Do you want to do some hiking but don't know what kind of shoes to get? We got some advice to help you make the right choice(s) for you. Part 1 of 3
On this blog, we learn what the variables are. On next week's blog, we will tell you what type of shoes you can choose, and on 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 that will provide the level of support and protection you need. Ankle Support The higher and stiffer the boot, the less likely it is that you will sprain an ankle. The high-supportive ankle comes at the expense of weight, though. High boots also force a change in how you move your body when you walk. If you are walking on uneven terrain where there is a higher chance of rolling an ankle, you'll want a supportive boot. On pavement or maintained trails, there's no reason to give up speed and natural movement. 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 are going to spend a lot of 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 right 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 are going to make your feet look big, but if you are carrying a heavy pack, they will also help keep that beautiful smile on your face.
Tomorrow learn type of footwear, until then
Go out and enjoy your path!