Boot Shopping Guide

The Standard:


For three-season hikes on moderate to rough trails with loads of 35 to 45 pounds, most hikers will want midweight boots cut high for ankle support with waterproofed leather uppers or a waterproof/breathable liner (like Gore-Tex) for stream crossings and rainy days.

Variables:


Do you often carry heavier loads, hike in the desert, or tackle steep, off-trail terrain? Do your ankles roll over on every little pebble? Adjust your boot priorities accordingly.

Problem Feet


If you suffer from excessive sweating, foot motion that causes
blisters and foot fatigue, or ailments like hammertoes, bunions,
and calluses, visit a podiatrist for a professional foot exam.

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