As an avid runner, I am quite picky when it comes to running boots. A little bit of discomfort in my stride and I start losing my sense of enjoyment that comes with running. This is why, I have a large collection of boots in my shoe locker, so I do not have to compromise on comfort, no matter what the weather is like. But when autumn arrives, choosing the right boots becomes even more difficult.

After struggling through my runs several times in the past, I have learned how to make the right selection. Basically, there are only two types of boots that are suited for autumn – trail runners and hiking boots. Selecting the right boot for the right conditions can be the difference between a pleasant experience or a laborious trek.

Hiking Boots

The most difficult time to run in autumn is when it starts raining. Everything gets wet and it is hard to get good traction while moving. For colder and wetter weather, it is best to use waterproof hiking boots. Though hiking boots are bulkier than trail runners, they are much better at preventing the entry of water inside. With hiking boots on, you will have to put more effort in your stride, but the trade-off that comes in the form of better grip and protection from dampness and cold makes them ideal for inclement weather conditions.

Trail Runners

When its dry outside, trail runners are an excellent choice. Unless, you are one of those people who likes to stand on cold rocks or run at a slow pace, trail runners will serve you well. However, there are situations when it is hard to predict the ground conditions, regardless of what the weather looks like. Sometimes, the leaves hold a lot of moisture from previous rainfalls and create wetness on the terrain. Hence, you should wear a waterproof and insulated sock under the trail runners to reduce the impact of wetness.

Key Difference Between Trail Runners and Hiking Boots

Hiking boots have thicker soles and do not come with mesh sides, which makes them ideal for winter wear. A better wind resistance and enhanced sole insulation provide you enhanced protection during wetter and colder days in autumn. Linings and paddings on these boots offer more protection and comfort for the feet.

Trail runners are made from lightweight material and allow you to run at a greater pace. When the track is dry and filled with a lot of gravel and dirt, these lightweight shoes provide good traction. These shoes have a stiffer construction, which prevents excessive foot rotation and keeps your feet in the best of health. As you run fast, it is highly likely that you will barge into rocks and stones. The trail runners come with necessary protection in the form of a durable upper to minimise such impacts.

Depending on the conditions in autumn, you should switch between trail runners and hiking boots for a comfortable experience.