Changing your hiking boots at the right time can be tricky if you do not look for signs of deterioration. The below article details what to look out for and why replacing your boots at these stages is important.

Signs You Should Not Miss!!!

  1. Worn insoles or support: Hiking in boots with worn out insoles is a bad idea as your feet are not properly cushioned or protected.  If you start to notice your ankle support is loosely fitted, then change your boots immediately to avoid letting your hikes become uncomfortable or dangerous.
  2. Damaged midsole: If you notice visible compression lines on the midsole of your hiking boots then it is a clear indication that it is time to get rid of them and purchase a new pair. A cracked midsole or a midsole with compression lines won’t offer the cushioning effect required for comfort during your hike
  3. Loose eyelets or worn laces: If your shoelaces are starting to wear it is an early sign that your boots will soon be past their best. Worn out laces generate excessive friction and tightening and loosening them will cause further deterioration. Loose eyelets are also a sure and easily noticeable sign of wear. If the eyelets are loose comfort will reduce as the boots will not be tied properly.
  4. Reduced treads: If the treads on the outsoles of your hiking boots are reduced then you must replace them. If you continue to use the boots it can be dangerous as worn treads will not give you the necessary traction to stay upright on slippery or uneven terrain.
  5. Keep in mind the usage of the boots: Good quality boots normally lasts for a distance of 800 to 1600 km. However, this range varies for different hikers according to their weight, kind of trails they embark upon and maintenance of shoes. Heavy hikers will notice their shoes wearing down earlier than others. Also, if you don’t take proper care of them, the boots won’t last for the range mentioned above.

If you notice other signs of discomfort which might be caused due to worn-out shoes you should think about replacing them. Discomfort while walking, aching feet, blisters, and back pain are common signs that you should look out for. On choosing a new pair of boots you should think of the comfort and support of your feet and ankles as a priority. Boot durability, protection from elements and value for money could be the other factors you can consider while buying a new pair.