Thursday, 25 February 2010

What to wear - Hiking boots

If you adore walking, hiking and exploring the great outdoors then chances are that you'll have a pretty smart pair of walking shoes or hiking boots. The type of uneven landscape that you'll be trekking across will depend upon the pair of shoes or boots that you choose to invest in.

Hiking Boots and Walking Shoe Factors

When buying waterproof footwear there are a number of factors that you should consider. The specification and qualities of hiking boots and walking shoes is endless. I'll break down the barriers for you and explain you the facts!

Hiking Boots

If you're an eager hiker and enjoy long walks and climbs then it would be wise to invest in a boot with a higher cut. If choosing a high cut boot then it would be worthwile to check whether the boot has been designed with a Bellows tongue. The Bellows tongue acts as an supplementary aid to waterproofing with the tongue of the boot being stitched all the way to the top of the boot instead of the stitching stopping where the laces start. Another waterproof aid on a hiking boot is water resistance. The seams on the shoe or boot need to have taped seams to prevent water getting through.

Comfortable walking shoes

The soles of walking shoes and hiking boots vary widely. A Phylon midsole aids cushioning, comfort and flexibility when walking or running. A rubber midsole is very hard and sturdy and will provide you with an unbelievably durable piece of footwear, however it may not be the most comfortable when out walking and hiking for hours! A boot with a rubber midsole is ideal for use when working on construction sites. A moulded footbed is also popular as this will curve with the natural line of your foot providing cushioning and comfort.

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