As technical attire continues to play a key role in fashion’s stylistic discourse, ALYX, Prada and many other brands have solidified it as a major reference point for collections. With fashion houses circling around the category for transitional seasons that require lightweight layering options, it was only a matter of time until the focus switched to footwear.
Over the past few seasons, some of the best hiking boots have come from surprising sources. Upstart brands such as ROA, who sit in the space between fashion and functional hiking gear, as well as more tried-and-tested brands such as Timberland and Salomon, have released an eclectic mix of styles. While some are more functional than others — and we wouldn’t recommend taking on the Alps or the Himalayas in any of the below — they’re all built to withstand basic hiking terrain.
Whether you’ve ever blazed a trail, flip-flopped, or prepared a slackpack need not matter, as our selection of the best hiking boots will have you sold on the aesthetic alone. Featuring brands such as adidas Terrex, Nike ACG and ROA, our roundup proves that functional gear deserves a place in any wardrobe, irrespective of your intentions to hit the trails or not.
Scroll through what we believe to be some of the most stylish and best hiking boots below. They might not have you climbing Mount Everest, but you’ll look damn good doing whatever it is you do in them.
Shop the Best Hiking Boots for Spring 2022 Below
Carhartt WIP x Salomon Shelter CSWP
Carhartt and Salomon just makes sense — two fashion labels revered for their wardrobe-friendly but functional clothing and gear. The duo's collaborative boot comes equipped with light insulation for protection against the cold and any unwanted wetness. Lightweight, the outsole is made with two different rubbers to ensure maximum traction on the trail this Spring.
and wander x Salomon Odyssey CSWP
A standout from the and wander x Salomon collab, the sneaker is made from durable, lightweight materials. And, that's just the beginning. The futuristic shoe is wind and waterproof, rocking a gator to prevent any ankle rolling. Not to mention, the shoe's Cell+ cushioning will make your ride much more bearable. Whether you are hiking in 2022 or 2033, these trail-friendly shoes should be in your rotation.
adidas Terrex Free Hiker Gore-Tex
If your hiking gear already utilizes Gore-Tex materials, it only makes sense to do the same with your shoes. adidas' Terrex Free Hiker is made using the critically acclaimed primeknit material along with a GORE-TEX membrane to keep you dry. Again, no one likes wet socks.
Bally Hike Boots
Though I wouldn't rock these out on the hiking trail, I will definitely wear these when I am finally invited to the Swiss Alps. The chocolate brown mixed with the flashes of color helps separate the Bally-made boot from other semi-functional boots.
Gucci x The North Face Leather Hiking Boots
This collaboration is a bit absurd, and that's why we love it. If there was ever a boot mascot for glamping, these Gucci North Face boots would be it.
Lanvin Suede Hiking Boots
Utilitarian footwear has permeated every aspect of fashion, and it won't be going away anytime soon. Lanvin has elevated the trend, delivering it in a chunky suede package. Trail-friendly? No. Outfit-friendly? Absolutely.
Danner Light Hiking Boot
Danner's men's hiking boot is simple but potent. It features paneled leather, comfortable with cushioned support, and inner-lining to keep your toes toasty. It even has a GORE-TEX membrane. There is a reason why Danner has a cult fan base.
Nike ACG Air Mowabb Sneakers
Another sneaker boot hybrid, the shoes' lighter colorway just embodies Spring. The Mowabb itself is a 30+ year legend for its hiking design, Huarache technology around the heel, and a speckled midsole. It's a solid option for your hiking goals.
ROA Andreas Suede Hiking Boots
Futuristic and functional? Check. Roa's black suede and grained leather hiking boot tosses away laces and trades them in for a secure buckle. The hiking boot is built for rough terrain thanks to its massive sole.
HOKA Anacapa Mid GTX Hiking Boots
HOKA makes excellent all-around outdoor footwear. With comfort and protection being the top priorities, the Anacapa Mid comes with Achilles-cradling pull tabs, nubuck leather/GORE-TEX® uppers, and a Vibram mega grip rubber sole. It is a beast of a hiking shoe.
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