Last updated: August 23, 2021

Hiking boots for women are not just any piece of your equipment. The right footwear is by far the most important, because no other part of your equipment is exposed to such heavy strain. Hiking boots for women protect your feet from injury.

In addition, the hiking boots should be very robust so that they can last for several years. Which hiking boot for women is the right one for you depends largely on what you intend to do with it. It therefore depends above all on the area of use.

Basically, however, it is important to have the most robust and stable hiking boot possible so that you can be on the move comfortably and for a long time.


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Buying criteria: What you should look for when buying hiking boots for women

To help you consider the most important buying criteria before buying a hiking boot for women, we have listed them for you below. These are the following buying criteria:

  • Sole
  • Material
  • Interior


The sole is as versatile as the different hiking boots for women. Depending on the area and place of use, you should pay attention to certain things. The most important are the outsoles and midsoles. When it comes to the outsole, pay particular attention to the texture. You should make sure that the sole is not too flat and has no tread.

If this is the case, the hiking boot is not suitable for difficult terrain. In the best case, the sole should be coarse, then the hiking boots for women are excellent for hiking in difficult areas. The midsole is also important. In most cases, EVA or PU is used.

The midsole has the task of absorbing shocks and thus providing an increased level of comfort, especially on a long tour. The cushioning of the sole slows down muscle, joint and bone fatigue.


The material of the hiking boot for women also plays a major role. We have listed the most commonly used materials for you below.

  • Meshfabric: Mesh is a woven material made of synthetic fibres. The material is particularly light, especially breathable and flexible. This material property is used especially in hiking and trail running shoes, as the weight is particularly crucial. However, the mesh fabric is less robust than Cordura or leather. It is therefore rarely used in women's hiking boots.
  • Cordura: Cordura consists of polyamide fibres and is a registered trademark. The material is extremely robust, tear-resistant and is therefore ideal for areas of the hiking boot that are subject to particular wear and tear, especially the instep or the ankle area. Cordura is also a very light material.
  • Leather: Leather is one of the best materials, it adapts to the shape of the foot and offers a pleasant foot climate. In addition, leather is particularly robust, resistant and at the same time durable and long-lasting. Care is particularly important for women's leather hiking boots. Women's leather hiking boots should be waxed and greased before they are worn for the first time. Leather is a fairly heavy material, which is why a full leather boot is somewhat heavier than one that uses different materials.

Leather can be divided into different types, and we have listed the most common sub-types for you below.

  • Nubuck leather: This is a full cowhide leather that is buffed on the grain side and has a fine, velvety surface.
  • Suede: Suede is made from the flesh side of scarred hides. When weight is to be saved, it is often used in combination with synthetic fibre fabric.
  • Imitation leather: Imitation leather is a synthetic leather. This leather is rarely found in women's hiking boots. It is less breathable and more vapour permeable than normal leather. In addition, the softeners used can harden and tear if not used regularly.
  • Terracare leather: This is a particularly high-quality and sustainably produced cowhide. During production, special attention is paid to resource-saving manufacturing processes.
  • Yak leather: Yak leather is characterised by its durability. At the same time, it is also particularly supple. The leather gets its unmistakable rough look from its striking coarse grain.

As you can see, you should take a close look at the material before buying. You should also take into account where you will be walking.


You should also make the right choice when it comes to the interior. Above all, the interior depends on the weather, temperature and region. A leather or mesh lining is particularly suitable for warm regions. In addition, the inner lining made of these materials offers significant breathability and thus improves your foot climate.

If you choose a hiking boot for women with a Gore-Tex membrane lining, these are particularly suitable for regions where the climate is much colder. Thanks to the membrane, women's hiking boots are absolutely waterproof, even if it rains for a longer period of time. However, membrane shoes dry more slowly if they do get wet on the inside. 

Hiking boots for women: The most important questions answered

To make sure you know all the important answers to the most frequently asked questions about women's hiking boots before you buy, we have answered them for you below.

In which styles are hiking boots for women available?

There is a wide range of different styles of hiking boots for women. You should bear in mind that the lighter the shoe, the later your legs and feet will tire. In addition, the hiking boots for women should offer stable support. In the following, we will introduce you to the different styles.

  • Hiking shoes: Hiking shoes have pronounced cushioning and are made with very soft material. Should be used for easy hikes where the terrain is not too steep and the backpack is not too heavy. Hiking boots also fall into the A/B category.
  • Hiking boots: The classic hiking boots for women are usually a little heavier than hiking shoes and are more robust. If you go for this style, the backpack may also be a little heavy. Due to its stiff construction and the materials used, the hiking boot is altogether more stable and safer, especially for difficult terrain. The hiking boots can be categorised as A/B and B.
  • Trail running shoes: Although trail running shoes are not explicitly designed for hiking, their grippy all-terrain soles make them ideal for hiking. However, you should bear in mind that you are hiking with light luggage and that your hiking trail is an easy one. Trail running shoes are very popular, especially because of their light weight. They are also waterproof.
  • Approach shoes: This style of hiking boot for women is primarily designed for demanding climbs and descents. In other words, this style is not for climbing itself, but for getting to the rock and back. In addition, the hiking boots have a light weight and a so-called climbing zone, this is a heavily profiled area on the sole.

Should hiking boots for women be waterproof?

No, they don't have to be. However, as mentioned above, the destination is important when choosing. As a rule, the cooler and wetter the climate, the more sensible it is to choose a waterproof hiking boot for women. In countries with a lot of precipitation and low rather than high temperatures, such as Sweden, Norway or Iceland, you should definitely go for a waterproof hiking boot.

If your destination is more to the south, where the weather is sunnier and the temperatures are higher, it is advisable to do without a waterproof hiking boot. The key words here are breathability and vapour permeability.

We do not recommend hiking boots for women that have an extra waterproof coating for hiking. They are not breathable, so sooner or later you may find yourself walking in your own sweat.

What size should hiking boots for women be?

The right size of hiking boot for women is the be-all and end-all on any hiking tour. If the footwear does not fit properly, it can quickly lead to irritation and redness on the foot. However, there is a lot to consider when choosing the right size.

Above all, the shape of your foot is a decisive factor. If you have very narrow feet, you should make sure that you buy a narrow hiking boot. The same applies the other way round, of course.


So, as a conclusion, we can say that above all the fit and the material of the hiking boot for women play a big role. To find the perfect fit for you, it is best to go to a specialist store and ask for advice from a specialist. As far as the material is concerned, you should also plan in advance in which area the hiking boots will be used.

In addition, you should take a close look at your style of hiking boots for women beforehand and also consider there what kind of sole the hiking boot comes with. The sole is also a decisive factor for the planned hike. It gives your feet stability and determines how much weight you can carry.

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