Top Ten Hiking Boots for 2022
Minnesota is home to more than 1,300 trails with views that change with the seasons, so it’s easy to see why we like to get outside and hit the trails. With so many of us taking advantage of the trails let’s talk about hiking boots. Technology has developed better fabrics, greater comfort, and boots with fantastic support options. Our top picks for the best hiking boots include both Men’s and Women’s styles for everything from a day in Minneopa to a hike up Pincushion Mountain Trail. Many people even use them as their daily footwear. Check out the list, pick up the right pair for your feet, and hit the trails.
Below our favorite boots are listed by brand, though you’ll find additional styles and colors online and in store. If you are unsure which boot is right for you, our trained footwear consultants can help you you may experience & recommend a boot that’s right for you to maximize comfort, health and boot longevity.
There are several Keen styles on our hiking boot top ten list, because Keen makes hiking boots with the comfort of an athletic shoe. This brand strives to design and construct top quality boots boasting out of the box comfort.
A classic waterproof trekker featuring Leather Working Group-certified durable leather construction and KEEN heel support with generous toe box for all day comfort. Out on the trail, the rubber outsole has multi-directional lugs to grip and dig into any terrain. Available in Men’s and Women’s styles in both a mid & low version. Men’s available in wide widths.
The Targhee III is a solid hiking boot that is as comfortable as a sneaker. The mid-level rise ensures your ankle will never roll and multi-directional lugs keep your grip on the terrain secure. Full waterproof construction with a breathable membrane to keep feet cool. Shown here in Women’s Weiss/boysenberry colorway. Available in Men’s and Women’s.
For off trial hiking, the Durand II is another great option from KEEN footwear. This rugged trail climber is engineered to provide excellent arch support and cradle the natural contours of the foot. Featuring a removable, dual-density EVA footbed and contoured heel lock for a more secure fit. Cleansport NXT™ gives you natural odor control and a breathable membrane keeps water out but vents moisture out. Available in Men’s.
Go ahead, jump in puddles with the KEEN Circadia hiker. You won’t get weighed down in these boots featuring LuftCore® embedded lightweight foam core midsole to absorb shock for comfort that lasts all day. High-traction rubber outsole keeps you in place on any rugged terrain. A durable leather upper sports the KEEN Dry® waterproof membrane to keep your feet dry rain or shine. Available in Women’s Steel Grey (shown) and Men’s bison and shiitake. Wide widths in both men’s & women’s available.
The perfect blend of traditional styling and modern technology in this trekker from KEEN. The boot has a fully waterproof all-leather design with a concealed breathable membrane to keep moisture away from feet. KEEN’s Removable metatomical dual density EVA footbed is anatomically engineered for excellent arch support and cradle the foot. Available for Women, shown here in Safari.
This durable water repellent style from KEEN was designed for a woman’s foot shape. Go further with an enhanced outsole resistant to side-to-side torsion. The BELLOWS.FLEX feature in the forefoot requires less energy to bend, and air-injected foam cushions every step. Eco Anti-Odor for natural odor control and PFC-free. Available in a both a mid & low version. Shown here in magnet/cloud.
Stay cool in the Voyager ventilated men’s boot. Mesh insets ensure proper ventilation across your foot. But this is no hiking sandal, Removable metatomical dual density compression molded EVA footbed and multi-directional lugs on the outsole protect and support your feet on any terrain. Available for Men, shown in olive.
Hoka – Anacapa
Impossibly light hiker designed to soften and smooth each step through even the rockiest terrain. Superior traction from Vibram® megagrip outsole, featuring compression molded EVA midsole for a balanced cushioned trek and HOKA extended heel for smoother transition from heel to toe. Working toward a greener footprint, HOKAs feature Gore-tex fabric made from recycled textiles. Available for Men and Women, shown here in Hot Sauce for Women.
Merrell – Moab 3
The Merrell Moab 3 is a great overall boot with out of the box comfortable. True to Merrell’s reputation, this hiker will not disappoint. At the heel, an air cushion absorbs shock and adds stability, plus the Super Rebound Compound creates a smooth step transition through the midfoot reducing strain on your feet. Vibram® outsole offers grip, traction and slip resistance, even on wet surfaces. An update on Moab 2, this version is made with recycled materials, available in Men’s and Women’s sizes in both a mid and low version as well as wide widths.
For a classic lace-up sneaker feel with hiking shoe durability, the Antora 2 by Merrell is a great long wearing choice. Breathable mesh fabric on the upper and lining provides circulation and increased comfort. A removable EVA footbed offers maximum arch support with every step. The Antora 2 is equipped with Merrell’s Vibram™ TC5 rubber sole provides superior traction and slip resistance for greater grip even on slick surfaces. Available for women, shown here in Rainbow.
Ecco – Track 25 Mid GTX
Ready for any job or trail the ECCO Track 25 boot is both dependable and long lasting, but doesn’t skimp on comfort. Fully watertight construction with a long-lasting rubber-lugged outsoles to give you traction in any weather on any terrain. Crafted of artisanal nubuck leather produced with ECCO DriTan® technology to reduce water use and chemical typically used in other leather tanning production. Available in Men’s sizes, shown in Bison.
Take care of your feet wherever you enjoy Minnesota’s outdoor spaces. Check out our selection online or stop into Peterson Shoes. Not sure which hiking boot is right for you? Talk to our Certified Pedorthists about the best features to maximize your foot comfort and health.
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