I just need a pair of walking boots – seems like it should be simple, but if you’re serious about walking, hiking, adventure, you’ll probably already aware that your choice will be influenced by terrain, duration of use and weather.
But how do you make sure you get the right fitting boots? This article reveals 6 essential tips (learnt over many years of experience) to help you avoid buying boots that seem great when you walk 6ft across a room, but you regret purchasing once you use them in anger.
UPPER: The parts of the shoe that covers the toes, top and side of the foot and the back of the heel
RAND: The rubber covering which hides the seam between the upper and the sole
LUGS: The deep indentations in the sole of the boot which improves stability and traction
1) Boot Fit Try boots on in the afternoon as your feet swell during the day’s activities. Must fit snuggly, without your heal rising when walking and your toes must not touch the end
2) Water Resistance Allowing water to enter your boots is a cause of blisters, so ensure you waterproof your boots and keep your feet dry
3) Boot Tongue This prevents sand, small stones and water from entering. The tongue must not be loose but stitched to the bottom and sides
4) Boot Weight Must be light enough to give you unhindered movement yet sturdy enough for the planned terrain, weather and duration
5) Boot Socks Wear worn in socks, not new socks when you try out your boots for fit and comfort. Go for synthetic over cotton which are less likely to give you blisters as cotton dries more slowly
6) Boots Online It’s fine to buy online as companies use consistent sizes these days. Choose a company with a good returns policy, just in case