Tips for Choosing Hiking Boots

Find Out Your Size

It is best to let someone help you measure your foot in order to find the right size. If this is not possible, it is also possible to measure the foot yourself in centimeters and then use a size guide online.

Try in the Evening

Feet swell over the day as a result of numerous activities, with the most swelling occurring in the evening. As a result, it’s a good idea to try on hiking leather boots later in the day to avoid purchasing too-small boots. If you use orthopedic inserts, bring them. They are crucial to how the shoes fit your foot.

Wear the Right Socks

Familiar socks will help you adapt to the size and feel of a new pair of shoes more quickly. Also, remember to use thick socks, which you will use during the hike.

Wear the Shoes for a While

Walk around the store, up and downstairs. Find a surface with a slope and walk on it. If you feel any unevenness, the seams in the shoe, or that the forefoot hurts, then the shoe is not right for you.

Consider Insoles

Posts are available in different models to provide increased comfort, support, or fit – or all three.

Tips for Preserving Hiking Boots

Here are some tips on how to take care of your boots so that they can withstand hikes for several years to come:

  • Regular treatment with wax or silicone softens the leather and makes the hiking boots more comfortable and stretches them a bit.
  • Impregnate the boots often and use shoe blocks.
  • Rain and water help the boots adapt to your feet and weaken the leather and cause them to shrink.
  • On longer hiking trips, it can be good to bring some form of waterproof treatment. You will notice how flexible and supportive a good hiking boots feel after a treatment.

How to Tie Hiking Boots

If you’re not sure how to tie your hiking boots, take a look at one of the following two lacing options:

Lacing Options 1

This alternative is the so-called traditional lacing. Lace loop by loop up and finish with a knot. The challenge with this lacing is that there can be a pressure high up on the ankle, especially if the boot has a higher shaft.

Lacing Alternative 2

This lacing is similar to before, where you start from the bottom and work your way up with the lacing. Skip it and go straight to the top as you approach the second top loop.

Crush the lacing as usual, go down from the top loop to the next top, and end the tying here. This means that the pressure does not end up as high up on the ankle and increases the mobility of the upper part of the shaft. This lacing is an easy way to increase the comfort of the hiking boot.

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