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Want To Take Up Hiking? Go And Choose the Right Boots

NewsID:208    Datetime:2011-01-14


If you're serious about hiking then take the time to find a pair of quality hiking work boots. Since you're on your feet almost the entire time and the terrain can be rugged, the time and money spent on your work boots is well worth it. Boots are some of the most versatile footwear known to humankind. From army boots to hiking boots to stiletto- heeled fashion boots, no matter what your footwear needs are, there is a boot made to keep you walkin'. Not only do the right work boots provide comfort and support but they also give you the traction you need to prevent falls and injury. Generally defined as a piece of footwear that covers the foot, ankle and part of the calf or thigh, boots have been around since ancient times. Prehistoric man used boots for protection from snow and cold. While these early inventions were certainly functional, they were a long way from the stylish footwear that boots are today.

Work boots for specialized sports or other activites such as hiking or skiing, are also very popular in today's society. These boots are highly specialized for the type of activity that the wearer will be performing while wearing them and can be as customized as the wearer. You need a solid base on which to walk so good support is essential. Hiking puts a great amount of strain on your feet and ankles. Bad support not only causes sore feet but since your back muscles aid your leg muscles, your back will tire and become sore. A proper hiking boot will provide you with a solid base that gives you stiffness and the proper amount of spring.

When shopping for a hiking work boots make sure you buy the appropriate size. Try on work boots and make sure you're wearing hiking socks which are thick and usually made from wool and/or cotton. Do not compromise fit for price; a little discomfort will surely turn into major discomfort on a hike. Expect hiking work boots to feel different than shoes; they will feel stiff and a bit heavy for support reasons. In any case, they should fit like a glove. Don't think you can "break them in." If you are thinking of buying hiking work boots when you arrive at the airport, you'll be in trouble!

Size and fit are not the only things to look for. Excessive moisture and prolonged periods of excessive heat or cold causes blisters and chafing. For these reasons, look for work boots that are made with water resistant materials such as leather, rubber and composites. Gore-Tex is a new synthetic material that keeps you warm while allowing your skin to "breathe" so moisture doesn't build up. Also make sure your work boots have a gusseted tongue so rocks and dirt don't get in while you're on your hike.

If you're still unsure what work boots are the best for you, ask fellow hikers what they wear and which work boots to avoid. You can also use the Internet to search for reviews; make sure the reviews are completely independent and not supported by a manufacturer.

Whether you are looking for a pair of boots to provide protection for your feet or shelter from cold or wet weather or just a pair to make you and feel great, a good comfortable fit is important. A new pair of boots should be sized to insure proper fit. There are a few different kinds of work boots for different kinds of hiking so if you want to progress to more difficult hikes then consider buying more than one pair of work boots. Keep in mind that the quality of the work boots  varies greatly. You usually get what you pay for so don't be weary about spending a few hundred dollars on a pair. They will last several years and provide the comfort and support you need.

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