7 Best Hiking Shoes For Women in 2022

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7 Best Hiking Shoes For Women in 2022

If you are like us, you would prefer to don the ideal pair for your daily excursions in the backcountry. Having tested over 300 stellar hiking shoes for women, we give you top-of-the-line trail kicks that can level up your game out in the wild.

Do you need something agile yet fully capable of hauling a moderately heavy pack? Or maybe a hiker that underscores well-roundedness? What about an ultra-affordable shoe? Whatever you need, we got them all down below.

How we test hiking shoes

At RunRepeat, we know full well that female hikers demand trustworthy and unbiased hiking shoe reviews. To be on top of that, we live by the following:

  • We buy all women’s hiking shoes with our own funds.
  • We hike in every pair under a variety of outdoor settings, including inclement conditions.
  • We gather thousands of expert and user reviews and reflect them in ours.

Each hiking shoe then receives a CoreScore — RunRepeat’s in-house grading system that helps us define and flesh out the best trail hikers for women.

Best hiking shoes overall for women

Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX
Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX

Corescore

83
Great!
4.0 / 5 from 983 users
90 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Instant comfort
  • Grippy
  • Supportive
  • Light
  • Balance preserver
  • Watertight
  • Antimicrobial insole

Cons

  • Questionable lacing design
  • Towering collar
  • Pricey

Verdict

We don’t want to beat around the bush here. Making the Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX your go-to kick for your everyday adventures would be the best hiking decision you will ever make!

Core to the X Ultra 4 GTX’s existence is ensuring that you get the most out of it comfort-wise. Yes, this sweet, sweet shoe will pamper your gentle tootsies from hour zero. And while it equals the men’s version when it comes to overall plushness, the women’s pair definitely knocks it out of the park with its cushy footbed!

Are you afraid of losing balance on the trail? Well, you can quell your worries in the X Ultra 4 GTX. Supremely stable underfoot (especially around the arch, this fantastic hiker dealt with rocks and uneven terrain like a real queen!

Extraordinarily grippy—is what we call the X Ultra 4 GTX’s rubber outsole. Its sticky tread pattern and aggressive lugs ensured our safety on pebbly terrain and muddy inclines alike. Going down soft-soiled and grassy slopes was also pretty confidence-inspiring in this Salomon kick.

This gem of a boot also left us in awe on the waterproofing front. Yes, much like most Gore-Tex shoes, the X Ultra 4 GTX fenced out all manners of moisture throughout our wet-weather outings!

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Best lightweight hiking shoes for women

Salomon OUTline GTX
Salomon OUTline GTX

Corescore

86
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 8,492 users
82 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Remarkably pampering
  • Watertight
  • Tenaciously grippy
  • Lightweight
  • Instant break-in
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Somewhat narrow
  • Subpar support

Verdict

Slip on the OUTline GTX and be the sleek hiking lady ninja that you’ve always wanted to be!

Crazy light at 300 g per shoe, the Salomon OUTline GTX can slip past many an obstacle, be it on trails or roads, with elegant quickness. This obvious lightness, coupled with the shoe’s ergonomically engineered sole unit, boosted our every stride.

The OUTline GTX’s Contagrip outsole made our speedy escapades on various terrain as secure as can be. The studs built on it latched on to sandy banks, moist mulch, and slightly muddy ground with little-to-no effort.

Equally convincing is the Salomon OUTline GTX’s MSRP of no more than $130. Sure, there are far more affordable offerings out there, but the shoe’s cunning speed and inclement weather protection bring forth undeniable value.

Speaking of weather protection, the OUTline GTX made our mildly rainy adventures fun through and through. And by fun, we mean not a drop gave us moist, wrinkly feet!

Now, our test-focused rides wouldn’t have been that enjoyable had it not been for the OUTline GTX’s from-the-box comfort. Yes, this speedster made it easy for us by being exceptionally plush everywhere on day one!

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Women's hiking shoes with best comfort

Merrell Moab 2 GTX
Merrell Moab 2 GTX

Corescore

87
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 47,711 users
95 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Incredibly comfortable
  • Responsive 
  • Waterproofing that actually works!
  • Durable upper
  • Perfect for short one-day hikes
  • Soft, plush feel
  • Protects from sharp rocks underfoot
  • Flexible

Cons

  • Poor heel lockdown
  • Average grip

Verdict

Now here—the Moab 2 GTX from Merrell—is a real comfort machine, and it’s coming your way in full force!

From its exceedingly plush liner down to its mighty cushy footbed, the Moab 2 GTX felt terrific on our feet from the box. Its padded backrest never gave dug to our heels, and the shoe’s instep didn’t bunch up.

Speaking of its liner, the shoe comes with a Gore-Tex membrane. With it, the Moab 2 GTX crushed it in moderate rains, negating all manners of wetness and keeping our longing-for-a-pedicure feet as dry as possible!

At around 370 g per shoe, the Moab 2 GTX didn’t weigh us down or make us struggle while going uphill. While there are less-weighty options out there, this Merrell kick felt quite light without neglecting support underfoot.

Traction-wise, we were floored by the Moab 2 GTX, too. Its creative tread pattern and multi-angled lugs made our journeys safe and slip-free. Whether on grassy hills, moderately muddy slopes, or wet mulch, the hiker gave us a to-the-nines level of surface traction!

So, if you’re serious about your trail game and comfort is way up high on your hiking needs list, the Moab 2 GTX has to be your “it” shoe!

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Bes women's hiking shoes with wide toe box

Xero Shoes Aqua X Sport
Xero Shoes Aqua X Sport

Corescore

89
Superb!
4.3 / 5 from 154 users
94 / 100 from 9 experts

Pros

  • Incredibly tenacious
  • Lighter than the Mesa Trail
  • Super comfortable on day one
  • Effectively expels water
  • Dries quickly
  • Quite versatile
  • Air cool
  • Mighty flexible

Cons

  • Pricy for a water shoe
  • Can get odorous

Verdict

"These are just badass shoes" perfectly carries the overall sentiment found in the reviews of the Aqua X Sport. Indeed, this grippy kick from Xero Shoes doesn't back down in wet environments, nor is it fazed by dryland in the heat of the sun. Its lightweight, aquatic design is also matched with tons of flexibility and comfort, making watery adventures extra exhilarating.
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Best women's hiking shoes for backpacking

KEEN Targhee II
KEEN Targhee II

Corescore

86
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 30,019 users
81 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Roomy toebox
  • Waterproof
  • Impressively durable
  • Grippy outsole

Cons

  • Loose fit
  • Rigid feel
  • Break-in period needed

Verdict

Out of the literal hundreds of women’s hiking shoes we’ve put through the test, we have to give the Targhee II the highest praise on the backpacking front!

With its rigid-yet-comfy midsole, the Targhee II gave us superpowers for our multi-day trek. By superpowers we mean high protection underfoot and a long-mileage type of comfort.

In the realm of waterproofing, we can confidently say that the KEEN Targhee II beats out most GTX hikers out there. Armed with a proprietary membrane, the shoe remained impermeable across creeks, puddles, and shallow streams. As long as you don’t wade through waters beyond three inches in depth, your feet will be fine and dry in this trekking shoe.

And what is a heavy-pack-ready KEEN hiking shoe without a grippy outsole? Fortunately, the Targhee II has it, and its blocky and triangular lugs clawed into whatever surface we trampled on. Mossy and muddy routes were also a cakewalk in this fantastic women’s hiker from KEEN.

Equally and undeniably impressive is the Targhee II’s affordability. Indeed, this remarkable backpacking shoe has an MSRP of $130, which is quite a steal in this day and age!

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Best value hiking shoes for women

Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator
Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator

Corescore

87
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 144,124 users
79 / 100 from 11 experts

Pros

  • Grippy outsole
  • Versatile (backcountry and city walks)
  • Easy to break in
  • Affordable
  • Provides arch support
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Heel slippage
  • Not breathable
  • Lacks cushioning
  • Narrow

Verdict

Are you in the red but can’t give up your outdoorsy life? We have the best hiker for you—the Moab 2 Ventilator by Merrell!

With an MSRP of $100 a pop, the Moab 2 Ventilator pre-deals will dance to the tune of your quaint budget and more. To put things into perspective, its price tag puts the shoe neck and neck against most rugged sandals on the market.

The Merrell Moab 2 Ventilator, to us, lives up to its name (the Ventilator part). Engineered with a breathable liner, the shoe flushed out heat and wicked away sweat as we dealt with the obstacles in front of us.

And for a budget kick, the Moab 2 Ventilator impressed us so much with its Vibram outsole. We got pretty much the same amount of grip and slip resistance as our time with its Gore-Tex counterpart—the Moab 2 GTX. This means that no semi-slick surface or tricky descents made us lose our footing!

And if you are a thrifty lass like us, you should be delighted to learn that the Moab 2 Ventilator can take a serious beating. Its leather overlays passed our durability tests with flying colors, coming away with only microscopic scratches and mild dents!

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Author
Jovana Subic
Jovana Subic

Whether it's a vertical kilometre or an ultra, climbing in the Alps or exploring local mountains, Jovana uses every opportunity to trade walls and concrete for forests and trails. She logs at least 10h/week on trails, with no off-season, and 4x more on research on running and running shoes. With a background in physics and engineering management, she prefers her running spiced with data.