How to Buy Hiking Shoes


The choice of equipment and clothing is always a personal one, derived from the experience accumulated during the tours in the different paths that are typical of the areas to which they belong. The main purpose of the whole equipment is to ensure safety and comfort. For hikers (beginner or experienced) a key aspect is the adaptability of the bootie to toe. A wrong model can cause ugly sores, cramps and painful blisters and also may not perform properly the function of ankle protection, exposing distortions. So here’s a guide that will help you to buy shoes for trekking more suited to you.

You need

Be sure to have on hand:

  • Hiking boots suitable for paths to deal with

Before you buy, it is good to focus the use of ankle boot: If frequent or sporadic; summer or winter only; in alpine trails or relatively easier. A good hiking boot features greater flexibility and a more comfortable fit;in this regard, based on paths to deal with different models are available in shops. High, to protect the ankle in alpine trails and not terribly difficult; medium, low height up to ankle, for easy paths; and low for mobility in urban and mountain environments.
It is important that it is well cushioned with a spongy quality and soft cushion between the tread self and the inside bottom of the shoe. To determine its appropriateness, it is advisable to try 2 or 3 pairs of boots of different brands and walk a bit to make sure they are comfortable. Some stores are supplied with foot pegs are angled for a flexibility both uphill and downhill, great to see the convenience and especially the flexibility that ensures natural motion and less fatigue on your ankles and feet. Avoid rigid models because of pain and ugly wounds.
A common characteristic of excellent walking shoes is the waterproofing membrane date placed between the upper and the lining, which in addition to preventing direct contact with water in case of rain, it guarantees a perfect breathability, dumping moisture produced by sweating. To this end, the GORE-TEX is always the best material. It is advisable to make a proper break in boots for greater adaptability to the shape of your foot and use of specific differentiated thickness to prevent knee injuries and the formation of blisters.


Never forget:

  • Take a right “burn in” period to your new shoes to fit to the shape of your foot.
  • Always wear socks specifications in different thickness to prevent annoying blisters.