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Best Tactical Hiking Boots

worn brown hiking boots, on a muddy trail with a compass.

If you love a good hike, you know the peace of mind and happiness it can bring you. The breath-taking views, the fresh air that cleanses your soul and the endorphins that are released once you reach the top of the mountain.

But nothing can ruin it like a bad set of boots.

A twisted ankle, a sore foot or a squished toe can ruin the best hiking experiences. Looking after your feet is important – having all of the gear and all of the idea is essential for a good hiking experience.

You’ve got your waterproof jacket, your hiking trousers and your energy bar. Now it’s time to pick the best boots to get your ready for the great outdoors, with some tactical research.

People often have the idea that ordinary hiking boots are the best option. However, a tactical boot has more to offer. They have more support, more durability and are made with your comfort in mind. In fact, they are designed for soldiers in the army, constantly trekking the desert or fighting in a war zone so ordinary hiking boots are no match for these.

It can be hard to find the best boots, so we have put together a list of the top 10 best tactical boots for you to pick from. From work purposes to mountain ranges, these boots are sure to look after you in the best possible ways.

10 Best Tactical Boots for Hiking

1. Timberland Men’s White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot

Timberland Men's White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot, leather, rubber sole, padded collar, in dark brown color.

Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 6 inches | Weight: 1.1 Pounds

Made from 100% full grain leather, this high quality pair of boots are made to be versatile, prepared for anything your adventure or work may bring their way.

Timberland’s hiking boots are made to keep your socks dry with their gore tex like barrier. They are completely waterproof so no moisture or liquid can get in. And just like the best tactical hiking boots, they also release water, so no moisture can be found in these hikers.

Additionally, the rubber sole on these boots makes them slip resistant so if you’re planning on heading out in some wet conditions, these may be the boot for you.

Available in a range of colours, they’re also made with your style in mind. You can match these full grain leather boots up with your favourite waterproof jacket or even your favourite jeans and a tee. These boots enable you to look stylish as well as making sure to keep you dry. Comfortable, durable and practical. What a time to be alive.

These are a mid height so although they do have ankle support, they aren’t too high up your leg so should sit with your walking trousers comfortably! They also offer abrasion resistant, rustproof speed lace hardware with hooks at the top for secure lacing – so once these are on, there will be no budging!

Pro's:
  • These boots have a seam-sealed waterproof construction letting no water in
  • The laces are covered with a rustproof hardware
  • They are available in a range of colours
Cons:
  • These boots are only available in men’s sizing
  • They don’t offer a toe cap

Although they don’t offer you full protection, they are still made of 100% genuine leather and offer a protective water barrier, so you will still remain safe if these were one of your top choices.

2. FREE SOLDIER Outdoor Men’s Tactical Military Combat Ankle Boots

 

FREE SOLDIER Outdoor Men's Tactical Military Combat Ankle Boots, Water Resistant, Lightweight, Mid Hiking Boots in Coyote Brown color. Copper metal buttonholes.

Platform measurements: 2.5 cms | Shaft: 15.2 cms. 

These tactical military boots are a dream for your feet. They are made for all day, lasting comfort and are a trustworthy, stable and secure fit.

This pair of boots are made from grain suede and polished leather in order to protect you, even in the wildest of weather conditions. Not only are they water resistant, these military boots are also scratch-resistant, so no need to worry about ruining your boots on a rocky mountain or creating any weak spots.

The moisture wicking lining in these boots keeps your socks dry and enables them to breathe. Wet conditions and long hikes are no match for these tactical boots.

The full grain leather boots are some of the best in the field for ensuring long-term protection. The rubber outsole features a spiral pattern which keeps the boot sturdy and slip resistant. These tactical boots also keep you safe with their shock absorbent abilities meaning any fall or slip has less of an impact on your bones and joints.

These military boots offer fantastic arch support and cushioning that make them an extremely comfortable purchase. Your foot will be kept sturdy as well as cushioned for hours on end, no matter what activities you have in mind.

These sit slightly higher than the Timberland tactical boot with the shaft measuring around 6 inches. This height makes the ankle support is superior which only emphasises the fact that these are some of the best tactical boots in the industry.

Pro's:
  • These boots have a short break in period
  • These military boots are comfortable for long wear
  • They are waterproof and ready for all weather conditions
Cons:
  • They can come up slightly small

These waders are made to keep you sturdy and so can seem tighter on your toes compared to other shoes. If you’re unsure, going up half a size should ensure that these fit like a dream.

3. Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Hiking Boots

Columbia Men's Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof Hiking Boot in Cordovan color, leather/suede/mesh material and rubber sole for slip-free movement on rough grounds.

Product Dimensions: 12 x 4 x 8 inches | Weight: 1 Pound

Another stylish, yet tactical boot. These full grain leather boots are waterproof and offer a mesh tongue which allows your feet to breathe. There is no need to worry about wet socks when rocking these combat boots.

Columbia pride themselves on using the best materials so you can be confident that these boots provide you with the upmost comfort and stability.

The advanced traction outsole makes these oil and slip resistant, so they will keep you stable on the ground, no matter what the environment throws at you. Ice, water or sand, the multi-terrain traction system ensures solid footing.

Although these boots have a lower rise, with a 5 inch shaft, they are made using a signature lightweight midsole meaning they feel light to wear, and in result, still support your ankles . There’s rarely anything worse than feeling weighed down by your boots and in time, causing havoc on your ankles.

The lightweight material that these boots are made from enables you to feel energised throughout your hike and keeps your head focussed on your adventure, rather than the state of your feet. Whether it be rocks, grass, gravel or sand, these shoes have your back.

Pro's:
  • These boots will keep your feel cool in the heat and warm them up in the cold
  • They are comfortable and stylish
  • These boots only take a few hours to break in
Cons:
  • Not scratch proof

Nonetheless, if you are on the search for a comfortable and protective boot, these are still a pair to keep in the running.

4. Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

 

Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots, 100% Leather suede/mesh material with synthetic sole in Earth color.

Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 9 x 4.8 inches | Weight: 1.2 Pounds

Merrell boots are well known in the hiking world for being one of the best tactical boots. Whether you are looking for a sturdy pair of work boots, a pair of hiking boots or a solid, stylish shoe to wear with your jeans, Merrell have what you need.

The protective rubber toe provides the ultimate protection for your kippers. Whether you’re climbing rocks or working with heavy machinery, rest well knowing that your toes will remain safe in their Merrell tactical boots, even if a rock does decide to throw itself at your feet.

They are also fit with a shock absorbent heel cushion so both ends of your foot are covered when wearing these bad boys.

The performance suede not only allows your tanker boots to look good, they also keep the water out and remain breathable. The best combo for a long day of walking.

Comfortable, light and waterproof, these boots are begging for adventure. This tactical boot comes in a range of colours so whether you’re wanting to blend in with black tactical boots or stand out with a hint of mustard, there is a pair for you.

Pro's:
  • These boots come with a protective toe barrier
  • They are waterproof and breathable, welcoming all conditions
  • They are available in a variety of colours and ankle lengths
Cons:
  • They sell out fast

These are a popular boot so make sure to grab them fast if they seem like the ones for you.

5. KEEN Men’s Targhee II Mid Waterproof Boot

 

KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots in Dark Olive color, breathable, 100% Nubuck leather material, rubber sole.

 

Material: Nubuck Waterproof Leather | Weight: 2 lb 2 oz. (Pair)

If it’s traction and support that you’re after, then these boots are an ideal pair for you. The all-terrain rubber outsole provides the best grip in all environments. No matter where your adventure takes you, feel safe knowing these boots will keep your feet planted to the ground.

This tactical boot also offers a contoured heel which means your balance and stability is almost guaranteed when wearing these. They also have a non-marking rubber outsole which leaves no trace when using them indoors so no need to feel guilty if you leave this on indoors (by mistake, of course!).

Although they’re not the highest boot, they are still ankle height and offer an external support shank. They are also designed to provide you with the best arch support, meaning that your feet should be at their upmost comfort, no matter what or where you’re planning to explore.

As well as the other quality tactical boots above, they are indeed, waterproof. The gore tex-like, breathable membrane keeps your socks dry, releasing any moisture your feet endure and keeps any other water out. This all results in your feet being dry as a bone.

Pro's:
  • The contoured heel and grip keeps your feet stable on the ground
  • They are waterproof but breathable meaning your socks will always stay dry
  • They offer arch and ankle support
Cons:
  • Only available in Men’s size 6 and above

6. NORTIV 8 Men’s Waterproof Hiking Boots

 

NORTIV 8 Men's Waterproof Hiking Boots Outdoor Mid-Trekking Backpacking Mountaineering Shoes, rubber sole, in color black, traditional lace-up design for safety steps.

Platform measurements: 0.8 inches | Shaft: 5 inches | Weight: 2.5 pounds

These breathable tactical hiking boots are another ideal purchase for comfort and dryness on your adventure. They are available as a grey and a black tactical boot so easy to style up with your favourite outdoor gear!

Much like the Merrell’s, these boots come with a rubber toe cap to keep your toes safe without weighing them down. The mesh lining feels great inside the military boot so they are comfortable as well as breathable.

They are made with gore tex and suede leather which makes them water-resistant so if you’re wanting to paddle around in a river, hike through a waterfall or get caught off guard by torrential rain, rest easy knowing your feet will remain dry – yet able to breathe.

The military boots offer a shock absorbent memory foam footbed meaning your foot sinks in to the comfort and feels as little pain from a fall or a slip as it can. You could wear these all day and your foot would thank you for the luxury.

Pro's:
  • These boots provide a shock absorbent sole and are made with memory foam to allow your foot that extra comfort
  • They are made from suede leather making them water-resistant
Cons:
  • Available in a limited amount of colours

Although there aren’t as many options when it comes to colour, you can’t fault the mechanics these boots have to offer.

7. Foxelli Men’s Hiking Boots

Foxelli Men’s Hiking Boots – Stylish Waterproof Suede Leather Hiking Boots for Men in red color, Breathable, Comfortable & Lightweight Hiking Shoes, high-quality slip-free soles.

Material: Suede Leather | Weight:  2.75 lbs. (Pair)

Of course, choosing performance over aesthetics is the utmost important thing when it comes to tactical boots, but with these, you don’t have to choose. As well as being the best boots for all conditions, they also look great! Pair these full grain leather boots with your outdoor gear or a pair of jeans and a shirt – either way, you will look like you mean business.

The well padded collar and and tongue mean that these boots also have the ultimate cushioning keeping you comfortable all day long. They have a flexible upper half too, meaning that these boots allow movement for all of your adventures or working day activities.

The shock absorbent midsoles also mean that any movement that may go wrong will result in minimal injury and minimal discomfort. Just what we like to hear!

The fully slip resistant, high quality rubber soles also mean that these are ready to be thrown in to action. Wandering through a forest, climbing a rock face or being called in to a war zone needn’t be an issue with the soles of these boots – some of the best in the business. They even offer non slip boot laces, so once they’re tied, they won’t be budging!

These boots are a combination of leather and nylon meaning that they are waterproof and breathable all at the same time. The two necessities of the ideal boot that keep your feet dry.

Pro's:
  • These boots are waterproof and sturdy but remain flexible
  • They are shockproof to protect you from injuries
  • They are stylish as well as practical
Cons:
  • The fit is slightly wider than other designs

Nonetheless, the wider fit on these boots enables more room for your hiking socks and are a great purchase if you have wider feet!

8. NORTIV 8 Men’s Waterproof Hiking Winter Snow Boots

NORTIV 8 Men's Insulated Waterproof Construction Hiking Winter Snow Boots in black color, rubber sole with cushioned EVA footbed for maximum comfort.

Platform measurements: 0.75 inches | Shaft: 6 inches 

The clue is in the name. These boots are designed for the most extreme weather. If you’re planning on working or exploring in the snow with freezing temperatures coming your way, these boots should be your go to. The thinsulate lining is there to keep you warm even in -25F temperatures. You’ll be toasty even if you’re sleeping in an igloo!

Although they contain 3m of thinsulate lining, they are still lightweight, enabling you to move around freely with no extra strain on your legs.

In addition to keeping you warm, the footbed is padded and cushioned with your comfort as a priority. You may as well be wearing slippers. Waterproof, hard wearing, versatile slippers, of course.

This tactical boot is also slip resistant. You may fear coming across black ice and slipping when out in certain weather conditions, but these boots will stop your fall with their non slip tread. With these soles, you’re free to explore with no fear.

As well as having toasty toes and not worrying about falling, these boots are also designed to keep liquids out with their gore tex material which makes these boots waterproof.

These jungle boots allow you to trek through wet conditions and ice whilst keeping danger at a minimal risk, as well as keeping you comfortable and dry.

The high rise of the gore tex boot also allows more support for your ankles which is needed when wading through frosty conditions.

Pro's:
  • These boots are waterproof and designed to keep you warm even in the coldest weather
  • They provide support for your ankle
  • These tactical boots are non-slip
Cons:
  • Might be overly technical for beginners

Although they may be technical for beginners, they are ideal for hiking in snowy, cold conditions.

9. Timberland Men’s Mt. Maddsen Hiker Boot

 

Timberland Men's Mt. Maddsen Hiker Boot, with waterproof leather, 100% Leather/TFabric material, rubber sole, lace-up closure and full-gusseted tongue, color brown.

Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 10.3 x 5.6 inches | Weight: 1.19 Pounds

Another pair of tactical Timberland’s on the list. What makes these extra special, is that the outsole is made from 42% recycled rubber. Be sustainable as well as tactical with this pair!

The full grain leather upper part of the boot means that this tactical set has a fully water resistance barrier to keep your feet dry through puddles, rivers and wherever else you may find yourself.

Although they don’t sit as high as other boots, the 5 inch shaft holds a fully gusseted tongue which keeps the debris out, keeping you warm, dry and comfortable. With added anti-fatigue comfort, these are designed for all-day comfort whilst supporting your feet and providing you with energy return. Add that with their shock absorbent ability and you’ve got yourself the best set of hikers.

These boots also have the added bonus of B.S.F.P.™ motion efficiency for excellent traction. No slipping in these military boots.

Pro's:
  • The sole is made from 42% recycled material
  • These boots feature a tactical non slip tread
  • Shock absorbant boots
Cons:
  • More premium models are available

Although there are more premium models out there, these are still a great boot to keep on your list.

10. Danner Men’s Mountain 600 4.5″ Hiking Boot

 

Danner Men's Mountain Hiking Boot in rich brown color. Waterproof suede upper

Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 12 inches | Weight: 2.7 Pounds

These full grain leather, waterproof suede hikers are another great military boot to consider when on the search for your ideal boot.

Danner themselves have dedicated themselves to making a tactical boot that defines a new category of tactical footwear. They call it performance heritage as they have combined their classic style of boot with a lightweight innovation making these a perfect military boot.

The smooth full grain leather upper is designed with Danner Dry waterproof protection offering a 100% water resistance barrier so there won’t be any water getting through to these. Moisture is also able to escape meaning your feet will remain comfortable and dry in their safe cocoon of a boot.

As well as being dry, your foot would be in a haven of comfort. These boots feature a removable ortholite footbed which provides you with maximum cushioning ready for a long day ahead. Like trekking on clouds!

The rubber sole on these tactical boots is also something to note. The specially formatted outsole provides maximum grip on dry and wet surfaces to ensure there is no slipping.

Also available in a range of colours, you can pick between full grain leather and suede, depending on your style! Another stylish yet practical boot to be added to your list of great waders.

Pro's:
  • These shoes provide excellent tread for dry and wet surfaces
  • Available in full grain leather and suede
  • Completely waterproof barrier
Cons:
  • These sell out faster than other designs on the market

Make sure to keep your eye on these if they are some of your favourites in the running as they are known to sell out fast.

Buyers’ Guide: Considerations for Buying Tactical Hiking Boots

Weather Resistance

Tactical hiking boots are there for you through all weather conditions. Whether it be in the beaming sum, scouring the desert or exploring a mountain in a downpour, military boots are there to save your feet.

The moisture wicking leather material that all of these shoes are made from allow your feet to remain dry by letting out any sweat your feet might muster up and doesn’t allow any water in. All in all, they are keeping out that wetness that no sock wants to feel with gore tex like technology.

Compared to ordinary hiking boots, tactical boots are designed to keep soldier’s feet dry in the army, so they will definitely keep you safe whilst exploring the countryside.

You can pick between a variety of protection depending on where you’re planning to wear your quality boots. For example, if you’re planning on being in the snow, choosing a boot with water resistance and a high technology tread would be the best option, but if you’re buying them to survive the sun, a light weight mesh material with a waterproof lower is best to allow your foot to breathe.

Comfort

Comfort is key when it comes to a footwear, especially if you’re planning on wearing them for hours on end.

Most ordinary boots need to be broken in. A few blisters here and there before they really offer you any kind of comfort. However, tactical boots can be broke in within a few hours. Although there is a still a “breaking in” needed, it’s a much speedier process and means that within a day, you’ll be wearing them with the ultimate comfort they are designed to have.

Unlike traditional boots, military boots aim to bring you comfort from day one. You could even run a marathon in them, the day you buy them! That’s why tactical boots are the premium boot to keep your feet happy.

Durability

Durability is a tactical military boots middle name. If they weren’t durable, they simply wouldn’t be suitable for their purpose. They are made to last, through every condition you can think of. They’re designed to be dropped straight in to a war zone, dragged through the wilderness and tracked across the desert.

Unlike traditional boots, they are reinforced around weak areas usually prone to ripping or tearing so they have much less chance of giving in on you. The strong material means that these boots are ready for a lot of wear in plenty of variable environments.

Safety

Although staying safe isn’t a sure thing when you’re in the army, having boots that keep you safe is a priority.

Safety is a priority when it comes to a tactical boot. They are designed to keep you safe in all conditions, all weather permitted and all obstacles thrown your way.

Some boots come with toe protection to keep breaking or stubbing to a minimum. They are also available with shock absorbent material so you can walk away from any fall or trip with as little effect on your body as possible.

The strong laces and hooks to secure them make sure your tactical boot is kept in place and has no chance of budging or causing any trips or falls with a loose lace.

All in all, all of the best tactical boots are designed to keep you safe.

Reliability

As long as you do your tactical research and pick the best pair of boots for your specific needs, a tactical boot is the most reliable boot you could go for. Well made with well sourced materials; it would be hard to find a boot with more reliability.

They come available with a waterproof membrane, abrasions resistance and are made from grain leather so if you look after your boots and aren’t using them every day, they could last you many, many years.

Even if you are needing them for every day use, they can still last over a year, with the most average life span being around 1-2 years. The full grain leather material makes sure of it!

Make sure to look after them, clean them and keep them in a safe place to help them last as long as they can. Tactical boots are an investment worth buying in to

FAQs

Are tactical boots good for hiking?

They are indeed. They are the best boot out there if you’re planning on doing some hiking. They are flexible as well as durable and are built to support you throughout your adventure. They are designed for all climates, with your comfort as a main priority. This is what makes them the best boots for hiking.

They are ordinary hiking boots and combat boots all in one – the ideal boot to buy for all purposes.

What are the most comfortable tactical boots?

Some tactical boots come with a memory foam insole and depending on what you’re after, full ankle support. All tactical boots are made with your comfort in mind but looking out for these key features is important if you’re wanting the most comfortable set of boots around.

A contoured heel can also ensure maximum comfort and is allows you to remain balanced and sturdy on uneven or rocky ground.

What hiking boots do special forces wear?

People in the army wear tactical boots all day long in all imaginable conditions that are thrown their way. If military tactical boots are durable enough to fight through trenches and the treks in the desert, just think of the adventures they can endure for you, too.

They are sure to get you through the countryside if they can get the military through their day to day life.

What boots do Navy Seals wear?

As well as the military wearing tactical waders, Navy Seals are also widely known for wearing tactical boots. They are made for running around in, lasting through storms and hot weather so what better shoe could the Navy Seals find? The answer is, no shoe.

Guarding the sea, air and land, the Navy Seals need a versatile shoe that can see them through all situations so of course, a tactical boot is a necessity to their working day.

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