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How To Pick Hiking Shoes

Aug 11, 2008
Hiking is one of the best ways to get outdoors and exercise. But it is important that you have the right equipment, like good hiking shoes, so you don't get hurt.

The type of trail you plan to walk on will dictate the type of hiking shoes you will need in order to have the safest and most comfortable experience. There are many different types of hiking shoes on the market from numerous manufacturers.

Depending on how serious you are about hiking, there are also many different prices. While typically, the more the shoes cost the better they perform, there are some instances where a less expensive pair of shoes can suit your needs.

For those who only occasionally hit the trails a cheap pair of hiking shoes may last for several years. However, if you are an avid hiker you will want to get a better pair. The fit of the hiking shoes is probably more important than the type of material from which they are made.

Contrary to popular belief, climbing rocks and mountains do not require boots. A good pair of hiking shoes are usually used, enabling the climber to feel crevices and even the smallest foothold in the rocks. They should also fit snugly so as not to twist on the foot, creating the potential of injury to the ankle.

What Paths Are For What Shoes?

A good pair of hiking shoes can be used on flat terrain and smoother trails, while difficult trails that change terrain throughout the hike may require boots. Smooth soles on most hiking shoes are suitable for flat surfaces with little chance of encountering mud of loose soil and rock. However, shoes or boots with deep tread on the bottom work better on these surfaces.

The type of trail will also determine whether low-top hiking shoes will suffice or if uppers that help stabilize the ankles are needed. For flat walking, comfortable walking shoes will provide the most comfort, but for longer walks, hiking shoes with a spongy sole can make the walk seem to go much easier.

Rock climbing and taking trips that may involve a variety of surfaces can offer a challenge in finding the right hiking shoes for the journey. In some cases, especially where the walking path will change frequently, it is best to wear hiking shoes designed for the worst type of terrain to remain safe during the entire trip.
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