The Best Hiking Boots in Ireland from Portwest - The Outdoor Shop

Exploring Ireland's stunning landscapes requires the right footwear to ensure comfort, safety, and enjoyment. There are literally thousands of pairs to choose from so how do you know which ones are the best?

Whether you're trekking through the rugged terrain of Connemara or strolling along the scenic trails of Wicklow, having the best hiking boots can make all the difference. This guide will help you choose the perfect pair for your adventures in Ireland.


Choosing the right hiking footwear depends on several factors, including the type of hiking you plan to do, the terrain, and your personal preferences. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice:


  1. Identify Your Needs: Determine the type of hiking you'll be doing and the features you need in a boot.
  2. The 2 Hour Rule: If you are trying boots on instore, walk around for 2 hours before you try them on to mimic how you're feet will feel while hiking. 
  3. Consider The Terrain: Choose boots that are suitable for the terrain you'll be hiking on. For rocky and uneven trails, opt for boots with good ankle support and a sturdy sole.
  4. Break Them In: New hiking boots can be stiff and uncomfortable at first. Break them in by wearing them on short walks before embarking on long hikes.
  5. Maintenance: Properly maintain your boots to prolong their lifespan. Clean them regularly and use waterproofing treatments as needed.


Can I Wear Normal Shoes for Hiking?

While you can wear normal shoes for short and easy hikes, they are not recommended for more challenging trails. Normal shoes lack the support, traction, and durability needed for hiking. Hiking boots, on the other hand, are designed specifically for outdoor activities and provide the necessary protection and comfort.


What is the Best Footwear for Hiking?


When it comes to hiking, your footwear is crucial. It is often said in the outdoor space the higher in elevation you are hiking, the higher your ankle support should be. The best hiking boots should offer a combination of support, durability, and comfort. Here are some key features to look for:


  1. Support and Stability: Good hiking boots should provide excellent ankle support to prevent injuries on uneven trails. Look for boots with a sturdy sole and a secure fit.
  2. Waterproofing: Ireland's weather can be unpredictable. Waterproof boots are essential to keep your feet dry during rainy hikes or wet conditions.
  3. Comfort: Long hikes require boots that are comfortable to wear for extended periods. Look for padded insoles, breathable materials, and a good fit.
  4. Durability: Hiking boots need to withstand rough terrains and harsh conditions. Choose boots made from high-quality materials that can endure the wear and tear of hiking.


Hiking Shoes in Ireland:


Should you go with boots or shoes? Well, it boils down to your specific adventure and personal comfort. If your journey involves multi-day hikes, tough terrains, or inclement weather, lace up those boots. But if you're taking on less rugged paths, want to travel light, or you're exploring in warmer conditions, a pair of hiking shoes might just be your perfect match.


Hiking shoes generally offer less ankle support than boots, but they bring more freedom of movement to the table. Shoes are generally lighter to wear than boots.


Hiking shoes provide comfort straight out of the box, sparing you that breaking-in phase that boots often demand. They might not be fully waterproof, but many are water-resistant, making them fit for light showers or damp conditions. However, if you're up against rugged, sharp terrain, or carrying heavier loads, they might not provide the support and protection you need.


Our most popular men’s hiking shoe:

Our most popular women’s hiking shoe:



Hiking Boots for Men:

These are our most popular hiking boots for men:


Berghaus Mens Supalite II Gore-Tex Tech Boot: Featuring advanced Gore-Tex technology, these boots offer excellent waterproofing and breathability, making them ideal for tackling challenging terrains and varying weather conditions. These are so popular we're down to the last remaining pairs.



Salomon Quest Men's 4 GTX Hiking Boots: With their advanced Gore-Tex waterproofing and supportive design, these boots provide reliable protection and durability, making them perfect for long hikes and rugged adventures.


Columbia Mens Trailstorm Ascend Mid Waterproof Shoe: These offer a perfect blend of lightweight design and rugged durability. Equipped with advanced waterproof technology and superior traction, these shoes ensure comfort and protection for outdoor activities in all weather conditions.           



Hiking Boots for Women:


Women's hiking boots are designed to fit the unique shape of women's feet. Here are our most popular hiking boots for women:


Trezeta Argos Waterproof Women’s Hiking Boot: Featuring reliable waterproof technology and a supportive fit, these boots are designed to tackle various terrains while keeping your feet dry and comfortable.


Merrell Women’s Moab 3 Mid Gore-Tex:  Equipped with Gore-Tex waterproof technology and a supportive mid-cut design, these boots ensure your feet stay dry and secure, making them ideal for both casual hikes and more challenging trails.


Kayland Unisex Pamir Gore-Tex Waterproof Boots: Featuring Gore-Tex technology for superior waterproofing and breathability, these boots provide excellent support and durability, making them perfect for both men and women tackling rugged terrains and demanding outdoor activities.




Best Waterproof Hiking Boots for Ireland:

Do you need waterproof footwear? Whether you’re hiking through Killarney National Park or The Wild Atlantic Way it’s likely to rain at some point. Depending on the climate you plan to hike in, waterproof footwear may or may not be what you need. But Gore-Tex will allow your feet to breath and stay dry even in warmer temperatures. Wet skin is a major cause of blisters. And this is where socks come in.


We can’t talk about hiking boots without talking about socks. Choosing hiking boots without the right socks is like having a car without fuel. When you’re buying hiking boots, it's equally important to consider your socks. Choose socks that match your activity and footwear needs, whether ankle or full-length. Merino wool or synthetic blends are ideal as they dry quickly and wick away moisture, keeping your feet dry and comfortable. Good hiking socks provide essential support for your arch, heel, and ankle, and offer extra cushioning for added comfort. Always pack multiple pairs to avoid odor issues and opt for anti-microbial socks to manage smells. Additionally, socks with different thicknesses and insulation levels help regulate body temperature, ensuring comfort in various weather conditions.



We hope this guide helps answer the question of the best hiking footwear in Ireland:



Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just starting, having the right boots can make your hiking experience more enjoyable and safer. Remember to consider the type of hiking you'll be doing, the terrain, and the weather conditions when choosing your hiking boots. Check out out  full range of hiking boots online or instore in Westport, Killarney and Galway City.


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