When hiking — whether you’re a beginner or seasoned adventurer — having the right footwear for stability and protection is key. Since trails and rocks tend to be slippery, you want to look for a hiking boot with super grippy outsoles with lugs that make you feel secure on your feet.
Here, to help you find the best style for your needs, we did some research and rounded up a few of our favorite options on the market for men from brands like Salomon, Timberland and Skechers. Each pair we chose is waterproof, offered in wide width size options and available in multiple colorways.
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1. Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid Gore-Tex
These boots are designed with high-traction Contagrip rubber outsoles featuring a lug pattern that helps funnel water away from your feet.
Pros: Advanced chassis surrounded by foam cushioning enhances comfort and connects directly to the soles to stabilize your heels. Gore-Tex waterproof bootie liners let your feet breathe while protecting them from the elements. A Sensifit system cradles the foot from the midsole to the lacing system for a secure, snug and custom feel. An Ortholite footbed wicks away moisture while injected-EVA midsoles deliver ample cushioning under the foot. Specifically placed lines on the outsoles increase flexibility, reducing foot fatigue.
Cons: These may run on the small side.
2. Timberland White Ledge Mid
This style features soles with a B.S.F.P motion efficiency system, which consists of strategically placed lugs that follow the curved center of your gait’s pressure path, supporting the natural movement of your foot.
Pros: These also have a waterproof leather upper with seam-sealed construction, a breathable textile lining and a removable dual-density EVA footbed.
Cons: These may run big.
3. Skechers Relment Pelmo
These boots have flexible rubber lug-patterned outsoles offering high traction, a full-length Memory Foam comfort insole and a waterproof suede upper.
Pros: A relaxed design delivers a roomy, comfortable fit. These also feature seam-sealed waterproof construction.
Cons: Some may find these a bit stiff out of the box.