The best waterproof hiking boots under $100

Waterproof cheap hiking boots

Unfortunately, I have had a lot of bad experiences when it comes to waterproof hiking boots. One time I even had boots that only lasted me 2 days in the jungle of Malaysia. When I got home from that trip I decided it was time to look for a pair of hiking boots under $100. Do you have the same problem, and you are wondering where I came up with?

After doing some research online I made a list with the hiking boots that I really liked. The shoes in this list are all waterproof and from surprisingly high quality. Apparently, it is possible to find a good pair of cheap hiking boots under $100.

Walking with hiking shoes on the mountain

Different kind of walking shoes

The kind of hiking boot you buy depends on the kind of journey you want to make. Hiking boots are made for any kind of climate and weather condition. Also the terrain you are hiking on plays a role in selecting the right boot for you. If you go to a mountain area than it’s a good idea to buy high boots. If you are walking on a flat surface it’s more comfortable to wear low shoes.

Winter hiking boots

Winter hiking boots are most of the times wind and waterproof. This way your feet will not get wet from snow or water. Winter hiking boots sometimes also have down in the shoe to keep it warm and insulated. If you are looking for a winter hiking boot under $100 it will not be an easy task. But luckily I found one that maybe suits you.

Mountaineering boots

These boots are made to protect your feet from the terrain. Mountaineering boots are most of the time high shoes to prevent your ankle from collapsing. Usually, they also have a good profile so you will not slip on small rocks.

All-terrain / Casual walking shoes

I don’t know if this term actually exists but I like to call them all-terrain hiking boots. These are the boots you want to wear when you go for a short hike. They are comfortable, breathable and walk on simple terrains nicely. Most of them are waterproof but not as much as winter hiking boots for example.

Sportive hiking boots / Trail running shoes

With sportive hiking boots you are more mobile. They are light and have a minimal design. The idea behind sportive hiking boots is that you can use them for running as well. I noticed that these shoes are really popular in Tyrol where they use them to go on the mountains. Sportive boots are the least waterproof as they are most of the times made from fabric and not from leather.

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List of my favorite waterproof hiking boots

This is a list of waterproof hiking boots that I owned or heard good comments about. When making this list I kept the price in mind and tried to keep all the shoes under $100 or at least really close to it.

Waterproof cheap hiking boots

Top 3 Casual walking shoes under $100

 

Columbia waterproof hiking bootTimberland waterproof hiking boot

I really like the design and simplicity of this shoe. It is 100% made from leather which makes it very medium watertight. Timberland makes a lot of great quality shoes and I like the brand a lot.

 

Columbia waterproof hiking bootColumbia waterproof hiking boot

I really like the design and simplicity of this shoe. It is 100% made from leather which makes it very medium watertight. Timberland makes a lot of great quality shoes and I like the brand a lot.

 

Hi-TEC waterproof hiking bootColumbia waterproof hiking boot

I really like the design and simplicity of this shoe. It is 100% made from leather which makes it very medium watertight. Timberland makes a lot of great quality shoes and I like the brand a lot.


Top 3 trail running shoes under $100

 

Columbia waterproof hiking bootTimberland waterproof hiking boot

I really like the design and simplicity of this shoe. It is 100% made from leather which makes it very medium watertight. Timberland makes a lot of great quality shoes and I like the brand a lot.

 

Columbia waterproof hiking bootColumbia waterproof hiking boot

I really like the design and simplicity of this shoe. It is 100% made from leather which makes it very medium watertight. Timberland makes a lot of great quality shoes and I like the brand a lot.

 

Hi-TEC waterproof hiking bootColumbia waterproof hiking boot

I really like the design and simplicity of this shoe. It is 100% made from leather which makes it very medium watertight. Timberland makes a lot of great quality shoes and I like the brand a lot.


Choose the walking shoes that fit you

To choose the right boot you have to ask yourself where you want to use them for. If you just want to use them for short hikes you will be more comfortable on short shoes. On the other hand, if you want to go in wet conditions you maybe want to go for the most waterproof hiking boots on the market.


How to care and keep them waterproof

To keep your walking shoes waterproof there are two methods you can use. Number one is by using a wax to give the boot a coating. The second way is using a waterproof spray to protect your hiking boots.

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