With walking and hiking becoming increasingly popular among women in the United Kingdom, we thought it was about time we put some women’s walking boots to the test. Happily, more and more companies are investing technology into developing excellent walking boots especially for women and these days many women’s ranges are just as big as those for men.
Now before you ask – yes there is a difference between men and ladies walking shoes, in particular among the good manufactures. The design is specifically created to be more comfortable and accommodating to female walkers. That’s not to say that all women prefer women’s walking shoes, but generally speaking, most women do.
As with all walking boots, there is a vast difference in pricing between the ranges, and as usual you to tend to get what you pay for. There are many aspects of a good walking shoe that all genders should be interested in, including the waterproofing, grip, and of course comfort.
We tested around 25 pairs of hiking boots for women in order to range it down to our favourite in four categories in order to cater to everyone. As always, if you have any questions, absolutely do not hesitate to reach out.
Mid-budget & best overall:
The Keen Women’s Targhee Li Mid Wp High Rise Hiking Shoes, are for me the absolute best out there for a medium budget. Coming in a shade over 100 pounds, you’re going to get in a LOT of walking for that price. They use their patented KEEN.DRY waterproofing technology that lets vapour out without letting water in. I found them to be a superb option and after a two day hike, my feet still felt perfect. The cheapest we found was £110.48 from Amazon.
These may well be too expensive for most tastes, but the Merrell Women’s All Out Blaze Mid Boots are just about as good a pair as women’s walking boots as you’ll find anywhere. These boots have very natural movement and a wonderful quality outer sole that will truly last. The moulded external heel counter really does provide a lot of stability as advertised. That being said, frankly I thought they were only slightly better than the Keen’s and at almost double the price, some will find it hard to justify. The cheapest we found was £206.16 from Amazon.
The Jack Wofskin Women’s Vojo Mid Texapore High Rise Hiking Shoes are an excellent choice in ladies walking shoes, for those looking for a slightly cheaper version. That said, we should point out that these will still set you back a reasonable amount of money at around £75. Once you start spending less than this, you really will feel a dip in quality and so for me personally, this is the least I’ll spend on a decent pair that I expect to last me for a good while. The cheapest we found was £74.99 from Amazon.
Very low budget
As I said in the last description, I prefer to spend a little more when it comes to buying a good pair of walking boots for women, but recognising that not everyone wants to spend so much, especially novices to hiking, it was important for me to recommend at least one significantly cheaper pair of boots. I believe the Regatta Womens Gatlin Low Waterproof Padded Walking Shoes are the best you’ll get at a budget, and to be honest they really are pretty good. They hav excellent waterproof technology and very deep padding. The cheapest we found was £31.51(!) from Amazon.