Types of Hiking Boots
When you’re ready to hit the trails, DICK’S Sporting Goods has high performance hiking boots for every adventure. Whether you’re looking for hiking shoes for a walk in the park or a heavy duty waterproof boot for an extended wilderness adventure, you’ll find rugged, comfortable footwear from many leading brands.
For running and hiking on easy to moderate paths, choose from a wide variety of low top hiking boots and hiking shoes from trusted names such as Columbia, Under Armour, Merrell, and Salomon. If you’re planning an expedition through difficult terrain, explore the selection of high top hiking boots for maximum ankle protection. You’ll find hiking boots with valuable features such as waterproof uppers, GORE-TEX linings, gusseted tongues, and molded nylon shanks for superior arch support.
To choose the right hiking boots for your activities, consider where you anticipate wearing your boots. If you prefer to hike on improved trails without rocky climbs, a lightweight pair of hiking shoes may be a good choice. Low topped hiking boots offer excellent support and traction without unnecessary weight, which helps reduce fatigue. For athletic events like trail races and orienteering meets, DICK’S Sporting Goods also carries comfortable, highly ventilated sport hiking shoes to help you perform at your best.
If you will be traveling through the wilderness and don’t know for sure what type of terrain you might encounter, you might want to purchase hiking boots with a higher profile to keep your ankles secure and help you navigate steep climbs and descents.
Tips & Expert Advice
Many of the hiking boots at DICK’S Sporting Goods are available in sizes for narrow or wide feet, which can help you maximize your comfort on the trail. Be sure to choose high-quality hiking socks to ensure that your boots fit correctly—boots that are too tight or too loose can lead to discomfort and blisters after a few hours of hiking.