When it comes to hiking, your shoe should be your best friend. Depending on the time of year, you may be able to get away with trainers or walking shoes. But nothing really beats a snug-fitting pair of hiking boots. They should support your ankles when going downhill and have a good grip on slippery or uneven terrain.
You will definitely need to break in your hiking shoes beforehand. Wear them to the grocery store or go for a Sunday morning stroll through the park with them. If you’ve found yourself in the position of being on top of a mountain, wearing new boots and questioning how on earth you’re going to make it downhill because blisters are causing you pain – that’s where Compeed comes in!
Be sure to pack plenty of blister plasters and a Anti Blister Stick. The latter is designed as a preventative measure to help with chafing anywhere on the body. If your legs are rubbing together in shorts or your backpack is irritating your exposed shoulders, it can help to alleviate the friction that causes blisters.
It’s worth remembering that your shoe is only as good as the socks you choose. Walking socks will provide extra cushioning and there are lots of different materials you can choose from depending on the conditions. It’s also a good idea to pack a spare pair in case the ones you have on get damp or soaked through.
It might also just be a nice treat to change into a dry, fresh pair of socks back in the car on your way home.
We also recommend packing a spare pair of shoelaces. If your shoelaces happen to break, you could be left with a loose and uncomfortable shoe on your walk back.
If it really starts pouring down with rain and your shoes are at risk of becoming wet and dirty inside, you’ll want a pair of walking gaiters with you. Worn over the bottom of your trousers and with straps for the underside of your boots, they work a charm when it comes to keeping excess water at bay.