Choosing the right pair of hiking boots is no easy feat (no pun intended); there are numerous criteria that must first be addressed to be sure the purchase made is the right one specifically for you. Each person is different, they will want different types, styles, etc., and their journeys may differ substantially. As a general rule, it is important to get a sturdy shoe that will last longer and be able to withstand the elements, whilst feel free and comfortable in their movement in order to provide the best experience possible; no one wants to climb halfway up Scafell Pike only to find that both of their feet have become blistered.
You must first ask yourself what exactly you plan to do in these boots; the condition of the shoe primarily depends on your journey: what will be the terrain, climate, and overall length of the hike? The necessary shoes will differ for each category. The three classes of shoes are trail shoes, hiker shoes, and mountaineering boots:
The first type covers essential hikes that usually last no longer than a day, often made from either nylon mesh or suede to allow your feet to breathe.
The second type is ideal for hikes up to 3 days, carrying a medium sized load of equipment. This type, though made from full or split grain leather, is not ideal for trips over rough terrain
Finally, if you’re taking part in an extended journey through mountainous terrain, then mountaineering boots are the obvious choice. Made with full grain leather, these boots allow the hiker to travel for many more days while offering a great deal of support and protection.
Due to the unpredictable nature of UK weather, it is best to be prepared for all eventualities, including heavy rainfall. It is therefore important to purchase boots with water protection. Full grain leather has considerable water-resistance; however, a waterproof liner such as Gore-Tex will enhance any given boots resistance to water.
As a hiking specialist store, Blacks is probably the best place to visit for all your walking/climbing endeavors. Whether you are a casual mountain stroller or a hardcore summit explorer, they can provide the multi-functioning footwear you will need for all of your outdoor pursuits.