There’s a lot of types of hiking boots out there and there’s a lot of trouble picking which ones are right for you. When I got into hiking I didn’t know which boots to buy for my hiking trips. That got me in a world of trouble and pain. My feet would go numb, I would get blisters, and all kinds of different foot troubles, because of this my trips would often end shortly. As the result of so much pain, I couldn’t go on other trips. That is until I got the hang of it, now I can hike for weeks without having any pain. Let’s talk about the different types of boots and what they’re made for.

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Hiking Shoes

They offer more flexibility and are lighter than boots, however, you don’t get the support that you would get with boots. Hiking shoes are meant to be used if you aren’t carrying a lot of weight, you will go to shorter hikes and will stick to defined trails. Hardened hikers might use these shoes when going on difficult trails and while they carry a bit of weight. This is because they’ve built up muscle strength in their legs.

Hiking Boots

Boots are heavier than shoes, taking in consideration how much support and protection they offer compared to hiking shoes, this is to be expected. You should buy them if you plan on heading to longer trips and you’re going to hike on rugged trails. Going on defined trails might also require hiking boots if you’re carrying some weight on your back, and they are a must for hikers who have experienced ankle injury or are prone to twisting their ankles. These shoes can be used in variable weather as most of them are waterproof and by adding some insulation and snowshoes they can be used in all four seasons.

Backpacking Boots

Long trips that could take up to a week require backpacking boots. These boots were made to carry heavy loads and go through the most rugged of terrains. They offer a lot more protection than the other boots and are taller which means your foot will be safer and sturdier. Some models of backpacking boots come with snowshoes or crampons. You can use them in any season and in any kind of weather. The bad part about these boots is that they are a lot heavier, also they require a two-week breaking-in period. If you don’t break them in you’ll have a lot of trouble on your hikes. They are made for the most extreme conditions, and if you aren’t experienced enough and you’re just starting out I recommend that you go with the hiking boots, which are the all around best for beginners and intermediate conditions.

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