The importance and role of hiking boots
If you are here, it is probably because you are not one of those people who are convinced that you can hike in any kind of sports shoe.
And you do the right thing: as singular as it may seem,
hiking requires a pair of hiking boots, because even if it’s all about getting some fresh air, admiring the landscapes, travelling at a walking pace… from taking a short walk to trekking around the world, hiking is a sporting activity that requires the right equipment.
And since hiking is essentially about putting one foot in front of the other, the best way to prepare your hikes so that the practice of this sport remains above all a pleasure, is to take care of your feet and their comfort!
What happens to your foot when you walk? When your foot is locked in a shoe, it sweats. Your skin is soft and vulnerable: this is the best way to catch blisters.
If you walk with a city shoe, your foot will not be sufficiently maintained, which will cause friction, the first factor in warming the foot… and blistering.
In addition, outdoors, the ground can be unstable, wet, slippery, climbing, sloping… in short, all these parameters underline the importance of having your foot well maintained.
All right, but how do you find the pair of walking shoes that will make you happy on all roads?
Our expert advisors are here to guide you…
The Old Man answers you
“I don’t want fabric shoes because they’re not waterproof.”
First of all, no shoe is perfectly waterproof, it would be too uncomfortable when walking. Then, we can waterproof any walking shoe, we explain how.
“Leather shoes take water”
No, leather is quite waterproof when it is well maintained, i.e. nourished. It’s not for nothing that motorcyclists appreciate it… Read our explanations.
“My feet still hurt in hiking shoes”
Perhaps you have a particular morphology of the foot to which any shoe – obviously standardized – does not adapt well? Have you thought about putting soles on? They are essential for your comfort and can really change your comfort at all: check out what we have to say about them.
“Socks are fine, I have plenty of them. »
Forget your usual socks: hiking socks have special qualities, adapted to walking, which is indeed a sporting practice. And to do without them would be a mistake, they are an essential comfort factor, so don’t sacrifice that accessory, you won’t regret it!
At each hike type of shoes
Depending on the type of hiking you do, you will not use the same walking shoes, what are the different ways to walk?
For the walk
Walk a few hours, on marked trails, easy level, with nothing on your back or just a small backpack for a day hike.
Shoes with low or medium upper, preferably soft and lightweight.
This type of shoe is multi-activity oriented, you can use them for Nordic walking as well as for mountain biking and orienteering. Be careful, however, they will not replace a real trail shoe, much more efficient for running.
For active hiking
A sporty approach to walking in the plain and medium mountains at a sustained pace. The terrain is varied with little or no difference in elevation.
Shoes adapted to low, medium and even high uppers depending on the environment. The main advantages of these shoes are their flexibility and adherence.
For the short hike
from a few hours to a few days, 2 or 3 at most.
Medium to high uppers are preferred. Indeed, it is advisable to have a good ankle support while keeping a flexible sole but able to support your weight and possibly that of a backpack for several days.
For trekking and long-distance hiking
Two more demanding practices for the choice of your shoes. Indeed, you will walk for long hours, on sometimes very rough terrain and oscillate between positive and negative elevations.
Well-fitting, high, rigid and sturdy shoes.
In different situations, do not hesitate to look at second-hand according to your budget.