Hawthorn Podiatrist, Tom Beasley, lists three tips to look for in a good hiking boot.

June 4, 2019

You are all booked and ready for an upcoming trip of a lifetime but are your feet ready for the increase activity that will occur?

Jet setting across the globe to embark on holiday typicallycomes with a rapid increase in activity and time spent on your feet. Trekking across Europe, South America, Australia or various other destinations can take its tole so here are some tips to ensure your feet are well protected and supported for any hiking that may occur.

As podiatrists, we commonly encounter many people looking for advice on hiking footwear or areas to address with their feet prior to trip. There is no doubt that the most important piece for hiking gear you pack is your boots so here are three tips to ensure you select the best option for you.

Intended Use

Understanding what the boots will be used for and the likely activity involved is an important piece of information when considering the style of boot. Can you get away with a lighter style shoe with greater flex or is the route your taking needed something more rigid and supportive?

These simple yet important questions need to be answered prior to any purchase.

Fit

Being absolutely certain that the fit of the boot is fundamental to ensure you don’t end up with sore, painful feet that will hinder your trip. Every foot is different and you want to ensure that the shoe being fitted doesn’t aggravate or cause friction to a particular area. Focus should be placed on the Achilles tendon region and forefoot area to ensure no compression occurs. Trying on boots with the hiking socks you are going to take is a good test to see if the fitting is correct. Furthermore, wearing the shoes at the end of the day and thoroughly testing them by walking up and down hills, stairs and in similar conditions that may occur whilst overseas will put them to the test. If you are finding that there are areas of concern or friction spots then you need to decide if these shoes are right for you prior to your trip.

Materials

Boots come in a range of materials and degrees of waterproofing so knowing where you will be taking them is crucial when selecting the right one. Determining whether leather or synthetic materials would suit you comes down to comfort and needs. If you’re looking for a more sturdy, durable and waterproof boot then leathers styles would suit this category whereas if you are looking for more of a lightweight, more breathable options then a synthetic style for be preferable.

Tom’s best hiking shoes

  • Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GORE-TEX
  • Merrell Moab 2 Mid-Gore Tex
  • Keen III Mid WP
  • Hoka One One Mens Challenger ATR 4
  • ECCO Mens Drak Mid GTX

Melbourne Stores

  • Merrell Australia
  • Kathmandu
  • Ajays Snow and Country Sports
  • Anaconda
  • Active Feet

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to email me on the address below or make an appointment with myself or any of our team members on 1300 945 789.

Sports Podiatrist
Pro Feet Podiatry
tom@profeetpodiatry.com.au