Choose the perfect hiking boots/shoes for your trip!

04/04/2024 4:32 pm

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Are you planning your trip and don’t know where to start? A good pair of hiking boots might be a good starting point!

This article will help you choose the adequate footwear for your hike considering size, fit, material, utility, terrain and hike difficulty.


Types of hiking shoes.


There are a great variety of hiking boots, but they are divided by three types; Low-cut, Mid-cut, and High-cut.

Low-cut boots: They cover just below the ankle and look like regular running shoes, ideal fore lighter hikes and easy terrain, they don’t offer ankle support.

Mid-cut Boots: Slightly larger than low-cut boots, they cover slightly above the ankle. Incredibly versatile and useful for longer hikes, they offer ankle support and prevent rocks from entering the boots.

High-cut Boots: These boots cover the ankle, and some are even taller, reaching the calf. Ideal for intense hikes where you might be carrying a heavy pack, their weight could help you maintain your balance, and they are excellent for uneven terrain.

*Wayki Trek advises choosing mid or high-cut boots for the Inca Trail.


Key aspects: Fit, Material and Tread.


Selecting the right boot is pivotal, with brand sizing varying significantly. To ensure a proper fit, boots should not constrict sensitive areas like heels and toes, as tight boots can lead to discomfort and blisters. Before embarking on a hike, wear new boots to break them in. Ensure the heel fits snugly but allows for slight movement; if your heel slips or your toes press against the boot front, the fit isn’t right. Utilize in-store ramps to test boots, as they can help determine if the fit is correct during downhill walking.

A well-fitted hiking boot should feel secure but not tight, keeping the heel stable and allowing the toes to move freely. For an informed purchase, visiting a physical store is advantageous, as it provides the opportunity to feel the boots and choose the best fit for your feet.


Material selection is key for hiking boots, affecting their longevity, breathability, and resistance to water. Waterproof materials are essential for damp conditions, leather is favored for durability and support, and synthetic fabrics offer lightness and ventilation suitable for warm weather. Match your material choice to the hiking environment and climate you’ll encounter.

Tread / Soles.

The boot’s tread, or outsole, is vital for stability and traction across various terrains. Opt for a sole with deep, multi-directional lugs that grip without trapping debris. Midsole rigidity should be considered based on the trail difficulty; a stiffer sole offers more support on rocky terrain, while flexibility is more comfortable on less demanding trails. For higher elevation hikes, select boots with “climbing” or “V-shaped” lugs for enhanced traction. Rubber soles are generally recommended for their non-slip properties.


In summary, when choosing hiking boots, prioritize a snug fit, suitable cut, durable materials, and effective tread for the anticipated hiking conditions. This approach ensures a comfortable and safe trekking experience. Remember, trying boots in-store is the best strategy for making an informed decision.

We hope this article helped you, have a good trip!



Extra Information: Parts of a hiking boot.


  1. Upper: The top part of the boot that holds the foot in place, usually made of leather or synthetic materials.
  2. Lining: The inside material of the boot, which can be waterproof and/or breathable.
  3. Insole: The removable part inside the boot where the foot rests, providing extra cushioning and support.
  4. Midsole: The layer between the insole and outsole that provides cushioning, support, and shock absorption.
  5. Outsole: The bottom part of the boot, made of rubber or a composite material, that provides traction and stability on various terrains.
  6. Toe Cap: A reinforced area at the front of the boot that protects the toes from impact and abrasion.
  7. Heel Counter: A piece at the back of the boot that adds support and stability to the heel area.
  8. Tongue: The part under the laces that helps to keep debris out and adds cushioning over the top of the foot.
  9. Laces: The cords used to secure the boot around the foot for a snug fit.
  10. Lace Hooks: Metal or plastic loops or hooks that help in lacing up the boot securely.
  11. Ankle Collar: Adds support and stability to the ankle.
  12. Lugs: Allow high traction and better grip.

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