Ensuring a Proper Boot Fit When Hiking

 

Hiking Boots pic

Hiking Boots
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With a background as a retail executive, Reid Hackney oversaw a full range of accounting and financial functions spanning distribution, logistics, and imports while working with a major retail brand. Also an outdoors enthusiast, Reid Hackney enjoys activities such as hiking and cycling in his free time.

When taking a hiking or backpacking excursion that extends more than a couple hours, one of major factor that comes into play is the fit of the footwear. As a rule, hiking shoes require a certain amount of breaking in, given that they will be traversing often-rugged and -uneven terrain. Even a slightly off fit will be noticeable as the miles progress in the form of tender feet and blisters.

To break in a new pair of hiking shoes, wear them around the house and in everyday activities as much as possible. Wearing the same socks as you plan to hike in, take them on extended walks and test them out. In cases of “hot spots” forming, apply moleskin liberally to protect the feet from blisters.

After a period of time, a twofold process will occur of the feet adapting to the boot and the footwear adapting to the contours of the foot. In cases where a good fit simply does not develop, swap them for a better-fitting pair before a major hike.

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