If you are going to start hiking, knowing how to choose your shoes is vital.
A good experience, or a bad memory of a walk are usually associated with the injuries or not that bad shoes can leave on your foot.
Hiking boots should fit comfortably your foot without it being snug anywhere, offering room to move your toes. Even at the end of the day, after a walk and with thick walking socks they should be comfortable.
Know your measurement. Better to be clear about your foot length, width and arch length, measure your foot on a specially calibrated adjusting device.
Try on your boots at the end of the day. Your feet usually swell a bit during daytime activities and it is best to try on shoes in their largest size. This will help you avoid buying boots that are too small.
If you use templates. When purchasing the new boot, remove the factory template and replace with the custom one. Spending 6 hours walking with an irregular footprint not only causes injuries to the feet, ankles, knees up to hips; rather it contributes to tiredness and blisters.
Wear appropriate socks. Chunky hiking socks help you quickly assess the fit and feel of new shoes. Make sure the thickness of the socks matches what you will be wearing. And on the road, go with socks made of synthetic cotton instead of cotton, which are slow drying, which will most likely cause blisters from the friction with the boot.
Many of today's hiking socks come with gussets in areas where there is more internal contact with the boot; and like the stockings that are used to cross countryMany of them have small silicone lines on the base to prevent foot movement inside the shoe.
Spend some time with the boots. Take a walk around the store. Go up and down stairs. Find an incline and walk on it.
When shopping onlineConsider a brand that you have used before.
Shape your boots before your first ride. Too many hikers suffer from sore feet, even Plantar fasciitis To skip this important step, wear your boots daily before your walk to mold them to your foot, not on the trail.
Boot maintenance. You can probably find an additive in the same hiking store to keep your boots dry most of the time. We all know that part of the experience sometimes requires crossing streams and wells filled with water. The factory boots offer some waterproofing and breathability to keep the water out but the foot ventilated at the same time. With use, waterproofing is lost, so it is necessary that when you return and clean your boots, you apply this additive after a period of use to keep your feet dry and your boots with a longer useful life. We recommend the drops that use Gore Tex, which is a material that offers good protection for water.
Boots for the season. If you're hiking in the summer, your hiking shoes may not need to be high-cut. You can have to use short booties to relieve your feet from extreme heat.
Leggings. Leggings are an ideal accessory for the frequent hiker. Although they are not part of the boot itself, they are a great accessory to prevent water from entering your footwear, but it also keeps your hiking pants for longer, and protects you from injuries with branches if the path is narrow.
Likewise, if your boot has leather parts. An additive to keep the leather lubricated is mandatory, otherwise the leather will crack and the boot will break.