There are many types of hiking boots. The type of hiking you plan to do will determine the specific features that you need to consider when selecting your hiking boots. This article will describe four types of hiking boots, or hiking footwear.
We will be discussing four types of hiking boots:
1. Sandals and hiking shoes. You can use them for short walks in nature, to knock around in camp, or for interludes during a more serious hike.
2. Day-hiking boots. Moderate hiking is for day hikes and short hikes in rough terrain.
3. Backpacking boots. Multi-day backpacking trips are for serious hikers.
4. Mountaineering boots. Mountain climbing and ice climbing are the best options for serious hikers.
There are some overlaps, but there is also a lot of mixing.
People who don’t use hiking shoes often use other categories. When I go camping, I take both my day-hiking boots and my hiking shoes. I use the latter for more serious treks with my grandchildren. Another example is the ice climbers who arrive at Arethusa Falls in day-hiking boots and then switch to mountaineering shoes for the climb.
It is okay to purchase a heavier hiking boot than you really need. The exception to this rule is that you might find the boots too heavy for a day of hiking if you don’t really need them. Do not go to upscale. The additional cost of purchasing “more boots than you need” may actually be worth it in the end, as a higher quality boot will last for longer.
Let’s now discuss the main considerations and concerns when choosing hiking boots.
Remember that footwear’s purpose is to protect your feet. These four purposes are:
1. In season, warmth
2. Protective shield against sharp objects and rough surfaces
4. Keeping your feet dry
The majority of information you find about “support” is exaggerated. You can make your ankles and feet weaker by giving them too much support. Ankle support is not necessary unless you have an injury or innate weakness. You will be able to let the muscles and ligaments in your feet and ankles do the job they were meant to do and have all the support you need.
You , on the other hand need arch support. Why? Because your feet are designed to be able to walk on a smooth, natural surface that conforms to your foot shape. Your arches will not be stressed if you attach a rigid, unyielding shoesole to your bottom. The boot’s bottom must conform to your foot shape and stay that way while you walk. This is arch support.
How about hiking boots for women and men? Only the proportions make a difference. A woman’s foot is usually shorter than a man’s, and generally has a wider arch. The design of women’s hiking boots is accordingly. You don’t have to be afraid of wearing “women” hiking boots if your feet are narrow or high arched. If you’re a woman with wide feet and/or low arches, you won’t get a ticket from the hiking cops for wearing “men” hiking boots. Find the right hiking boots for you.
Socks are essential. Warm socks are essential, and you will need more than one pair of winter socks. Make sure that your hiking boots have enough room for these socks. Bring the socks that you will be wearing on hikes with you when you shop for hiking boots.
You should expect to pay more for high quality products. You’ll also pay more if you want fashion and the latest trends. I prefer to buy last year’s quality so that I can get the style I like without having to pay for it.
To help you set your expectations regarding the cost of hiking boots, here’s a guideline: You will pay more for your backpack than your hiking boots. For a particular type of hiking, boots will cost 1.5 to 2 times more than backpacks. You will do well to consider sixty-dollar day-hiking boots if you plan to hike for a single day with a $40 daypack. If you plan to hike the Appalachian Trail through-hike, you will need at least a 100-dollar expedition backpack. You should consider spending $150 on your hiking boots.
Hiking boots have many engineering trade-offs. It is a good idea to be light-weight. Sturdiness is a good thing. Good durability properties. Good gripping and traction. It is also very affordable. However, sturdy boots can be heavy. Good traction hiking boots wear quickly. The four main properties of hiking boots – good traction, light weight, durability, and long-lasting wear – are not cheap. All hiking boots are compromises between these four characteristics.