Top 5 Best Hiking Shoes For Men – From Comfort To Durability

best hiking shoes for men

For anyone who is interested in outdoor activities the right shoe is of prime importance. Our ankles and feet bear a lot of weight and suffer the maximum impact, particularly in rigorous activities like hiking.

This is why I think that purchasing the perfect hiking shoe is an investment- something your feet will thank you for, years later.

Choosing the right shoe totally depends on your usage and requirement. Technology and podiatry have evolved to the extent of ensuring multiple options, often customizable, in hiking shoes- catering to a wide range of needs.

Below I have listed 5 of what I think are the best hiking shoes for men.

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Model

Upper  

Sole  

Price

Rating

The North Face Ultra 109 GTX

The North Face Ultra 109 GTX

GORE-TEX®
Extended

Rubber

$$

KEEN Men’s Targhee II

KEEN Men’s Targhee II

Leather

Rubber

$$

Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator

Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator

Leather/Synthetic

Vibram

$$

Salomon Men’s Eskape GTX Hiking Shoe

Salomon Men’s Eskape GTX Hiking Shoe

Synthetic

Rubber

$$

Merrell Men’s Moab Waterproof

Merrell Men’s Moab Waterproof 

Leather and
Textile

Synthetic

$$

1. The North Face Ultra 109 GTX

The North Face Ultra 109 GTX

The North Face is a leading global brand for activewear and outdoor sports gear. Naturally, they produce lots of good hiking shoes. The North Face Ultra 109 GTX is amongst the best lightweight hiking shoes. It is made of breathable mesh, is water-resistant and is considered very durable.

With subtle pronation correction, a protective toe cap, and upper mid-foot support, the Ultra 109 GTX is also great for everyday wear. The rugged double soles provide substantial traction on wet/dry surfaces and the shoe also works well in cold weather. Less beefy than the Keens, I would one hundred percent suggest The North Face Ultra 109 GTX as one of the best lightweight hiking shoes for men.

2. KEEN Men’s Targhee II Hiking Shoe

KEEN Men’s Targhee II

The Men’s Targhee II hiking shoe manufactured by KEEN is one of the best rated hiking shoes. Recommended by many podiatrists, this shoe has adjustable ankle support thanks to the contoured heel lock system. It also has excellent arch support with a removable metatomical (metatarsal + anatomical) EVA footbed.

With 4 mm multidirectional lugs, these shoes provide excellent traction and can be classified as ‘all weather hiking shoes’. A breathable membrane, waterproof material and non-marking rubber outsoles also ensure that the Targhee II is multipurpose, apart from being the best hiking shoe for men.

3. Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe

Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator

The next on the list of the best hiking shoes is the Merrell Moab Ventilator. This shoe is the definition of value for money, with a breathable membrane and excellent traction on dry, rocky trails. The membrane gives great ventilation on a hot trail and ensures your feet dry out quickly, upon getting wet. However, these shoes are best used in dry conditions. They are not water-resistant and also tend to slip on wet terrain.

The above mentioned North Face and Keen shoes are rated higher in terms of durability, but the minimalist design of the Merrell Moab Ventilator demands that they are considered the best light hiking shoes.

4. Salomon Men’s Eskape GTX Hiking Shoe

Salomon Men’s Eskape GTX

Brand Salomon, veterans in the hiking and trail running shoe manufacturer, have produced my next best rated hiking shoes. The Salomon Men’s Eskape GTX pride themselves in a snug fit.

Despite this, they provide a great level of breathability and comfort. These shoes are equipped with top-grade membranes and textiles to ensure that they are waterproof.

You are more guaranteed to walk away with dry feet with these shoes than any other. A great feature is the threaded laces which guarantee you will not have to keep untying and retying. Durable, comfortable, grippy and light, the Salomon Eskape GTX call to be added to the next best men’s hiking shoes.

5. Merrell Men’s Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoe

Merrell Men’s Moab Waterproof

A perfect hybrid between sneakers and boots, the Merrell Men’s Moab Waterproof is the last on the list of the best light hiking shoes. Guaranteed to keep you comfortable while hiking, running, biking or even fishing, these shoes have the perfect membranes and cushions in all the right spots. The upper part of the shoe consists of mesh and Waterproof Dura leather. The waterproof membrane inside is further treated with antimicrobial solution to ensure odors are kept at bay.

Finally, count in a synthetic leather toe cap with additional cushioning and counter for the heel. All these features ensure the Merrell Men’s Moab Waterproof is considered the best hiking shoe for men.

Conclusion

In conclusion, keeping in mind budget, comfort, weight, support, weather-conditions, durability and fit, take your time to go through the above best hiking shoes for men and take your pick in preparation for your great outdoor adventure. Do not make a hasty decision. It is advisable to consult a podiatrist if hiking/ trekking is something you want to take up seriously. Different people need support and help with different parts of their feet-ankles, mid-foot, heel, etc.

At the end of the day, comfort is key. Remember, it takes a few days to really break in your shoes, so give yourself and your shoes that time. Don't forget to get a pair of comfortable socks

Happy, and healthy hiking!

For ladies, we also reviewed women’s hiking boots.

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