner to help repel water and improve breathability, as well as regulate temperature throughout the seasons. An added benefit, the advanced frame offers excellent stability making these hiking boots best for mountain treks and rough terrain.
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