Who doesn't love a good walk? To see you through tough trails, over big hills, up to the highest peaks and back again, supportive and comfortable hiking shoes make a huge difference to your happiness and performance.
Find the best pair for the job and make multi-day treks feel like a walk in the park. Not taking your footwear seriously can wreak havoc on your whole body, not just your feet.
Our top picks of 2021
We're fans of Lowa Renegade as they incorporate Gore-Tex waterproof material meaning your feet will stay dry even when you're hiking in winter conditions. The waterproof fabric does allow your feet to breath too so your not overheating and causing blisters. The frame of the shoe is supportive to stop those typical injuries such as ankle rolls.
The Salomon X Ultra 4 Gore-Tex Shoes may look tough as old boots but offer hikers agility similar to trail running shoes, with stability around the ankles and toes like a more traditional hiking boot. They are the best of both worlds and are also waterproof - ideal for taking around the UK! Your feet will also be cushioned and therefore comfortable thanks to the EnergyCell midsole and the rubber sole grips to even the most uneven of terrain.
The Keen Ridge Flex Waterproof Hiking Shoes are waterproof, the speed laces make doing these up in damp conditions with cold hands easy and they are constructed with a quick-drying lining! The 5mm lugs provide great traction on all types of trails which combined with the compression-moulded EVA midsole - makes long walks comfortable and stable.
The Merrell MQM Flex 2 Gore-Tex® Shoes are great for those who like to tackle trails at speed as they perform much like a trainer. They are lightweight, protect your feet, keep them dry and cool and the materials are fully vegan. The 5mm lugs are dual-directional in the midsole offer enhanced ground connection so you can avoid slipping!
Salomon not only make incredible trail running shoes, but their hiking shoes are also super popular and it's easy to see why. The Salomon OUTline Prism Gore-Tex Shoes offer the flexibility of a running shoe and are lightweight but with sturdy premium protection. They are waterproof and have a protective mudguard to keep you dry whatever the weather but when it's hot - don't fret, your feet won't overheat thanks to the breathable mesh.
For those looking for an everyday walking shoe and not just a pair to wear on long hikes - the Berghaus Exped Trek 2.0 Tech Boot could be what you are looking for. These boots are durable but supple so your feet are comfortable and the mesh means your feet can breathe easy and not overheat.
Similar to popular running shoes, The North Face Vectiv Exploris Futurelight Shoe has been built with a rocker to help propel your forward with each stride and the heels and toes are also reinforced for protection over difficult terrain. The shoe is built from sustainable materials which provide excellent ventilation without sacrificing being waterproof.