When you’re out enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors, there is nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes. Shoes that don’t fit your feet right have the potential to ruin your hike with blisters or aching feet or muscles. Before you set out on your next hike, be sure you have the right boots. It’s a process of finding the right match – you sometimes need to try on several different pairs to see which one fits your feet and the style of hiking you’re most interested in. Whether it’s Brasher walking boots, Meindl boots, or a new pair of Keens, we’ve compiled some tips that will help you figure out how to choose your dream pair of hiking boots.
Tip #1: Determine exactly what you need
Do you usually participate in short day hikes or are you more of an adventurous hiker that enjoys long distance backpacking trip? You won’t need big, bulky backpacking boots for lighter, less rigorous day hikes. Look for boots that support your feet well, but are lightweight enough to handle different terrain. Light hiking shoes are burly but have flexible midsoles, which are great for day hikes. Hiking boots are great for day hikes or weekend backpacking trips with lighter loads. Backpacking boots are for those that are carrying heavier loads and are very durable, which means they’re great for those that are on longer journeys into the deep forest. Mountain boots are heavy with stiff soles which can be great for mountain terrain and even glaciers. If you’re unsure which type of boots you need try Webtogs who organise their shoes by activity. You find a selection of their walking boots here:
They also have a helpful Gear Guru section to help you choose the right boot for your activity.
Comfortable boots are important for long hikes.
Tip #2: Go for comfort
Making sure that you have a pair of boots that fit your feet comfortably is top priority. This should be your first priority when it comes to selecting your new shoes. Make sure that your toes are able to move easily inside, but your feet should not slide around in the boots. They shouldn’t be compressed or too tight, as this can cause blisters and sore, achy muscles.
Tip #3: Be patient
It might take a bit of time trying on different shoes. Be patient and willing to try on multiple shoes. Consider all types of brands – you never know what brand will fit your feet the best. When you’ve narrowed down two or three pairs that you’re really interested in, try them on, take a stroll around the store and see how it feels to walk on it. If you’re buying the shoes online, know your exact shoe size and consider purchasing brands that you have worn and liked in the past. Most boot models are consistent in size, so the same brand very well may fit you.
Being patient and not just buying the first pair of boots you see is important.
The right shoes are very important. Take some time to research what you need and be patient when it comes time to do the shopping. Comfortable feet will make your hike a lot more enjoyable. You’ll be able to experience the great outdoors in a new way and you’ll have a hard time leaving the trail to head back home. Start your search for the right shoes today – you’ll be glad you have the right pair!
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