Best Boots For Western Hunting in 2023
Ariat Men's Rambler Wide Square Toe Western Cowboy Boot, Wicker, 13 M US
ARIAT Men's Insulated Conquest Waterproof Pull-On Hunting Boot Round Toe Brown 14 D(M) US
- Made With Genuine Leather
- 400g Thinsulate® insulation
Deer Stags Tour Pull-On Boot (Little Kid/Big Kid),Camouflage/Brown,12 M US Little Kid
- He'll be ready to take on the great outdoors in this go-to boot
- Water-resistant manmade upper with Thinsulate® lining
- Shaft height approx. 6-1/2"
- Shaft circumference approx. 9"
- Inside zipper with gusset for easy on and off
Danner Men's San Angelo Snake Boot Western, Brown 10.5 2E US
- 360˚ snake proof protection
- Full-grain leather and textile upper
- Buckles at gusset and top of foot for customized fit
- Steel shank
- San Angelo PU outsole with low lugs for increased surface contact, comfort and durability
Reebok Men's Sublite Cushion Tactical RB8605 Military & Tactical Boot, Black, 11.5 M US
- Full-foot flex grooves for improved mobility and flex with every ste
- MemoryTech Massage footbed adapts to the contours of your foot and provides immediate cushionin
- Sublite foam midsole for lightweight cushioning and soft support
- Targeted rubber on the outsole for traction and durability
- Ultimate flexibility and comfort for the work day
Ariat Men's Conquest Rubber Neoprene Insulated Hunting Boot,Dark Brown Camo,9.5 D Medium US
- Waterproof, vulcanized rubber with neoprene comfort upper
- ATS Pro Advanced Torque Stability technology with composite forked shank
- Wide Square Toe Profile
- 5mm Neoprene insulation
- Comfort rated from 5⁰F at high activity levels to 45⁰F at low activity levels
Ariat Men's Heritage Western R Toe Cowboy Boot, Distressed Brown, 7.5 D US
- Western-inspired performance riding boot in full-grain leather featuring pull-on loops at scallop and stirrup-friendly outsole design
- ATS Advanced Torque Stability composite shank
- Square toe
Ariat Men's Terrain H2O Hiking Boot, Copper, 11.5 D US
- Waterproof, oiled full grain leather lining upper
- Waterproof lining membrane const
- Padded collar
- Moisture wicking lining
- Self cleaning duratread outsole
- Gel-cushioned footbed with heel stabilizer delivers support, rebound, and stability
Roper Barnyard Rubber Barn Yard Chore Boot (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid), Black Mud, 4 M US Big Kid
Timberland PRO Men's AG Boss Pull-On Alloy Toe Waterproof Work and Hunt Boot, Brown Distressed Leather, 11.5 W US
- Western-style boot with waterproof full-grain leather upper featuring pull-on loops
- Cement construction for reduced break-in time
- Padded top collar
- Steel safety toe shaped on TiTAN last for roomy fit
- Non-marking oil, slip, and abrasion-resistant rubber outsole
Best Qualities to Look for in a Hunting Boot
A lot of thought & planning goes into choosing a pair of hunting boots, and with all the choices and features out there it's easy to get a little confused when shopping around. In this article, I'll list qualities that make a good Hunting Boot, as well as
The Good Qualities
Lightweight - You would be amazed how much a few ounces can change your mood after a day of walking, especially in rugged terrain. For this reason, I tend to choose lightweight boots for my own hunting trips, mostly because my heavy, steel-toed work boots would make that trip miserable in a heartbeat.
Correct Insulation Level - Be sure to get the correct insulation level for your planned environment. You don't want to be out in the snow with un-insulated boots, and you also don't want to be walking around the desert in Thermolite or some other heavy insulation.
Rugged Outsole - You never know how rough the terrain will be untill you're out walking in it. Having enough grip not only makes traveling easier, it can save you from falling and embarassing or injuring yourself. Make sure the outsole you choose is designed for the outdoors, not flat concrete. Lug soles make a great choice all around, but there are others.
Solid Construction - If your hunting boots start falling apart, you are going to have a hard time and they'll probably ruin your trip if you don't have a backup pair. For this reason I usually avoid the cloth amp; rubber Military Surplus boots that are generally cemented together, and instead go for boots with a Goodyear Welt or some other more durable bonding method.
Waterproof - I avoid this for desert environments, since if water can't get in, air can't either. In wetter climates they are an absolute must. Wet feet can make a mile seem like ten, and if it is cold or especially damp, wet feet and socks can be hazardous to your health, too.
Waterproof - See above, make sure having waterproof boots makes sense for your environment, because as I said, waterproof boots tend to run hotter which can be a pain in hot, dry climates.
Steel Toes - these are great for some work boots, depending on your occupation, but a poor choice in a pair of hunting boots. They add unnecessary weight, and make your toes colder in the winter and hotter in the summer.
Foam Soles - some cheaper GI spec Jungle amp; Desert boots have these, you'll want to watch out for them. While they are extremely cheap boots, and often advertised for hunting, they won't last long in the wilderness.
Used or Refurbished - Used shoes are usually always a bad idea, especially for hunting boots. Avoid them at all costs, no matter how good of a deal it looks like.