Buying Walking Boots
At this time of year, you may be thinking of
replacing your walking boots. It is important to get it right as they are a
substantial investment and if you get it wrong, you will experience the misery
of walking all day in the wrong footwear. The boots you choose must be
comfortable, supportive and suitable for the activity.
which type of boot will best suit your activity. There are basically 3 types of
boot. Those for lightweight walking on easy terrain, backpacking on medium
terrain and mountaineering. The tougher the terrain, the heavier, less
flexible, but more supportive and more durable they will be.
matter how good the boot is, if the fit is bad the boots will not do the task
they were designed for.
on boots in the afternoon when your feet are warmer and have swollen.
the socks you would normally wear for walking.
- Ensure the fit is snug around the ankle but
leaves ample room for you to move your toes and curl them. You should be able
to get your finger down the back of the heel.
boot which is too small will cause blisters and make the feet feel colder. A
boot which is too big can be adjusted by wearing a thicker sock or insole.
on both boots and walk around in the shop as one foot is often larger than the
to walk on an incline, such as stairs or a boot ramp. Make sure your foot does
not slide when going down an incline.
way you lace a boot can affect the fit. Look for features such as ‘D’ rings and
hooks which help you fasten them with cold hands.
new boots by starting with short walks.
are often over-looked but are very important. Invest in a good pair suitable
for the activity you choose and make sure they fit well. Wear fast-drying socks
or natural fibres to reduce the chance of blisters.
- On long trips take a spare pair of socks and
if your feet get wet, change into a dry pair as soon as possible.
care – boots do not tolerate direct heat. If they get wet, it is better to take
out the insoles to dry and stuff your boots with newspaper.
Look after your boots and feet and they will
look after you.