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Pointers for Shopping for Hiking Boots

Shopping for hiking boots may not always be easy. There are a number of things to be look into, and what feels great at the store may not be so once you hit the trail.

Hiking Shoe Types

Light Hiking: A burlier counterpart of running shoes, these hiking boots are more appropriately termed shoes. They’re good for day hiking, though a lot of many long-distance backpackers prefer this style for super-light fit too.

Mountaineering: If you’re planning adventure on some glacial trails, rocky territory and the like, mountaineering botos are the best for you to buy. Built to handle a heavy load, they are tough enough for the wildest terrain.

Backpacking: These boots work on a variety of on-the-trail and off-the-trail terrain. If you’ll be trekking for several days, these are the right choice for you; their stiff sole makes them incredibly durable, helping you through all kinds of conditions.


Synthetics: Nylon and polyester and the usual materials used under this type. They are well-loved for their light and easy fit and their quick drying time, but they tend to be not that water-resistant.

Split-grain leather: This material is still notably breathable despite being a combination of leather and synthetics. But it doesn’t have the water resistance of full-grain leather, nor its durability.

100{edfc94664920815ddf8c454fc382bed4bb715253b36c952343ff63b444c16935} leather: Mountaineering boots are often built using full-grain leather. It’s an extremely durable material also couldn’t be better for unsteady terrain. But it has a reputation for heaviness and lack of breathability.


Low-cut: These hiking shoes are very similar to running shoes. Although great for lightweight, casual hiking, this cut makes you prone to ankle injuries. Therefore, when planning to hike on less maintained trails, steer clear of low-cut boots.

Mid-cut: With this style, you have more balance and ankle support, along with better buffer against debris on the trail.

High-cut: Because of its great balance and ankle support, this cut is the best there is for the most challenging and even dangerous trails.

Finding Your Size

Most people get so amused by a product’s bells and whistles that they tend to take the fit for granted. When trying on hiking boots, always do the size test so you can be sure that the pair will be a good fit. Take note that a floating heel is the major cause of blisters, which is something you should avoid at all times.

The Test Run

Lastly, don’t ever take new boots directly to the trail. Break them in by wearing them in your house or as you run some errands. This is how you determine whether they are indeed the right fit for you. If they aren’t, bring them back to the store and consider swapping the boots for another pair.

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