6 Factors to Consider When Choosing Hiking Shoes

6 Factors to Consider When Choosing Hiking Shoes

Posted by Apex Foot Health on 6th Jan 2023

Hiking is the most popular outdoor activity in the United States, and it is getting more and more popular every year. It is no wonder why- in addition to the fresh air and amazing views, hiking is great physical activity for all skill levels. The most important gear needed for hiking is a high-quality pair of hiking shoes.

Are you looking for your next pair of hiking shoes? Keep reading for the top 6 factors to consider when choosing new hiking boots.

1. What Terrain Are You Hiking?

Person hiking on mountain

The type of terrain you are hiking is extremely important to consider. Will you be hiking up steep, rocky inclines? Or will you be sticking to a flat and even hiking trail?

Different styles of hiking boots will be better equipped for different terrains, so be sure to check out the trail guide in advance.

2. What is the Climate Where You Hike?

Climate and weather have a major impact on which hiking shoe options will be appropriate. Hot, dry climates require a breathable, lightweight hiking shoe. Heavy, waterproof shoes will be sure to make you feel overheated in hot climates.

Conversely, if you will be hiking in cool or rainy areas you will absolutely want to invest in a pair of hiking boots that is water-resistant, such as the Trail Runner Active Shoe.

3. What is Your Preferred Level of Support?

If you are looking for something along the lines of a tennis shoe but better, a hiking shoe is better for you. These will still support your feet with less bulk along the ankle.

For a larger amount of ankle support, invest in a great pair of hiking boots.

4. Do You Prefer Narrower or Wider Hiking Shoes?

Width is just a matter of anatomy! Comfort is the most important consideration of a hiking shoe, so be sure to find a shoe with a width that is supportive and comfortable. The Sierra Trail Runner is a great example of a hiking boot with a wide toe box.

Women's Trail Runner Active Shoe - Sierra Brown/Pink

5. Do You Have Any Health Conditions to Consider?

Millions of people in the United States have foot conditions that may impact our mobility, but that shouldn’t stop us from getting out and enjoying nature! Your hiking shoes should be able to support you and fit well even with pediatric conditions.

6. What Style of Closure Works Best For You?

There is a wide selection of different closure styles out there- traditional laces, bungee, Velcro, zippers, and more! Especially where mobility concerns are a factor, pick a hiking boot with a closure that will fit best into your lifestyle.

Pick Your New Hiking Shoes Today!

Are you ready to get back outdoors? Now that you have thought about all of these different considerations, you are ready to pick the perfect pair for you. Just remember, comfort and support are the most important factor in picking new hiking shoes.

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