Best Hiking Shoes For Men

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 Best Hiking Shoes for Men

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“What are the best hiking shoes for men?” I hear you ask.  Good question.  It also raises the perennial argument about whether to wear boots or shoes hiking.  There are good arguments for and against.  Some argue that a boot gives you extra ankle support over uneven, slippery terrain and others argue that a shoe gives you more flexibility, and that, in itself, is more helpful over rough ground. What it basically boils down to is personal choice.  Here we focus on shoes.

What Makes a Good Hiking Shoe?

In a nutshell, the best hiking shoes for men are the ones that fit well and don't cause rub points where blisters can form.  “No kidding,” you say!!  You and I both know there is nothing worse than buying new shoes and discovering you have a blister half an hour into a 4 hour hike.  Ouch!

Poorly fitting shoes can also cause problems in other parts of your body as well, like the hips and the back.  The body is a well-oiled machine made up of moving parts that depend on each other to work efficiently. So, it is important, for your body as a whole, to take some time when selecting a hiking shoe.   

But do you find it hard buying shoes online?  I know I do it with some trepidation.  However, with the year that 2020 was, and the continued issues with COVID, online shopping has become the norm.  So, what do you do to reduce the risk of getting ill-fitting shoes online?  The below will help.

Time Saving Summary of Pros and Cons 

The first thing to do, if you are planning to buy shoes online, is to research them thoroughly.  That’s where we come in, helping with the research. The below is a summary of the 5 best hiking shoes for men found on, including, price, ratings and pros and cons. Please note this information is correct at time of writing in October 2021 and pricing can vary widely from seller to seller.



No. of Ratings

5 Star

4 Star

3 Star

2 Star

1 Star

Merrell Men's Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe








Merrell Men's Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe









KEEN Men's Targhee II Hiking Shoe









Columbia Men’s Redmond V2









KEEN Men's Targhee III Waterproof Leather Hiking Shoe









The second thing you must do is to measure your feet correctly and check the sizing charts before ordering.  That’s where you come in.  To help you measure your feet correctly check out the video below.

Once you're confident you've measured your feet correctly, it's time to get online and select a pair of hiking shoes. have a huge range, to say the least, and the prices vary from Budget to, 'Oh Dear, do I really need to spend that much!' 

Below is a summary of the Pros and Cons of each of our best five hiking shoes on

#1 Merrell Men's Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe

#1 Best hiking shoe for men Merrell Moab

Merrell produce some really good hiking shoes.  I have owned a pair since 2005, not the same pair.  But they have been so good I usually go back and just get another pair.  The best selling style are also a good price.  Of late, thought, there have been a few recent quality issues with soles coming away from the rest of the shoe.  Also the sizing runs smaller but conversely are great for those of us with narrower feet.

Click Here to Buy Merrell Men's Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe.

#2 Merrell Men's Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe

#2 best hiking shoes for men merrell moab 2

Another Merrell style, however this pair are waterproof. And yes they do actually keep your feet dry. Once again they size smaller so, are good for people with narrower feet.  Generally, they are lightweight, super durable and dry quickly.  Not only are they good for hiking but they also make a good shoe for work if you are going inside and out a lot, or are just on your feet all day.  Several reviews mentioned having good heel support and even found wearing these shoes help with back problems.

Click Here to Buy Merrell Men's Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe

 #3 KEEN Men's Targhee II Hiking Shoe

#3 hiking shoes for men keens


Keens, like Merrell, are another reliable brand that consistently produces shoes of good quality at a mid-range price.  Below is a list of the pros and a tip for sizing.

  • Pricy but great
  • Good arch support – get half a size bigger
  • Sole great on loose rocks
  • Good size toe box so toes are never crowded
  • Comfortable
  • Not just waterproof but water tight.
  • Run small get a half size bigger
  • Light weight
  • Outdoor work shoe – landscaping but not steel toe

 Click Here to Buy Keen's Men's Targhee II 

#4 Columbia Men’s Redmond V2 Waterproof Hiking Boot

#4 best hiking shoes for men ColumbiaThese are a budget hiking shoe and even though it doesn't always follow, that the quality is not as good as a dearer shoe, in this case it does.  Although some found this shoe to be a good budget waterproof option, most of the negative reviews centered around the fact that, even though they are advertised as waterproof, they are not.  Also, durability was in question, as other reviewers stated that they started coming apart after a few months of wear.   

Click Here To Buy Columbia's Men's Redmon Hiking Shoe.

#5 KEEN Men's Targhee III Waterproof Leather Hiking Shoe

#5 best hiking shoes for men Keens


Another Keen style, this one with the waterproof feature.  As can be seen from Table above, this had similar 5 and 4 Star ratings as the Merrell waterproof option, but with an almost 50% higher price.

Also recent reviews have complained about the wide fitting not being what it has been in the past, and a reduction in quality.  This was particularly evident in the sole. 

Finally, even though they are listed as waterproof, several reviewers stated that they definitely were not.  Prior to this reviews were good and centered around durability and comfort.   It was interesting to note that several reviewers also used inserts to get the correct sizing.

Click Here To Buy Keen's Men's Targhee III

To Sum Up

If you are looking for a good, budget to mid-range hiking shoe, you can't go past a Merrell or a Keen.  I have, and still have both brands.  A Keen pair of boots, I have worn on longer hikes for over 7 years, and my faithful Merrell hiking shoes, that never need a 'walk-in' period.  They are my go to walking shoe.  From trapesing around Rome on a family vacation, to hiking in remote Tasmania they have never let me down. Not one blister.

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