“AAOOOOOO” my fellow trekkers and wanderers! It’s been a fine trekking season and our outdoorsy spirit still wants more. And if you say I day-dream about those clouds that camp on green-brown peaks and the silver streams gushing down through black muddy rocks, I say to you my friend, the feeling is mutual.
But how would you feel when finally you plan and go on a trek and before the trek begins, your shoes get all wet and soggy, making your strides uncomfortable. Or your shoe sole wears-off midway. Shoe malfunctioning can be such mood-killers, and not to ignore the trouble you’ll have to complete your trek. And if you slip and fall, whom would you blame? It’s them, shoes you are wearing that you thought ‘oh-these-are-not-that-bad’ and took a chance. Let me tell you this, ‘I-took-a-chance’ can prove fatal.
Your trekking shoes are your best friends while hiking! They’ll protect your feet and ankles from the tiniest of stones and thorns, from the slippery terrains and the elevated grounds of the ascends. It remains a primary necessity to use the right trekking shoes.
So, How to choose the right trekking shoes?
One must consider the terrain of the treks he/she is going on before choosing the shoes.
- Low ankle hiking shoes are not suited for trekking purposes. Avoid using them.
- Use high ankle trekking shoes for wet and rugged terrains. The same shoes will work for snow, rains and rocky terrains. Benefits of high ankle shoes:
- Avoids ankle twisting/ support to ankle
- Easy to tie, helps your feet from slipping inside the shoes.
- Waterproof shoes to be used for Himalayan Treks for the snow cold water should not enter your shoes, which can cause blisters.
- For trekking in Sahyadri's, use water-resistant shoes. Shoes with water-proof materials will suffocate your feet and will make them stinky in the humid climate of Sahyadris.
- No waterproof shoes wherever the water level is more than the shoe height.
Reason: If the water goes inside the waterproof shoe, it will have no chance to come out.
- Make sure your shoes are soft and flexible. It helps you to adapt to the terrains you tread on.
- Ensure you buy one size larger shoes. It gives room for woolen socks, protects your feet while descending and also helps avoid blisters.
- Make sure the shoes you’re wearing has good grip
Some Tips –
-Apply anti bacterial powders inside the shoes and on your feet.
-Rub wax/candles on the outer side of your shoes to make then water repellent.
-If you’re not getting the proper grip with your shoes, wear your socks over your shoes and that’ll solve the problem.
Recommended brands –
Action Trekking Shoes (high ankle)
These are the best out there! With a flexible and soft sole, these are a perfect pair for trekking in rugged or wet or slippery or slushy terrains. Easy to carry as they are fairly light-weighted. Comfortable to wear and excellent on all kinds of terrains, these shoes are specially made by the company for trekking.
Action Trekking High Ankle Shoes are available at Straub office!
You can also go for –
Quechua Arpenaz 100
There now, you guys know how and which trekking shoes to buy. So keep your woodlands and running shoes back in the shoe-rack and fetch a good pair of trekking shoes! Happy trekking!
P.S. – Don’t forget to walk around a little bit in your new pair before you use them on the trek.