There is a lot of planning to do when it comes to hiking in Red River. You should come prepared with the best clothing as well as comfortable shoes. If you don’t have a pair of hiking boots yet, keep reading for suggestions of some of our favorite ones!
There are a few questions you should ask yourself when thinking about buying hiking shoes.
- How often do I hike?
- How much hiking experience do I have?
- What types of terrain do I or will I hike on?
Asking yourself these questions will help you find the perfect hiking shoe for you. You may need hiking shoes with better ankle support or lighter weighted ones. Hiking boots are made with stability and support for long hard hikes. These boots also support the ankles and reinforce protection. Hiking shoes are more lightweight than boots and are good for hikers who don’t hike long distances or need the extra support.
What’s Most Important to You in a Hiking Shoe?
-Comfort and fit is very personal, so what works best for you may not be the best for someone else. The most comfortable shoes give your toes some room and they should support your foot shape. Wear good hiking socks when you are trying on hiking shoes, as well as when you hike. It’s important to remember that your feet swell when you hike so if you’re in between sizes go with the bigger size. This can help prevent blisters and be more comfortable.
-Pricing may be a factor to some when it comes to shoes but hiking shoes that are better quality can be more expensive. You can find all brands of hiking shoes ranging in price between $125 and $190. Oboz Footwear has some of the best hiking shoes and boots that are very popular. Merrell is another brand that can be pricey but are super comfortable and customers will back them up every time.
-Weight of the hiking shoe or boot may be the deciding factor when it comes to purchasing hiking shoes. Lighter shoes can keep you from stumbling but a heavier shoe may be more durable if you take longer hikes or hike more often. Lightweight shoes can reduce foot fatigue, which happens when you take long hikes.
Advantages of Hiking Shoes
Hiking shoes are suitable for warm and wet conditions during summer months. This includes those Monsoon times. Depending on what type you buy, most are breathable and will keep your feet cool and dry. Hiking shoes are made to last many hikes and are comfortable enough to wear to hike days in a row.
Check out Taos Mountain Outfitters on Main Street for your hiking shoe fix. They have some of the best to choose from and can help you with any questions you may have. There are so many brands and types of hiking shoes available out there. Be sure to find the pair that are the most comfortable for you.