Your feet are special. They deserve to be treated with love, tenderness, and care. Treat your feet with respect and they’ll pay you back tenfold. Actually, you probably won’t even notice how happy your feet are when treated properly. Squeeze them into ill-fitting, soggy boots and before you know it there’s a riot happening down there. Blisters, blood, and a searing hot paint. And that’s if you’re lucky.

I wish I could say that I was overreacting on this footsy topic but I’m not. Let this be known that you have been warned. Ill-fitting boots can and will ruin your adventure. When we were hiking along the W Trek in Patagonia I rendered first aid to a young woman who presented with an infected blister. One that ran the length of her heel, was a good inch raised in anger and threatening to develop into a case of septicemia. Not the travel companion that she really wanted to be with on one of the world’s most magnificent hikes. Other then my horror that no one else offered to assist this young lass, one of the morals of this story is the importance of caring for your feet. A simple blister turned into something much more series thanks to ill-fitting hiking boots.

Ahnu boots in Peru

The best women’s boots for hiking in Europe.

Or in Patagonia, Australia or New Zealand. No matter where I go in the world I’ve taken my Ahnu Montara boots with me. These boots, for my feet, have been one of the best investments in travel gear that I have ever made. Now they didn’t come cheap but they certainly aren’t the most expensive boots on the market. Every time I lace them up I remember how much I love these boots and the money becomes totally irrelevant. These have pretty much become my everyday boot.

What makes the Ahnu boots so amazing for hiking in Europe (or anywhere in the world.)? Well, firstly they fit my feet, which is the number 1 priority. Secondly, they are lightweight. They aren’t super lightweight at 400gram per half but they aren’t big hefty loafers.

Here’s what Teeva has to say about the Ahnu Montara;

  • Waterproof-nubuck upper seals out the elements to keep your feet dry.
  • Pig leather lining provides luxurious interior comfort
  • eVent Waterproof membrane seals out rain, puddles and other things that splash to keep your feet dry.
  • Dual Density EVA sockliner cushions the foot and puts a spring in your step
  • Dual Density EVA Midsole with Numentum technology
  • Aegis Antimicrobial Treatment keeping the funk out of the footwear
  • Custom Vibram Megagrip Outsole for outstanding traction and durability
ahnu boots in Patagonia

What makes a good hiking boot?

Firstly fit for purpose. And the purpose is keeping your feet feeling good! You do need to consider what sort of hiking you are going to do and what your needs are. For me, I knew when looking for my boots that I needed a boot which gave me ankle support. Which right now is considered a little old school in popular boot design. I also knew that we would be covering a lot of different ground.

Secondly, does the boot have a soul? Will you be able to bond and learn to love your new boots? For me, it was important that my boot have a solid and sturdy sole. There are many different styles of soles from solid, to sticky to waffle and everything in between.

Material matters. Full leather? Half leather? No later? The material that your boots are made out of will make a difference. I get hot foot – that really lovely sensation of your entire foot being on fire. I get this whether I’m wearing boots, sneakers, heels. It doesn’t matter what kind of shoe. So when I was looking at a boot I wanted leather but knew that a full leather boot would be too hot for me. Originally I was considering a synthetic material boot but was concerned about waterproofing.


Backpacking booty time

Breaking in your boots.

No matter what boots you buy you will need to break them in. Slowly and with some tender love and care. Buying a new pair, slamming them on and trying to do a three-day hike isn’t going to end well for your feet. You boot & sock combination will need to be on point. Socks with seams across the toes might cause you issues. Ain’t nobody got time for blisters. So be sure you test your boots with different socks to find your feets’ place of happiness.

Based in Australia or New Zealand?

One of the biggest complains we hear from our Aussie and Kiwi readers is how hard it is to find affordable outdoor gear. Just because you are down under doesn’t mean that you can’t get affordable and comfortable boots. Buy your boots here.

Have a booty question? Let us know and we’ll do our best to answer all your foot fashion questions.

Jeanette

Jeanette

Founder, Principal Blogger & Coffee Drinker

Coffee Lover | Travel Blogger | Horse Rider | Adventure Racer | Donut Dame. Generally nice lady-enjoys wine, indie movies & random dance parties in my tent.

14 Comments

  1. Looks like a nice collection of hiking boots. I couldn’t agree more that the main thing, whatever boot you choose, you need to spend the time breaking them in. Hiking in new boots can be extremely uncomfortable.

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  2. My biggest challenge is that I have very broad feet. Generally leather is a good idea for that because it ‘gives’ while synthetic materials don’t. The catch is, leather is heavier and harder to keep waterproof. Teeva are generally reliable – I don’t know the model you recommend, would it work for a broad foot do you think?

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    • Hi Fiona,

      As the Ahnu’s are leather they do have a bit of give. They also come in different sizes and from memory in half sizes. I have flat feet and find thee fine.

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  3. I completely agree on having a good and comfortable shoes while travelling. As we spend maximum amount outdoors while travelling this seems like a great choice for ladies. Happy to come across this, will check out the options right away.

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    • Good shoes are such a luxury but well worth the investment.

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  4. For hikers and trekkers like us, keeping our feet in proper care is absolutely important. I can totally understand when you say how our feet deserve all the love and care. The Ahnu boots seem to have all the good qualities of a boot, especially the antimicrobial treatment and outsole. Maybe I will try it once my current one gives in.

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    • If you do buy a pair let me know how you go 🙂

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  5. That’s a good post about hiking shoes. Sometimes you wear shoes to strict or too light. IT is useful for my next choice. Thanks

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  6. Eugh – I never know which boots to get! Thanks for this though, I’ll look into them for my next trip. We love hiking too so this is definitely one of the most important parts to get right!

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  7. This is very useful for a newbie hiker like me. I’ve not heard of any of these brands before, and will definitely check it out!

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  8. Ahnu Montara boots look very comfortable. I completely agree that we should treat our feet with love and tenderness as that’s the organ that takes us everywhere around. The boots have great fearures to be a hiking boots, however the pig leather lining is just not acceptable. I wish they come up with alternatives.

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  9. People often underestimate good hiking boots. But they are so important. I once made a mistake, going for a mountain hike in simple training shoes. Wasn’t enjoying it as much in the end.

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  10. I found a pair of Ahnu hiking boots on sale for a really great price so I thought I’d give them a try. They were so comfortable that I went out and bought another pair full price. I even used them for a trip to Vancouver for 2 days. And, it was solid rain the entire time. Kept my feet nice and dry. Love those boots!

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  11. Nice footwear, although this is quite impractical in the Philippines where the country is hot (really hot, sweaty feet! Hehee!). But we plan to climb/trek alpine mountains soon, so these boots will come in handy.

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