These boots are made for walking, and that’s just what they’ll do.
1960s music videos aside, these boots really were made for walking. We’ve gone through the pros and cons of our favorite walking boots for women.
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1. New Balance 1400 Trail
New Balance 1400 Trail walking shoes are 100% imported leather with a rubber sole, nylon shank, and gusseted tongue. They feature roll bar technology and offer compression molds in the midsole. They are slip-resistant and waterproof and are available in both black and brown.
- Waterproof Membrane
- Compression Midsole
- True To Size
- Not Non-Slip
- Poor Arch
2. Hi-Tec Altitude Base Camp WP
Hi-Tec Altitude Base Camp walking boots are made of a leather upper and a dri-tec membrane that creates a waterproof, yet breathable shoe. It has a gusseted tongue and features i-shield technology. These boots keep debris out and are resistant to stains.
- Stain Resistant
- Runs Small
3. Peter Storm Camborne Mid
The Peter Storm Camborne walking boots are made of brown and pink waterproof and breathable Nubuck with a mesh upper. It has a sturdy outsole that provides support for long walks and complicated pathways. These shoes are an exact fit, but are stiff and can be challenging to break in. They are relatively new to the market and do not have much feedback on life expectancy.
- Unknown Lifetime
4. KEEN Targhee II Mid Waterproof
KEEN Targhee II walking boots are made of brown waterproof nubuck leather and a foam insole. It has a rubber insole and has waterproof and breathable membranes. These boots are slip resistant but have difficulty gripping on loose earth if on an unworn trail.
- Compression Foam
- Lower On Ankle
- Run Large
- Poor Grip
5. Vivobarefoot Tracker FG
The Vivobarefoot Tracker walking boot is designed to feel like barefoot walking but withstand tough terrain. They are insulated with thermal protection and are available in dark brown, cream, and black. They are one of the most expensive shoes, priced at $249.95.
- Ankle Support
- Odd Fit
6. Columbia Women’s Dakota Drifter MID
Columbia Dokata Drifter walking boots are constructed out of suede, leather, mesh, and rubber. They are waterproof, except for the suede portions, and breathable. They feature an omni-grip sole that has a multi-terrain traction system that is compatible in multiple different environments.
- Mesh Tongue
- Midsole Support
- Suede Details
7. SCARPA Mistral GTX
SCARPA Mistral GTX walking boot is made of a combination of brown and teal leather-suede with a waterproof upper. It features a modified midsole that provides support and stability when walking. They are expensive and reach almost $200, but settle between $174.30-$181.99.
- Vibram Outsole
- Well Built
- Limited Sizes
8. CAMEL CROWN Low-Top
Camel Crown Low-Top walking boots are made of mesh upper lining and PU leather. They feature a rubber outsole that provides excellent grip and traction. They are not waterproof, but are breathable and prevent heavy sweating.
- Slip Resistant
- Not Waterproof
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What material is best for walking boots?
A: Nubuck leather and split-grain leather are the best options when choosing a material for walking boots. They’re durable and waterproof while maintaining a lightweight structure. The tradeoff is breathability. Most walking boots that are waterproof have to compromise by removing more breathable materials. If you don’t plan on walking in different conditions or only on hot, dry environments, then a mesh/suede material may be more suitable for use.
There are other materials such as vegan-friendly, synthetic, and insulated. They are feature attributes specific to individual buyers or certain environments and are not the best options for all-around walking boots.
Q: What are the main differences in midsoles?
A: The midsole provides cushioning and absorbs shock from the foot’s impact. They affect stability and stiffness as well as comfort. The top two materials are EVA and polyurethane, with EVA being the better choice for walking boots.
EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate) is a softer, lighter, and less expensive material. It can be used in different densities based upon the desired stiffness and use of the boot. It is considered a better option for walking shoes because of its comfort. When walking, the preference is in comfort rather than stiffness due to the lack of intense terrain.
Q: Do outsoles matter?
A: For walking boots, outsoles will consist mainly of the same material, rubber. Rubber is the go-to material for outsole use with manufacturers branching out only when attempting to increase the durability and hardness of the sole. As that is only in the case of backpacking or mountaineering boots, aim for boots with rubber outsoles to prevent the risk of slipping or losing traction when walking.
Q: How do you choose the right fit?
A: Walking boots should fit snugly, but not tight enough to restrict blood flow through your feet and to your toes. Understand that if you are prone to long walks that your feet might swell and your size should be determined based upon your swollen feet. Narrow boots may initially sound like a good idea, but remember that if you wear orthotics, you require extra room.
Measure your foot before shopping online and use the measurements to compare to those listed on the website. Check reviews to see if the shoes are suitable for those with wide, small, or narrow feet in order to find the perfect fit.