10 Hiking Boots For Outdoor Newbies

We talk extensively about the closet essentials you'll wear day in and day out, but what about the essentials that see a little more down time? All-terrain gear might not be the first thing on our list while on a shopping binge, but hiking boots are actually a useful thing to have on hand.

While we'll probably never see a chic pair of Chanel hiking boots in our lifetime (though the couture house did recently embrace athleisure, so who knows), functional and good-looking options do exist. So before you're relegated to googling "cool hiking boots," we've rounded up 10 pairs that are a good starting point. Sure, their price points may veer more toward being a slight investment than a total steal, but since they're made to last basically forever, we're considering this a worthwhile splurge.
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We know, we know: White isn't exactly the first choice for outdoor activities. Fortunately, Native's Fitzroy boots are water-resistant, which means they'll stay as clean as white shoes possibly can.

Native Fitzroy, $110, available at Native.
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Now if only we could get the rest of our favorite footwear brands to make cool outdoorsy boots, too.

Adidas Outdoor AX2 Mid GTX Hiking Boot, $134.95, available at Backcountry.
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Yes, we did a double-take, too. The shoes are in fact as cute as they are durable.

Woolrich Beebe Boot, $160 $119.99, available at Woolrich.
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While we're coveting every hiking boot in Danner's arsenal, this tall pair provides an extra level of ankle support for those truly strenuous hikes.

Danner Rivot TFX 3", $290, available at Danner.
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If you're looking for shoes that will last you forever, these boots boast water-proof leather that can stand years of wear.

Vasque Sundowner GTX Hiking Boots, $220, available at REI.
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In a space oversaturated with brown and olive options, these black trail-ready boots feel fresh.

Hanwag Banks Boots, $280, available at Best Made Co.
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Timberland's Euro hiking boots are made with OrthoLite insoles, so those nine-hour walks will just fly by.

Timberland Leather Euro Hiking Boots, $110, available at Timberland.
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Our own fashion market editor, Rachel Besser, just gave these sneaker-boots a test run through Iceland's mountainous fjords. The conclusion? Thumbs way up for support and style.

Nike Air Max 1 Mid Sneakerboot, $150 $89.97, available at Nike.
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These may be the priciest boots on our list, but with good reason. Their ergonomic technology ensures your every step (even the ones scaling mountains) feels like you're walking on a cloud.

Finn Comfort Garmisch Leather Hiking Boot, $394.95, available at Nordstrom.
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Utilize these in the winter for more than just hiking. Their water-proof exterior will keep your feet warm come sleet, rain, or snow.

Merrell Eventyr Bluff Waterproof, $170, available at Merrell.
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