Best Dog Boots For Hiking In All Environments – Comfort & Safety

Hiking with your dog is important not just because of the physical health benefit on your dog, but also because it presents one of the best and easiest ways to emotionally bond with your dog. Not all conditions require dog boots for hiking, but if you hike in extreme places, a set of boots can help keep your pup safe. Some surfaces or hiking terrains may be tough on your dog’s paws. 

A few examples could include:

  • hot pavement, surfaces, or dessert heat
  • Icy or snowy conditions
  • Slippery terrain
  • Salty or acidic environments
  • Thorns, stickers, and cactus
  • Sharp edges such as shells or rocks
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Top 6 Best Dog Boots for Hiking

Dog boots for hiking have different features and are better suited for particular conditions. A good boot should fit well but allow a little bit of airflow around the paw. Always do a practice run to get your dog used to wearing the boots. This may take some short intervals around the house when you can focus on your pup and reassure them about the new sensation.

1) KOOLTAIL Dog Socks Anti Slip with Straps Traction Control

Although this may not be categorized as a full BOOT, these traction socks can protect your dog in various conditions. The KOOLTAIL Anti Slip Dog Socks are designed with double velcro straps. The anti-slip patterns make sure your dog does not slide on any type of surface.

KOOLTAIL dog socks are made with waterproof tread material that ensures your dog’s feet remain dry even when walking on wet ground. These sock-like boots are ideal for hiking as well as assisting sick or old dogs around the home.


  • Anti-slip sole
  • Double straps
  • Waterproof material on the ground
  • Available in five sizes, suitable for small to large dogs

2)  Pawz Dog Boots – Paw Protection Rubber Booties

Pawz Dog Boots is designed with a very thin material that allows your dog to feel the ground. This natural sensation of traction provides your pup with a sense of security that makes them relaxed and comfortable all day long. The boots are made with easy-to-clean 100% natural rubber. Pawz dog boots protect your dog from the hot summer sun, snow, ice, and chemicals.


  • 100% Rubber sole
  • Natural feeling paw protection
  • Fashionable and durable
  • Waterproof and reusable
  • Allows full range of motion

3) QUMY Dog Boots – Heat Resistant, Breathable, Nonslip & Reflective 

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QUMY dog shoes are made with premium fabrics with reinforced stitching that increases their durability. They feature two straps that create a customizable fit around your dog’s legs. The straps are reflective at night for easy visibility when your dog is in the dark. These dog shoes protect your dog from sharp rocks and horns, allergens, hot pavements, or ice. The soles feature rugged treads that prevent the dog from slipping on wet or slippery surfaces.

QUMY dog boots have a tough sole but breathable mesh on top to keep your pet cool. The shoe opening has an expandable wide split seam opening and two adjustable and reflective fastening straps to ensure a tight and secure fit.


  • Good quality materials
  • Available in eight size options
  • Rugged anti-slip sole
  • High-quality fabrics
  • Easy to put on and off

4) Ultra Paws Durable Dog Boots Shoes-Black

Ultra Paws Durable Dog Boots are made of a tough, water-resistant nylon material. Each boot features quality stitching and two straps for ultimate flexibility. They have a pliable sole, made from a thick durable thermoplastic material, which adds traction in slippery conditions. They feature a wide split seam at the top opening for easy put on and off.

The dog boots feature adjustable Velcro straps that lock the boots safely in place. And have padding around those straps to make sure that they are not too tight, yet stay in place. 


  • Durable materials and heavy-duty stitching
  • Water-resistant nylon material
  • Available in six sizes: Petite 1¼”, X-Small 1¾”, Small 2¼”, Medium 2¾”, Large3 ¼” and X-Large 4” wide
  • Ultra-flexible and skid-resistant soles
  • Exclusive wide seam opening for easy on/ off
  • Two color options: Black and Red

5) EXPAWLORER Waterproof Dog Boots 

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Whether hiking under the hot summer sun or in winter, EXPAWLORER waterproof dog boots protect your dog’s tender pads from extreme surfaces in a comfortable fit and design. The boots feature hook and loop fasteners with fastening stitching made of a reflective material that provides visibility and safety in the dark.

This dog boot has an ergonomic design and shape that provides maximum comfort and support for your pup’s needs.  The expandable closing system with hook and loop fasteners allows easy on and off as well as a comfortable fit.


  • Waterproof
  • Ergonomic shape
  • Grooved soles provide great traction
  • Inside boot size 4: 2.3″L x 2″W ideal for 30-42 lbs.
  • Hand washable and easy to naturally dry in the air.

6) All Weather Neoprene Paw Protector Dog Boots with Reflective Straps

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We tested and approved All Weather Neoprene paw protector dog boots to keep your pup’s paws clean, dry, and safe from ice and snow, hot asphalt, sharp objects, rocks, wet surfaces, and more. Bark Brite’s team designed these boots to adjust to your dog’s unique paw shape. Bark Brite improved the durable rubber sole with traction treads to prevent slipping on wet or slippery surfaces. These boots also feature 2 reflective straps that enhance visibility and an easy back slit that allows for easy on/off. Additionally, this company slightly lined the inside of the boots to provide warmth in cold weather and to control temperature during the hot season.


  • High-quality and breathable material
  • Flexible and expandable material
  • Water Resistant and puncture Resistant
  • Non-skid soft rubber sole with tread
  • Available in 5 size options
  • Come in stylish black or super fun rainbow colors

Just like human beings, your dog needs paw protection from harsh weather and tough surfaces. Good quality boots are an investment and are designed to provide long-lasting performance. Remember to give your pup time to get used to them, and always supervise your dog when they are wearing boots. Happy Hiking!

Dr. Candy Akers, DVM

Holistic Veterinarian, Veterinary Clinic Owner, Veterinary Medical Supervisory Board Leader, Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist, and Author Dr. Candy completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Delaware and graduated veterinary school in 2009 from Oklahoma State University. In high school, she was drawn to wildlife rehabilitation. Wildlife rehab gave her unparalleled experience in animal healing in a field that has limited resources and a wide variety of conditions to treat. Before vet school, Dr. Akers spent two years working full time providing oil spill response for wildlife all over the country. Since graduating with her Degree of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2009, Dr. Candy has specialized in companion animal nutrition. Extensive education in nutrition has made her a firm believer in species specific-biologically appropriate diets. One of her passions is educating pet parents about the natural alternatives that actually work. She brings the best of holistic health and conventional medicine together in a unique approach to pet health. This approach is often applied to chronic diseases, allergies, and autoimmune conditions. She started her own veterinary practice 9 years ago in Colorado. Overall, she has dedicated her entire life to improving the health and happiness of animals everywhere.

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