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Successful and pleasant hunting depends on three things: good weapons, quality outfits, and backcountry hunting boots. Sometimes even the happiness of having shot down the big game can be neutralized by wet or aching feet, causing general discomfort.

Best Hunting Boots - Editor's Choice

That’s why it’s necessary to choose suitable hunting boots for the area and comfy for toes, without ignoring break-in time.

Why do we need hunting boots?

Reliable hunting boots of correct width and size ensure comfort while long-range walking, without leg tiredness, callus on heel or toes. Solid and durable sole is very important for hunting boots to pass rocky roads, muddy steppes. Boots should be neither loose nor tighten.

Best Hunting Shoes | Top-15 Hunting Boots | Best Boots for Hunting

ImageProductBrand
Kenetrek Mountain Extreme Non Insulated BootKenetrekBUY
Irish Setter VaprTrek 2875 Snake BootIrish SetterBUY
Muck Boots Arctic Pro Extreme Hunter Boots (Winter)MuckBUY
Dryshod NoSho Ultra Hunt Hunting BootDryshodBUY
Danner Pronghorn 8in 1200G Gore-Tex Hunting BootDannerBUY
Dryshod Shredder Hunting BootDryshodBUY
R RUNFUN Men's Lightweight Anti-Slip Waterproof Hunting BootsR RUNFUNBUY
LaCrosse Men's Rubber Boot Hunting ShoesLaCrosseBUY
ArcticShield Men's Waterproof Durable Insulated Rubber Neoprene Outdoor BootsArcticShieldBUY
Muck Boot Woody Max Rubber Insulated Men's Hunting BootMuckBUY
Danner Men's Alsea 8" Gore-Tex Hunting BootDannerBUY
TIDEWE Rubber Hunting BootsTIDEWEBUY
Rocky Men's RKYS053 Mid Calf BootRocky Men'sBUY
HISEA Men's Winter Hunting BootsHISEABUY
HISEA Apollo Pro 400G Insulated Men's Hunting BootsHISEABUY

#1 Kenetrek Mountain Extreme Non Insulated Boot

Kenetrek Mountain Extreme Non Insulated Boot

Kenetrek offers 38 models of Mountain Boots for men with ankle support, which are suitable for warmer seasons, as they are not insulated. The Kenetrek boots are produced of 2.8-mm top-grain leather one-piece vamp on the rigid nylon midsoles top-protector with high traction K-Talon outsoles, perfect for rugged terrain. Brown boots are fastened on the laces. Feet will be always dry due to the breathable Windtex membrane.

What I liked:
  • Good for hiking and hunting;
  • Waterproof;
  • Lightweight;
  • Comfy to go up and down slopes in the boots;
  • Holds up great;
  • Fits true to size;
  • No need for a break-in period, the boots are comfortable from the beginning.
What I didn’t like:
  • The soles are a bit slippery while walking on wet surfaces.

#2 Irish Setter VaprTrek 2875 Snake Boot

Irish Setter VaprTrek 2875 Snake Boot

Irish Setter designed 22 models of male hunting boots with Snake Guard (special protection) in Realtree Xtra Green Camo color with light Brown edge-facing. These lightweight non-insulated boots include such creative features, developed especially for hunters, as: an RPM grooved sole, a Snake-Guard liner, and an exclusive odor-control process of adding Scent Ban to different materials (leathers, footbeds, linings) to kill bacteria, causing odors.

What I liked:
  • Comfy and lightweight;
  • Waterproof;
  • Scent Ban technology;
  • Protective covering is tough and abrasion-resistant.
What I didn’t like:
  • These boots are narrow models, it’s hard to get into; it’s better to buy a size up for a better fit, especially with big calves.

#3 Muck Boots Arctic Pro Extreme Hunter Boots (Winter)

Muck Boots Arctic Pro Extreme Hunter Boots (Winter)

Muck used 8-mm neoprene for Winter Boots (suitable for -60 to 30 degrees F; -50 to -1 degrees C) to make them convenient and flexible, waterproof, improving warmth-retention and shock-absorption properties; together with fleece boot linings easily shape to the foot, preventing callus and chafing. Arctic Pro Extreme Male Boots is outfitted with super-aggressive rugged Bob-Tracker outsole, high-grade tough rubber base with 17-inch shaft circumference.

What I liked:
  • High Quality and durability;
  • Capability to trudge through the snow, retaining feet warm and dry thanks to the double reinforced construction (in the heel, instep, and Achilles area), 2-mm thermal foam under the footbed, and soft fleece lining;
  • Easy put on/ take off with rear pull loops;
  • Stretch-fit Comfort Topline tights calves, keeping heat inside, while debris and cold out;
  • Extra cushioning with lightweight EVA midsole.
What I didn’t like:
  • A little heavy.

#4 Dryshod NoSho Ultra Hunt Hunting Boot

Dryshod NoSho Ultra Hunt Hunting Boot

Dryshod developed 12 models of Hunting 5-mm densoprene foam insulated female boots in two colors Camo, and Camo with Pink edging. These boots are convenient due to the 4-way stretch breathable airmesh lining (no more wet feet), heel kick, and durable back-pull tabs to put on or take off footwear easy, roll-down calf pipe to regulate height, and to tuck in pants.

What I liked:
  • 100% waterproof from top to bottom;
  • Keeps feet toasty warm and dry;
  • Extra stability is provided with a reinforced tuck board with stiff shanks;
  • Genuine hand-laid rubber overlays, no PVC;
  • HYDROKOTE water-repellent: moisture rolls off and quickly dries;
  • Sizes correspond to athletic-shoe standards.
What I didn’t like:
  • Firstly a bit stiff.

#5 Danner Pronghorn 8in 1200G Gore-Tex Hunting Boot

Danner Pronghorn 8in 1200G Gore-Tex Hunting Boot

Among 26 models of Pronghorn boots, there are hunting footwear suitable for cold weather thanks to PrimaLoft insulation. Nylon upper is combined with quality-tested full-grain top boot leather around the proven 851 last. Danner hunting male boots are waterproof and breathable with GORE-TEX liner. These boots consist of cushioning PU footbed, Vibram SPE midsole for optimal rebound and support, TERRA FORCE NEXT platform, which integrates an internal and external shank system for arch support and torsion-control, and rugged hardware for a reliable fit, Bi-Fit stability-board, which provides underfoot with comfort, reduce weight and add forefoot flexibility.

What I liked:
  • Breathable GORE-TEX lining keeps the water out;
  • Thermoplastic PU shank;
  • Vibram Pronghorn outsole ensures better traction on rugged terrain.
What I didn’t like:
  • Not yet rated.

#6 Dryshod Shredder Hunting Boot

Dryshod Shredder Hunting Boot

Dryshod ensures Hunting Boot comfort degree between -10 and 75 F, and 100% waterproofness. These male boots are made of 5-mm DENSOPRENE FOAM INSULATED, keeping heat inside. The Camo boots are stable due to the reinforced tuck board with stiff shanks.

What I liked:
  • No PVC, only hand-laid rubber overlays;
  • Roll-down calf pipe;
  • Comfort to slog in these boots around it water or mud;
  • Only dry feet: 4-way stretch breathable airmesh lining;
  • Sizes match sports shoe standards;
  • HYDROKOTE water-repellent.
What I didn’t like:
  • Not yet rated.

#7 R RUNFUN Men’s Lightweight Anti-Slip Waterproof Hunting Boots

R RUNFUN Men's Lightweight Anti-Slip Waterproof Hunting Boots

R RUNFUN designed lightweight male hunting boots with camo wrapped EVA midsole, which diminishes the feet stress and fatigue. These boots are insulated 200G 3M Thinsulate (there is a camo option of insulation cotton is 200g and 400g). The manufacturer doesn’t recommend machine washing to boots and exposing them to the sun over time.

What I liked:
  • Affordable money;
  • Lightweight;
  • Anti-Slip sole;
  • Breathable;
  • Long-term warranty.
What I didn’t like:
  • Poor workmanship and stitching;
  • Not waterproof: leak away;
  • While tightening the laces, eyelets can break into two parts or pull out along with the fabriсs.

#8 LaCrosse Men’s Rubber Boot Hunting Shoes

 LaCrosse Men's Rubber Boot Hunting Shoes

LaCrosse offers a boot, made of hand-laid premium rubber (upper layer), multilayer rubber on the toe and heel, a 3.5-mm neoprene with a rubber sole, ensuring flexibility and waterproofness. An embossed liner enhances air circulation inside the footwear, excluding any scent, dries fast, and draws off moisture. The insulation is only in the foot part and does not go above the ankle. The boots weigh 5.5 lbs per pair.

What I liked:
  • Double-layer vamp for extra support and sturdiness;
  • Active Fit with adjustable neoprene gusset for comfy foot fit.
What I didn’t like:
  • Print fades quickly;
  • A bit heavy boots;
  • California’s Proposition 65;
  • Difficult to take the boots off: there is no lip on the back heel to help the other foot anchor down on.

#9 ArcticShield Men’s Waterproof Durable Insulated Rubber Neoprene Outdoor Boots

ArcticShield Men's Waterproof Durable Insulated Rubber Neoprene Outdoor Boots

ArcticShield boots developed from 7-mm neoprene upper with camo print, additionally protected rubber overlays for toes, arches and heels, removable insoles to cushion feet while walking, rubber outsole, and pull-tabs to make them easy to take off.

What I liked:
  • Non-slip sturdy rubber outsoles ensure ground-gripping traction;
  • Insulation keeps the feet warm.
What I didn’t like:
  • Not waterproof: while fishing feet soaked;
  • Sized a bit large;
  • Neoprene and rubber layers are thin, on the soles as well, so you feel each rock on the road;
  • The rubber outsole is of bad quality: the heel has been damaged (the bottoms blew off) after only 2 months of wear.

#10 Muck Boot Woody Max Rubber Insulated Men’s Hunting Boot

Muck Boot Woody Max Rubber Insulated Men's Hunting Boot

Male Hunting Boots are outfitted with a 2-mm thermal foam barrier under the footbed seal, a fleece lining, 5-mm internal neoprene, and the stretch-fit topline to ensure good insulation in cold weather (-40 °F/-40 °C to 40 °F/4 °C). Muck Boot declares good traction on snow and ice thanks to MS-1 molded outsole. The exterior rubber makes extra waterproofness.

What I liked:
  • Scent-free;
  • Extra support due to the EVA molded midsole, which is contoured to the foot’s shape.
What I didn’t like:
  • Not suitable for forest: you can easily rip a hole in the neoprene;
  • Poor quality of glue on the sole: completely detached.

#11 Danner Men’s Alsea 8″ Gore-Tex Hunting Boot

Danner Men's Alsea 8" Gore-Tex Hunting Boot

Danner crafted boots (height is a mid-calf shaft from arch) of leather, combined with fabric, using rubber sole. Gore-tex waterproof breathable lining membrane and cushioning open-cell OrthoLite footbed together with optional Primaloft insulated styles keep feet dry and warm.

What I liked:
  • Sturdy well-constructed boots;
  • Lightweight;
  • Reasonable price;
  • Speed hook lacing system help adjust and get secure fit;
  • Fiberglass shank for easy take-off.
What I didn’t like:
  • Can leak after a year wearing or earlier;
  • The toe box is a little small.

#12 TIDEWE Rubber Hunting Boots

TIDEWE Rubber Hunting Boots

Rubber Male Hunting Boots with 6-mm neoprene have a comfort rate ( -4°F/-20°C to 59°F/ 15°C). Boots provide lightweight cushioning and shock-absorption due to EVA contoured mid-sole, additionally lined with breathable air-mesh membrane to keep feet humidity-free.
The out-sole pattern makes boots stable with good traction. Legs are protected from rocks, moisture, sharp sticks, with a sealed rubber shell, which is extended up to the topline.

What I liked:
  • The protracted boot’s heel allows to take boots off easy;
  • Secure custom-fit is possible due to the back gussets;
  • The boot toe and heel are extra protected with reinforced rubber;
  • Run true to size.
What I didn’t like:
  • Heavy;
  • Feet freeze below 35°.

#13 Rocky Men’s RKYS053 Mid Calf Boot

Rocky Men's RKYS053 Mid Calf Boot

Rocky offers male waterproof synthetic boot, knee-high from arch, with 1000-g Thinsulate insulation, rubber sole, and multi-directional outsole to enhance mobility. There are two models in colors: Apx (print with birch and fir-tree), Realtree Xtra (Fall leaves), printed top, and military-color boot base.

What I liked:
  • Scent-proof;
  • The sole is pretty stiff and grippy;
  • Comfortably fits.
What I didn’t like:
  • Leak severely;
  • Thin neoprene can puncture and tear easily.

#14 HISEA Men’s Winter Hunting Boots

HISEA Men's Winter Hunting Boots

Arctic Snow Boots are insulated, breathable and waterproof due to airmesh lining, placed between neoprene outer fabric and polyester lining. HISEA wellies consist of thickened upper material: 6-mm neoprene, high-grade rubber shell up above ankle to provide extra protection, EVA midsole, 4-mm soft fleece footbed, and composite toe box. Three models are available, depending on upper material color: camo, black and brown. Comfy rated from -30 °F/-30°C to 50 °F/10°C.

What I liked:
  • Very comfortable and warm;
  • Easy-to-clean;
  • Slip-resistant;
  • Fairly easy to put on and take off;
  • Lightweight;
  • One-year quality assurance.
What I didn’t like:
  • Not durable: fall apart at the seams, sole separates less than after one-year wearing;
  • Fits a little narrow.

#15 HISEA Apollo Pro 400G Insulated Men’s Hunting Boots

HISEA Apollo Pro 400G Insulated Men's Hunting Boots

There are three models: Htc Camo, Kanati Camo, Strata Camo.HISEA boots compose upper thickened 5-mm neoprene insulation, adjustable calf according to the size (easy to slide on/off), massage insole with memory foam base, odor-free and antibacterial technology, providing extra arch support.

What I liked:
  • Perfect fit;
  • Exterior rubber heel cup for secure fit;
  • Scent-free breathable lining;
  • 400-gram insulation style;
  • Lifetime warranty.
What I didn’t like:
  • None yet.

#BONUS: Red Rock Outdoor Gear 5 Piece Ghillie Suit

Red Rock Outdoor Gear 5 Piece Ghillie Suit

Red Rock 5-Piece Ghillie Suit allows you to stay unnoticeable while hunting or at a shooting range. It consists of a jacket with snap closure (elastic cuff and waist), pants (with drawstring and elastic in pant legs), hood, gun wrap, and drawstring stuff sack with a carry strap. This Ghillie Suit is made of 98% polyester, 2% spandex materials. There are 10 models available: Woodland (large, medium, Medium-Large, Extra Large – 2XL sizes), Snow (Extra Large – 2XL, Medium-Large), Desert (large, medium, Medium-Large, Extra Large – 2XL).

What I liked:
  • Adjustable chin strap in the hood;
  • Lightweight and breathable construction;
  • Excellent value.
What I didn’t like:
  • California’s Proposition 65;
  • Very patchy fibers;
  • A bit small bag;
  • Fibers pull out fairly easily.

FAQ

Should hunting boots be tight or loose?
Comfortable boots keep feet firmly in place without tightening them in general or not cramping toes. Especially, it is important for steel toe boots, as too tight pairs can cause toe injuries. At the same time, loose boots make the walk difficult and cause leg tiredness.
Are hiking boots good for hunting?
Hiking boots can be suitable for hunting only on hill or mountain areas. Usually, hunting boots with a solid sole, enough room for air inside, and a soft collar are required.
How do you break in hunting boots?
It is advised to break in new hunting boots about 2 to 3 hours a day, then change into a second pair of comfortable ones. New boots can take about 80 to 100 hours to break in: putting them on while mowing the grass or taking the dog out can help in this.
Are hunter boots comfortable to walk in?
Hunting boots for long-distance walking are not so comfortable as casual shoes, but it is a matter of habit. Hunter boots are usually designed with a bottom cushion that makes wearing more convenient, although they can be stiff and limit a normal heel-to-toe walk.
How long do hunting boots last?
It depends on how quality boots are (their materials), frequency of hunting trips, total quantity of walking hours in them, and their maintenance.

Conclusion

Choosing good hunting boots, first define the seasons, in which you are going to hunt, sometimes it’s better to buy one pair of all-season or two pair for summer and winter. Anyway, there are no boots that would be equally suitable for every hunting area or each season. While surfing the Internet reviews, pay attention to such features and their importance for your needs at the hunt: preferring style, insulation (can be without), material (synthetic or leather), waterproofness (or not), ankle height, or tall-shaft boots.

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Tatiana Kursakova
Tatiana Kursakova
Professional shooter, traveller, survivalist
My love of guns is in my blood, since childhood I have spent hours enjoying the beauty of guns and adored going through their parts.

Tactical accessories are another passion of mine that I could write about endlessly - my house and garage are full of tactical gadgets, luckily my family shares my interests.

I'm infatuated with traveling that's why work at one place with a daily routine and standard schedule is not for me. I prefer copywriting and English tutoring as a freelancer. I live in a male family among constant talks about cars, guns, hunting, fishing, and, of course, dinosaurs 😊.

My husband is an obsessed hunter, and my two sons are fans of «Demolition Ranch» of YouTube blogger Matt Carriker. They are my best consultants about weapon and all-around ammunition topics. All together we share a love for adventures. Every camping or mounting hiking trip is a "small survival", giving irreplaceable experiences. Nothing can be better than the satisfaction of observing wild nature.

Motto: «Born in Ukraine, made is the USA».

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