How To Buy Hiking Boots

We all know the old song “These Boots were made for Walking” but what about hiking? Hiking is a kind of walking with a difference, so how do we find the best boots made for hiking?

The increase in popularity of hiking has meant the inevitable torrent of different hiking boots available, but there are a few things you need to bear in mind when choosing the perfect pair; you need a kind of trade off, they have to be as light and comfortable as possible, but also be able to keep you warm, dry and protected over many different terrains, fortunately, there are loads to choose from so let’s take a look at what you need in a little more detail.

Things to Consider When You Buy Hiking Boots

Hiking Boots Intended Use. Alright, calm down, we all know you’re going to use them for hiking, but how experienced are you, what kind of terrain will you be walking across, are you a “fair weather hiker” or might you be out in snow and heavy rain, how long will you be hiking each day and how heavy is your backpack? That’s the sort of thing which can influence the best boots for you.

Hiking Boots for Experienced Hikers. Experienced hikers might be able to wear a much lighter boot than somebody who has only just found the joys of hiking. Newcomers do generally need a hiking boot which offers good support for the feet, the heels, the ankles, the achilles tendon (did you even know you’ve got one of those?), calves and legs – hiking does put a strain on muscles you might not have used in years.

Hiking Boots Quality. Let’s be honest, the last thing you need when you’re miles along the trail is your hiking boots giving up the ghost, so to speak, so make sure that you have good quality hiking boots and that will be one less thing to worry about.

Hiking Boots Fit. One thing that all experienced hikers agree on, (wow, that makes a change) is that when you’re buying new hiking boots, throw away the size chart. All boots are different, all feet are different shapes (even though they might be the same “size” there are very different shapes of toes, insteps, ankles etc), so it’s really important to try on loads of pairs until you find some that feel snug. Also, don’t forget to wear the socks you’re going to be wearing while you hike, or a pair of comparative thickness. It can make a really big difference when you are choosing hiking boots, blisters are not something you want to get acquainted with when you’re out on the open trail. Try going through these basic steps when you are trying on hiking boots:

  • Put the boot on first without fastening the laces, then push your foot forward into the toes. You should be able to fit your index finger between your heel and the boot – do this on both feet, nobody is symmetrical
  • As you fasten up the laces your foot should move towards the back of the boot
  • Stand up and have a walk about
  • If your toes touch the front of the boot you need a larger size
  • If your toes touch the top of the boot, you need a different style
  • Make sure that your heel and the heel of the boot move in perfect harmony without slipping and sliding, if your foot slides up and down you need a different style

There are many places to buy hiking boots. Be sure to try them on! I frequently buy my hiking boots are REI.

And that’s about it really, the beginners guide to buying hiking boots.

Happy Hiking!

Other Hiking Equipment To Make It Even More Enjoyable To . . . TAKE A HIKE!

Once you’ve got your hiking boots sorted out, there’s lots of other things to consider while taking a hike. For starters, you need to remember the 10 essentials . . . the 10 what? . . . just watch this

Of course, you’ll need something to carry your “10 essentials” in, as well as a whole lot more stuff . . .

. . . and then there’s the trekking poles – making the hikers life much easier, but what if they’re the wrong length?

Brilliant, that’s taken care of just about everything I think, until I fancy a rest that is . . .

Wow . . . sorted!


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