Tips on how to select the right hiking boots

For your next hiking trip the footwear you choose play a crucial role in keeping you moving and ensuring that you are not limited from blisters rashes or other footwear related injuries. Here are the different types of hiking boots you can choose from to experience the best hiking trip!

The Hiking Trail – There are three types of boots to choose from, depending on the type of hike plan to go on -

  • High-Cut Boots – These boots make for a comfortable fit if the trail is uneven and the trip is for more than 3-4 days.
  • Low-Cut Boots – If you are going on a short one day hike covering a smooth ground these boots would be a perfect fit.
  • Mid-Cut Boots – Planning to cover a 3-4 days’ long trek on a smooth ground? Mid-Cut Boots would be a comfortable option for you.

Arch of the Foot – You need to ensure that whichever boots you buy have great arch support for balancing and shock absorption. The height of heel should not be too much as they are not at all appropriate when it comes to hiking.

Material is Important – While choosing your hiking boots, check out what it is made of. For a hike it would be beneficial to opt for shoes with hard sole as they provide you with a tight grip. When it comes to material of the boots, it is all about the choice. Although leather is the best fit if you are looking for water resistance and durability, if your preference is the kind of shoes that are made from breathable and light material, go for fabric shoes.

It Fits – An important thing while purchasing hiking boots is their fitting and size. Boots with a tight fit would not fall off but they would definitely cause swelling and blisters due to sweat. That does not mean loose shoes would be a good fit as they would also cause a lot of problems. On a safer side, whenever you go shoe shopping, measure both of your feet separately and select a bigger size. Before making the final purchase, try the shoes with kind of socks that you would normally use on your hike as it would give you the perfect idea of fit and comfort. A key point with the fit is that the boots need to let your toes breathe and allow full circulation to your feet whether you plan to wear light or thick socks.

Once you have made the purchase break in the boots before you take them out on the trail. This will ensure that you are not restricted from them rubbing, causing blisters and sores which will need treating along the way.


Cornishman and lover of adventures in the great wilderness, Mike has been writing on his website Wild Tide for three years. Jack of all outdoor pursuits (and master of none), he writes about everything he loves including: kayaking, camping, fishing, snorkelling, climbing, mountain scrambling, surfing, SUP, outdoor cooking, hiking, cycling, coastal living and his VW van. As a total gear junkie and technical clothing lover, Mike is excited and proud to write for Outdoor Look as well as Wild Tide.

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