With the weather (generally) starting to pick up, weekend trips to the countryside are going to become the norm over the next few months. And if you’re a regular walker, you’ll know just how important a decent pair of hiking boots are when on the trail if you want to avoid blisters, crushed toes and raw heels.
Putting it bluntly, you generally get what you pay for with walking boots, so it’s important to invest in the best hiking boots that you can afford. Not only that, make sure you buy ones that suit the type of hiking you’ll be doing mostly regularly. And with that – whether you’re a weekend rambler or a hardcore hiker – here are some of the best Hiking Boots/Shoes for Men in 2019.
The North Face Ultra Fastpack III Mid Gore-Tex Walking Boots
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The North Face Ultra Fastpack men’s walking boots will be a godsend for any serious trekker. Built for fast, speedy hikes, these technical men’s The North Face walking boots strike the perfect balance between comfort and protection with the upper weave engineered for targeted reinforcement and breathability. Waterproof fabric provides an impenetrable moisture barrier for guaranteed dryness and the Vibram Megagrip outsole provides durable, sticky traction in all conditions. They’re also finished in a bold and technical monotone, which means they not only perform, they look the part too.
Keen Venture Waterproof Hiking Shoes
If you’re after something a little more lightweight and less constricting, then these Venture Hiking Shoes from Keen won’t be beaten. With a lightweight upper and high-traction grip, this waterproof hiking shoe is built for faster trekking. Speed hooks on the upper allow for easy lace adjustment, while the removable, dual-density PU insole comes with arch support for long-lasting comfort. The EVA midsole also adds some extra lightweight cushioning.
adidas Terrex Free Hiker Shoes
For those looking to make a statement on the trail, the adidas Terrex Free Hiker takes the mantel. But that doesn’t mean they don’t perform too. Built for comfort on long-distance hikes, the sock-like build and adidas Primeknit upper hugs your foot for an adaptive, snug feel, with the Torsion bar providing a stable and controlled but natural flex. On the outsole, adidas have teamed up with tyre giants Continental to provide all-terrain traction. There’s also some Boost cushioning, delivering incredible energy return.
AKU Trekker Pro GTX
If it’s robustness you’re after on a serious climb, the AKU Trekker Pro is well worth a look. It might not be the lightest boot on our list but it will offer grip and ample support. The leather and synthetic upper strikes a perfect balance between durability and breathability, while the Gore-Tex liner ensures a high level of water-resistance. These hiking boots are built to last and are ideal if you’re walking over mixed terrain. They’re also great to look at!
Ariat Skyline Summit GTX
Having built a reputation on providing equestrian riders with footwear that improves performance, fit and comfort, Ariat know a thing or two about shoe technology and construction. And their newest model in the renowned Skyline collection of hiking boots is the Skyline Summit GTX. Innovatively designed to combine Ariat’s unique technology for stability, they feature a mesh lining for comfort and a premium GORE-TEX for a waterproof and breathable boot. Engineered for performance and all-day comfort.
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