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  • Writer's pictureRaquel Stanton

Footwear for Hiking

Do you want to go hiking or already go but need to figure out what kind of shoes to wear? I want to give you some advice to help you make the right choice(s) for you. Part 1 of 3

In this blog, we learn what the variables are. In the next blog, I will tell you what type of shoes you can choose, and in the last blog - part 3 - you will be ready to pick what might be best for you. Shopping time!

Let's start with the VARIABLES. Many kinds of footwear are for hiking. Choosing the right ones makes any hike safer and more enjoyable. The wrong shoes, whether because they are not suited for the type of hiking you are doing or because they don't fit, can make hiking miserable. Nope, we do not want that! There are several variables to consider when choosing a shoe type for a particular outing:

Weight Shoes that offer more grip and protection for your feet are more massive. Heavy boots make walking more work and make you slower. Go for the lightest shoes to provide the support and protection you need. Ankle Support The higher and stiffer the boot, the less likely you will sprain an ankle. The high-supportive ankle comes at the expense of weight, however. High boots also change how you move your body when you walk. You'll want a supportive boot if you step on uneven terrain with a higher chance of rolling an ankle. There's no reason to give up sped and natural movement on pavement or maintained trails. Sole Protection If you are walking on pointy rocks or uneven trails, you'll want a thick, protective sole to keep your feet from being poked. Thick soles affect your stride and add weight, so unless you spend much time on pokey stuff, go for a light, flexible sole. Warmth Insulated boots are beyond wonderful if you are hiking in snow or over ice, but just plain hot and uncomfortable on warm days. Non-insulated boots are best if doing regular hiking. Cuteness/Attractiveness A happy, smiling hiker is infinitely more attractive than a whining hiker with sore feet, blisters, or a sprained ankle. Choose the correct type of shoe for the hiking you'll be doing. Then figure out which brands fit you well. Then and only then, consider which ones are most attractive. Hiking boots will make your feet look big, but if you carry a heavy pack, they will also help keep that beautiful smile on your face.

Tomorrow learn the type of footwear; until then

Go out and enjoy your path!


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