How to choose shoes for hiking? Part 2

In this article we will try to help you a bit more with the selection of hiking boots by stopping at details about the materials form which they are produced and their use in a real environment. Along with the clothing, the shoes are definitely one of the most important things of your mountain equipment.

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Low hiking shoes. Avoid the use of shoes to or below the ankle when you are in the mountains. No matter how durable, waterproof and comfortable, they can play a practical joke on you. Most often they are used for light and short hikes without much load, for routes of homogeneous terrain without a big difference in the inclination, for sports marathons in the forest or on an easy route, and above all during the summer.

Advantages: lighter, more ventilated and could be more comfortable.

Disadvantages: They do not protect the ankle well. Your feet feel more unstable. Very easily when walking in them stones and other grass and sticks can get into the shoes. It is easier to get wet on the inside because rain water runs down your trousers and penetrates almost immediately.

If possible set aside a bigger budget if you decide to buy low shoes for tourism because the low quality ones can harm you very much. Remember that skate shoes and sneakers are not hiking boots. When choosing low shoes advise with the seller or explore carefully their characteristics specified by the manufacturer. It is recommended that the shoes are lined with membrane type Gore-tex, the outer layer to be visibly tough even at first sight, the sole to be made by the technology Vibram. The shoe itself should be flexible, which depends mostly on the quality of the sole. This can be checked only when purchasing. The shoes should be very comfortable to you, which you should check after walking with both, and not only with one. The numbering is good to be a little larger from yours so that the feet to feel more free in movement. This is necessary because it implies that you will wear them with slightly thicker socks. There are shoes that are a little above the ankle, but them we will also incorporate to the low.



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Three seasonal hiking boots above the ankle. They are most commonly used by people involved heavily in tourism, climbing or frequently visit the mountains. They are suitable for spring, summer, autumn and in many cases, for the winter. They are usually made ​​of leather, a combination of leather, fabric and other materials (for example rubber). The soles in the three seasonal shoes are semi-hard and in rare cases more flexible.

Advantages: Relatively higher, they are much safer for the entire foot, ankle and lower leg. Well fastened, with them you will feel much more stable. They better protect the feet from bruising and impact in rocky terrain as well as in the presence of low vegetation. When worn with long pants water is much more difficult to penetrate them and reach the socks and insoles. Also the possibility to enter small pebbles in them is almost zero, unless you have a shorter lower outfit.

In combination with gaiters you can use three seasonal shoes even in winter. When walking through a grassy field in the morning you will feel well the advantage of being with higher boots. Morning dew may quickly wet your feet. It has happened people to be attacked by snakes and that high boots were responsible for preventing bites. On a proper selected number of the high boots, they protect your toes from undercutting especially when descending and the inclination is greater. This is mainly due to the fact that the higher board covers most of the foot and thus compensate for the load. Usually the soles of these shoes are solid, which is very important because you will not feel that much the stones on which you tread as well as other solid objects.

Disadvantages: They are heavier but that should not frighten you. It is easy to accustom to that. There might be discomfort in the ankle area and therefore some people cannot get used to them. The good high boots are usually more expensive. In the lower classes the breathability is reduced, leading to an unpleasant discomfort. Also in them is possible the use of low quality main material, which is a factor for their rapid rupture and mostly the almost instantaneous penetration of water.


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