6 Footwear Essentials
Knowing which boots you need to wear is completely dependent on terrain, duration of use and weather.
Boot Fit Try boots on in the afternoon as your feet swell during the day’s activities. Must fit snuggly, without your heal rising when walking and your toes must not touch the end.
Water Resistance Allowing water to enter your boots is a cause of blisters, so ensure you waterproof your boots and keep your feet dry.
Boot Tongue This prevents sand, small stones and water from entering. The tongue must not be loose but stitched to the bottom and sides.
Boot Weight Must be light enough to give you unhindered movement yet sturdy enough for the planned terrain, weather and duration.
Boot Socks Wear worn in socks, not new socks when you try out your boots for fit and comfort. Go for synthetic over cotton which are less likely to give you blisters as cotton dries more slowly.
Boots online It’s fine to buy online as companies use consistent sizes these days. Choose a company with a good returns policy, just in case.
Coming soon: Breaking In Your Boots!