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Hiking Shoes

Choosing the right hiking clothing to bring is the most important thing you can do when you're taking a trip into the woods. Whether you're going on a casual day hike, or a several day trip through uncharted wilderness, your camping gear, backpack, over wear, underwear, and hiking shoes need to be in great shape. The hiking boots are especially important. If you pick out the wrong kind of hiking shoe, you can get terrible blisters on your feet. The same shoes that might be mildly irritating if you are walking a couple of miles, will become extremely painful once you are doing ten miles of hiking a day. It could give you huge sores on your feet, sores that can actually cut your trip short. That is why you should choose carefully.

First of all, make sure to break in your hiking shoes well before you go hiking. No matter how well made a hiking boot is, if it is improperly broken in it will be stiff, awkward, and uncomfortable. Walking for just 10 or 20 minutes a day is more than enough to do the trick after a couple of weeks, but you need to give it time.

Of course, in addition to the right hiking shoes, you need to have good socks. Wearing thick socks can provide a cushion – particularly if your hiking boots are brand-new. They will make sure that you shoes stay in place, stopping them from rubbing your feet. They will also help to keep your feet warm, and to wick sweat away as you walk.

It is also preferable to have at least two different pairs of shoes – particularly if you are going hiking during the summer. Hiking sandals are a must for hanging out around the campground – at least in most circumstances. If you're going to be staying in an area with bad poison ivy, you have to be careful about it. You might want to wear your hiking sandals with socks on. Nevertheless, it is nice to have light weight shoes that you can put on at the end of the day to give your feet a break.

The type of hiking shoes you wear depends on what you are doing. Backpacking shoes are generally pretty heavy duty and stiff. When you are carrying a backpack, you have a lot of weight with you. You need a good, supportive shoe to make sure that you don't hurt yourself. For day hiking, you can use cross trainers, lightweight hiking shoes, or other light-duty footwear. They are more comfortable than the heavy stuff, but still provide enough support for a casual hike.

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