HITTING THE TRAIL
The right hiking boots can make the difference between a walk in the park and a torturous slog. For consumers on a budget, there are low-cut hiking shoes and light hiking boots designed for easy to moderate terrain. Cheapism.com's research into the best hiking boots under $100 unearthed top picks for men and women that are highly rated by expert and consumer reviewers. They provide plenty of comfort, stability, and traction on the trail, and most are waterproof to protect from rain, puddles, and snow. This list also includes options that are a bit more expensive but specially designed for trail running, for backpacking, or with Gore-Tex lining.