How we pick the best summer hiking boots
Rounded up in this space are the finest summer hiking boots known to man. Detailed below is our no-frills-yet-meticulous process.
- Using our own funds, we purchase summer hiking boots (be they cheap or expensive).
- To find out the strengths and weaknesses of these breathable hikers, we hike in every pair under the heat of the sun for days.
- We collect reviews from experts and summer trail-goers and reflect them on our own.
A CoreScore is assigned to every reviewed summer hiking boot. This score enables us to pick out the bests of the bunch.
Best summer hiking boots overall
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. See our full review and facts
A tough hiker meant for traversing moderate terrain in the summer, the Accentor 2 Vent Mid gets tons of great feedback for being downright comfortable. It also ticks the box for lightness, grip, and quality. What's more, many buyers are satisfied with its price. It's an affordable, reliable hiking boot for its class. This suede boot is definitely crafted for all-day comfort on the trail. Too bad it runs narrow. But overall, this hiker is a wonderful choice for anyone looking for a lightweight, breathable hiking boot. See our full review and facts
Best day summer hiking boots
A lovable piece in both form and (light-duty) function—is a fine description for the Gateway Mid. One of Teva’s high-quality hiking boots, this snug and stride-boosting footgear is versatile enough for both backcountry adventures and urban jungle outings. Once it breaks in nicely, the Gateway Mid will inject the fun back into your excursions, especially on well-maintained trails. See our full review and facts
Best Merrell summer hiking boots
Adventurers who are seeking a lightweight and breathable pair for day hikes may find fulfillment with this Merrell offering. Its comfortable feel and traction may also serve hikers when tackling a demanding trail. On the other hand, those who value cushioning may find this footgear lacking in that department. All in all, the Merrell Altalight Knit Mid may remain a competent pair to wear for a trip because of its trail-centric advantages, as long as potential users replace its default insole with a more cushioned variant. See our full review and facts
A great-looking boot that boasts of quality comfort and protection, the Merrell Ontario Suede Mid has received amazing compliments from hikers and casual wearers alike. Those who have used it on the trail can attest to its sturdy construction, versatility, and top-notch performance. Also, it stands between being warm and breathable, which makes it a perfect shoe for the spring and during moderate weather conditions. The Ontario Suede Mid runs a bit narrow for some. So if you have wide feet, make sure to get an accurate fitting first before going with these hiking boots. See our full review and facts
Best lightweight summer hiking boots
A cross between a rugged hiker and a lightweight trail runner - the Topo Athletic Trailventure hiking boots have gotten the approval of avid hikers and outdoorsy folks who want something comfortable, well-cushioned, and most of all - durable. It gets five-star reviews for its lightweight construction, supportive midsole and upper, and grippy Vibram outsole. Plus, it's a wide hiking boot which is a huge advantage for those with extra-wide feet or those who simply want a roomy fit to wiggle and move their toes. See our full review and facts
If you are looking to up your game with something comfy and supportive, the Terrex Trailmaker Mid is a fantastic choice. It is also a force to be reckoned with in the areas of surface traction and aesthetics, all wrapped up in an impressively lightweight package. Indeed, style and substance are what you are in for in the Terrex Trailmaker Mid by Adidas. See our full review and facts
Best budget summer hiking boots
Featuring graphene-enhanced rubber soles, the Inov-8 Roclite G 370 gets lots of positive feedback for its reliable performance on or off the trail. Despite being a really lightweight outdoor boot, it offers some of the most important features every avid hiker needs, such as support, traction, durability, and comfort. All these promote speed and agility without sacrificing comfort. Out from the box, you may need to loosen it up to get your foot in. But that's a minor tradeoff for a more precise and comfortable fit. See our full review and facts