One of the best ways to get exercise in the great outdoors is, you guessed it, hiking! This activity is especially great during a pandemic when close contact with others is something we are meant to be careful of.
When it comes to exercise, there are usually a few pieces of clothing or accessories required to do it properly, and hiking is no exception. A good quality, well-fitting pair of hiking boots is essential to make the process fun, comfortable, and safe.
Here are a few tips to ensure you choose a pair that not only fits well, but that won’t hurt your feet half way up the mountain.
- Think about what you will be using the boots for, as there are different types of hiking boots for different types of hikes. You will need to consider how much weight you will be carrying, how long your hikes will be, and what type of terrain you will be covering.
- When you try a few pairs on, make sure you have the right pair of socks with you. Bring along the same type of socks you will be wearing during your hike.
- Hiking boots should fit snug on your fit, but should not be putting pressure on any areas that make it uncomfortable.
- Be mindful of where your toes are when you step into the boot and when you walk around. If they are close to the edge, it may feel okay now, but it won’t during a long hike.
- Feet swell throughout the day, so try them on again later on in the day to make sure they still feel as comfortable as they did when you originally tried them on.
- Walk around the store or person’s home (if purchasing second-hand) to get a feel for how they will be; walking is always different than standing still.
- To make the fit extra comfortable for long hikes, consider purchasing some insoles with added support.