Women are different. If you’re a man you know that. If you’re a woman you live it and look for ways every day to outfit yourself, especially in the challenging environment of the outdoors. Fortunately, hiking boots is one category that has plenty of options to cater to the physical differences women embrace.

Cabela’s Meindl Perfekt Lady Hikers
Cabela’s Meindl Perfekt Lady Hikers

Every hiking adventure doesn’t require an “Everest-style” boot. Some do, however, and for those who leave the pavement for the extremes consider the Cabela’s Meindl Perfekt Lady Hikers. They’re stylish enough for an evening on the town, but rugged enough for the Rockies. Full-grain leather uppers support you better than a high school guidance counselor. A full-length cork footbed promises ultra comfort including the arch. A lightweight EVA midsole stabilizes for uneven terrain, and Meindl’s rubber outsoles provide AWD traction. You can expect 100 percent waterproof and breathability with GORE-TEX membranes. You won’t be weighed down with the 2.4 pounds of aggressiveness on your feet either. These hikers retail for $239.99.

Ahnu Women’s Montara Hikers

If you like a splash of color in your hiking, but want the best in ruggedness, consider the Ahnu Women’s Montara Hikers. In addition to Numentum Hike technology, you’ll find dual-density EVA midsole cushioning and comfort to stabilize any hiking environment. For additional midsole support, Ahnu beefs up the shanks to ensure your arches ride in comfort. The boot even includes shock dispersal plates in the front to guard from rock collisions. Rubber toecaps, a padded collar, leather body and suede uppers round out one rugged boot. Even with all the protection, the boots are lightweight at just 1.75 pounds. The boots include a waterproof lining, but with eVent they retain breathability. Boots come in brown, but for that splash of color consider midnight blue. Retail price is $164.99.

Merrell Women's Moab Low-Profile Hikers
Merrell Women’s Moab Low-Profile Hikers

For a hiking boot that fits in at the gym or at a trailhead, consider the Merrell Women’s Moab Low-Profile Hikers. This boot is built for aggressive workouts anywhere with venting built into the leather-strapped uppers. Compression-molded EVA footframes form to your feet, and an air-cushion midsole erase the shock of rough trail conditions. Merrell’s Q-Form alignment system guarantees your stride stays straight. A multisport rubber outsole offers traction for any environment. Take your pick of boots in aluminum or taupe color for $99.99.

Cabela’s Women's Rimrock GORE-TEX Hikers
Cabela’s Women’s Rimrock GORE-TEX Hikers

Everyone loves a deal, and this season it’s the Cabela’s Women’s Rimrock GORE-TEX Hikers. This all-leather boot includes soft nubuck leather uppers, a padded tongue and cushioned collar. GORE-TEX is synonymous with waterproof and breathability, and this boot has it. A triple layer of EVA midsole support makes every step like walking on pillows. Trail conditions won’t matter with the Cabela’s rugged tread design. This stylish, yet aggressive boot weighs a paltry 2.6 pounds. Regular price is $119.99, but you’ll find them reduced to fit your budget at $89.99.

Women oftentimes have to put up with outdoor gear designed for men. It’s not a man’s world any longer, especially in the tailored world of hiking boots.

This article was produced in cooperation with Cabela’s


Hiking photo by Mark Kayser; product images courtesy of Cabela’s

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  1. Seriously? You have a review article on the “4 Best Hiking Boots for Women” written by a MAN? Really? Did he try on every pair of hiking boots by every manufacturer? Or even, every pair of hiking boots that Cabelas sells? This is an “opinion” piece not a factual review and a poor one at that!

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