National hiking day: the best hiking boots, shoes and gear

National Hiking Day, commonly known as “Take A Hike Day,” is Wednesday, November 17th. The day, observed annually, is designated as a time to improve your mental health and go out for a nature walk.

Hiking can be rough without the proper gear, including thermal clothing, dry-fitting headgear, and sturdy hiking shoes or boots. If you want to celebrate this special day in the great outdoors, here are some of the best suggestions for upgrading your hiking gear.

LL bean

The outerwear company offers a line of hiking shoes designed for the toughest trails. Some of the best products are the Classic mountain hikers for women ($ 129), Men’s Trail Model 4 Waterproof Hiking Shoes ($ 99), Men’s Gore-Tex Cresta Hiking Boots ($ 259) and Women’s Gore-Tex Cresta Hiking Boots ($ 259).

Dr. Scholl’s

Comfort is the key to Dr. Scholl’s hiking boots. Additional cushion and support lead to highly rated products including the American Lifestyle Weekend Mid Cozy Sneaker Boot ($ 94.99), American Lifestyle Lada Wedge Hiking Boot ($ 79.95, $ 120 originally) and the Reign Wedge American Lifestyle Women’s Hiking Boots ($ 130).


Known primarily for its rain boots, Hunter has a selection of insulated hiking boots perfect for your next climb. The suggested products are the Insulated Commando Boots for Men ($ 93, originally $ 185) and the Women’s Recycled Polyester Insulated Commando Boots ($ 175).

DICK Sporting Goods

Name a sport or outdoor activity, and DICK’s Sporting Goods has the equipment for it. Hiking is no different. Some of the best options in their selection of hiking boots are the Timberland Men’s Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots ($ 104.99), Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots ($ 89.99, originally $ 99.99) and Merrell Moab 2 Mens Waterproof Hiking Shoes ($ 124.99)


The store currently has its Black Friday specials on brands such as Columbia and Timberland. Some of the best finds include the Major Mid Men’s Waterproof Hiking Boots ($ 79.99, originally $ 115), Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof Hiking Boots ($ 89.99, originally $ 100), Women’s Garrison Trail Sneakers ($ 72, $ 120 originally) and Women’s Pathfield Lace-Up Boots ($ 40.99, $ 69 originally).


If you’re looking for affordable shoes for your next hike, Walmart is a solid place to shop. Hypermarket selection features Deer Stags Men’s Casual Water Resistant Hiking Boot ($ 29.99, originally $ 80), Women’s Rugged Bear Mid Hiker ($ 39.99), Denali Oregon Women’s Mid-Size Suede and Mesh Hiker ($ 26.99, originally $ 39.99) and Ozark Trail Men’s Medium Waterproof Camo Hiking Boots ($ 39.98).

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