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Shop Men's Hiking Boots & Shoes

Learn More About Men's Hiking Boots

Selecting Hiking Boots

Which Boots are Best For You?

Keeping Comfortable

Tips on Selecting Hiking Boots for Men

Boots are arguably the most important piece of hiking equipment you take with you on hiking and camping trips – your boots. Healthy, dry and comfortable feet make for happy campers (and hikers) and choosing the right type of hiking boots can be a complicated process. There are many buzz words out there that can cloud your decision but we’ve learned a little over the past 10 years of selling hiking boots. Consider these tips while buying your new hiking shoes:

  • Low cut hiking boots, or hiking shoes, are great for casual day trips and provide some ankle flexibility. Mid-cut hiking boots provide better ankle stability and are better for difficult and long hikes over rough terrain.
  • Support on the sides and bottom of the hiking boot is important because they will help you keep your ankles and legs straight, which will help you keep moving with comfort.
  • Choose hiking boots that have a cushioned and comfortable inside. The insole (or footbed) is important to consider because it will keep feet comfortable during both short and long hikes and walks.
  • The sole of your hiking boots can provide great traction. Generally more ridges that are deep and angled to help avoid slipping.
  • Waterproof boots are ideal for wet conditions, or if you do not know what kind of conditions you will be hiking through. Wet feet make hiking very uncomfortable and can lead to more complicated problems.

Product Selection

Ready for the Trail: Shop Men’s Hiking Boots

Take on the trek in the right pair of men’s hiking boots.

Backcountry adventurers and off-road runners alike can find the right footwear for the trail at DICK’S Sporting Goods. Discover rugged hiking boots, mid-cut shoes and trail-running footwear—all crafted for traction, stability and comfort.

The right technical features provide performance in the great outdoors. Traction-optimized outsoles grip uneven terrain, while waterproof uppers shield against chill and moisture. Compression-molded insoles improve gait and enhance comfort. Browse the full men’s hiking boot collection:

Explore trail shoes and hiking boots from popular brands, including Merrell®, KEEN® and Columbia®.

Buying Tips

Think about your outing—where do you plan to hike and what will the conditions be like?

Light hiking boots are geared toward novice and intermediate hikers. Think one to two-day hikes with a simple day pack carrying only essentials. These boots are constructed for a lightweight, flexible fit with minimal support. Uppers consist of both mesh and leather for breathability added comfort. Opt for a low-cut hiking boot or sneaker-inspired design.

Technical hiking boots are built for experienced hikers trekking on a multi-day hike over a variety of terrains. These boots are outfitted with maximum support, full-grain uppers and added cushioning.

Keep in mind the added details you need to make the most of your excursion. Shanks, located in the midsole of your boot, offer added stability and support. A gusseted tongue prevents debris from penetrating your shoe. And you can customize your footwear with removable footbeds or insoles.

Expert Advice

Think about your shoe construction when making your selection:

Upper: A full-grain leather upper is supportive, durable and waterproof. Suede uppers offer more flexibility and breathability on the trail, but not as much support and weather protection as a full-grain leather. Suede is not waterproof, but can be treated for water resistance.

Midsole: The midsole of your boot disperses weight to provide stability. The midsole can be composed of a variety of materials. Compression-molded EVA, or Ethyl Vinyl Acetate foam, offer a lightweight fit. Materials including TRP and polyurethane are lightweight, comfortable and deliver adequate shock absorption.

Outsole: Hiking boot outsoles are construction of rubber and offer added traction when hiking over a variety of surfaces. Lugs or treads help increase traction—but remember, the deeper they are, the heavier your boot will feel.

Stock up for your journey: Shop the hiking and camping backpacks at DICK’S Sporting Goods.