Hike in style: fashionable footwear for your next adventure.

by Afterpay
Mar 25, 2023      7 min read

On the hunt for a pair of hiking boots that are functional and fashionable? (Yes! It’s possible!) Whether you're traversing rocky terrain, exploring above the clouds or just hitting the trails for a casual weekend adventure, we've got you covered.

We’ve pulled together a list of hiking boots for women and men’s hiking boots that hit the spot. Seasoned hiker or newbie, there's a super stylish pair of boots out there just waiting to join you on your next adventure.

Consider the fit.

We're not just talking about avoiding a little discomfort here. We're talking about blisters, aching feet and even injury if you're not careful. That's why it's important to prioritise comfort and make sure your boots have proper arch support.

If you're planning on hitting the trails regularly, investing in a high-quality pair of boots that fit like a glove is a must. Don't be shy! Try on multiple pairs, and strut your stuff around the shop to make sure they're the ones for you. Your feet will thank you later.

Not forgetting to keep things #fashun, these HOKA Anacapa Women’s Mid GORE-TEX Waterproof Hiking Boots are the perfect blend of comfort and style. When it comes to hiking boots, women tend to require a narrower fit, and these ones get it just right. And hey, they aren't just good for your feet; they're good for the planet! They’re packed with eco-friendly features like 50% soy-based sock liners for ultimate comfort and recycled polyester in the collar, mesh and laces. The cute colourway is a highlight, too!

Pay attention to materials.

When it comes to materials, you've got two main options: leather or synthetic. Leather is reliable, tough, durable and supportive, but it can be heavy and needs more TLC. Synthetic materials, on the other hand, are lightweight, affordable and breathable – but they might not last as long as their leather counterparts. Again, it’s important to know your needs before making your choice. 

Whichever material you choose, if you're looking for something stylish and functional, Salomon knows a thing or two about hiking shoes for men (and women!) The Salomon QUEST 4 GTX SHOE MEN'S and Salomon QUEST 4 GTX SHOE WOMEN'S hiking boots are both great options. Each design differs slightly to ensure they work best for the guys and gals, but they’re both made of synthetic materials. So they’re super lightweight, very comfortable (no wearing-in required!) and waterproof. Plus, they come in a range of fun colours to match your style.

Plan for the weather.

Ready to conquer the great outdoors but worried about the weather? Waterproofing, breathability and insulation are key factors to consider when choosing the perfect hiking boots. With these top picks, there’ll be no soggy socks or frozen toes for you! 

Backed by a waterproof GORE-TEX lining, these Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid GORE-TEX Wide Women’s Waterproof Hiking Boots are designed to protect your feet from wet weather and give you the support you need. And with these SCARPA RUSH TREK GTX MENS HIKING BOOTS, your feet will stay dry, warm and comfortable no matter what the trail throws your way. Waterproofing and insulation can also help to prolong the life of your hiking boots – something to keep in mind when you’re on the hunt for your new pair!

Select the perfect sole.

Let’s talk traction, baby! When choosing your new hiking boots, don't forget to consider the type of sole you’ll need to keep your feet firmly on the ground. Look for soles made from durable materials like Vibram, and pay attention to the tread pattern and depth. Do you need a stiff sole for rocky mountain trails or a flexible sole for a more comfortable stroll? It's all about finding the right balance between support and comfort. 

These Hi-Tec Women’s Tarantula Waterproof Mid Hiking Boots will have you ready for any terrain. With a durable rubber outsole and waterproof membrane, they’ll provide you with the traction and protection you need on any hike. Plus, the stylish colour schemes for both the women’s and men’s designs will have you looking like a trailblazing fashion icon! The IsoGrip Storm Extreme Mens IsoGrip Waterproof Hiking Boots are also a great choice for tricky terrain. With their unique IsoGrip technology, you’re sure to have excellent traction on any surface. No slipping and sliding, thank you!

Take a hike in style.

So there you have it – a handy guide to finding the perfect hiking boots that are both functional and fashionable. Remember, just because you're exploring the great outdoors doesn't mean you can't look fabulous. 

Shop with Afterpay and treat yourself to some stylish new kicks for your next adventure. Your feet (and your Insta feed) will thank you!

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