The brisk autumn chill is coming along with the changing of the leaves and the possibility of new adventures. For this, you’ll need to update your choice of footwear, because there are a ton of new styles out for hiking and you need to check them out. As our technology advances, so does our hiking boot designing capabilities, so you should throw out your old pair of boots and see what is being offered next.
With national parks and new trails abound, there is a need for sturdier but lighter shoes so you can rock scramble or climb your way to the top of the peak in comfort and ease. Or with colder hikes coming, check out the warmer options.
When it comes to the best hiking boots for men, these are the ones to get.
1. Cole Haan ZERØGRAND Hiker Boot
Cole Haan, you’ve done it again. Are we surprised, though? Not in the slightest. The 4.ZERØGRAND Hiker Boot is the newest addition to their iconic line of footwear that’s fully 2020 ready. It’s made with a luxuriously cozy footbed to keep your foot comfortable no matter where you’re going and has z waterproof leather and suede exterior to take on any kind of day you bring these.
2. Sperry Nylon Duck Boot
Sperry’s stylish 2020 Fall boots are here, and the blue nylon duck boot is going to be a hot pick for Autumn and winter this year. Classic, yet new, the nylon style provides comfort in all kinds of weather.
3. Hoka Kaka Gore-Tex
Hoka is mostly known for its stellar running shoes, competing with Nike for top dog and their version of the hiking boot is no different. Quite robust in style as well as comfort, this shoe is worth taking a look at if you’re interested in breathability because this boot is lined with Gore-Tex which is great for hot days on the trails. It’ll keep your feet nice and cool as you trek up to the peak of your next climb. Another perk of the Hoka boot is the thick and cushioned mid-sole which makes rocky downhill climbs easier on your feet.
4. Sperry Saltwater Wool Duck Boot
This stylish red plaid pattern will have you leaping out of bed every morning to lace these boots up. Comfortable, waterproof, and fashionable, these are Sperry in all their glory.
5. The North Face Safien Mid GTX Hiking Shoes
The North Face is known for its stellar outerwear, from jackets to sweatshirts to sweatpants. So, don’t be so shocked that these hiking shoes are made for extreme outdoor excursions. They’re super comfortable and have a shock-absorbing midsole to prevent any mishaps. They’re also totally waterproof and have a mudguard to provide you 100% protection no matter how off-trail you end up.
6. LaCrosse Iceman 10′ Boot
Feel like stomping around in some thick snow today while also wearing killer-looking boots? LaCrosse has an all-black boot for winter that will make your toes and ankles rejoice. With great support, a thick sole and toe, LaCrosse has made a boot that can’t be beaten.
7. Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX
The backpacker’s dream boot, the Salomon Quest 4D is a model that has only improved with time. Best for backpacking with heavier loads, this boot will change your ideas of hiking and comfort. Waterproof, durable and comfortable, this one will surely beat any other shoe you’ve tried to hike in. Once you slide these on, there will be no going back. Best for longer hikes and treks because at 3.3 pounds, that’s a lot of weight on your feet which you should always take into consideration. If you’re headed out for a couple of weeks, then these are the boots for you.
8. Sorel Caribou Waterproof Boot
A waterproof boot that’s also stylish in a warm camel color is all we need to keep us happy going into the cooler months. Sorel’s Caribou boot has a rounded toe, rubber top, and thick, fluffy white lining to keep you extra warm when the weather turns.
9. Keen Targhee II MID
Ar 2.4 pounds, this is a durable boot for a great price, which is surprisingly low given the quality. Mostly waterproof but not the best for a trek across the river, the Keen Targhee is an excellent choice. It has a higher arch than most boots which gives you ample ankle support on longer hikes and wears well with age. Made from quality leather, this boot is a good option for those with wider feet who need a thicker sole.
10. Croc’s All Cast II Snow Boot
Synthetic nubuck with a rounded waterproof toe, what more could we ask for in a stylish and functional winter hiking boot? Maybe a cup of hot chocolate, but we’ll settle for these warm boots with shearling around the collar on our next outdoor adventure.
11. Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX
The best boot for off the trail scrambling or climbing, the Scarpa has a flexible sole that gives you the ultimate maneuvering power. Durable and comfortable, this is an essential lightweight boot that is impressively waterproof. With a Vibram sole, it has an intensely stable platform and can even be paired with a crampon for snow hiking. Not the most flexible for flat slab hiking on rock, this is ultimately a more technical boot.
12. Lowa Zephyr Mid TF Hiking Boot
If you’re hiking in warmer temperatures, look no further than these mid hiking boots ready to take on whatever your day brings. They’re made with a leather upper and have a lining that easily wicks moisture, dries as soon as possible and ventilates so your foot doesn’t feel trapped or sweaty. These shoes are made for any and all kinds of terrain and will absolutely get you from point A to point B.
13. Salomon X Ultra Mid 3 GTX
Salomon has another contender on our list of best hiking boots and the X Ultra Mid 3 is a boot that will be hard to beat. This versatile boot is great for longer hikes or casual jaunts with friends around the trails, making it an equal contender and a great value. It’s a lightweight boot with durable heft, ample ankle support and stands taller than the Salomon Quest listed above, which will give you more coverage for bush and scrub clearance. Overall, a great pick for those who need something for everything.
14. Lowa Renegade GTX Mid
A comfortable boot that offers stability and a low collar for the ankle, the Lowa Renegade is a fantastic pick for lighter boots. Durable and steady for easier hikes and scrambles, this one has a lot to offer in terms of comfort based on the price. If you’re looking for a mid-size boot for shorter hikes, this one is for you, but watch out for the tricky upper laces, they can be annoying. Either way, the Lowa offers a great waterproof boot at under 3 pounds.
15. NORTIV 8 Waterproof Hiking Winter Snow Boots
Visually speaking, these are pretty extra — but hey, they’ll keep you warm. These hiking winter snow boots are the perfect fit for when your favorite trails accumulate a few layers of snow. They are waterproof and completely warming so your feet stay both dry and cozy no matter what’s going on under your sole. They are completely non-slip, so wherever you go, you’re sure to get there in one piece.
16. La Sportiva Trango Tech GTX
Not your average hiking boot, the La Sportiva is more of an alpine mountaineering boot, not intended for the easier scramble one might find oneself on but still an interesting choice. Stylishly flamboyant, this boot is great for rough terrain but much too stiff for the average hiker. If you’re looking for something pristine and professional and are used to stiffer, more heavy-duty hiking boots, these could work for you. If not, you might want to take them off your list.
17. Keen Targhee III MID
A great durable boot, the Keen Targhee III Mid is an excellent choice for easy hikes. Comfortable and ready to hit the trails out of the box, there’s no need to break these ones in although for the cheaper price, they aren’t as breathable and don’t last as long. A mid-range contender, Keen has produced a boot for the average hiker, not the best option for a serious backpacking trip. Choose these if you’re more into casual hikes, not bagging peaks.