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29 Best Hiking Shoes for Women In 2021 (The Ultimate Guide)

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These are the best hiking shoes for women, in 2021.

After twenty years of hiking, there’s one thing I know very well; never underestimate the sole-saving power of a good hiking shoe.

You see, nothing feels as miserable as being on a long trail while wearing painful shoes.

I’ve been there a few times in my life, hence the desire to put together this article and share with you the best hiking shoes for women you can buy right now.

Putting together a top of the best hiking shoes for women is not an easy task.

That’s because to be considered one of the best, a hiking shoe must offer a good balance of weight, water protection, blister prevention, comfort, durability, and traction.


IN THIS ARTICLE

Best hiking shoe overall
Best ultralight hiking shoes
Best supportive hiking shoes
Best affordable hiking shoes
Best Lightweight hiking shoes
Best hiking shoes for those with wide feet
Best supportive hiking shoes
Best stable and grippy hiking shoes
Best hiking shoes with a wide fit
Best versatile hiking shoes
Best day hiking shoes
Best stylish hiking shoes
Best hiking accessories


For this article, I’ve used my own two feet to break in and test dozens of women’s hiking shoes over thousands of miles.

Also, to make sure these are the best trail shoes for women right now, I’ve reached out and asked lots of hiking experts.

Finally, I’ve compiled hundreds of reviews on women’s hiking shoes from highly reputable sources and presented them in two main lists, as you’ll see below.

Before we start, here’s one thing I recommend: never waste your money on cheap hiking shoes – see the purchase as an investment in your wellbeing, both physical and emotional.





What’s Most Important in a Hiking Shoe?

When it comes to hiking shoes, there are certain things you need to consider:

– comfort and fit

Comfort and fit are the most important considerations when choosing hiking footwear.

Different people need different shoes (wide vs. narrow, arch support, etc.)

– price

We tend to spend a bit more on quality footwear because our adventures’ success depends on having happy and healthy feet.

Comfort and fit usually trump cost in our books.

That’s why, in my top picks below, I’ll introduce you to quality options at various price points.

– weight

Weight on your feet zaps about five times more energy than weight carried on your back.

Lighter shoes mean less muscle fatigue, less stumbling, and help avoid knee and hip flexor problems.

That doesn’t mean heavier shoes are bad, though. If you do a lot of rugged hiking, or you like carrying a heavier pack, you may be more confident in burlier shoes.

– durability

One of the most significant advantages of hiking shoes is that they offer an outstanding balance of durability, weight, and comfort.

If durability is more important to you than weight, a hiking boot or shoe is likely an excellent option for you.

– waterproof

Waterproof shoes can be a real lifesaver if you often hike in wet, muddy areas.

I personally like using waterproof boots for shorter hikes in spring and fall.

As a bonus, waterproof shoes collect less blister-causing debris than non-waterproof mesh shoes.

On the other hand, they aren’t very breathable, and they can be heavy and slow to dry when they get wet.

Non-waterproof shoes are more breathable, and though they’re susceptible to getting wet, they dry quickly.

– grip and traction

Traction is one of the most important aspects of backpacking and hiking footwear, and very relevant according to the variety of terrain you’re going to tackle.

Your shoes will take you over narrow and rocky ridgelines, through slippery water crossings, and across loose scree fields.

Knowing that your footwear will keep you from slipping is crucial, especially over washed out or exposed sections of trail.

We heavily factored quality traction into all of our footwear recommendations.

– maintenance

Waterproof footwear is ideal for soggy day hikes, but it’s important to remember that “waterproof” doesn’t mean that water can never get in.

Water always finds a way in during a prolonged downpour, and light rain can drip down your legs and into your shoes.

Even the highest quality shoes will develop small holes that allow moisture to creep in overtime.

Waterproof treatments are not permanent; you’ll have to reapply often to keep your shoes sealed.





Best Hiking Shoes For Women In 2021

Now that we know what to look for in an ideal pair of hiking shoes, let’s get to the ranks.

While numbered, the list of best hiking shoes for women is not a value rank but a display of the best shoes out there right now.

The list contains hiking shoes for every need and budget, from walking boots to trail runners.

Without further ado, these are the best hiking shoes for women right now.

1. Salomon X Ultra 3 Low GTX
(best hiking shoes overall for traction, comfort, & durability)

Salomon-X-Ultra-3-Low-GTX hiking shoes for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb 9.9 oz

SIZING
True to size; fits narrow, wide sizes available

RETAIL PRICE
$150

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Out-of-the-box comfort
  • Stable
  • Excellent traction
  • Durable
  • Secure fit
  • Narrow fit isn’t for everyone
  • Quicklace needs improvement
  • Expensive

BOTTOM LINE

The Salomon X Ultra 3 Low GTX is a pair of solid and trail-ready shoes.

I find them great for day hikers and lightweight backpackers.

These shoes fit, perform, and feel like a cross between a trail runner and a hiking shoe.

I really like the excellent balance between weight, durability, and support.

The X Ultras do not need break-in and are a great all-around choice for anyone who does a lot of hiking.

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2. Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator
(best Ventilated Hiking Shoes)

Merrell-Moab-2-Ventilator hiking shoes for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1lb 11oz / 772g

SIZING
True to size

RETAIL PRICE
$100

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Delightfully breathable materials
  • Super comfortable right from the start
  • Long-lasting
  • Excellent grip
  • Not that many color options
  • Needs some extra water repellent treatment

BOTTOM LINE

This is a perfect hiking shoe – hence the reason Merrell’s best-selling Moab is nicknamed “mother of all boots.”

My first pair of hikers were Merrell Moabs, as suggested by my climbing expert friend.

It was a piece of great advice, as they’re still holding up to this day.

Similarly, Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator is super comfy, right from mile one.

Moreover, these shoes have plenty of grips thanks to the Vibram sole and the 5mm lug depth.

I’d also recommend this pair for day hikes in the summer thanks to their delightfully breathable construct.

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3. Altra Lone Peak 5
(best ultralight hiking shoes)

Altra-Lone-Peak hiking shoes for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb 2.4 oz

SIZING
True to size; wide sizes available

RETAIL PRICE
$130

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Roomy toe box
  • Excellent traction
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to attach gaiters
  • Breathable
  • Rock plate (increased protection and durability insole)
  • Mesh can wear out quickly
  • A bit too light for heavy terrain

BOTTOM LINE

From my list of best hiking shoes for women, I feel there’s a lot to love about Altra’s Lone Peak 5s.

They’re grippy, lightweight, and they have an extraordinarily roomy toe box.

I have been a Lone Peak line fan for a while, but from all, the 5s are the best.

The most notable improvements include a more narrow fit for the standard version.

Don’t worry, the classic foot-shaped toe box is still there, plus the addition of wide-size options.

The Lone Peaks have long been a staple for thru-hikers.

Now, they’re great for anyone wanting lightweight comfort without giving up performance.

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4. Keen Targhee Vent Mid
(best Ventilated Hiking Boots)

Keen Targhee Vent Mid hiking shoes for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
15 oz

SIZING
True to size

RETAIL PRICE
$140

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Rubber outsole made to take on any terrain
  • Added ankle support
  • Durable but comfortable
  • Hard to find fitting insoles once you remove the supportive footbed

BOTTOM LINE

Mesh panels bring breathability to Keen’s most beloved hikers so you don’t end up feeling like you slogged through a swamp, on a hot summer day hike.

The rubber outsole is made to take on any terrain, and the mid-height offers added ankle support.

In my opinion, these are the best trail running shoes/ankle hiking boots out there, matching great with outdoor clothing.

Very comfortable shoes, you can use them on steep terrain, difficult terrain, rough terrain, and even if you have a flat foot.

And the footbed is supportive but also removable in case you prefer to use your insoles.

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5. Oboz Sawtooth II Low BDry
(best supportive & durable hiking shoes for rugged trails)

Oboz Sawtooth II Low BDry

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
2 lbs 1.1 oz

SIZING
True to size; wide toe box

RETAIL PRICE
$140

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Excellent traction
  • Durable
  • Stable
  • Supportive
  • Wide toe box
  • Wide fit isn’t for everyone
  • Heavy

BOTTOM LINE

If you have ‘picky’ feet, it can be hard to find a hiking shoe that works for you.

From all I’ve tried, the Oboz Sawtooth II Low BDry has the comfiest wide fit out there.

Also, I find them the most supportive shoes I’ve tested, so they may be what you need.

Durable and stable, these shoes can handle even the roughest trails.

Overall, the Sawtooths are ideal for hikers who don’t mind a heavier shoe, if it provides substantial support.

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6. Oboz Sawtooth II Low B-Dry Hiking Shoe
(best Waterproof Hiking Shoes)

Oboz Sawtooth II Low B-Dry hiking shoes for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb 1 oz

SIZING
Tight fit. Choose a 1/2 size up.

RETAIL PRICE
$140

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • An excellent choice for beginners and experts
  • Waterproof membrane
  • Great traction
  • Can be a bit too heavy

BOTTOM LINE

Crowned the Editor’s Choice hiking shoe for women by several outdoor testing labs, the Sawtooth II is an excellent choice for both beginners and experts.

The B-Dry waterproof membrane allows moisture to vent out of the shoe while keeping the water from puddles or streams from making its way in.

Your steps will be amply cushioned, and sculpted arch support will make for happy feet, even after you’ve logged some serious mileage.

It also delivers on traction with its sticky rubber soles, though they weigh the shoe down a bit.

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7. Merrell Siren Edge 3 WP Low
(best affordable & lightweight hiking shoes)

Merrell Siren Edge 3 WP Low hiking shoes

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb 5.8 oz

SIZING
Fits narrow

RETAIL PRICE
$110

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Out-of-the-box comfort
  • Breathable
  • Excellent traction
  • Not very supportive

BOTTOM LINE

Hikers who like the feel of trail runners but want something a little more durable may find the Merrell Siren Edge 3 WP Low to offer the right balance.

The Siren Edges are really comfy, light, and pretty breathable for waterproof shoes.

The Q3 version got significant updates over the Q2, including the switch from Merrell’s proprietary tread to Vibram outsoles.

This is a very welcome upgrade, as underwhelming traction was my biggest issue with the Q2.

The Siren Edges are lightweight and affordable, making them an excellent option for lightweight backpackers and hikers on a budget.

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8. Columbia Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Amped Hiking Boot
(best Waterproof Hiking Boots)

Columbia Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Amped hiking boots for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
13.7 oz

SIZING
True to size

RETAIL PRICE
$90

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Waterproof construct
  • Excellent sole grip
  • Easy to clean
  • Good price for what it does
  • Not quite breathable

BOTTOM LINE

Anytime we’re heading somewhere where it’s recently rained or if there’s a chance the weather may take a turn for the worse, these are the hiking boots I grab.

The waterproof suede uppers are sturdy; the rubber soles have a ton of grip, and they’re great quality boots for how affordable they are.

A bonus: from all the best hiking shoes for women on my list, I’ve found these to be the easiest to clean.

Also, each time I’ve put them on I felt that the red-laced style made me feel like Cheryl Strayed, but with far fewer blisters.

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9. Saucony Peregrine 11
(lightweight hiking shoes with excellent traction)

Saucony Peregrine 11 hiking shoes for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb 3.7 oz

SIZING
True to size

RETAIL PRICE
$120

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Excellent traction
  • Breathable
  • Secure fit
  • Great look
  • Mesh can wear out quickly

BOTTOM LINE

I’ve been hiking in Saucony Peregrines for many years, and they’ve always been near the top of my ranks.

My favorite thing about these shoes is their exceptional traction – no matter what type of terrain I use them on, they perform like a dream.

The newest iteration of the Peregrines features a durable top layer over the bootie.

This gives you the same sock-like comfort as the Peregrine 10s, but the upper is more rugged overall.

The Peregrine 11s are a well-rounded lightweight hiking shoe that is sure to keep your feet happy on the trail all day long.

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10. Altra Footwear Lone Peak 4 Mid RSM
(best Lightweight Hiking Boots)

Altra Footwear Lone Peak 4 Mid RSM hiking shoes for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
12 oz

SIZING
True to size; wide sizes available

RETAIL PRICE
$160

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Very light and comfortable
  • Amazing support
  • Zero drop construct
  • Suitable for all types of weather
  • Can take a bit of struggle to put them on

BOTTOM LINE

The same hiking expert did a section of the Pacific Crest Trail last summer.

When he got back, he reported back that no less than half the shoes he saw hikers wearing were made by Altra, a famous running brand.

This mid-cut pair offers a ridiculous amount of support for weighing only 12 ounces.

Praised for their unique Footshape toebox and flawless zero-drop construction (where your heel and forefoot are the same distance from the ground), the Lone Peak 4 is equipped to stand up to rain, snow, and mud (what the RSM in the name stands for).

Though many reviewers say they’re a bit of a struggle to put on and lace-up, they’re worth it.

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11. Merrell Moab 2 WP Low
(best hiking shoe for those with wide feet)

Merrell Moab 2 WP Low hiking shoes for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb 13.7 oz

SIZING
True to size; fits wide

RETAIL PRICE
$125

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Breathable
  • Good traction
  • Heavy
  • High heel-to-toe drop
  • The wide fit isn’t for everyone

BOTTOM LINE

If you’re looking for the right value shoe that doesn’t compromise quality, the Merrell Moab 2 WP Lows are an excellent choice.

These shoes – and their Moab Mid counterparts – have been a favorite among hikers for many years now due to their durability and comfort.

The well-rounded Moabs are pretty breathable for waterproof shoes, and I find them comfy enough to wear all day.

I recommend the Moabs for hikers and backpackers on a budget who prioritize comfort and dependability.

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12. Salomon XA Pro 3D V8
(supportive hiking shoes with a narrow fit)

Salomon XA Pro 3D V8 women's hiking shoes

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb 7.9 oz

SIZING
Large fit. Choose a 1/2 size down.

RETAIL PRICE
$130

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Supportive
  • Stable
  • Excellent traction
  • Durable
  • Rock plate (increased protection and durability insole)
  • Quicklace limits adjustability
  • High heel-to-toe drop
  • Feels a bit heavy

BOTTOM LINE

With excellent traction and a stable, supportive build, the Salomon XA Pro 3D V8 is ideal for hiking over tricky terrain.

Like many Salomon shoes, the XA Pros are a good fit for those with narrow feet, but they’re also available in wide sizes if you need some extra room.

The quality build of these shoes will keep you on the trail for hundreds of miles, and they’re great for those looking for a less bulky shoe for rugged hikes.

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13. Keen Targhee III Low WP
(stable & grippy hiking shoes with a wide toe box)

Keen Targhee III Low WP women's hiking shoes

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb. 11.8 oz.

SIZING
True to size; fits wide

RETAIL PRICE
$140

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Supportive
  • Stable
  • Excellent traction
  • Roomy toe box
  • The secure lacing system
  • Heavy
  • Stiff
  • Requires more extended break-in period
  • Can feel large rocks through the sole

BOTTOM LINE

The Keen Targhee III Low WP shoes are a crowd favorite because they’re supportive, have excellent traction and feature a generously wide toe box.

The lacing system on the Targhees includes a unique band that attaches behind the heel to provide a secure, locked-in feeling that helps with stability on uneven terrain.

These shoes are a little stiff, so I recommend adding aftermarket insoles if you like extra cushioning underfoot.

That said, the challenging build and roomy design make the Targhees an excellent choice for hikers who want a more traditional hiking shoe.

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14. Vasque Talus Trek UltraDry Hiking Boot
(Best for Ankle Support)

Vasque Talus Trek UltraDry Hiking Boot for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb. 13 oz.

SIZING
True to size; flexible fit

RETAIL PRICE
$150

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Supportive
  • Stable
  • Excellent traction
  • Heavy and stiff
  • The narrow fit isn’t for everyone
  • Hot in the summer

BOTTOM LINE

I have been taking to the trails in Vasque’s Talus Trek for the last few years and here’s what I think.

First, the updated version of this style is another fantastic contender for those with touchy ankles.

The easy speed-lacing construction allows you to customize how tight you’d like them to hug your ankles.

Second, they can get a bit hot in the summer.

Overall, keep her feet dry and steady, especially on super rocky terrain.

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15. HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 4
(cushy trail runners with premium insoles & a wide fit)

HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 4 women's hiking shoes

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb 4.7 oz

SIZING
True to size; wide toe box

RETAIL PRICE
$145

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Comfortable
  • Very cushy soles
  • Excellent traction
  • Supportive
  • Roomy toe box
  • Expensive
  • Wide fit isn’t for everyone
  • Not as stable as others

BOTTOM LINE

HOKAs are known for their outstanding comfort and support on the track, and I think the Speedgoat 4 is the best in the lineup.

The Speedgoats are super comfy, and the wide toe box allows for swelling when you’re logging lots of miles.

While the thick midsole is comfy and does a great job of providing protection underfoot, I noticed that the tall stack height in the midsole can feel a bit unstable at times.

That said, I like the latest iteration of the Speedgoat, and many long-distance hikers swear by them.

In my opinion, these are deserving to be in the list of best hiking shoes for women in 2021.

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16. Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Wide Width
(best for wide feet)

Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator Wide Width women's hiking shoes

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb 11 oz

SIZING
True to size; fits wide

RETAIL PRICE
$100

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Delightfully breathable materials
  • Super comfortable right from the start
  • Long-lasting
  • Excellent grip
  • Not too many color or design options
  • Are not water resistant

BOTTOM LINE

I’ve already sung the Moab’s praises above on Ventilator and the WP Low models.

Yet, the brand is also known for making super comfy hiking shoes for those with wider-set feet.

The plush padding of the tongue and collar balances well with the airflow from the upper’s breathable mesh panels.

Again, these aren’t water-resistant; they’re great for hiking on a hot, dry day.

However, Merrell does make a waterproof wide version if you prefer.

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17. Ahnu by Teva Montara III Event
(best traction for wet conditions)

Ahnu by Teva Montara III Event women's hiking boots

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb. 9.9 oz.

SIZING
True to size; fits narrow, wide sizes available

RETAIL PRICE
$77

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Stable
  • Excellent traction
  • Roomy toe box
  • Heavy
  • Stiff at times
  • Not for wide feet

BOTTOM LINE

I hate the slightly queasy feeling of trying to keep solid footing on a slick slab of rock.

If you do, too, the Montara III earned a 9/10 score on traction from the testers at Outdoor Gear Labs.

With Vibram MegaGrip rubber soles, they’ll help to keep your footing secure when the incline gets weird.

One critique reviewers have is that they’re better-suited fit-wise to those with narrow feet.

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18. Columbia Women’s Buga Plus III Omni Heat Boot
(best insulated hiking boots)

Columbia Women's Buga Plus III Omni Heat Boot for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb 12 oz

SIZING
True to size

RETAIL PRICE
$80

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Stable and protective
  • Excellent traction
  • Roomy toe box
  • Water-resistant
  • Limited adjustability
  • Feels a bit heavy
  • Can get dirty fast

BOTTOM LINE

Your feet have two big asks of boots during cold-weather hikes: please keep me dry and warm.

With the Buga Plus III, those toes won’t need to worry about either.

The uppers are made to shield you from snow and slush with durable waterproof leather.

For warmth, they’re lined with water-resistant insulation.

Very suitable for rocky terrain, these hiking boots have been performance tested in the Pacific Northwest — so you know keeping you warm and dry are their primary duties.

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19. Salomon OUTline Low GTX
(versatile shoes for those with an active lifestyle)

Salomon OUTline Low GTX women's hiking shoes

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb. 5.4 oz.

SIZING
True to size; fits narrow

RETAIL PRICE
$130

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Out-of-the-box comfort
  • Excellent traction
  • Secure fit
  • Lightweight
  • Narrow/low volume fit isn’t for everyone
  • Less supportive than other shoes

BOTTOM LINE

Like many other shoes from Salomon, the Salomon OUTline Low GTX are very comfortable right out of the box.

Their comfort, low weight, and casual look make them an excellent choice for day hikes, travel, and commuting around town.

The OUTlines work well for many situations, but they don’t feel as supportive as some other hiking shoes on my list, so they may not be ideal for backpacking.

That said, they can be very versatile for those who split their time between city sidewalks and hiking trails.

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20. Merrell MQM Flex 2 GORE-TEX Low
(lightweight & affordable shoes for day hiking)

Merrell MQM Flex 2 GORE-TEX Low women's hiking shoes

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb 4.5 oz

SIZING
True to size

RETAIL PRICE
$110

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Comfy soles
  • Roomy toe box
  • Traction isn’t as reliable as others
  • The tread wears down quickly
  • Less supportive than other shoes

BOTTOM LINE

For hikers on a budget, the Merrell MQM Flex 2 GORE-TEX Low is the most affordable shoe on my top hiking shoes of 2021.

They’re designed with a slim heel and midfoot that opens up to a wide toe box for a secure but comfy fit.

The outsoles on the Flex aren’t as sticky as some other shoes I’ve hiked in, and the shallow lug pattern will likely wear down quickly.

The MQM Flex is best suited for day hikes or short backpacking trips with a lightweight load.

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21. The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack II WP
(stylish shoes for day hikes and walking around town)

The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack II WP hiking shoes for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb 11.1 oz

SIZING
Large fit. Choose a 1/2 size down.

RETAIL PRICE
$120

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Minimal design
  • Stylish
  • Excellent traction on dry terrain
  • Traction isn’t great on wet terrain
  • Stiff
  • Less supportive than other shoes (virtually no arch support)

BOTTOM LINE

The affordable North Face Hedgehog Fastpack II WP has a minimal design and stylish look that transitions well from town to trail.

The fit is comfy, and the tread pattern works wonderfully on most types of terrain, but they’re a little slick when it’s wet out.

However, while I’ve placed them in my best hiking shoes for women list, I feel there’s something missing here.

In my case, after adding aftermarket insoles I felt these shoes offered me increased arch support.

If you’re more of a fair-weather hiker, the Fastpacks are a solid choice for short day hikes that end at a brewery or cafe.

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22. Keen Targhee II Mid Hiking Boot
(best leather hiking boots)

Keen Targhee II Mid Hiking Boot for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb

SIZING
True to size

RETAIL PRICE
$140

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Extra ankle protection
  • Great for rugged terrain
  • Very solid built
  • Can fill a bit stiff at times
  • Order a half size bigger

BOTTOM LINE

A hiking boot I see women wearing rather often on the trail, the Targhee II Mid delivers in so many ways.

Starting from the bottom, the multi-directional lug soles give these boots the traction of what Keen calls “four-wheel drive for your feet.”

They have a flexible but durable EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate, a porous material similar to rubber) midsole and footbed.

The uppers are made of waterproof, wear-resistant nubuck leather.

And the mid-cut gives your ankles a specific step even on rugged terrain.

Do note that they’re known to run small; Zappos recommends ordering up a half size.

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23. Chaco Z/Cloud 2 Hiking Sandal
(best hiking sandals)

Chaco Z/Cloud 2 Hiking Sandal for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
14 oz

SIZING
True to size

RETAIL PRICE
$110

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Great for all-day comfort hiking
  • Vegan friendly
  • Excellent grip
  • Adjustable straps
  • Open constructs are susceptible to scratches and stabs

BOTTOM LINE

This is what I’d call true hiking shoe boots for women, especially for those of you interested in hiking boots from vegan leather.

As the name suggests, Chaco’s Cloud sandals are engineered for all-day comfort and are 100 percent vegan-friendly.

Whether you’re wearing them around town on a “zero-day” or hiking in them all weekend long, the adjustable straps allow for a perfect fit to your foot, and the sole is packed with cushion and support.

The ChacoGrip rubber outsole will give you plenty of grips, too.

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24. Keen Whisper Sandal
(best water shoes for hiking)

Keen Whisper Sandal for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
9 oz

SIZING
True to size

RETAIL PRICE
$100

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Minimal design
  • Stylish
  • Excellent traction on dry terrain
  • Open constructs are susceptible to scratches and stabs

BOTTOM LINE

More than 2,800 reviews back up this uber-popular, women’s-specific Keen sandal.

It’s got Keen’s signature toe-bumper to protect you from stubs, an anatomical footbed that will mold to your feet with wear, and a quick-draw lacing system that makes for easy on and off.

Plus, I have to give an extra shout-out to the built-in antimicrobial and anti-odor treatment because water shoes can get funky.

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25. Altra Superior 4 Trail Running Shoe
(best for trail running)

Altra Superior 4 Trail Running Shoe for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
13.2 oz

SIZING
True to size

RETAIL PRICE
$70

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • The hugged-in heel feels great
  • Designed for extra toes comfort
  • Cleverly positioned lugs
  • A bit too light
  • Not waterproof

BOTTOM LINE

From all hiking shoes on this list, this pair of hiking runners are Altra’s bread and butter.

In that sense, you can expect the top-heavy pack features in the delightful Superior 4 shoe.

The roomy toe box, women-specific, hugged-in heel, and strategically positioned lugs for more traction on your toe-off all add up to a smart and supportive shoe for many, many miles ahead.

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26. La Sportiva TX2
(best for rock scrambling)

La Sportiva TX2 women's hiking shoes

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
9 oz

SIZING
Tight fit. Choose a 1/2 size up.

RETAIL PRICE
$130

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Excellent grip
  • Great for hikes with technical terrain
  • The stiff midsole can be a bit hard on the foot

BOTTOM LINE

Approach shoes serve as a hybrid between shoes designed for hiking and those intended for rock climbing.

So, on challenging trails with the right amount of boulders such as Precipice Trail at Acadia National Park, they’ll offer extra grip where you need it the most.

The TX2 is excellent for hikes with technical terrain.

It’s got a sticky outsole and a lacing harness that extends to the toe to help you get a snug fit.

Rubber rands on the toes and heels add grip and protection, and a stiff midsole supports your feet when footholds are less than ideal.

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27. Merrell Vapor Glove 4
(best minimalist hiking shoes)

Merrell Vapor Glove 4 women's hiking shoes

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
4 oz

SIZING
True to size; wide toe box

RETAIL PRICE
$125

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Feels like a glove
  • Excellent for packing
  • Great sole grip
  • Not too protective
  • Not for complex terrain

BOTTOM LINE

Often hailed as the best low-top hiking shoes, the Merrell Vapor Glove 4 honors its name with success.

If you like feeling the earth’s patterns and textures beneath your feet, opt for a zero drop, “barefoot” hiker like Merrell’s Vapor Glove.

The Vibram sole gives you grip but not much else so that you can feel connected to the trail with each step. This pair is perfect for packing, too!

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28. Merrell Siren Edge Hiker
(best cute hiking shoes)

Merrell Siren Edge Hiker for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
10.2 oz

SIZING
True to size

RETAIL PRICE
$95

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Amazing insole technology
  • Amazon’s No. 1 best-selling women’s hiking shoe
  • Great price
  • Possible stability issues

BOTTOM LINE

Merrell’s feminine Siren line is contoured to fit a woman’s foot with gender-specific support, alignment, and stability.

The Edge’s mesh upper makes it super lightweight, and an air-cushioned heel absorbs the shock of each strike.

However, the real standout on this pair is the insole, which supports not only your central arch but all three arches of the foot to keep you comfortable for miles.

It’s also currently Amazon’s No. 1 best-selling women’s hiking shoe for what it’s worth.

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29. Women’s Moab 2 Vegan
(best vegan hiking boots)

Moab 2 Vegan hiking shoes for women

WEIGHT PER PAIR (SIZE 9)
1 lb. 9.9 oz.

SIZING
True to size; wide sizes available

RETAIL PRICE
$100

WHAT DO WE LIKE  ✅ WHAT WE DON’T ❌
  • Delightfully breathable materials
  • Super comfortable right from the start
  • Long-lasting
  • Excellent grip
  • Vegan friendly
  • Not too many color or design options

BOTTOM LINE

Designed for all kinds of terrain, Merrell’s Moab 2 comes with an entirely vegan-friendly, synthetic construction.

It’s got all the same benefits and technology from the leading high-performance hiking boots, and on top of that, it is designed to keep you safe from animal-based materials, if you’re vegan.

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Best Hiking Accessories

Other things to take into consideration when choosing the best hiking shoes for you:

– SOCKS

It is safe to say that for all types of hiking shoes and boots on this list, there’s a type of socks to match them.

But, from all variety of options out there, I feel that wearing quality socks makes a big difference in how much longer you can keep your feet happy and in good shape on the trail.

Hiking socks should be comfortable, durable, and made with materials that wick moisture away from your skin.

– INSOLES

Sometimes, in particular lightweight shoes, require an extra layer of protective insoles.

Aftermarket insoles can help alleviate a variety of shoe discomforts on the trail.

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis or you just need more cushioning and support in an otherwise rigid shoe, swapping insoles may be your solution.

Insoles can also help take up a little extra space in footwear for a customized fit if you’re between sizes.

– SIZING

Feet can swell during long days on the trail, so it’s good to buy hiking footwear at least a half size larger than your regular shoes.

An excellent way to test sizing on your shoes is to loosen all the laces, situate your foot so that your toes touch the front of the toe box, and then make sure you can put your index finger between your heel and the back of the shoe.

This will ensure that your toes don’t slide forward and hit the toe box on downhill sections of the trail.

You should consider which socks you’ll be wearing and if you’ll be adding aftermarket insoles when choosing a size.

Footwear should be a little big than too small.

– BREAK-IN PERIOD

You’re going to take thousands of steps on any backpacking or hiking trip, so you need to know that your footwear will fit comfortably and won’t cause blisters.

I recommend buying your footwear at least a few weeks before any long hiking trips and spending as much time in them as you can.

This will allow your new shoes to soften up, and you can make sure they work well for your feet.

If you notice any issues, it’s much easier to address them before heading into the backcountry.

– MANAGING MOISTURE & BLISTERS

If you’re on an extended trip in wet conditions or you find yourself caught in a downpour during a day hike, your feet will likely get wet no matter what type of footwear you’re wearing.

Wet feet can lead to hot spots and blisters, but this can be prevented if you have a healthy foot care routine.






Conclusion and Honorable Mentions

The following shoes didn’t make my final top, but they’re trendy and have a lot of good things going for them.

You never know, one of these shoes might be your perfect fit:

– KEEN Terradora II Low WP
stylish shoes with excellent traction and a flexible build

– Ahnu Montara III eVent Low
durable shoes that are lighter than many others with this level of support, a good fit for wide feet

– Vasque Breeze LT Low GTX
lightweight and breathable, but durable enough to cover big miles

– La Sportiva TX4
approach shoes for hikes with a lot of boulder scrambling

– Arc’terx Aerios FL Low GTX
high-quality shoes that transition well from town to trail

Now it’s your turn…

Which one of these hiking shoes for women is your favorite and why?

Are there any other great hiking shoe brands making products for women only that you’ve tried and want to add to this list?

Please leave your comments below so other pregnant women can benefit from your expertise.

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