Everyone loves an adventure. It can be an indoor adventure like poker or an outdoor adventure like hiking. Indoor adventures challenge the mind and outdoor adventures challenge the body. Outdoor adventures, which are pursued either as a competitive sport or leisure activity can include scuba diving, river rafting, horseback riding, etc. Hiking, however, of all the numerous outdoor adventurous activities possible, is the simplest and widely practiced one.
Hiking is nothing but a long walk, especially across the country. Though hiking is one of the more non-complex activities requiring very limited preparation, care still should be taken to keep oneself free from injuries, starting with the right equipment. The most important equipment required for hiking is the right pair of footwear, but unfortunately, it is usually the most neglected item. So here, are a few tips on how to select a proper pair.
Depending upon the distance and the terrain you are planning to cover, you’ll likely have three options of footwear. If the terrain you have selected for hiking is a smooth and even ground and the hike will not extend to a full day, a good low-cut shoe would suffice. However, if the terrain is uneven and the hike will last until or slightly beyond sunset, a mid-cut boot will be more appropriate. Also, a mid-cut boot will be adequate for multi-day hiking on an even surface. But, in general, it is highly advised to consider a high-cut boot for any hiking expected to extend more than a couple of days on an uneven surface.
First and foremost, when selecting footwear, be mindful of two things: size and fitting. While a very tight fit can cause you blisters and swellings after a long walk, a loose one can also be a burden to you. When shopping for a new pair of hiking footwear, or for any other purpose for that matter, measure each foot separately and select the size that is bigger. If there is a considerable difference between the sizes of each of your feet, you may have