As you travel through Kenya and the world, you need a good pair of hiking shoes especially when you are planning to go on a backpacking experience. Your shoes can determine whether your travel experience will be enjoyable, or a memory never to be revisited. Unlike other shoes, you only need one pair of hiking shoes. Luckily, if you get the right one, one pair is enough for up to 3 years. So how do you choose efficient hiking shoes?
Before anything else, the shoe you choose to use for the next few days or months travelling should be the right fit. Considering these shoes will require to wear heavy socks sometimes, you are safer choosing a half size bigger than your normal shoe size. This will allow you to wear thick socks in case of extreme cold, and not have your feet struggling to fit a congested space. Some shoe experts advise you to choose the shoe in the evening because that is when the foot is at its widest.
Most hiking shoes are made to look like normal shoes so that the buyer does not think they are bulky. However, the best hiking shoes have ankle support. This means that they will most likely look like ankle boots. A good ankle support prevents the foot from twisting and spraining more than having a low cut pair. Ankle support also makes walking easier because it helps with the distribution of bodyweight around the foot.
Treads and Sole Flexibility
The whole point of having different shoes for hiking is that they have different features from normal shoes. The sole treads are the most distinct features. The treads are meant to reduce the force of slippery surfaces such as mud, thawed ice etc. The more visible and defined the treads are, the more effective they are. However, having strong treads does not mean the shoes’ soles should be hard and rigid. On the contrary, part of the shoe comfort comes from the flexibility of the sole. This way, your foot will not have to strain when changing terrains.
Since you do not know the kind of environment you are going to be hiking or travelling to, it is better to be prepared. Look for hiking shoes with protective features such as tough leather on the outside, padded soles and plates meant to protect your feet from injuries such as thorns and sharp rocks that may pierce through your sole. Pads keep your foot’s skin safe from friction in the event that you do not have socks. This is however not advisable to do.
Lastly, always choose shoes that are light on your foot. A heavy show will make walking tedious and difficult and you may end up loathing your travel experience. Light shoes are also easier to pack and clean. Most importantly, they are easier to run in, if the need should arise.