Best Hiking Boots of 2015

Top-of-the-line boots fit for any budget

No one knows why hiking is such a popular pastime. Perhaps it’s nature that draws you in, or maybe it’s the desire to explore the world around you? It's likely a combination of things, but we’re willing to bet that the accessibility of hiking doesn’t hurt its popularity.

When it comes to hiking all you really need is a quality pair of shoes and some outdoor space. We’ve highlighted some amazing hikes for spring, now all you need are your boots.

Targhee II by KEEN

A perfect fusion of durability and light-weight design, the Targhee II provides extra protection and cushioning where you need it and saves weight elsewhere. The waterproof, breathable boot weighs in at just over 16 ounces, which means it won’t slow you down on your adventures. The Nubuck upper adds a nice touch to this good looking, great performing boot.; $135

Capra Mid Sport by Merrell

Designed for close calls and high risk scrambles, this boot is the ultimate adventure partner. The GORE-TEX waterproof membrane keeps you dry and sweat-free as you push your limits and the mere two pounds of weight ensure you can hike all day. Vibram MegaGrip outsole and EVA molded footbed ensure you have absolute control, no matter what the terrain.; $190

Breeze 2.0 GTX by Vasque

The first Breeze was a leader in blending elements of an athletic shoe with a rugged hiking boot—the 2.0 improves on the wildly popular 2004 original. A durable Vibram outsole and rubber toe and heel protection outfit the base of the shoe, while the gusseted, padded tongue allows for the ideal amount of flexibility around the ankle. The boot features Gore-Tex waterproofing, a slim profile and weighs in at just over two pounds, a remarkably lightweight boot considering its features. The Breeze 2.0 is perfect for summer hikes, weekend backpacking trips and anyone looking to trek quicker and more efficiently.; $170

Bergler by Hanwag

Hanwag capitalizes on style and comfort with the Bergler. Soft leather lining meets a Nubuck upper and the luxurious boot gets a sport-infused Vibram sole. This boot, with a flexible insole and soft cuff, performs as good as it looks.; $400

Riva Peak Mid Event by Teva

The Riva Peak is the real deal—tough as they come on the outside but a comfy dream inside. With one of the most rugged outsoles available, these are not the lightest boots on the market, but they’re ready for absolutely anything. Waterproof, expertly vented for breathability and warm enough for even the coldest winter hikes; this boot is a top choice for the year-round hiker.; $150