If you’re going hiking, this footwear should be the first on your list. Going hiking means landing your feet on rough rocky terrains, you will be going through mud, water, rocks, fallen tree branches and many more other obstacles. To protect yourself, you must wear hiking shoes. These are designed to withstand strenuous walking or climbing activities.
Hiking boots are very durable and often have rugged designs. They don’t come very often with bright colors though. Hiking boots are essential to protect you from possible injuries inflicted onto your feet, their design goes up unto your ankles to avoid twisting, they are fairly stiff to support the foot, the inside design is also properly fitted with thick padding for comfort and for protections against blisters and other discomforts associated with hikes on tough terrain.
There are three types of hiking boots namely Trail Shoes, Trail Hikers and Mountaineering boots. Trail shoes are design for the not so rugged paths. It’s best used for an hour to a day’s hike while carrying light day pack. These types are the least expensive hiking boots and are not waterproof. The Trail Hikers are for tougher inclines and muddy obstacles. It’s designed for days of hiking activity. Trial Hikers are a lot sturdier than Trial Shoes, they have a high-cut design and is waterproof, this footwear will give you stability and protects your ankle against protruding limbs and rocks. The Mountaineering boots, as what its name implies, are for mountain climbing therefore they are very strong, durable and have extremely stiff soles to provide ankle support and protection on hard trails.
We also have to pay attention to all parts of the shoes/boots. There are several parts in a hiking boot. The upper is the larger portion of the shoes which covers more than 60% of your feet. This is the top part of the shoes and is connected to the sole through welt. Traditionally, welts are sewed, in the modern days it is glued and has better hold. Laces, usually made of materials called nylon cords and are braided, ensures that your shoes are tightly fitted onto your feet. Soles are the bottom part of the shoes and are the toughest and thickest portion of the shoe.
There are plenty of designs to choose from and they all differ in which type of terrain you will be using them in. If you want lots of comfort then you should choose those with very thick padding and lining. They will protect your feet from cold and pressure. The tongue is also an important part, this is the one located under the laces, and it makes sure that no water, dust, dirt or any other particles enter your shoes. Shanks are built inside the soles; they provide more stability to the wearer, the thicker the shank the steadier the shoes. Finally, there’s the insole, also known as footbed. This is where your feet step on, to fully support your feet and provide balance, you must choose shoes that fit perfectly on your feet. There are also hiking shoes that are designed for women. These shoes are as tough as those designed for men; the only difference is the size since we all know that men have larger feet.
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