The Complete Hiking Boot Buyer’s Guide

Never hiked before? We’ve got a helpful boot guide to make sure you invest in the right pair of shoes.

There are still a few more warmer days to enjoy before we get into winter. Why not spend them on a hike?  And the long weekends that are just around the corner mean you don’t have to limit yourself to a 2-day hike.

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Whether you’re buying a pair of boots for the first time or are looking to invest in a new pair, here are some things to consider when selecting the perfect boot.

The right tool for the job

Just like there’s a car for every occasion, there’s a hiking boot for every terrain. They range from light boots that allow you to scamper quickly over rocks, to heavy, durable boots made for winter walks up Sani Pass.

The right style

Again, it’s about the right tool for the job, but also comfort. Hiking boots come in different styles and these can be differentiated by how high they sit up your leg.

Some hiking boots sit below the ankle, which is fine for short hikes and even running. Boots that fasten above the ankle are more supportive and better on a longer hike.

Materials

You know your body better than anyone, so buy a pair of boots that will work well with your feet. If you sweat easily, buy something made from a breathable material.

Also, consider the waterproof rating, especially if you’re going to be hiking in a rainy region.

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Grip

It goes without saying, but a hiking boot without grip is like a submarine with a cat flap.

Size

You might know what your size is, but manufacturer’s sizes don’t always fit perfectly. It’s considered best practice to always try before you buy, and don’t forget to fit the boot with your hiking socks on.

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Walk them in

Once you have acquired the new boots, don’t leave them in a box until the day before the hike. Walk them in before you take that first step on the trip. Walking new boots in on a hike will only add to the pressure on your feet, which can lead to serious medical problems.

Watch the video below for more boot buying tips.

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