While they’re definitely more associated with hip-hop culture at this point, Timberland is far from just a fashion brand. Take, for instance, their White Ledge hiking boots. They’re waterproof, made from durable and handsome leather, and have a sturdy rubber outsole perfect for even the rockiest terrain. As a low budget option, it’s hard to find a pair that look and perform as good as these.
Teva M Arrowood Lux Hiking Boots
Well-known in the outdoor world, but under-the-radar for newbies, Teva is a great company with some seriously budget-friendly value to their gear. Their M Arrowood Lux hiking boots might look a bit like sneakers (or, perhaps, sneaker boots), but they’re definitely equipped for rocky hiking trails, thanks to their durable leather upper, sturdy leather sole, and waterproof exterior.
Columbia Peakfreak Venture Omni-Heat Boots
A staple of the outdoor gear world, Columbia is another brand that has earned their reputation through accessibility, high-quality gear, and relatively reasonable price points. Their Peakfreak Venture Omni-Heat hiking boots are no exception. With a waterproof mesh and leather upper, a Techlite midsole, and an Omni-Heat interior liner, these boots are great for hoofing it around your favorite State Park, even when the weather gets a bit chilly.
Keen Targhee II Hiking Boots
While Keen is known for making some superb hiking and outdoor sandals, they also have a full line of sturdy footwear for colder weather, as well. One such offering is their Targhee II hiking boots. These mid-length boots feature a Nubuck leather upper, a beefed-up rubber sole (perfect for tougher day hikes and rocky trails), and a breathable liner.
Salomon Ultra Mid 2 Hiking Boots
If you’re interested in a more stealthy, sneaker-like option for your hiking boots, then look no further than Salomon’s Ultra Mid 2. Done up in blackwith just enough accents to give them some character, these hikers feature a speed-hook lacing system for easy on-the-fly adjustments, a breathable fabric upper, GORE-TEX waterproof lining, and a gusseted tongue to protect against debris getting into the shoe.
Vasque Breeze 2.0 Hiking Boots
If your travels take you to especially perilous terrain, it’s a good idea to get a longer boot to help keep your ankles stabilized. One excellent option is the Vasque Breeze 2.0 hiking boot. Featuring an extra thick sole and a handsome and timeless leather upper, these beefy boots are great for cold weather hikes and should even be considered for some mountaineering. They also feature GORE-TEX waterproofing to keep your feet dry and comfortable at all times.
Under Armour UA Speedfit 2.0 Hiking Boots
Clearly more well-known for their workout gear, Under Armour’s expertise reaches far beyond the treadmill – especially when it comes to footwear. Their UA Speedfit 2.0 hiking boots are just one of many worthy options, but they also happen to be our favorite. Equipped with a breathable synthetic and textile upper combined with a wraparound outsole, these boots are remarkably lightweight – just 11 ounces per boot. They also have an EVA midsole and an anti-microbial sock liner to keep your feet from stinking and to stop the growth of bacteria.
The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Boots
Another staple of the outdoor world, The North Face has been at the top of their game for a long time now. And with releases like their Ultra Fastpack III boots, it’s pretty easy to see why they consistently stay on top. These boots, done up in all-black, have a TPU coating on their woven mesh upper for extra durability, have GORE-TEX lining for waterproofing, features an Ortholite cushioned footbed for extra comfort, and have a heavily treaded Vibram outsole.
Danner Mountain 600 Hiking Boots
Danner’s gear, because it is of such high quality both in regards to build and materials, is often exceedingly expensive. But, they recently came out with a much more budget-friendly boot, called the Mountain 600. Made with an Enduroweave upper (rather than more-traditional leather), and equipped with a Vibram outsole, these boots have the same durable, comfortable, and handsome upside. Unfortunately, while still excellent boots, these ones aren’t made in the USA.
Merrell Chameleon 7 Hiking Boots
Balancing the styling of a trail-runner with the ankle support provided by a mid-length boot, Merrell’s Chameleon 7 hiking boots are one of the more futuristic-looking boots on our list. And they have the tech built-in to back that appearance up. For instance, the feature an impermeable M Select DRY waterproof membrane, a combination Nubuck leather and suede upper, an EVA midsole, and Vibram outsole. Truly, these hiking boots have more features than some cars on the road.