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Hiked it, Liked it: 10 American-Made Hiking Boots

We don’t know about you, but one thing we absolutely LOVE about America is its abundant hiking opportunities. No matter your location or experience level, there’s bound to be a great hiking trail nearby.

But, you know what can be a real pain in the *ss and ruin a great hiking trip? Sh*tty hiking boots that leave your feet blistered and sore or WORSE, they fall apart mid-hike. Uhm, NO THANKS! 

That’s why, here at Miss American Made, we’re only using the highest quality hiking boots that are made right here in America. Because there’s no better way to enjoy all the beautiful views America has to offer than by doing it in sustainably made, premium footwear. It makes the hike SO much better. And of course, we couldn’t wait to share these killer boots with you, too! So, here’s a round-up of American-made hiking boots for you to consider. 🙂

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10 Best American-Made Hiking Boots

Danner Mountain Light Boots

Danner’s Mountain Light Cascade boots have 40+ years of experience behind them, so you know they’re bound to be good. This hiking style was originally introduced in the 1970s. 

The boot features a rich, full-grain leather upper and Vibram Kletterlift Outsole, which provides AMAZING shock absorption in addition to solid traction and stability on both wet and dry surfaces. With ample room in the toe box, these boots are a super comfy option for your next hiking trip! Also, gotta love the natural leather with the red laces. 

Softstar Switchback Boot

The Softstar Switchback boot is a minimalist hiking boot designed to give you lightweight, breathable traction during your hike. These are zero-drop boots, meaning there isn’t any difference between the height of your heel and your toes (as opposed to traditional footwear and hiking boots, which elevate the heel). They come with Vibram Megagrip soles to help your feet grip rugged terrain. 

Some other features include a quick-dry interior, puncture resistance, antibacterial materials, and abrasion resistance. You can grab them in three color combos and in wide or regular sizing, meaning they can work for pretty much any shape and style preference. 

SAS Hi Country-X Hiking Boots

If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you know we love the brand SAS for American-made footwear. But, we bet you didn’t know they made hiking boots, too! 

The SAS Hi Country X hiking boot is made with a durable water-resistant nylon, mesh, and leather upper. The boot offers long-lasting arch support, a round toe, and flexible rubber outsoles that provide grippy traction. It also has a shock-absorbing EVA midsole for cushioning. 

As far as style goes, you can go with the GORGEOUS and edgy all-black look or the soft gray and pink option. Both have a sporty, sneaker style that are both stylish and functional.  

Danner Cascade Crest Boots

Danner is an EXCELLENT brand when it comes to American-made boots, whether for work or play. They offer many different options for hiking shoes, so you really can’t go wrong with anything you pick from this brand!

We’re big fans of the Cascade Crest boots for several reasons. They’re built with insights from Oregon Park Rangers, who certainly know what’s essential in a quality hiking boot. They’re made with a full-grain leather upper and a GORE-TEX waterproof and breathable liner. This will help your feet stay dry on even the muddiest of trails! 

Plus, these boots are fully recraftable, meaning you can get parts of the boot replaced as they wear down. It’s perfect for all our sentimental queens out there who don’t want to let go of the hiking memories they make!

SOREL Caribou X Boot Lace Waterproof

SOREL’s Caribou X waterproof boot is one that can double as both a hiking boot and an everyday boot just depends on you and your plans! 

Made with a leather and textile upper and a lug featuring the iconic Caribou design, these shoes offer reliable traction on any terrain. Handcrafted with a waterproof vulcanized rubber shell and seam-sealed, they work double time to keep your feet dry.

One of our favorite parts of this boot is how chic and stylish they are! With five color options, you can find the boots in black or light brown with pink, orange, black, or tan accents. 

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KEEN Durand Evo Boot

If you’re looking for a classic, heavy-duty waterproof backpacking boot, look no further1 The KEEN Durand Evo boot is the one for you. It’s made with KEEN.DRY materials that keeps water from coming in while still letting vapor from sweat out. The leather is also treated with a PFC-free water repellant, so you know you’re safe with these shoes!

The all-terrain outsoles provide phenomenal traction, even in muddy environments and on rocky surfaces. They’re also designed with comfort in mind, as they have a PU midsole that offers resilient cushioning on the trail. You won’t walk the runway in these boots, but you scale any trail you find! 

Danner FP Movement Adrika

Another stylish Danner option coming through! These boots were made to be a versatile option, taking you from your weekly errands to a sunset hike. These boots were made to handle it all! Designed with a neutral pattern, this shoe will easily fit into your closet, regardless of the color combo you choose.

As for quality specs, the boots are made with top-grain Nubuck leather uppers, which have a velvet-like feel while still being extremely durable. It’s sanded on the outside, which offers a shorter and more comfortable break-in period. They are waterproof and come with two laces, a removable OrthoLite footbed to provide cushioning and support, and a Adrika outsole that provides lightweight traction on any terrain! Seriously wear these anywhere!

Thorogood Soft Streets Sport Boots

This pair of seam-sealed, water resistant boots are not only great for hiking, but are totally cool and would blend right in with your best edgy Top Golf outfit. Designed for comfort and flexibility, the Soft Streets insulated sport boot contains a contour heel cup for maximum support and comfort. These shoes are ideal for colder hikes, as they come with 400g of 3M Thinsulate insulation to keep you toasty warm while out in the cold.

L.L. Bean Women’s Maine Hunting Shoes

L.L. Bean’s Maine hunting shoes are a fantastic option for shorter hikes with more even terrain, or for hunting! It’s made with a waterproof, yet breathable GORE-TEX liner and 200g of 3M Thinsulate insulation. The leather upper is also waterproof, so you can use these boots in all sorts of weather! 

The slimmer design, neutral palette, and taller style also make this boot easy to pair with plenty of fall and winter ‘fits. You can definitely get your money’s worth on these boots whether you’re hiking once a year or very weekend!

Danner Free Spirit Boots

Our last Danner boot of the day is the Free Spirit boots. These boots combine a retro 80’s look with modern tech for today’s hikers. (So both functional and fashion-forward.) Some of its features include a dual-density midsole that’s firm around the edges for stability and softer in the middle for targeted traction, and a GORE-TEX liner to prevent your feet from getting soaked when puddle-jumping or getting caught in the rain. 

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On your next hiking trip, do yourself a favor and invest in high-quality, American-made boots.

They may be hard to find, but investing in a pair of American-made boots is totally worth the time and effort. They’re made to be exceptional, and they are. SO what are you waiting for? Plan your next adventure, pick up your new hiking boots, and get out there!

Hiking not your thing? That’s okay, boo! It’s not for everyone. BUT, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some dope American-made boots of your own just check out our article on super stylish American-made cowboy boots. They’ll totally spice up your next ‘fit in the BEST way.

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