Best Hiking Boots for Men in 2020

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KEEN Men’s Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

Here’s a waterproof hiking boot that offers four-wheel-drive performance for your feet. It’s designed to keep your feet dry and let them breathe, and the aggressive outsole bites into the terrain. The mid-cut height adds ankle support.

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KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

Here's a waterproof hiking boot that offers four-wheel-drive performance for your feet. It's designed to keep your feet dry and let them breathe, and the aggressive outsole bites into the terrain. ...
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The only reason this is getting 3 stars is that it wasn't well-made. Otherwise, I really like the shoe and would have given it 4 or 5 stars if it didn't start to come apart after about six months. The black rubber sole started to separate from the bottom of both shoes after about six months and by ten months, it was hanging and flapping. To the credit of Keen, the warranty claim process and customer service was very smooth and they gave me a credit to purchase a new shoe (had to be from the Keen website). Still, the reason I bought a $135 shoe as opposed to a $40 shoe was because I expected the workmanship to be better. To have it come apart in less than a year was very disappointing. That said, it's a good looking hiking boot that feels good on my feet and the waterproof material does the job well. If only China would get their act together and build products that last (virtually all work/hiking shoes seem to be made there so we don't have a choice). Hiking shoes used to last me many years, nowdays it irritates me that they start to come upart shortly after purchase.
March 10, 2016
This is my first set of Keens having used Merrell's for the past few years. They are a heavier boot than anticipated but in general were still comfortable for daily use. The issue (and reason for 1 star) is that the right side of the sole almost completely separated from the upper after a little less than two months (Aug 6 - Sep 29). Even though I was outside of the return window Amazon sent a replacement pair which I received Oct 1. Upon reviewing the same seam you can see the adhesive is missing in spots and if you apply any inward pressure to the upper that the seam is going to separate again.After hearing so many good reviews on Keens (friends, family, websites) I expected a much higher quality boot only to be very thoroughly disappointed. Kudos to Amazon though on handling the situation!
October 3, 2016
Well.. I got my boots in today. I was excited because I finally have some real hiking boots as I've always used my military boots and realized it was time to have a dedicated pair.Now, here's the thing..I filed for an exchange as soon as I saw the boots and this is why.First off, I get that their hiking boots and that it's a leather material so anything that touches it is going to scar it up. Unfortunately, the pair I got looks like someone got it, wore it for a bit, and then returned it. It's as simple as that.The reason I think they were returned is because it was marked up with scratches and already looked like it was broken in already. Also, the sole doesn't look like it'll stay together for very long.It might just be me, and I get that this is Amazon and if something doesn't fit right or doesn't meet someone's expectation, they return it.To be honest, I could keep them and call it a day, but the fact that I'm questioning them, especially for the price that I paid and the amount of stress that will potentially be put on them, I figure it would be best to be safe and not sorry.I added some pics of what I was talking about, so you can be the judge of whether I'm wasting my time exchanging them or not.Can't wait to get the new pair and get them on the ground! I'll update again when they come in.*Update*Got the second pair really fast!Only downside is that they were worse than the first pair...lol. look. I just want a new pair or a spot that doesn't look like someone took them for a spin then decided they didn't want them back.If you look at the second group of pics(I know they all look similar) the toe has what looks like hot glue on it and overall the shoes look dingy.If you buy these shoes, I'm sure they're great. I'm just not happy that the couple pairs that I received both looked broken in and i can't say this is neither Amazon's or keens fault, it's just my luck of the draw.My biggest disappointment is that I now have to return 2 pairs of these and I can't even get a refund..only option was a Amazon gift card. I'm now not only going to have to head to REI or someplace equivalent (which is what I should've done in the first place), but I also won't receive an actual refund for these..*Bottom line*If you decide on getting these, just expect that they most likely have been tried on and walked around or hiked in by other people which means the $130+ you pay for these may possibly be for second hands that might not look as nice as you hoped.
November 25, 2018

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  • 100% Waterproof Nubuck Leather
  • Made in the USA or Imported
  • Rubber sole

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Timberland Men’s White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot

Uppers made with 100% premium waterproof leather from an LWG Silver-rated tannery. Seam-sealed construction. Rustproof, speed lace hardware with lace hooks at top. Fully gusseted tongue. EVA footbed. EVA midsole. Solid rubber outsole with multi-directional lugs.

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Timberland Men's White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot

Uppers made with 100% premium waterproof leather from an LWG Silver-rated tannery. Seam-sealed construction. Rustproof, speed lace hardware with lace hooks at top. Fully gusseted tongue. EVA footbed. ...
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I have an old & new pair of identical style/size boots. The 5 year old pair were and still are very comfortable all day on concrete floor, no break-in required.Except for a couple of quick-lace eyelet failures, the old pair have stayed together & decently waterproof. They were made in Vietnam.The new pair, again same size & style were made in China. After wearing less than an hour the inside of by heels began to burn and on the way to blistering. I compared dial caliper measurements of the heel width & found the Chinese model heel 1/8" more narrow than the old pair & explains a correspondingly smaller upper.Outsourcing to the cheapest manufacturer isn't always the best option if you want to maintain your reputation. If I wanted cheap, there's a wally world on every corner, same boot at half price, minus the label. But hey, they cut that corner too, no Timberland embroidery stitching in the tongue! Anything to save a buck! Disappointed...
November 28, 2017
I needed a pair of hiking boots to replace the Keene boots that were only 1 1/2 yrs old but not only lost their waterproofing in the first six months but had a weed stalk in the field go right through the side and almost break my skin. This was the second pair of Keene’s that had gone bad in just over a year and, at $130 I was getting tired of replacing them.Started looking at reviews and found these. They have a large toe box with plenty of room. Before I took them out I took another reviewers advice and put a coating of Mink Oil on them. They were comfortable but I knew they’d take a little break in. I now have about three or four miles of walking through the fields and surprisingly they seem to be breaking in rather quickly. I usually put on about 500-700 miles a year.One note, if you’re looking for hiking boots that will give you really good ankle support these ARE NOT for you, look elsewhere. These are for easy hiking, fields and roadway. When I got them I first put in a pair of Dr. Scholls and that went a long way toward making them immediately comfortable.If I remember I’ll give an update in three or four months.UPDATE: Jan. 6, 2018 - I’ve now had a chance to wear these for a while including the recent snow storm and frigid temps (at least for us). We got 5” of snow, temps this morning, when I took the dog out, we’re 4 or 5 degrees with a windchill of -8. I had been wearing wool socks with these and my feet have stayed warm and dry on a 25 to 35 min. walk through the fields. This time, with the snow and frigid windchill I decided to try just summer cotton socks. Bear in mind I’m a 70 year old with diabetes, which does affect circulation, so I’m pretty sensitive to cold and heat and the comfort of my foot wear. (I walk approximately 3 miles a day with my dog, even in the snow and cold unless it’s too much for her.) So, the results of a 20 minute walk were still warm and dry feet. I could have gone much further but Harley was getting snow turning to ice between her toes every few minutes and we’d have to stop and I’d have to remove it.Bottom line: When I received these boots I put in my Dr. Scholls insoles from my previous pair, rubbed in three coats of mink oil on dry days (which I think was key to waterproofing) and started walking. I’ve found them to be far more comfortable than the Keen’s I was previously wearing. I don’t walk as much as a lot of people, about 25 miles a week, but they’re doing well for me for field and neighborhood walking.2/9/18: I like to keep folks updated on important stuff: If you want a pair of boots to wear, every day, and forget when you take them off, look elsewhere. Because these are leather they require a LOT of care. If they get soaking wet do NOT continue to wear them the next day, you’ll ruin them. I’ve found that when mine get soaked from walking in the pouring rain, in the field with my dog, I wipe them clean with an old towel, put shoe trees in them to keep the leather from shrinking and set them aside where there’s a flow of air to let them air dry. Do not try and force dry them with hot air, you’ll ruin the leather. Putting them a few feet away from a fan seems to work okay or just let them sit. While they’re drying I use an old pair that I kept. After they have dried completely I retreat every inch of leather, paying particular attention to seams and around grommets, with mink oil, let it sit and dry then retreat again.Is the above a pain? Yes it is but these appear to be quality boots and you need to take care of them, not let them get muddy and wet and toss them in the corner for the next day.Update: 11/12/18 I’ve now had these boots a year and for the money they were a good buy but I’ll repeat a couple of points I made previously.1. They are not, in any way, shape or form waterproof.2. If you get them soaked do NOT simply take them off and leave them in a dark hallway. If you do they’ll be ruined. Put them on a towel in front of a fan blowing room temperature air on them. Do not, under any circumstances, place them on a heated surface or someplace where hot air blows on them, you’ll ruin the leather.3. Once completely dry polish your boots. This is how I do it: I put a match to the polish (in the can) and let it flame and liquify, then take a rag and dip it into the liquid polish and rub it into the leather. Then I take a clean cloth and further rub the polish in and finally use a brush to buff the polish to a shine. Yes, it takes time and effort but if you wear leather hiking boots and walk through wet fields you should take the time to take care of the leather.In wet weather I don’t wear these two days in a row. If you’re looking for that type of boot you’re also looking at three times the price.
November 25, 2017
I want to preface this review by saying I do not usually review items unless I am extremely impressed either positively or negatively. For the Timberland White Ledge boots the feeling is the latter. These boots might be ok for a casual hike or two but CAN NOT hold up to daily repetitive use. I purchased these boots on Nov 8th 2017 for daily use at work, I am on my feet 8 hours a day walking and interacting with customers and wanted something a little more supportive than "running shoes" In that area these boots are great, comfortable, supportive and my feet were not sore or tired at the end of a day.But after less than 2 weeks of use the front toe area where the leather upper meets the thicker rubber part of the sole started to separate. Within 4 weeks the boots were completely unusable due to the worsening of the separation. Thinking I might have gotten a pair with weak glue, I purchased another pair but after 2 weeks the new pair is also doing the same. This is happening on both feet with daily use, just walking, I am not in construction or hiking on rough rocks yet the toe area can not stay together.I have heard Timberland has a 1-year warranty if the boots fail during normal use but considering this has happened to two pairs both within a month of daily use I would not recommend unless you potentially want to be replacing your boots every month.
December 31, 2017

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  • 100% Leather
  • Imported
  • Rubber sole

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NORTIV 8 Men’s Ankle High Waterproof Hiking Boots

Designed for outdoor hiking,these boots feature waterproof protection and microfiber and heat Reflective lining,maximizing dry and comfort all-day.The durable rubber outsole will lets you challenge the nature wilderness.

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NORTIV 8 Men's Ankle High Waterproof Hiking Boots Outdoor Lightweight Shoes Backpacking...

Imported; Rubber sole; Shaft measures approximately 5" from arch; Platform measures approximately 0.8"; Boot opening measures approximately 13" around; Durable Rubber outsole with multi-directional ...
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I picked this up recently I've wore them daily for a week now, both in casual situations and out in the woods on both flat and steep terrain. They have excellent grip in mud loose dirt and wet dirt they dig in that was one of the reasons i took a stab at them. When i ordered was not a single review so i took a chance, as i say many before my review did.Long term durability this what most important right? For that i cannot say yet. I've looked over it's construction it seems to have all right details but even looks can deceive so time will tell right? When the time comes I will update my review on regards based on durability say maybe 6 months from now. They are made in china that shouldn't be surprising to anyone at this point in time lol. Only durability issues i was seeing or having seems few bits of the sowing wanted to fray my advice take a bic lighter (just an example what i meant any lighter be fine) melt them before they get out of hand and undo in the future. It could be a future problem I will keep my eyes on it.Walking in them is very comfy I felt like I was walking on clouds which makes since as they have an EVA insole, which isn't glued in. Meaning long as the boot holds up you can buy replacement EVA insoles for them from other manufacturers. The pair I got even came with a packet that had 2 extra laces so even get back ups if you ever need them.The waterproofing I have not tested, I would say it would be fine as the tongue is a complete wrap with no opening but over an ankle deep of water and they going to flood makes sense I'm sure?I got the black/gray pair they are a little warm on the feet, but i expected that most black clothing is little warmer than light colors.The boot is incredible light, as light as a pair of RND1 basket ball sneakers i have, from the looks of them you wouldn't think that, but they really are may even be slightly lighter than them.The boots are both easy to put on and take off really easy i was really happy with that. For poison oak/ivy reasons lol.I recommend relacing these after you get them if you like a foot hugging snug feel and tightness. Out of the box lacing little loser than I preferred, but not a flaw that is a personal preference.After my relacing of the boot the snug feeling worked great stayed snug all day long laces never stretched or let up on it.These are not wides i know some men even women wear wide boots and shoes there is no option at the time i bought for a wide foot so keep that in mind before you buy these just made for an avg sized foot in width. my foot at widest point is about 4 inches wide any wider i'd not got my foot in them comfortably.Now this be a rule of thumb my dad taught me on buying shoes, these are pretty much shoes with a hiking boot tread.if you wear a size 10 go with a 10 1/2. i wear 10.5 or wore a 10.5 in my past before he told me this rule of thumb. Now i wear a 11 by following his guidance and it was some great advice from a wise man. The advice makes things feel much better and more comfortable in the short & long terms. This is just general advice when buying any shoe be it online or in a store in person.(Edit Review Update August 21st 2019)After about 15 days part of the sole on inner side left rear heel started coming lose for no reason, but i took bottle of guerilla glue and I've had no issues since. I filled that hole full with it its been glued since. Still wearing them daily that has been the only serious issue i had with these. So take note, buy a bottle guerilla glue when you buy these lol. I've wore them daily since i bought them thats been the only serious problem. Made in china though and it shows least it did for me so i'm dropping a star i think thats fair no one should have to glue their shoe back together after 15 days of daily use. I'd go back to 3 but that would be unfair as i'm still wearing them daily. NORTIV 8 should partner with guerilla glue as they work well together.
May 10, 2019
The sizing was spot on but these boots were just completely uncomfortable. I wore them on a trip to Europe and two weeks into the trip I found a store that carried my size of better quality shoes and immediately bought new ones. There has been a homeless guy outside the hotel I was staying at so I offered him these shoes since I didn’t like them. They were actually his size too. He took them and put them on but the next day I went outside he wasn’t wearing them anymore and they were sitting beside him. I asked him what happened and even a homeless guy with busted up old shoes couldn’t wear them. He said they were just too uncomfortable. That’s pretty bad when someone desperate for shoes won’t even wear them.
December 29, 2019
I was looking for boots with no leather. These are man made, lightweight and very comfortable. They are very inexpensive compared to other hiking boots, but so far, so good. I have worn them in wet weather, on hikes, yard work, walk the dogs, etc and they are really comfortable. I have plantar fasciitis so I added an additional insole for extra cushion and support. There was plenty of room for that even with some thicker socks. I am a female but I bought men's boots because I have wide feet and a high instep. A size 8 for me was a perfect fit. They also seem pretty durable. UPDATE Dec 2019 I just bought a second pair because my first pair is no longer waterproof. I feel that for the price they are great boots. I wore them every day and beat the hell out of them. They are still comfortable on dry days and I'll use the new ones for wet days
June 10, 2019

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  • Rubber sole
  • Shaft measures approximately 5″ from arch

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Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

Experience out-of-the-box comfort in this waterproof hiker. With durable leathers, a supportive footbed, and Vibram traction, all in a versatile package,you won’t doubt why moab stands for mother-of-all-boots.

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Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

Experience out-of-the-box comfort in this waterproof hiker. With durable leathers, a supportive footbed, and Vibram traction, all in a versatile package,you won't doubt why moab stands for ...
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Usually, I love Merrell Hiking boots. With my last pair I hiked the grand canyon three times! This pair has been a tremendous disappointment only because after 3 weeks of daily use as a K9 Handler the right boot inside toe started ripping, stitching is coming out and had to use Shoe Goo to repair them. These should come with Shoe Goo to repair the stitching. These are my most comfortable boots and truly waterproof. My last pair were half this price and lasted three years of hiking trips. Too bad they don't make the right boot as well as they do the left boot. I'm going to recommend they sell these boots separately. I know the issue is not width because these are wide. For Merrell boots I'd recommend going cheap if for daily wear, the more costly don't seem to equal better quality. For me these were a waste of money! They're great while they last - about two months - at this rate if I kept buying these Merrells new, it would cost me about $800 a year!
May 1, 2018
I bought these boots for a recent winter trip to Iceland. Size was perfect. I generally wear an 8, this shoe for me ran really true to size. My feet are borderline wide, I purchased an 8 wide so that I would be sure to have enough room for multiple layers of thick wool socks - which ended up fitting perfectly! There was no "adjustment" period with these boots to break them in, they were comfortable from the first time I put them on. Even without the multiple pairs of socks, the boots proved to be super warm and waterproof. I wore them trekking thru Iceland winter glacer/hiking trails with snow and ice and never had a problem with my feet getting wet or not staying warm. The traction was great, although most of the time, due to terrain, i had Yaktrax on the bottom of the boots. I was slightly worried initially about the yaktraxs fitting on the the wider boot, but it was not a problem at all!! I put 200+ miles of hiking on these the last 3 weeks in iceland and never had any problems and i look forward to many more hiking adventures in them! Overall, a great buy and a great boot!
November 27, 2017
NOT waterproof. I hiked about 40 miles around the Teton Crest Trail when it was raining on and off, and this boot gets flooded within 2-3 hours. I had wet feet and socks all 5 days on the trail and it was miserable. To top it all off, the outer sole has separated from the rest of the boot after less than 100 miles of wear. (The right boot leaks despite not having any obvious holes/separation.)The foot support is OK. I have flat arches so I traded the insole for a superfeet insole. I still get hot spots on the balls of my feet and heel, but YMMV. I definitely get blisters on the insides of my toes while wearing these shoes, but that's probably because of the aforementioned leaks.For the price, I definitely would've expected a more durable and higher performing shoe. This shoe is fine for dry conditions, but when you're on the trail and need robust gear for all sorts of conditions, this boot falls far short.
September 26, 2017

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  • 100% Suede Leather/Mesh
  • Imported
  • Synthetic sole

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Ariat Men’s Terrain H2O Hiking Boot

Ariat was founded with one simple objective: to provide the most technologically advanced riding boots for the world’s top equestrian athletes. Today, Ariat is the leading performance footwear and apparel brand for equestrian athletes around the world. From show jumping to team penning, Ariat boots provide the foundation upon which world-class athletes work, ride, and compete.

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Ariat Men's Terrain H2O Hiking Boot

Ariat was founded with one simple objective: to provide the most technologically advanced riding boots for the world's top equestrian athletes. Today, Ariat is the leading performance footwear and ...
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I've worked construction all my life and wish I'd found these boots in my 20's instead of my late 40's. I'm 61 now and still wearing them. One of the problems with a proper work boot is the soles. If they grip enough to keep you safe they also pick up lots of crap and mud that inevitably gets tracked inside, whether on the job, your truck or home. These boots have superior grip without the lug mess of all the others I've had. They wipe off clean easily on a mat. I'm on my fifth pair now. Spend the extra and get the waterproof ones, they still breathe. Pay attention to that little detail while you're shopping. The laces give out before anything else and they are good and tough, this is one long wearing boot. I trashed my ankle when I was stationed overseas so when I first bought these I wasn't sure they would support where I needed. They do. I'd give them six stars if possible. A working man has to have good equipment. Sizes run true.
March 19, 2017
I ordered a pair anticipating some rainy weather. They arrived, they fit well, and were comfortable. They felt broken in right out of the box, so I was pretty happy with them on the first wearing. That, however, was not a rainy day. The next day, there was a mild to moderate downpour, and I wore the boots to work. After a short time of city walking in light rain, the sole of the right boot separated from the body of the shoe and my right foot was soaked.I was discouraged, but liked the design and comfort of the boots overall, so I tried a replacement pair rather than a refund. I shouldn’t have wasted the time and effort. I received a new pair, which fit well and were comfortable. Until it rained. This time, the boots stayed together, and both my feet got wet. Again, it was just a mild to moderate rain and normal walking in the city. I didn’t slosh around in puddles, it was just rain, and my feet were soaked.This time, I sent them back.
March 17, 2018
I bought a pair of the H2O model for my wife. After seeing how well they fit right out of the box, I bought a pair for myself. I called Ariat Customer Service for advice. I wanted to know if they ran large or small. Ariat was very helpful. My boots fit perfectly right out of the box and I had no breaking in period. All that and waterproof as well. After several months, they’re as comfortable as ever. Excellent company with excellent customer service making excellent boots.
January 9, 2018

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  • Imported
  • Rubber sole

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