Learn how to choose hiking footwear, such as hiking boots, hiking shoes, gaiters, and socks, in this free hiking safety video series.
Hi, I’m Kate I’m here with Zoar Outdoor on behalf of Expert Village and we’re going to talk about hiking today. Alright we’re going to be talking about some hiking footwear. It depends on the type of hike you want to do, but generally speaking, the most important part is going to be your socks. To prevent some blisters you should have a thin layer of socks and then a heavier layer of socks. These are really good to wear under hiking boots. Hiking boots should be well broken in, they should have a pretty good tread on the bottom, for any stumps, steep terrain, and rocks that you might be going through. You should be able to lace them pretty snug all the way up to the top. If you are wearing hiking boots you can also wear gaiters, this is how it prevents water from getting inside and creating blisters and many other gross things you might encounter on the trail. These are really good for New England, or anywhere its cold cause they’re leather and they keep most of the water out. If you’re going on a two hour hike or a light hike for the day in pretty nice weather you can also wear sneakers. These should also have a really good tread on the bottom because you will be going over difficult terrain and there’s not as much ankle support but if it’s warm out and you feel comfortable with it, these would be just as good. If you’re out west where you might be doing some river runs and some possible hiking on the side, you can wear sandals. They should be pretty supportive around your ankle, they should have a pretty good tread and you could possibly hurt your toes with these, so I generally don’t like to hike very long with these.