The 6 Best Women's Hiking Footwear - FITS®

January 25, 2022

If you love the great outdoors but aren’t sure where to start when it comes to finding the best women’s hiking footwear, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for a lightweight pair of shoes for summer hikes or a sturdy set of boots for winter adventures, There are many great options on the market. Read on for the best women’s hiking footwear for warm and cold weather. 

What are the Best Women’s Shoes for Hiking?

When you’re looking for the perfect women’s hiking footwear, there are a few things to consider. What season will you be hiking in? What type of terrain will you be tackling? How much weight do you want to carry with you? With so many options, it can be tough to decide which pair of boots is right for you. To help, we’ve narrowed down your search into the three best women’s hiking footwear options for warm weather and the three best women’s hiking footwear options for cold weather.

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Lightweight Women’s Hiking Boots

Whether you’re going on a short walk or a day-long hike, you need lightweight hiking boots that provide superior comfort and support on any terrain. We recommend trying the Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boots - Women’s. The waterproof material ensures your feet stay protected even when crossing streams or scrambling up rocky hillsides. At the same time, the stylish design makes you feel confident and comfortable no matter where your journey takes you. 

Women’s Hiking Socks

Regardless of which hiking boots suit your needs, you’ll definitely need women’s hiking socks too. The best hiking socks for summer aren’t too thick and provide room for your feet to breathe. For the best warm-weather hiking socks, try FITS® Light Hiker - Crew. The Light Hiker is our most popular hiking sock for good reason. Designed with our Full Contact Fit®, your sock won’t rub your feet the wrong way when paired with a proper-fitting hiking boot. It’s also made with merino wool, which has natural moisture-wicking properties, keeping your feet feeling good all summer long.

Women’s Hiking Sandals

The best women’s hiking footwear doesn’t necessarily mean a boot, especially in the warmer months. If you’re going on a waterfall hike or know you’ll be crossing the water to get to your destination, you may like women’s hiking sandals. Chaco hiking sandals for women are sturdy and durable yet give your feet room to breathe. Plus, they are quick-drying, so you can keep them on when you cross streams or wade in a waterfall. 

3 Women’s Hiking Footwear for Fall and Winter

Waterproof Women’s Hiking Boots

If you don’t let the rainy season stop you from hitting the trails, then you need a pair of waterproof women’s hiking boots. We recommend trying the KEEN Terradora II Waterproof Mid Hiking Boots - Women’s. With durable construction and a comfortable fit, these boots will keep your feet protected from the elements while you explore nature’s beauty.

Insulated Women’s Hiking Boots

Once the temperature starts to drop, you need insulated boots to keep your feet warm on your cold-weather hike. The KEEN Revel IV High Polar Hiking Boots - Women’s are a great choice. Not only are these boots waterproof, but they are rated to -40°F for comfort in extreme cold. The Thermal Heat Shield insoles capture warmth to keep your feet comfy and dry. Pair your women’s hiking shoes with the right wool socks for optimal warmth on winter hiking trips

Women’s Wool Socks

Wool socks are an essential women’s hiking footwear accessory for cold-weather adventures. FITS® Heavy Expedition - Boot socks are made with 100% merino wool on the inside against your foot for optimal warmth. Plus, the heavyweight full-foot cushioning provides added protection and all-day comfort. If you’re ready to hit the hiking trails all year long, shop FITS® women’s hiking socks to find your favorite pair for your next adventure. 


Sock Sizing
women and men size chart

The Perfect Fit Starts With the Right Size.

Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.

Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.

Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)


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How Do You Determine Sock Size?

Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you. 

How Do You Measure Your Foot for Socks?

To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart. 

What Is the Sock Size Conversion?

The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you. 

What is Sock Size to Shoe Size?

Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:

Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot. 

What Age is Sock Size 9-12?

Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit. 

Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.



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