What To Look For
Purchasing a new pair of hiking boots can often require a fair amount of research and consideration as to what type of trips you will be taking. Available in a variety of support features and materials, an ideal pair of hiking boots will be snug in the heel and allow for wiggle room in the toe box.
No matter what style of hiking boot or shoe you choose, finding a pair that provides adequate support while remaining lightweight will ensure long lasting comfort while on the trail. Breathability is another important factor to keep in mind when comparison shopping. Quick drying hiking boots with mesh uppers are best suited for summer hiking. If you plan on heading out in areas where stream crossings and inclement weather are possible then a waterproof boot may be your best option.
The sizing of hiking boots differs greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer and often from style to style. When trying on boots start out by using your street size but anticipate on trying several different sizes before acquiring your perfect fit.
Where To Buy
Hiking boots and shoes are available at low prices through many online outdoor retailers. Trails.com, REI.com and Altrec.com are great places to start your online shopping experience. Your local outdoor retailer is another resource and can save you money on shipping. If you do decide to purchase your hiking shoes online, visit your local store first to get properly fitted and a first hand feel for the boots before making your purchase.
Lightweight mid-cut hiking boots cost anywhere from $70 to $200 depending on the quality of the materials used and the designer. If you decide to shop for a pair of low-cut hiking shoes you can expect to pay anywhere from $40 to $150. Depending on the features of a particular brand or style, hiking boots can vary in cost. Seek a balance between cost and quality to find a pair of boots that will last you many seasons to come.
In general your feet will swell after a few miles on the trail. Try on new hiking boots after a long day on your feet to get a more accurate fit. Bringing along a pair of your own hiking socks will also allow you to get a better idea of how the boots will fit once you take them home.
Article Written By Patricia Poulin
Patricia Poulin is a freelance writer based out of the western slope of Colorado. Poulin's travels and insight have chronicled in print media resources, such as "Inside Outside" and "Breathe" magazine. She is also a regular contributor for other various publications including "USA Today." Poulin holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.