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9 best dog walking boots to keep your feet warm, dry and of course, stylish

Hiking boots have come into their own. We’ve found the best - and most stylish - dog walking boots for ladies to invest in

Woman walking dog during fashion week
Carla Challis
Commerce Partnerships Editor
Updated: March 19, 2024
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I've learned a thing or two from walking my dog for the past six or so years and one of them is what to wear dog walking - because comfort, warmth and plenty of pockets are key. I've recently swapped wearing my everyday sneakers for a pair of waterproof dog walking boots for ladies. Nothing is worse than wearing your beloved sneakers or chunky boots and finding them ruined from muddy parks, gravelly trails or even your own dog's mud-caked footprints (been there!)

Treading the pavements twice-daily puts a certain amount of wear and tear on your shoes, not to mention your feet. And it's taken a lot of trial and error for me to find my perfect pair of ladies dog walking boots.

Top 3 dog walking boots for women at a glance

  1. Merrell Siren 4 Thermo Walking Boots - From £87.20 at Amazon80 at John Lewis / $180 at Merrell
  2. Sorel Chelsea Boots - £100.75 at ASOS / $164.50 at ASOS
  3. Grenson Nanette Boots - £235 at House of Fraser / $352.50 at Flannels

Of course, you can wear your usual shoes or boots for dog walks but us seasoned dog walkers know that they soon get worn out or ruined or become uncomfortable when you’re racking up over 10,000 steps a day. Since you’re out in all weathers and terrains, investing in a pair of boots just for walking your dog will not only save your favourite pair, but your feet too. 

What to look for in the best ladies dog walking boots

A good dog walking boot should be comfortable (you’ll be walking a lot in them), waterproof (who knows with the British weather) and hard-wearing (you want them to last). Extra grips can be a bonus too, to cover all types of terrain and if they’re warm it’s an added bonus. If not, a pair of thick walking socks should help keep your feet toasty.

Look for rambling boots and hiking boots, those designed for avid walkers, as they’ll bear the qualities that you’re looking for too. You can go for the lighter versions, or those from high street brands like John Lewis, Amazon or Millets – you don’t have to be shopping at niche stores to find them. 

Woman walking dog in the park
The best dog walking boots are practical, stylish and waterproof

A good dog walking boot not only scores major points on the practicality scale, but there’s plenty of stylish pairs too so you don’t have to scrimp on style for substance.

How I chose the best ladies boots for dog walking

  • Personal experience: As a dog owner, I am pretty well versed in what makes a good dog walking boot. I’ve been walking my dog, Sal, twice a day for the past five plus years and I’ve gone through enough pairs of trainers and boots to know what works – and what isn’t worth it.
  • Trusted reviews: Since I’ve not tried every boot on the high street, I’ve done my research from reading online reviews to highlight those that get great reviews across the board. I’ve even included a pair Princess Kate has been known to sport.
  • Waterproof: Having a waterproof boot is a bonus for dog walking, and I’ve included as many waterproof dog walking boots as possible – no-one wants soggy feet.
  • Material: These boots need to be long-lasting and hard-wearing, and I’ve included as many as possible that score top marks in those categories, or feature well known hard-wearing materials like leather. 
  • Sole: Grippy soles – doesn’t sound glam but is essential for dog walking, since you’re going out in all weather conditions. Not to mention if an over-excited dog pulls you, you need something that’ll ground you as much as possible!
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    Amazon Dog Walking Boots

    Merrell Dog Walking Boots

    Merrell Siren 4 Thermo Dog Walking Boots

    Sizes: 3.5-8.5

    Colours: Tobacco

    Shipping: Free delivery with Amazon Prime

    Returns: Within 30 days 

    Editor's note: "From the NASA designed insulation to the thick but lightweight sole, Merrell's boots look cool and comfortable for those dog walks.

    "I've scanned the reviews and many shoppers love them for being sturdy but lightweight, a winning combo if you ask me. Plus, they're waterproof - tick!"

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    Blundstone Dog Walking Boots

    Blundstone Dog walking boots

    Blundstone Boots

    Sizes: 4-8

    Colours: Black, brown, navy

    Shipping: Free delivery with a £60 spend

    Returns: Free within 28 days of purchase

    Editor's notes: "These are the ones Princess Kate has been spotted in multiple times. Not always on a dog walk, but for more casual royal engagements too.

    "Reviews all applaud them for being "super comfortable" and critically, that they don't need breaking in. They appear to be true to size, so pick your usual size when buying."

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    Millets Dog Walking Boots

    Peter Storm Boots

    Peter Storm Women's Buxton Waterproof Walking Boots

    Sizes: 4-8

    Colours: Brown mix

    Shipping: Free delivery on orders over £60

    Returns: Free within 28 days of purchase

    Editor's note: "These boots look like they mean business, and are not only waterproof but also breathable, an important factor for sunnier days.

    "Created from faux suede and mesh, the sole looks incredible durable and according to the brand, are made to withstand all terrains, from slippering to uneven."

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    Marks & Spencer Dog Walking Boots

    M&S Dog Walking Boots

    Marks & Spencer Waterproof Lace-Up Walking Boots

    Sizes: 3-8

    Colours: Black and tan

    Shipping: Free delivery with a £60 spend; or free next-day click and collect from M&S stores.

    Returns: Within 35 days

    Editor's note: "These M&S boots are a great high street buy for your dog walks, with their waterproof material and grippy cleated soles.

    "Of course, M&S have included their Insolia Flex® technology in these, which is designed to position your feet perfectly inside the boots for all-day comfort."

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    Sorel Dog Walking Boots

    Sorel Chelsea Boots

    Sorel Hi-Line Chelsea Boots

    Sizes: 3-8

    Colours: Black

    Shipping: Free delivery with a £40 spend

    Returns: Within 28 days

    Editor's note: "Sorel are my go-to for my dog walking boots as they're comfortable and long-lasting and pretty stylish too.

    "I've always found them to be very true to size, even for my wider feet, and I'm going to add these Chelsea boot-style shoes to my wardrobe. I love the black and tan contrast with the gum sole offering extra grip."

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    Amazon Dog Walking Boots

    Amazon Dog Walking Boots

    Dolomite Unisex Bota Cinquantaquattro Boots

    Sizes: 2-14

    Colours: 22 available, from black to tan, navy to red

    Shipping: From £1.99

    Returns: Free returns available on some colours

    Editor's note: "Amazon has hundreds of brands and styles of ladies dog walking boots but these Dolomite boots got my attention thanks to its near-perfect reviews.

    "Comfortable seemed to be the word most shoppers used on these boots, with others commenting that they were comfy from the first wear. A few commented that the heel wore out quicker than expected."

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    Decathlon Dog Walking Boots

    Pink dog walking boots

    Grisport Lady Tycoon Walking Boots

    Sizes: 4-8

    Colours: Pink

    Shipping: £2.49 for standard delivery

    Returns: 365 days to return

    Editor's note: "I couldn't resist including this joyously pink boots in this edit, as most dog walking boots are brown, black or tan. These are anything but classic in colour, but are timeless in style thanks to the hook and eye fastening, vibram rubber sole and waterproof, breathable lining.

    "If lightweight is important to you, these weigh just 590g a pair so you'll barely feel you're wearing them!"

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    Grenson Dog Walking Boots

    Grenson hiking boots

    Grenson Nanette Boots

    Sizes: 3-8

    Colours: Black, tan, dark brown and beige

    Shipping: £6.99 for standard delivery

    Returns: Within 28 days

    Editor's note: "These boots were big a few years ago but are still loved by the fashion pack for their longevity and style - really, is there a cooler walking boot?"

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    Merry People Dog Walking Boots

    Merry people Dog Walking Boots

    Merry People Bobbi Boots

    Sizes: 3-10

    Colours: 17 available, including black, pink, navy and khaki

    Shipping: Free delivery with a £30 spend

    Returns: Within 30 days

    Editor's note: "Sometimes, only a short wellington boot will do and I've found Merry People's to be the comfiest. 

    "They fit wider feet perfectly and have over 15 colours to choose from. Plus, they're 100% vegan and 100% waterproof, and I'm tempted to buy my daughter a matching pair with their kids versions."

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