Tips For Buying Comfortable And Safe Hiking Boots

If you plan to hike some trails this summer or if you plan to go backpacking for the first time, then it's vital you have a high-quality pair of well-fitting hiking boots. Hiking boots not only keep your feet safe and comfortable while you are out on the trail, but they also provide some protection from mechanical injury and snake bites for your ankles.

When you are shopping for your new pair of men's hiking boots, keep these tips in mind to ensure you choose the right pair:

Tip: A Higher Price Doesn't Always Equal a Higher Quality Boot

As with many other outdoor items, it's important you understand that the price of a hiking boot is not necessarily a sign of its actual quality. A high-quality boot should have the following:

  • genuine leather uppers
  • built-in ankle support
  • arch support
  • breathable interior linings
  • a generous toe box size

In addition, the boots you select should be waterproof because you are very likely to encounter water and mud out on the trail. Also, hiking with wet feet is both miserable and dangerous for the health of your feet.

Tip: Lighter Boots Are Easier on Your Back and Legs

If you don't have any hiking experience, then it's important to note that heavier hiking boots are often cheaper but they are also a lot harder on your back and legs. Each time you have to lift your leg to climb up a hill you will pay for it by having to lift up the extra weight of the boot on your foot. For this reason, lighter boots are almost always a better choice.

Tip: Buy Boots with a Gusseted Tongue and Use the Gusset

The term "gusseted tongue" refers to a boot tongue that has a small loop of fabric on its front surface. The purpose of this loop is to thread your laces through it to secure the tongue flat against your leg. Gusseted tongues on hiking boots will keep out sand, dirt, and small rocks while you are hiking. This is important because stepping down on even a small rock can injure your foot.

Tip: Wear Your Hiking Boots Before You Head Out on the Trail

Finally, make sure that once you have purchased the new boots you wear them around for a few days before you go hiking. If you hike in new boots without wearing them in first, you are more likely to injure yourself and you are also very likely to end up with painful blisters on your feet.