7 Best Leather Hiking Boots, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

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7 Best Leather Hiking Boots, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022

There is just something special about experiencing the great outdoors in a pair of leather hiking boots. These hikers are naturally tough, and their grounded design makes mixing and matching — to complete your backcountry outfit—an easy feat.

We’ve rounded up the finest leather hiking boots (out of 300+ pairs) for your convenience. Are you in need of a smashing all-rounder? Maybe you’re into a lightweight pair? Or perhaps something powerful for pack adventures? Whichever it is, if it’s leather, you’re in the right place.

How we test hiking boots

This selection of top-of-the-line leather hikers is a product of dedication and passion. Here’s our approach:

  • We buy leather hiking boots using our own funds. This way, we can be as objective and straightforward with our reviews as possible.
  • Each leather kick goes through a series of tests. In every pair, we hike on various terrain for days, come rain or shine.
  • We collect and analyze hundreds of reviews from a combination of regular hikers and professional testers.

As a result, every tested leather hiking boot receives a 0-100 rating, a.k.a. CoreScore. This RunRepeat-exclusive scoring system gives a glimpse of whether a given shoe is among the finest or a major pass.

Best leather hiking boots overall

Danner Mountain 600
Danner Mountain 600

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 8,379 users
84 / 100 from 23 experts

Pros

  • Supportive
  • Very comfortable, like a running shoe
  • Oustanding grip
  • Durable
  • Feels light
  • Great out of the box
  • Waterproof
  • Awesome for casual use

Cons

  • Debris gets into the boot
  • Not for technical hiking

Verdict

After testing hundreds of remarkable leather hiking boots, we put the Danner Mountain 600 on the highest pedestal. Yup, it’s a real doozy, and its magnificence manifests on virtually all fronts!

“Dreamy from the box” is a very accurate description for the Mountain 600 in the comfort department. The moment we slipped into it, everything within its plush confines clicked exactly the way we envisioned. Warm sports? Rubbing? We had none of those in this Danner boot!

Another water-cooler aspect about the fantastic Mountain 600 is its Vibram outsole. While not really for technical hikes (as evident in its low-profile lugs), this sticky layer got us negotiating wet and dry terrain with remarkable adhesion.

Both the Mountain 600’s heel and arch zones were mighty supportive throughout our backcountry travels. That said, we give its heel counter extra credit for making heel slippage completely non-existent from trail start to trail end!

And have we mentioned that the Danner Mountain 600 has the “oomph” yet? Indeed, this leather bad boy cut through a variety of hazards, including abrasive ones, and came out with only minor dents and light scratches.

So, what are you delaying for? Bag the Mountain 600 now and see yourself make a real difference on the trail!

Danner Mountain 600 full review

Best lightweight leather hiking boots

Timberland Euro Sprint Hiker
Timberland Euro Sprint Hiker

CoreScore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 50,670 users
99 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Stylish
  • Budget-friendly price
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable interior
  • Adequate ankle support
  • No break-in

Cons

  • Not durable
  • Unreliable traction

Verdict

In the realm of lightness, the leather Timberland Euro Sprint Hiker is the one to beat. Case in point: its per-boot weight is no more than 480 g on paper. In practice, this dapper hiker felt lighter. Whatever magic Timberland used in this regard, it worked!

We visited our go-to trail in the Euro Sprint Hiker without going on a pre-hike (to test its break-in period, of course). To our surprise, considering the rather stout construction of said shoe, its confines felt nice fresh from the box. And after hours of hiking, we sustained no blisters anywhere.

Equally incredible was the way the Euro Sprint Hiker made our ankles feel secure. The part of the trail where we usually struggle with our ankles was laden with roots. That said, the boot’s supportive collar boosted our confidence and got us across scot-free!

Despite having no overlays slapped onto its upper (front half), the Euro Sprint Hiker deflected major scratches and dents like a boss. Oh, but this lack of protective overlays is what we believe made this leather hiker light in the first place.

And last but not least, at $110 (MSRP), the Euro Sprint Hiker is a steal. Yes, it’s light both on your feet and wallet!

Timberland Euro Sprint Hiker full review

Best leather hiking boots for backpacking

Danner Mountain Light II
Danner Mountain Light II

CoreScore

87
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 1,960 users
88 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Durable
  • First-rate craftsmanship
  • Reliable traction
  • Can be recrafted
  • Best investment
  • Keeps feet dry
  • Excellent functionality
  • US-made

Cons

  • Narrow toe area
  • On the heavier side
  • Long break-in time

Verdict

Do you want to be amazed both on and off the trail while hauling a heavy pack? Then scratch anything underwhelming off your shopping list and write the Mountain Light II on there!

Expect to pull off propelled and powerful steps without tiring your feet easily in the Danner Mountain Light II. The boot shines while you got a loaded bag in tow. This is because both its heel and arch sections have top-notch support. It’s true—your heels will remain centered and your arches will not crumble on you wherever you are on the trail!

Adhesive power is also what you’re going to get in this leather Danner kick. Whether on grassy patches or rocky slopes, the Mountain Light II’s bomb-proof outsole proved its high tenacity to us. In addition, its meaty lugs and clawing heel brake made a cakewalk out of ascents and descents.

Craftsmanship is quite something in the Mountain Light II, as well. As a premium-priced piece, this Danner kick wears its luxurious value on its sleeve. Let’s just put it this way: the Mountain Light II is spectacular both inside and out!

Speaking of interior greatness, the Mountain Light II is exceptionally pampering. Yup, its confines are truly comfy!

Danner Mountain Light II full review

Best leather wide toe box hiking boots

Oboz Sawtooth II Mid
Oboz Sawtooth II Mid

CoreScore

88
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 248 users
93 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Amazing arch support
  • Very durable
  • Wide toebox
  • Comfortable for long treks
  • Snug, secure fit

Cons

  • Break-in period
  • Not for wet, slippery surfaces
  • Heavy

Verdict

Oboz knows how to make great boots! The Sawtooth II Mid is a heavy-duty hiking boot and hasn’t shown any premature wear in the sole or the upper. I’ve worn them on numerous hikes and to work where I’m on my feet all day. The leather has broken in nicely and while the sole has roughed up a bit, it still slips pretty bad on wet surfaces.
Oboz Sawtooth II Mid full review

Best looking leather hiking boots

Scarpa Terra GTX
Scarpa Terra GTX

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 1,064 users
90 / 100 from 11 experts

Pros

  • Glue-like underfoot
  • Insanely comfortable
  • Watertight
  • Quick break-in
  • Lightweight
  • Reliably supportive
  • Sufficient breathability
  • Mildly warm

Cons

  • Scuff-magnet
  • Subpar cushioning

Verdict

If there’s one leather boot that can sweep you off your feet, and then ask for more once you’re back up, it has got to the Scarpa Terra GTX!

To say that this piece is a work of art is quite spot-on. Sporting a classic look with its almost-seamless leather upper, the Terra GTX is as eye-catching as it is jaw-droppingly comfy.

Without breaking in the boot in question, we went on a 7-mile hike in our fresh socks. The result? A blister- and hotspot-free excursion! Extra props go to the Terra GTX’s divine collar for giving us a totally rub-free ankle experience!

On the waterproofing front, the Scarpa Terra GTX astonished us to the moon and back. While most of the heavy lifting was done by its Gore-Tex liner, the boot’s virtually one-piece construction helped keep wetness at bay. The buffed finish of its leather shell also transformed all sorts of moisture into beads like magic.

The Terra GTX’s wonderful waterproofing is also matched by its performance on varied terrain. Like sticky monsters, its outsole and its claw-like lugs afforded us intense latching power. Most impressive was how we managed to go down muddy slopes sideways without a hint of slipping!

Scarpa Terra GTX full review

Best value leather hiking boots

Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid GTX
Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid GTX

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 1,462 users
90 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • The boot of choice for multi-day hikes
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof
  • Excellent grip
  • Supportive midsole
  • Detailed ground feel
  • Great ankle support
  • Protective
  • Perfect lacing system

Cons

  • Midsole may be thin for some
  • Very stiff in colder climates

Verdict

Where the trail turns for the worse and your backpack is as loaded as ever, rest easy in the Zephyr GTX Mid. From its homey, weatherproof confines down to its exemplary support system, this durable shoe is more than ready to do all the dirty work for you. Yes, the Zephyr GTX Mid can work wonders on your treks, especially if you keep to the rugged sections of the trail.
Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid GTX full review
Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.