Mid Cut Vs Low Cut Vs High Ankle Hiking Boots [How To Choose]

When it comes to hiking footwear, there’s a dizzying amount of options out there. Inevitably, the question of whether you should go for a mid cut, low cut, high ankle boot, or even sandals will come up.

Footwear Schools Of Thought

There are several schools of thought on the topic: hardcore boot enthusiasts will insist that the only safe option is rugged, high-top, seemingly bombproof hiking boots. Ankle support, they’ll tell you, is of utmost importance.

On the other hand, there’s a growing contingent of hikers who swear by low-profile trail running shoes, preferring the lighter and more streamlined design.

And then, there are the sandal advocates, who find the fresh air between their toes liberating, arguing that the only real necessity is a strong sole and comfortable straps.

So, what’s best? Sturdy, high- or mid-cut boots that may weigh extra but could protect your vulnerable bony ankles? Or perhaps the sleek, lightweight trail runners that will make you fly down single-tracks with ease?

First, let’s dive into the different types of footwear and ankle support.

High Ankle, Low Cut, Mid Cut Boots/Shoes – What Are They?

High Ankle

  • High-ankle boots will be the most sturdy of hiking footwear options. These boots have a cuff that rises a few inches above the ankle bone, with laces that will keep the collar snug to your leg. The material can vary from leather to a mixture of leather and rubber, depending on style and brand. They are often mostly waterproof, designed to keep your feet dry in muddy conditions, rainstorms, or on snowy trails.

High Ankle Boot

High Ankle Boot Example

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High Ankle Hiking Boot

High Ankle Hiking Boot Example 2

Low Cut

  • A low-cut shoe will provide the greatest range of motion whilst hiking, but will leave the ankle bone exposed to the elements. Popular low-cut options for hiking tend to be trail runners, made from a blend of synthetic, lightweight materials that allow for flexion and ease of movement.

Low Cut Hiking Shoe

Low Cut Hiking Shoe Example

Mid Cut

  • Mid-cut hiking shoes are a hybrid between the previous two options. They’ll typically rise just above the ankle, providing more protection from the elements and will keep your ankles safe from cuts or abrasions. They’re also typically made from a hybrid of leather and rubber, tend to be more sturdy than trail runners, but with more flexibility than high-cut boots. Often, they’ll provide similar waterproofing as higher cut boots, but with more freedom of movement.

Mid Cut Hiking Boot

Mid Cut Hiking Boot Example

Our Process For Helping You Choose

To help determine what’s the best style of footwear for each situation, we asked two strong cohorts of hard-core hikers: Women of the Pacific Crest Trail and Hiking Colorado Facebook groups. We also took a look at footwear studies (references at bottom of post), and incorporated our own general knowledge to help you make the best decision.

Ankle Stability in Low Cut, Mid Cut, & High Ankle Boots

Despite what you may think, if you have a history of ankle issues, those high-top boots won’t necessarily save your ankles. A 2014 study conducted by the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research found that high-top shoes may actually have a detrimental effect on ankle stability.

In the study, researchers found that the shoe collar height didn’t influence ankle stability when participants landed on a tilted surface. High-top shoes could actually prevent ankle muscles from engaging; “…this might be detrimental to establishing and maintaining functional ankle joint stability in ankle strain situations,” the study reads.

Based on the study’s findings, ankle stability need not be a factor when choosing footwear. The true benefit of high- or mid-cut versus low-cut is in the way they can protect from the elements, not to mention pesky rocks and other debris that may try to sneak into your shoes while you cruise down the trail.

What Avid Hikers Think

From the PCT group, about a dozen women responded with nearly unanimous answers: trail running shoes, all the way, they said. Now, there are some good reasons for lightweight shoes for those doing the 2,650-mile PCT: many people are going for huge distances each day, which means they’re of the light-and-fast mentality. Also, they’re typically hiking in warmer/dryer seasons, so waterproof shoes aren’t always a necessity.

Judy Flexer has been an avid hiker for over 50 years. She started section-hiking the PCT 15 years ago, and has completed 2,400 miles of it with her husband. She plans to complete her final 274 miles this year.

“It’s been trial and error,” Judy said of her experimenting with footwear. She started as many do, with stiff leather boots. When she started section-hiking the PCT, however, she switched to trail runners, and said she wouldn’t go back. In fact, she kept going lighter and lighter every few years, and ended up with a shoe so lightweight that it gave her plantar fasciitis and tendonitis in her feet. The injury hasn’t changed her feelings about trail runners, but she now wears a stiffer shoe that prevents her from bending at mid-foot.

Another PCT hiker Connie Westbrook agreed, saying that when she switched to trail running shoes, it was the first time she didn’t get heel blisters or felt pain in her feet, even when wet.

And then there were the minimalists, with two women saying sandals were their go-to.

For thru-hikers, it’s all about speed, so it’s common to see most PCT hikers in lightweight footwear. Heavy hiking boots tend to slow you down, as the Sir Edmund Hillary adage declares, “a pound on your feet equals five on your back.” In fact, it has scientific backing: a study from the US Army in the 1980s found that even small increases in the weight of footwear requires higher energy expenditures for walkers and runners.

So, what’s the argument for boots?

For one, if you’re hiking in shoulder seasons or winter and know you’ll encounter some snow or colder temps, the higher the cut, the more protection and warmth you’ll achieve. A waterproof boot will allow you to get through stream crossings or the occasional snow patch with far more ease and comfortability than low-cut trail runners.

Another factor to consider is the weight on your back: high- or even mid-cut boots can provide more general stability and comfort if you’re carrying a huge pack with a week’s worth of food and supplies. Higher-cut boots are also typically made from sturdier materials than most trail runners, so will likely last longer.

Hikers from the Hiking Colorado group also weighed in, many saying they like to have both high- and low-cut boots in their closet so they can dress to the conditions.

“My low profile shoes feel more like sneakers and weigh much less, which I prefer, especially for shorter hikes on well groomed trails,” hiker Amber DeAnn said. “Anything not well groomed, snow, mud, ice, etc., and I throw on the boots.”

Aaron Smith said he only uses boots on snowy ascents. For most of the year, he’s in trail runners, especially if he’s covering distances over 10 miles. “A lighter pack allows for light footwear,” he said.

Another group member, Kevin Munson, said he’s a fan of the higher cut shoes for backpacking, enjoying the sturdiness they provide. But, he’ll typically opt for the trail runners when he’s not hiking with a lot of gear on his back.

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Chelsea Reese said she highly recommends that you try shoes before you buy, because she can’t stand the feel of mid-cut shoes on her ankles. “I went for a hiking shoe that looks like a hiking boot, but in the shape of a tennis shoe,” she said. “I love actual boots too. That dang mid-rise though!”

Choosing The Right Footwear For You

So, what footwear is best for you? There are several factors to consider.

Terrain: One of the first considerations should be evaluating the terrain where you’ll be hiking. If you’re bush-bashing, river-crossing, or mud-mucking, you may want the sturdy protection that a boot can provide. Even though they may not do much for ankle stability, the high-tops could save your ankles from the elements. However, if you’re headed out on a summer hike to bag 10 miles on a well-packed and flat single track, trail runners would be a better option for both speed and comfort.

  • Flat terrain: You can typically get away with low-cut shoes on flat terrain, unless you’re moving through muddy, icy, or snowy conditions that require more warmth and protection. High-cut boots may slow you down here, but could provide some sense of comfort if the trail conditions are rough.
  • Heavy elevation changes: Low-cut shoes will provide the greatest amount of flexion if you know you’ll be scaling some rocky terrain and you want to move quickly. However, if your trail brings you above the snowline, make sure you have a shoe that can withstand the colder conditions, with waterproof lining and sturdy soles for the changing landscape.
  • Rocky terrain: While higher-cut boots may not provide greater ankle stability, you may appreciate the protection from bruising or cuts that could come with hiking in rocky terrain. Plus, a sturdier sole will protect the bottom of your feet from the uneven ground. However, if you’re trying to move quickly, your low-cut runners will give you the most flexion and maneuverability.
  • Dirt paths: A dirt path is typically pretty low-impact on the foot, so you could be plenty comfortable in low-cut, flexible shoes. But if you’re looking to keep your feet from getting caked in dirt, opt for a sturdier material, as some trail runners have thinner outer materials, letting in finer dirt particles.
  • Wet conditions: There’s nothing worse than trench foot, so this is an important one. There are also a couple schools of thought on this: thicker hiking boots are often mostly waterproof – to an extent. I once did a river crossing in a new pair of hiking boots, which immediately filled with water and became ten times heavier. They took two days to dry, and I was incredibly uncomfortable for the rest of the trip. Had I been wearing trail runners, they would have been much lighter even when wet, and would have dried much more quickly. However, If you’re only dealing with rain and no major crossings, your boots will likely keep you dry, but in the future, I’d opt for lighter footwear for deeper river crossings.
  • Snowy conditions: For any snowy terrain, leave the trail runners at home. Mid- and high-cut boots will keep you warmer, dryer, and will allow you post-hole without feeling like your feet will turn into chunks of ice.
  • Snake territory, cacti areas, and tall grass: If you’re venturing into areas where snakes are a concern, or there’s some harsher vegetation such as cacti or tall, deep grass, grab the ankle-protecting shoes. You’ll be less likely to need your First Aid Kit or anti-venom…
  • Weather: Similar to terrain considerations, weather can be a big influencer of shoe choice. For example, winter hiking means you could encounter everything from muddy slush puddles to sheer ice; maybe even a little post-holing, depending on how recently it snowed. High-top hiking boots will keep you warmer, dryer, and help you feel a little sturdier on your feet. But, if you know you won’t be encountering any snow or ice, the lightweight runners might be the go-to, depending on your terrain.
  • Experience: If you’re new to hiking, you might feel more confident with boots. The wider and thicker soles can bring confidence to a newbie, requiring a little less agility than low-profile trial runners.
  • Speed: This is a big one, as boots can add unnecessary weight to your frame. A little extra weight when you’re casually meandering through the mountains shouldn’t make a big difference to your day. On the other hand, if you’re thru-hiking the PCT, every pound matters. Hardcore hikers will look for every opportunity to slash weight, some even chopping their toothbrush down to shed extra ounces. If you’re going for mileage, find a comfortable pair of trail runners or lighter pair of mid-cut shoes; you’ll likely pick up speed once you shed the boots.
  • Foot health: If you’ve had foot injuries in the past (broken toes, tendonitis, or plantar fasciitis for example), you’ll want to consider that when you choose footwear. This doesn’t pigeon-hole you into needing boots, but may mean you should go for a stiff-soled trail runner, or one with structural integrity.

Conclusion

If you’re an avid hiker looking to experience a diverse range of trails from the backcountry to the frontcountry, it’s a good idea to invest in both a pair of boots and a pair of trail runners. You’ll be able to head into any terrain or objective with more confidence, and will likely come away with a greater knowledge of your capabilities.

References

Meghan Walker is a freelance writer who, when not writing about the outdoors, is typically climbing in the canyons dotted along the foothills of the Front Range. Meghan has several year’s experience writing about the tramping (aka hiking) scene in New Zealand, where she avidly explored the trail and hut network that spreads over both the North and South Islands. As a recent transplant to Boulder, Meghan is now soaking up the plethora of outdoor opportunities in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

Do you need ankle support for hiking?

A hiker turning their ankle on the trail

Do you need ankle support for hiking? A sprained or twisted ankle is a worst case scenario for many hikers. It not only ruins your day, it can leave you on the bench for many weeks to come and a bad sprain can even lead to long lasting issues or the need for future corrective surgery.

The answer, according to many hikers, is to wear ankle support in the form of hiking boots. But increasingly, seasoned hikers are taking to the trails in their best hiking shoes or even trail running shoes that appear to sacrifice ankle support in return for less weight. So do you need ankle support for hiking? And do hiking boots actually provide ankle support? We take a closer look at this long running debate.

Why are ankle injuries so common?

When there’s a sudden change of direction, particularly in a direction your ankle isn’t really designed to withstand, you’re more susceptible to injury (Image credit: CasarsaGuru)

Your ankle joint is a hinge joint, which means it is primarily designed only to provide motion in one plane. It does offer a small amount of rotation, but not nearly as much as, say, your shoulder joint which is a ball and socket joint and offers maximum freedom of motion. Right now, point and flex your foot a few times. Then circle it in either direction. You’ll probably notice that you have the most amount of movement in the simple point and flex. Now move your arm around in a few big circles and compare how much more range of motion you have compared to your ankle.

Furthermore, your ankle joint is composed of two small bones (your fibula and talus) in addition to your tibia held together by ligaments, so it’s fairly delicate and yet it bears the full weight of your body. What all of this means is that when there’s a sudden change of direction, particularly in a direction your ankle isn’t really designed to withstand, you’re more susceptible to injury.

Anecdotally, some people seem to be more susceptible to ankle injuries, however there is no conclusive clinical evidence to support this claim (Image credit: PhotoAlto/Michele Constantini)

Anecdotally, some people seem to be more susceptible to ankle injuries, however a review in the Journal of Athletic Training (opens in new tab) found no conclusive clinical evidence to support this claim.

Is hiking bad for ankles?

In and of itself, hiking is just walking, usually uphill, for long distances, which the mechanics of your body are well designed to do if you’re not already injured (Image credit: Westend61)

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According to one study of college athletes in Injury Epidemiology (opens in new tab) (IE), ankle injuries such as strains, sprains and fractures do account for a large proportion of ankle injuries in athletic settings. So is hiking bad for ankles?

In and of itself, hiking is just walking, usually uphill, for long distances, which the mechanics of your body are well designed to do if you’re not already injured. In one study (opens in new tab) of hikers on the Appalachian Trail, 36% of hikers did report acute joint pain but no further details were given on which joint or what type of pain. In fact, it turns out that the most common medical risks involved with hiking are blisters, followed by diarrhea. Furthermore, when it comes to ankle injuries sustained in athletic settings, the IE study found that the chief culprit was actually contact sports such as football and basketball, which hiking is decidedly not. So, no, hiking is not inherently bad for your ankles.

You’re probably more likely to hurt your ankle on the trail than in the canned vegetable aisle at the grocery store (Image credit: swissmediavision)

That said, when you’re hiking, you’re almost always walking on uneven ground, sometimes stepping or jumping off longer drops and generally increasing your likelihood of falling, all of which are common causes of sprained ankles, according to the Cleveland Clinic (opens in new tab) . Plus, if you’re hiking with a backpack, you’re adding load to all of your lower body joints which can increase risk of injury. So while we won’t say that hiking is bad for your ankles, you’re probably more likely to hurt your ankle on the trail than in the canned vegetable aisle at the grocery store.

Do you need ankle support for hiking?

If you are hiking with an existing ankle injury, it might actually be helpful to wear an ankle brace (Image credit: Zbynek Pospisil)

If you are generally healthy and have no existing injuries, there’s not really any great argument for wearing additional ankle support. If you are extra cautious, it also probably won’t do you any harm and might even do you some good if disaster strikes. If you are hiking with an existing ankle injury, it might actually be helpful to wear an ankle brace. But does this mean you should also wear hiking boots?

Are ankle boots better for hiking?

Regardless of ankle support, there are lots of other good reasons to wear hiking boots (Image credit: Jakob Helbig)

The great debate among hiking enthusiasts is whether or not hiking boots actually provide ankle support. They do come up over your ankles after all, so it seems rational that they could prevent too much unwanted rotation at your ankle joint in the case of a misstep on the trail. The internet is awash with anecdotes and personal opinions arguing that this is indeed the case, and just as many who declare that ankle support from hiking boots is a myth.

We couldn’t find any conclusive studies on the matter, besides one thesis from a master’s student at the University of Northern Michigan who found that choice of footwear didn’t seem to make any difference when it comes to injuries. However, that study only involved 16 participants and the author acknowledges that clinical methods don’t necessarily replicate actual hiking.

Boots do come up over your ankles after all, so it seems rational that they could prevent too much unwanted rotation at your ankle joint in the case of a misstep on the trail (Image credit: Ascent/PKS Media Inc.)

Regardless of ankle support, there are lots of other good reasons to wear hiking boots: they provide good protection from weather and bashing your feet and ankles against rocks, they’re becoming increasingly lightweight, a good pair lasts far longer than trail runners and they can be resoled to extend their shelf life even further.

How do I protect my ankles when hiking?

Staying alert and using poles can help you avoid ankle injuries on the hiking trail (Image credit: Getty)

While we can acknowledge that ankle injuries are somewhat of a risk associated with hiking, we can’t conclusively say that ankle boots are better at offsetting this risk than other types of footwear. So what can you do to protect your ankles when you’re on the trail? Here are a few suggestions to help keep you happy, pain-free and hiking.

Wear proper footwear

Regardless of whether you go for hiking boots or shoes, make sure you are wearing appropriate footwear with good tread for hiking. Consider shoes or boots with Vibram soles meant for the trails. No flip flops or fashion shoes.

Fit your boots properly

If you decide to hit the trail in hiking boots, we might not be able to scientifically prove they’ll support your ankles, but we can say that they’ll do a better job if they fit properly. Read our articles on how to properly lace your boots and how your hiking boots should fit to ensure that they are as supportive as they can be.

Stay alert

It goes without saying that if the main cause of ankle injuries is walking on uneven ground and falling, the best thing you can do is stay alert when you’re hiking and avoid distraction. Keep your ears free of headphones and your eyes on the trail, walk with care and stop if you want to enjoy the view or take a picture. Go slowly on the downhill – this decreases your risk of falling and is better for strengthening your legs and weight loss.

Use hiking poles

Another way to support your ankles is to take some of the weight off your feet and into your arms. Use hiking poles and you’ll use your arms as well as your legs, and if you do stumble it may be easier to catch yourself before you do any damage.

Another way to support your ankles is to take some of the weight off your feet and into your arms (Image credit: Pat Kinsella)

Take breaks

As with most injuries, you’re more likely to get hurt if you’re tired. When you’re fatigued, you’re less clear mentally and your muscles might not respond to your brain properly, so it’s easier to take a wrong step or attempt something you wouldn’t with a clear head. Take breaks when you’re hiking so your body can rest and make sure to bring enough water and snacks to keep yourself hydrated and fuelled.

Practise recovery

Sports medicine experts generally agree that keeping your joints mobile within a normal, function range can help to offset injury. Hiking is great for strengthening your ankles, which helps, but doing a lot of it can also limit your range of motion if you’re not also practicing stretching. This in turn can put you at risk for injury. After a long hike, try our yoga for hiking sequence as well as foam rolling your calf muscles to keep things supple.

Yoga posture downward facing dog is great for stretching out your ankles after a hike (Image credit: Giulia Fiori Photography)

Do you need ankle support for hiking? The verdict

After giving this debate lots of thought, we feel confident saying that if you’re healthy and injury free, you don’t need ankle support for hiking necessarily, however hiking does increase your likelihood of an ankle injury and it’s worth practicing the preventative measures we’ve outlined above.

There isn’t any conclusive data showing that hiking boots provide ankle support, but there’s also nothing proving that they don’t. Plus, there are lots of other good reasons for wearing them, so if they feel like the best option for you, pick a good quality, well-fitting pair and wear them properly.

Importance Of Good Hiking Boots

Importance Of Good Hiking Boots

You may have heard stories of people who like to hike barefoot, but even they will tell the importance of good hiking boots. When you’re dealing with mother nature, you have no idea as to what type of weather you could be dealing with.

The forecast could say that the upcoming weather for the day will be bright and clear skies. You decide to take it easy and wear running shoes instead. Halfway into your hike, you find out that the skies are becoming cloudy and gray, so the weather is taking a turn towards rain.

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On whatever hiking trail you might be on, trying to hike through it while the ground is wet with running shoes on is a recipe for disaster. If you had some hiking shoes in your backpack, this wouldn’t be an issue at all.

Having to hike when your feet are wet is an experience no one wants to put up with. Hiking boots will save your feet in rainy and muddy conditions. In fact, you could purchase waterproof hiking boots to ensure that your feet stay dry.

Other than hiking boots coming in handy, you should generally be wearing hiking boots while you’re trekking through the trail. This is because out of all the shoes you could be wearing, hiking boots are guaranteed to offer the maximum amount of protection possible.

Not only will a pair of hiking boots protect your feet, but also your ankles. You could avoid falling or slipping on a trail when you wear hiking boots since they have a good grip.

If this isn’t enough to convince you to buy yourself hiking boots, then you should continue reading to comprehend the severity of your actions when you don’t equip your feet with proper hiking gear.

What Are Some Foot Related Problems That Can Occur On Your Camping Trip?

Hiking can be the cause of various foot-related problems. The only thing you can do to prevent such an issue is to prepare yourself for the worst, and that includes wearing a pair of high-quality hiking shoes.

Below we have found some common foot problems that hikers often have to endure because of their poor choices.

Foot Arch Pain

Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a novice, you might have experienced some foot arch pain during one of your hiking trips. This form of pain has persisted because your arches aren’t getting the support they need, so they begin to sink in.

In fact, we’ve heard so many stories of hikers who ultimately have to give up hiking because they can’t deal with the foot arch pain any longer.

The moment that you put on a brand new pair of hiking boots, you’ll notice a sizeable difference in regards to your foot arch pain. This is because the arch support on your new boots haven’t been worn down yet, so they provide the stability you need to travel through mountainous trails successfully.

Keep in mind that switching your shoes will alleviate the problem, but you also have to stretch your feet out before and after a hike. Try to incorporate stretching into your hike if you aren’t already doing so.

Blisters

When your boots don’t properly fit your feet, you will one hundred percent develop blisters. If your feet feel extremely sore while you hike, you should throw away the pair you’re wearing and continue your search for the right ones.

Blisters pop up when a certain area of your foot constantly comes into contact with a part of the boot to the point that too much friction causes the skin to swell up. As you can see, wearing the correct socks and the right pair of boots will prevent blisters from ever being an issue.

On What To Pay Attention When Buying Hiking Boots

Before you buy yourself a brand new hiking boots here are some things you should pay attention on:

Material

When you’re out shoe shopping, you try and search for a pair that suits your needs and tastes. You can apply the same logic while you’re looking for hiking boots. First, you have to start with the basics and figure out which shoe material you prefer to hike in.

Mesh Hiking Boots

For people who prefer to hike through trails that contain high-intensity inclines, the only shoes that won’t damage your feet would be lightweight hiking boots. In order for a hiking boot to be considered lightweight, its outer material needs to consist of mesh.

Hiking Boots On Foot

The mesh material offers optimal breathability for your feet, which is why these tend to sell out during the spring and summer months.

However, if you tend to hike in areas where the seasons change drastically, then you might want to consider investing in leather hiking boots.

Leather Hiking Boots

Leather is a rare type of material that can protect your feet against conditions such as snow, rain, and cold weather. The downside of wearing a shoe made out of leather is that it doesn’t offer much breathability, so you’re more prone to developing blisters.

Once you break in your leather hiking boots, you shouldn’t have any issues with foot pain, so it’ll only be for a short time frame when wearing these shoes will hurt.

Synthetic Hiking Boots

If you’re shopping on a budget, synthetic hiking boots will be your best bet. These boots will be made out of materials such as nylon, synthetic leather, or polyester. When you try them on, they’ll be lighter than leather but don’t expect them to be as durable.

Those who don’t hike often will find that these boots can last you a long time, but you have to make sure you properly maintain them.

Other than the knowledge which material hiking boot you prefer, you’ll also have to know your shoe size.

Even if you know your street shoe size, you’ll still want to get your feet fitted for hiking boots. Each brand makes its boots differently, so it’s up to you to find the brand that produces the model best suited for your foot type.

For instance, some brands make wide hiking boots while others make narrow ones. There could be multiple parts of the hiking boot that doesn’t conform to your particular foot type. Our best advice would be to go to a store that has staff who can help you figure out which shoe is ideal for your foot.

Make sure to go to the store at the end of the day because that is when your feet are swollen, and you have to wear the socks you plan on hiking in.

Is It Waterproof?

You should always purchase hiking boots that are waterproof because you’ll be prepared for all types of weather conditions. These shoes will have the upper toe box covered in a waterproof material that’s synthetic.

Shoes that are waterproof are also guaranteed to last longer. How about the longevity of other hiking boots?

Longevity

You can try and estimate how long your boots will last, but it varies from person to person. Those who hike frequently will find that within a couple of months you’ll need a new pair of boots.

Experienced hikers agree that boots that cost above $100 will last you anywhere from 500 to 1000 miles. If you can calculate how many miles you expect to hike in them, then you can find out how long they’ll last.

Weight

The type of hiking trail that you’re adventuring on will determine the weight of the hiking boots you should purchase. If your trail consists of uneven terrain, lightweight shoes would be ideal.

Hiking Boots In Hand

On the other hand, if the terrain is flat, you want shoes that will retain its shape for a long time rather than give in after a week full of hiking.

How To Break In Hiking Boots?

You’ll want to wear your new hiking boots around your home for a good 48 hours before you take them on the trail. Don’t forget to wear the socks that you expect to wear on the hiking trip as well because you don’t want the boots to break in while you’re wearing the wrong socks.

Taking them for a walk around the neighborhood could also be a good idea, so the soles of the boot break in too.

Conclusion

Finding the right pair of hiking boots shouldn’t be an issue after you got through reading the information above. As you can see, if you apply the sufficient time to locate the hiking boots suited for your feet, you don’t have to worry about damaging your feet.

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