Hiking

Hiking boots are a safety element in the mountains.

Alpinstore offers you a wide choice of hiking boots but if you are reading this text it is because you do not know which hiking boot to choose for your next expeditions? Don't move, we tell you more ...

The practice of hiking requires a pair of suitable shoes. Since it is a matter of walking fo...

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Hiking

Hiking boots are a safety element in the mountains.

Alpinstore offers you a wide choice of hiking boots but if you are reading this text it is because you do not know which hiking boot to choose for your next expeditions? Don't move, we tell you more ...

The practice of hiking requires a pair of suitable shoes. Since it is a matter of walking for a few minutes or several hours, it is important to take care of your feet. But then, how do you choose THE hiking shoe that you need?

Be aware that the pair must initially depend on your organization. What type of hike will you do (duration, terrain ...)? In which season do you go to the mountains? If you have the answer to these questions, then it is easier to find your way around.

What are the main characteristics of a hiking boot?

In order to choose the right pair of walking shoes, it is important to study the following criteria as they will help you in your search.

- Grip: this factor is essential on a shoe as it allows you to move over rough terrain. The studs ensure optimal comfort, so no more panic when the ground is unstable.

- Support: The shoe must provide sufficient support for your foot so that you are as comfortable and safe as possible. The more the shoe is adapted to your foot, the more you will be supported. Your performance will therefore be better.

- Stiffness: Stiffness is a point not to be neglected because it means the type of hiking for which it was designed. The stiffer the boot, the more it is made for long hikes where the terrain will often be unstable and stony.

- Protection: It is important to have sufficient protection at the tip of the foot, to ensure safety and therefore comfort. The stronger the toe, the more protection your toes will have. Think about this before you set out on rocky paths!

What is the walking shoe made of?

A hiking shoe comes with different technical features, which are much more important than you might think, when choosing your purchase:

- The outsole: this factor should be one of the best performing on your hiking boot. It's where it all starts. The more the sole is adapted to your practice, the better your hikes will be.

- Tongue and lacing: these factors are essential for a good hike. The more precise the lacing system is, the more pleasant your hike will be. A well-maintained foot is synonymous with performance.

- Toe protection: As said before, the protection of the tip of the foot is crucial for your outings in the mountains. It's not uncommon to get caught on a rock or trip over a branch... so don't neglect this part of the shoe.

- The upper: This can be low, medium or high. The high upper is the safest because it holds your ankle perfectly; the medium upper is the most versatile shoe shape because it holds your ankle and is lighter than the high form; the low upper is, as you will have understood, the lightest and is the one that gives you incredible freedom of movement.

Alpinstore has just told you everything you need to know about hiking boots so it's up to you now, by visiting our brands: Adidas Terrex, Asolo, CMP, Dolomite, La Sportiva, Lafuma, The North Face, Merell, Salewa or Lowa.

For more information, visit our blog article "how to choose your hiking boot".

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