The guide below will help you to choose a hiking shoe based on your practice as well as the morphology of your foot.
In the mountains the shoe is the first element of safety. The majority of accidents does not take place in high mountains, but on slopes of medium altitude.
The shoe must allow you to control the terrain on which you move, the quality of the sole to control your movements on the snow, on wet or rocky ground ...
There are different criteria to select your shoe:
- Impermeability: the Gore Tex or equivalent membrane developed by the brand, will help you to keep your foot dry.
- The protection of the sole: a stone guard is designed for the protection of your foot from natural elements, like pebbles and guaranteed the longevity of your shoe over time.
- The quality of the sole: who will guarantee the holding of your foot on steep ground. Soft rubbers have better grip on rocky ground but wear out more quickly. The hard rubber will be more resistant and rather designed for hiking on trails.
- The cushioning: the midsole guarantees the cushioning of your shoe. Its quality depends on its composition and its thickness. Its role is to absorb shock and reduce tiredness.
- The maintenance of your foot: the higher the upper is your ankle and therefore your foot is maintained. When you start a high stem is recommended for mountain climbing. A "mid" or low stem is perfectly suited to low-lying terrain such as hills and plains.
- The breathability of your shoe: when you walk you sweat, your skin becomes soft and vulnerable: it is the best way to catch a light bulb. A breathable shoe is essential for hiking in good conditions especially when you walk more than 4 hours.
Also note: a good socks also improve your foot support and breathability. It will bring you comfort during your activities.
- Choose a shoe adapted to its morphology: each human being is different, it is important to choose a shoe adapted to the shape of his foot: wide, thin, flat foot ...
Each hike has a type of shoe:
You can hike on different types of terrain. The shoes are designed for types of activities. Here are some categories to help you choose:
- The ride: a low or mid shoe
- Active hiking: a trail shoe or low shoe
- The approach walk: a low shoe with soft rubber very catchy on the rocks
- Trekking or hiking: a mid or high shoe
- For mountaineering: a high and cramponable shoe
The set of these criteria is not exhaustive but aims to guide you in your choice and choose a shoe adapted to your practice. It is also necessary to choose a product that you trust and feel good