Follow our simple guide to make sure you pick the perfect pair of boots for your adventures….

The Perfect Fit

You need to be sure that your boots fit perfectly, are completely comfortable and your socks are thick and of good quality. Your walking shoes should have a finger’s width of length between the end of your toe and the end of your shoes to allow your feet to expand while walking. Proper hiking socks will reduce the amount of friction between your feet and your boots helping cut the risk of blisters.

What’s Your Type?

For shorter hikes over easy terrain lightweight shoes are the best choice. Made from breathable fabrics they offer ultimate flexibility and comfort on shorter walks.

For backpacking and longer hikes you should choose hiking boots with ankle support. Heavier than a lightweight shoe, hiking boots are designed for longer distances when you may be carrying a light backpack.

For serious hikes over rough terrain, mountaineering boots are the ideal choice. They are specifically designed to provide support for carrying heavy loads over multi-day trips and are constructed of a more rigid material to provide optimum support. Crampons can also be attached to mountaineering boots when hiking on snow and ice.

Material Matters

Leather and synthetic boots each come with pros and cons. Leather is more hardwearing and will last much longer, however they can take a while to break in. Boots made from synthetic materials will become comfortable more quickly, but you may find yourself having to replace them sooner that you expected. Some boots are made from a combination of both, which usually provides the best choice. Waterproofing is essential so make sure you choose a brand that features a water resistant layer as part of the construction to keep your feet dry throughout your walk.