How to style hiking boots

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Hiking boots are a staple of many households, known for their usefulness, sturdiness and ability to conquer most terrains. Whether you’re heading up a hill, across a field or through the woods, walking boots are sure to keep your feet warm, comfortable and protected all day long.

However, you may be wondering if they’re really the best shoes for the job when it comes to style. If your destination is a picnic, festival or outdoor party, for example, you’ll likely want to dress to impress. So, is it possible to include hiking boots in your outfit planning? Read on to learn our best tips for making your walking boots part of your outfit.

Are hiking boots fashionable?

You may think that hiking boots are on the periphery of the world of fashion – something we all need from time to time, but not exactly the centre of the hottest new trends. However, that’s not strictly true. More and more people are leaning into the trend of comfort and practicality over fast fashion – which means hiking boots are on the rise.

And with it, there’s been an increase in the variety of walking boots available to buy. Now you can get boots that live up to their name, covering your ankles, as well as trainer-like hiking shoes that allow for a more low-key casual look. These are usually available in a range of sizes and colours to suit all, so you should be able to find something that suits you.

Can I wear hiking boots every day?

With their breathability, high-quality tread, durability and comfort, walking boots are great shoes to wear every day, ensuring you are prepared for almost any task. If you plan to wear your hiking boots every day, it’s a good idea to think ahead and choose a neutral colour if possible. 

This should make it easier for you to match your boots with any clothes, meaning they’ll be easier to style.

How to wear hiking boots with dresses

One of the best things about wearing walking shoes with a dress is that you don’t have to worry about tucking the ends of your trousers into your boots. Perfect for warm summer days, a hiking boot/dress combo helps to keep your feet comfortable while allowing plenty of ventilation to keep your legs and body cool.

Of course, this trend works equally well with a skirt! Whether it’s a long sweeping maxi number or a shorter summery style, pairing a skirt or dress with hiking boots is not only fashionable, but as practical as can be. 

How to wear hiking boots with jeans

Pairing walking boots with jeans can be a little more complicated, as there are so many different cuts of jeans available, but it’s still a great look that can suit anyone. How you wear jeans with your hiking boots depends on which type of each you have, so let’s take a more in depth look at how this combination varies.

  • Skinny jeans

Skinny or slim fit jeans are so easy to style with hiking boots they might as well have been made for the purpose. As they fit snugly to your legs, you shouldn’t need to roll up your skinny jeans at all – just pop your boots on over the top and you’re ready to go. If you need a little extra cushioning around the ankle, try a pair of thick hiking socks – either underneath your skinny jeans or rolled at the top of your boots.

  • Wide leg jeans

Wide leg jeans such as flares or boot cuts are a little trickier, as you can end up with a lot of fabric rolled or bunched around your ankles. One option is to try a wide leg that cuts off at the ankle so you don’t have to worry about this. Alternatively, why not roll a longer leg up?

  • Trainer/short walking boots

Like dresses and skirts, walking shoes or short hiking boots don’t require the tucking in of trouser legs, so can be worn with almost anything. These are great for casual occasions and anything that requires a greater ease of movement such as running or biking.

How to wear hiking boots with leggings

And in the warmer months, why not pair your favourite boots with a lightweight set of leggings? They come in a wide variety of colours and styles, so you can mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe to create dozens of fresh outfits. Leggings naturally tuck into your boots or hiking shoes, so you won’t have to worry about rolling your trousers either.

So, now you’ve seen the versatility of stylish walking shoes, all that’s left to do is pick your outfit, pop on your boots and go hiking!

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