A Hiking Boots Mini Guide
When you are planning a hike, you want to make every fragment of it easier and enjoyable – choosing your equipment is part of that.
The right jackets, socks, tents and backpacks are all important – but the proper footwear is the one thing you need to get dead right. A blister free hike is one thing but a quality pair of boots can help you climb to those secret viewpoints off the beaten track.
This mini-guide into buying the right footwear is a start to help you choose the shoes that match your style, comfort and the intensity of your planned hiking routes.
When you go and buy a new pair of boots you should consider a few elements that have an influence on the hike itself like weather, terrain, size and distance.
Weather can be deceiving, especially when you’re hiking over a few days. A hike along any of the UK mountain trails can be difficult to prepare for – make sure your gear is as diverse as the British climate can be.
Consider the terrain – protection from rocks, mud, water, humidity and freezing. These will have an influence on the type of footwear you will tend to select.
Use the following basic list to help you decide on the most appropriate walking boots:
- Motion Control Hiking Boots – intense mountain hiking
- Stability Shoes – steep hill walking
- Cushioned Walking Shoes – any endurance walking
- Lightweight Trainers – jogging excursions
- Lightweight Hiking and Trail Shoes – all round hiking
Size and measure
Before you go buy a new pair of hiking boots, always measure your feet. Your feet might change size and shape as you get older so it’s best to be in the loop. Choose the boots with half or a full size number larger – there should be at least a finger width of space at the toe end (this helps when wearing padded socks during winter too).
If your feet have special needs then it is probably better to go to a shop and ask an experience salesperson for advice and a custom fit. You may suffer from over pronation and need the shoe custom designed to assist your stability.
If you are unsure of what type of shoes fits you best, browse the big outdoor clothing websites and order a pair. They have a huge range of leading brands available like Scarpa Boots – try the boots when they arrive and make sure your comfortable before taking them outside and scratching the soles. If they honestly don’t fit and are undamaged, the reputable retailers should allow you to return them – you have nothing to lose by carrying out a bit of practical research before setting off on your next adventure.