Hiking boots

The hiking boot is an element of safety in the mountains.

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

The practice of the hike requires indeed, a pair of adapted shoes. Since it is a mat...

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Hiking boots

The hiking boot is an element of safety in the mountains.

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

The practice of the hike requires indeed, a pair of adapted 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 in the mountains? If you have the answer to these questions, then it is easier to find your way around.

Shoes for different practices:

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 and that they will help you in your search.

- The grip: this factor is essential on a shoe and allows you to move on uneven terrain for better adherence. The studs provide you with optimal comfort, so there's no need to panic when the ground is unstable.

- Support: The shoe must support your foot sufficiently to make you as comfortable and safe as possible. The more the shoe fits your foot, the better the support. Your performance and comfort 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 your toes will be protected. Think about this before you set out on rocky trails!

What's a 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, toe protection is crucial for your outings in the mountains. It often happens to get caught on a rock or to trip on a branch... so don't neglect this part of the shoe.

- The upper: This can be of different heights: low, medium or high. The high upper is the most secure because it perfectly supports your ankle and covers your malleolus; the medium upper (mid) is the most versatile shoe shape then it supports 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 an incredible freedom of movement.

Shoes that adapt to all your weather conditions

Manufacturers are developing waterproof and breathable membranes to wear your shoes in rainy weather conditions.

Find the technologies: Gore Tex (Millet, La Sportiva, Black Diamond), ClimaDry at Salomon, Sympatex at Vaude.

Outdoor shoes to delight the whole family

Walking shoes for men and women, hiking shoes for children, everyone can find the right shoe for them!

Socks, an essential accessory for your comfort

Socks play an essential role for a hike in optimal comfort. On walking socks, there are supports and reinforcements to protect the heel and toe, limiting friction during your outings!

Alpinstore's advice for choosing your hiking boots and shoes

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

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, Merell, Salewa or Lowa.

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