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Three Things to Look for in a Hiking Boot

0 Comments Shoes & Clothing   (on 18-May-2018 10:16 AM)

Whilst some more dedicated souls might have spent the harsh winter scaling the peaks of some of Britain’s most majestic mountains, for most of us, spring is the season in which we pull on our walking socks, fill up our water bladders and strap on our backpacks for adventure.

 

But there’s one piece of equipment you simply need to get right if you’re going be able to move comfortably and safely over Britain’s legendarily varied terrain – your hiking boots.

 

The problem is that many of us simply don’t know what we’re looking for. Trying on a pair of boots and walking around a store gives a little indication, but it doesn’t explain how they’ll tackle tough terrain or treat your feet over multi-hour hikes.

 

At Trago Mills, we supply a huge range of hiking boots across our four stores and online presence, and we like to think we know a thing or two about hiking boots. Here are the three things you should look out for in a hiking boot.

 

Waterproofing

 

It won’t come as a huge surprise to you, but when you’re in the British countryside, you’re never too far from water. Whether it’s pouring from the sky, rolling down from the hills or turning grasslands into boggy messes, you’re almost certain to encounter water on your journey.

 

That’s why waterproofing is so important in a set of hiking boots. If you’ve ever trudged mile after mile with ice cold, soggy feet, you’ll know what we’re talking about.

 

Luckily, almost all of our hiking boots are fully waterproofed, like the Karrimor Mid IV Weathertite Hiking Boot In Black Sea which boasts a breathable and waterproof upper boot.

 

The Right Flexibility

 

All walking boots are designed for different purposes. Some are designed to tackle rough, uneven terrain, whilst others are designed to make walking well-trodden paths as comfortable as pottering around the home.

 

The difference in these boots, primarily, is the flexibility they offer. The stiffer a boot is, the better it’ll be able to handle tough, uneven terrain and, therefore, protect your feet, ankles and legs from harm. These boots will be less comfortable immediately, but the level of safety and protection they give you makes them an absolute must.

 

More flexible boots, however, will behave in a similar way to your everyday shoes, giving the natural movement of your feet plenty of concern, albeit with more protection for a more comfortable journey.

 

The Right Fit

 

Most of all though, you need to ensure that your new boots fit just so. Walking boots are there to offer protection and support through some pretty tricky environments, and so if they’re too tight or too loose, they simply can’t do their job properly.

 

When trying on hiking boots, always ensure that you either wear a pair of hiking socks or consider the space hiking socks are going to take up inside the boot. Also ensure that that you lace up the boots properly and take a reasonable walk around the store, feeling for any points where the boots are either too loose or too tight, as these will pose greater problems down the line.

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