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Warm weather means spending more time outdoors and we’re all ready for that! One of our favorite things to do during the spring and summer is go hiking. Here’s a great list of what to look for if you’re in the market for some new hiking boots!
1) Comfort: Make sure you take the time to test out different boots in the store, walking around to see how the boots feel. Make sure the boots have enough support, while still having enough cushion for your feet. You also want to make sure that your feet are comfortable, yet secure in the boot. If the boots are too loose, then your feet will slip around in the boot. If you are walking downhill this means your toes will slide to the top of the shoe or boot causing great discomfort. The same can also be said if the boot is too small. We have known plenty of hikers that have lost toenails from getting the wrong size boot!!!
2) Water Resistance: Hiking on outdoor trails brings lots of different types of weather and terrain. You definitely don’t want rain that you encounter halfway through the hike to make your boots squishy, wet, cold, and uncomfortable. Buying a waterproof boot will keep your feet dry and warm if you encounter some sudden showers or if you’re hiking through puddles, creeks, or streams.
3) Weight: Although there is some contradictions on whether lightweight boots are best for hiking or heavy duty boots that provide good support. In this case, it’s probably going to be best to go with what you find most comfortable! Just keep in mind that a heavy-duty boot, although providing good support, will add weight as you are hiking long distances.
4) Sole: The sole of your boot is one of the main characteristics that will tell you how long a boot will last. The deeper the grooves on the sole, the longer the tread will last. If the treads are thin, they will likely wear out quicker and need to be replaced more frequently.
5) Lastly, the material of the boot is something to take into consideration. Leather hiking boots tend to last longer, but are generally heavier than their nylon or canvas hiking boots.
Hiking is a great pastime. It is a nice way to explore the environment while at the same time getting some fresh air and exercise. What you wear on your feet is the most important aspect of hiking. So many inexperienced hikers think that they can just throw on a pair of sandals, moccasins, or tennis shoes and head out for a day of walking.
Choosing the right shoes for your hike can make or break the experience. The following are the most important things to consider when you are selecting hiking boots.
1. FIT. You must get a boot that fits well. One that offers you support in all areas. If you have a wide foot, then you need to purchase a wide shoe. The same goes for those with a narrow foot. A good fit will help prevent the aches and pains that will end your hike prematurely.
2. PROTECTION. Your tennis shoes may be comfortable but they will not protect you in the same way that a hiking boot will. You want to make sure that you choose a boot that covers your entire foot and ankle. These boots should also have a sturdy sole. As you walk, you may encounter sticks, poison ivy or oak, and even an occasional snake. Full protection is key to selecting a hiking shoe.
3. WATERPROOF. Water is one biggest issue you are likely to encounter when hiking. Wet feet not only can affect your body temperature but can also cause unnecessary soreness and rubbing. When selecting a hiking boot or shoe, don’t just settle for water resistant. Instead choose a waterproof option instead. They will likely cost a bit more but you will find they provide endless comfort even when wet.
4. STYLING. Some worry about how their boots will look. Choosing the right style means getting a quality boot. Selecting a boot with strong laces, at least ankle high, and with little to no heel will serve you best. Choosing a style that is dark in color and made of a sturdy material will help to ensure that they remain in good condition for a long time.
Selecting the right hiking boot is important. Even if you only hike occasionally or are just getting into it, the right shoe is imperative. Honestly, purchasing a good hiking boot is the best investment you will ever make.