How To Choose Good Trekking Boots?

There are thousands of trekking boots to choose from on the market, but not all of them are great. You have to know which needs you want to satisfy. Remember that low prices are usually related to low quality or little endurance.
How To Choose Good Trekking Boots?

Last update: 15 November, 2019

Trekking or hiking used to involve just a few fit people who practiced it, and long walks! But nowadays, this sport has become a trend, practiced by anyone, thanks to the short trails available in many mountains. Do you want to begin this adventure too? Keep reading to learn how to choose the best trekking boots.

Tips to choose good trekking boots

If you’re trekking frequently, the best thing you can do is invest in a good pair of trekking boots. How do you know how to choose the right boots? It’s really easy, just follow these tips:

The cut

Firstly, you have to think about the cut and if you want your boots to be low-cut or high-cut. You must decide this based on the typical trails that you will follow. For example, with mid-cut boots, you’ll have more comfort, but with high-cut boots, you’ll have more protection. If the trail you’re going to follow is full of high bushes or thorns that might hurt you, choose high-cut boots.

A group of people doing trekking

The sole

One of the most important parts of the boots that you should consider is the soles. No matter what type of ground you’ll be trekking on, your soles must be non-slip and have good grip.

Look for soles with Vibram technology or contragrip, since these are the trekking boots with the best grip. Cheap boots with plain rubber soles will slip and may make you fall.

The membrane

The materials that the insides of the trekking boots are made from, can vary. The most popular is the Gore-Tex, but it’s also the most expensive one. There are other cheaper options, especially if you’re just planning to do a couple of routes per year.

“The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain; he is inspired by it. Mountains are created to be conquered.”

William Ward-

However, if you want to become a trekking professional, invest in a pair of trekking boots that give you comfort, breathability, and impermeability.

The outside

The best trekking boots you can choose are waterproof ones. Why? Because if you’ve decided to spend money on a good quality pair of trekking boots, you’re probably going to use them more than you think. No matter where you live, mountains are full of surprises and rain can start unexpectedly.

A person with good trekking boots


Just like with any other sports shoes, weight can also define the quality of the product. The less they weigh, the more comfortable they’ll be. Remember that trekking on a low-difficulty trail may take at least two hours there and two hours back. If you’re not comfortable because of a pair of heavy trekking boots, your walk could become an agony.

The brand

Because of the popularity boost that this sport has experienced, plenty of brands offer good trekking boots at really affordable prices.

Salomon and +8000 are really well-known brands. It’s true that there are other brands with lower prices, but always consider the quality, durability, endurance, and reliability over cost.

Analyze all the pros and cons, because sometimes the difference in price isn’t huge and you’ll make up for it in your health.

Those are our tips to choose a good pair of trekking boots. If you want to practice this simple and beneficial sport, start with the most important equipment: the shoes.

If you’re already a professional and you need to change your trekking boots, you probably already knew all of these tips. But it’s always good to have a reminder, right?

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.