How to Find the Right Shoe for Your Walking Adventure

Hiking bootsA walking tour, whether independent or guided, is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the destination when you travel. You’ll meet people, get up close to the scenery, and you’ll also keep your blood moving enough to justify all the delicious foods you’ll want to sample while you’re abroad.

Of course there’s one item that can make or break your walking trip, one thing that can make all the difference in the world to your walking trip: The right shoe. Whatever you do, don’t overlook the importance of your walking shoe.

So how do you go about finding the right shoe for your trip? Here are a few tips:

  • Think boots.

If you’ll be doing a lot of walking over cobblestone, or even in some cases making some ascents on mountainous terrain, you will need the support that a hiking boot offers. Many people think that trail-style running shoes will suffice, but we highly recommend that you go for an actual boot.

  • Consider quality.

Your hiking boots can make or break your trip, so don’t try to save a few pennies by going for a bargain-basement brand. Brands such as Clarks, Vasque, Scarpa, Salomon, Timberland and Camper all come highly recommended and have a reputation for standing up to lots of walking and hiking.

  • Think about waterproofing.

Even in the best of weather, you may still run across some wet conditions on your walking tour. Consider a waterproof boot, which usually have uppers made with a breathable and waterproof material such as Goretex. You may still need to treat the leather on the boot with waterproofing product.

  • Break your boots in before your trip.

Make sure they’re the right boots for you before you depart on your adventure. Wear them around town. Wear them all day. Take a hike in them, paying attention to how they feel when you ascend and when you descend and incline.

  • Get good quality socks to go with your boots.

Once you’ve gotten your boots picked out, don’t neglect the other key to foot comfort: Quality hiking socks. Synthetic materials are preferred to cotton, as they will help wick moisture away from your foot, reducing friction.