Shoes should protect the ankle. For the first trips, this rule is 100% relevant. Even if a person is a master of sports in running, but has never walked along a mountain trail under a backpack, most likely he does not know that he does not hold his ankle under a backpack. Now there is a tendency to choose sneakers instead of shoes, because they are easier and faster. I also partially advocate this idea, but I always say that it is for those who know their feet and walk confidently on the relief. We can see Sherpas in the Himalayas, who walk in slippers on talus, but they walk like this every day and are used to it, besides, they have nothing else. And boots in the mountains or in some harsh conditions in any case protect the legs. This is a choice for everyone who does not strive for records, and in the first campaigns not to records. Clothes for hiking in summer, particularly shoes are as important as for the winter.
Clothes for hiking in summer: shoes should not be uncomfortable initially
If you put on your shoes and they are a little uncomfortable, in two weeks they will be hellishly uncomfortable. Trekking shoes have some abilities to wear out, but if the pair is not originally for your foot, then it is likely that you are more likely to “wear” under it. They often come to our store with a request “give me the coolest shoe”. But what is the use of the “coolest” shoe if it is on a wide foot and a person has a narrow foot? Therefore, the best boot is a comfortable boot.
Good socks and insoles increase comfort
The difference in thickness between a regular sock and a trekking sock is significant, trekking socks occupy a larger volume. They have a higher level of comfort, less likely to rub your leg. Accordingly, you need to measure the boots on trekking socks so that they do not turn out to be small later. The same with insoles - the correct anatomical insoles make the boot many times more comfortable.
Take a second pair of shoes when go hiking
What does it give? It provides the ability not to walk fords in heavy boots, in which then you go to the glacier. And you receive an opportunity to take off boots in a camp or in a shelter so that your foot rests. The second pair can be light sneakers, sandals, crocuses or even rubber slippers. And this is emergency shoes. I saw how the shoes went out of order, scattering stones on a talus, got lost ... There was a case when a person distributed the weight for a flight and wanted to take one shoe in his hand luggage, and the second in his luggage. As a result, one boot was left at home. I had to carry this boot with me all the way — it’s expensive, you won’t throw it away. It is good that the man had at least some second pair of shoes, and he went for some time, though the route was simple.