We have selected a wide range of womens walking boots to suit all foot shapes, sizes and hiking adventures from casual walks in the woods... read more
We have selected a wide range of womens walking boots to suit all foot shapes, sizes and hiking adventures from casual walks in the woods to hiking in the Dolomites and hope you will be able to find exactly what you need right here. When choosing a new pair of hiking boots you need to think about what type of activity you'll be undertaking, what the weather will be like and what type of fit you'll require. Buying a ladies walking boot is an investment and one of the most important items you'll need on your hike. Getting a poor fit will result in at best blisters and at worst injuries that will put you off ever hiking again.
So, what walking boot suits the walking you have planned? We suggest that as a beginner to look at the less expensive end of the scale and select an entry level boot such as the Berghaus Explorer range. These can be worn straight out the box and won't break the bank. If you want something brighter, younger and technical take a look at the Salomon range or Brasher leather boots for excellent comfort. If you've been hiking for years and want to upgrade or replace worn out boots check out the Asolo range which is a very technical hiking boot with a slim fit or Meindl boots which are very technical but more traditional leather boots with a wider fit.
What's the difference between mid and full height boots? Mid cut boots are half way between a shoe and boot and offer a little more protection against debris entering the boot but also add a little ankle support which is great if you have weak ankles and if you're new to hiking. New hikers often find their ankle rolls and this can cause injury and discomfort if you're stuck half way around a route. Full height boots provide total ankle support and keep stones out. High cut boots which have a waterproof lining mean you can walk through streams and keep feet dry, if you have a lower cut you can't go as deep into a stream before water creeps over the edge.
Do you need a lightweight walking boot? Keeping weight down to a minimum will reduce fatigue on a hike and just think that for every pound that's on your foot it feels like an additional 5 pounds on your back. Less weight will help you keep a fast pace and are great from longer, multiday hikes. If you've got a pack on your back then your boots weight needs to be a careful consideration. To compare the weight on each boot on our site check out our comparison chart.
Do you need a waterproof boot for your hike? In the UK it's more or less standard to choose a Gore-Tex lined boot and therefore we have a massive selection to choose from. Gore-Tex is waterproof and your feet will keep dry not only in the rain but also in wet grass or stream crossings. Gore-Tex is breathable but when temperatures climb or if you're feet are sweating a lot on a particular taxing route the membrane can struggle to cope leaving you with a build up of moisture in your boot and this can result in blisters. If you're going to be primarily walking in very hot climates a waterproof lined boot is not ideal so please check out our non GTX boots. Merino wool socks can help with moisture management so take a look at our Smartwool walking socks while you're here.
Fit is the most important aspect of buying a womens hiking boot. When shopping online for a boot checking the fit before buying isn't possible. We suggest considering brands you know have worked for you in the past. Remember, what's worked for your friend or sister might not work for you, fit is such a personal thing! We suggest trying 3 pairs you like and sending back what doesn't work. This gives you plenty of time to try on a variety of socks, change the lacing and walk around inside your home to see if you like the fit and feel of the boot. If you've worn them on your carpet for an hour and they still feel uncomfortable just return then for a full refund.