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Do you want to know more about mountain footwear?

Every lover of sports and outdoor activities knows that the feet are one of the most important parts of the body, so you need a shoe specifically designed for each discipline and that provides support and comfort.

How to choose outdoor footwear?

It is important to consider the duration, type of terrain and climate to determine the type of footwear we need.

The mountaineering boots are characterized by being high cane, to face more steep terrain and ensure proper support. The terrain conditions the boot, so that the steeper it is, the higher the cane must be and the firmness of the sole will have more importance, which will include hardness ranging from the most flexible to total rigidity. Depending on the slope, the engraving of the sole will be of one drawing or another and, finally, depending on how rocky the terrain is, the boot will include reinforcement on the tip and rubber bands on the sides and heel.

As the duration of the activity increases, the design of the mountaineering boot will have to be modified in a series of points, and the boots should be more robust, since there is greater exposure to wear.

In the case of trekking shoes, lightness and comfort are quite important, especially if we are going to spend a lot of time using it. Usually they are boots of high cane, but with smaller rigidity that those of mountaineering.

In the case of hiking we find boots (high, medium or low) that tend to have greater flexibility and a less rigid and robust sole than trekking or mountaineering. If we compare them with the trail running shoes, we find less bridge and less breathability, since it is a less aerobic activity, with less sweating.

Depending on the weather , we can also choose between different types of boots. For dry and warm climates, membranes will be dispensed with and porous fabrics will be sought to facilitate transpiration. A good option in summer can be the mountain sandals . In humid and cold terrains, waterproof fabrics accompanied by breathable membranes will be sought. High quality membranes such as Gore-Tex , besides protecting from the effects of water, wind and cold, also offer a good breathability, which allows to avoid condensation inside.

The inner part of the footwear should avoid materials too plastic and without ventilation, since they accumulate too much heat. The exception is the shoes designed for winters with temperatures below zero, which usually use more synthetic components.

In addition, these other factors must be taken into account:

Skin
The skin continues to be one of the best materials thanks to its impermeability, durability and comfort, while the mesh or open fabric increases the breathability of the footwear, making it much more comfortable for the hottest months. There are three types of skin that can be chosen depending on personal taste: nubuck, has a velvety look and feel; flower skin, whose appearance is a bit more lustrous and smooth, and finally, the split, with a harder appearance.

Lacing system
The ideal mountain footwear will have a solid, durable and lightweight lacing system. It can be made of stainless or thermoplastic metal, but in any case it must allow adjustments throughout our trip. The feet tend to swell and increase in size at the end of the day, so with some easy-fitting laces we can customize the fit.

Fit and comfort
It is advisable to tie the shoes well and go with an appropriate sock so that the adjustment is more realistic. The products with removable insoles allow a better fit, while the materials of coating in the interior absorb the humidity of the feet.

Cambrillón or enfranque
The cambrillón or enfranque of the boot plays the supporting role for the foot. Most are made of metal, although some boots are made of thermo-plastic. They last the same, but they are much lighter.

Sole
The sole is the element that makes contact with the surface and, as far as possible, it should be flexible and have a strong grip aspect and that does not slip easily. Some boots are hard soles and walking with them can be uncomfortable. Vibram is a sole technology specially designed to improve traction and anti-slip strength. In addition, it offers high resistance to abrasion and wear.

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Opinions featured in Outdoor Footwear

La Sportiva Boulder X Approach Shoes Red
Great quality
These are very comfortable to wear. Highly recommend to any hiker.
Jan, the 14 October 2019
Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 Trail Shoes Black Green Lime
Monster shoes
Best trail running shoe...
Jesery, the 11 October 2019
AKU Selvatica MID GTX Boots Black Red
Like slippers!!
I use AKU boots all the time; they are as good as they get. These boots are lightweight but also supportive, which is impressive. They are comfortable straight out of the box and soon mould to your feet. I recommend them.
David, the 10 October 2019
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Quality you would expect from Lowa
Excellent quality boot... come a little smaller than my 2011 LOWA PTB so had to get half a size bigger
Tom, the 2 October 2019
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots Black
Didn’t fit
Difficult return process
Mari, the 11 September 2019
Columbia KEA II Sandals Black Women
Great sandals
Perfect for using during long walking on holidays (or at home of course).
Odette, the 5 September 2019
Salewa Rapace GTX boots red orange
Great boots.
I'm a huge fan of Salewa products and this is the fourth pair so far. These Rapace GTX boots are basically a stiffer version of the Mountain Trainer boots. I'm still breaking them in, but they are instantly comfortable and I look forward to putting them through the paces this hunting season.
Jeremiah L, the 27 August 2019
AKU La Val Low GTX shoes brown
Excellent shoe.
Very pleased with these shoes, this is the second pair of AKU I have bought recently and with the experience of my first pair I was confident to order this different style. Very nice quality and very comfortable.
Charles, the 22 August 2019
Sneakers AKU Montera Low GTX blue
Typical AKU Quality
Most of the reviews of this shoe are accurate in my opinion. This shoe is a bit warm on hot days, as I expected it to be since it's almost all suede with no mesh. The sole is also firm, at least on cement. I bought these as everyday shoes for all seasons. The AKU Tengu Low, which I also own, is much better for hiking. The Montera Low is a good looking shoe and well made. These are replacing a pair of AKU Aribas that I bought over 15 years ago which I've worn as everyday shoes also. I've worn through the soles to the midsoles. I've never had a pair of shoes last that long. AKU's are well worth the money and are in my opinion works of art.
Merrell, the 22 August 2019
Salomon RX Slide 4.0 Shoes Blue
Really nice shoes
Good for holiday, for from and to swimmingpool
Inge, the 17 August 2019
Boots Mammut Nova III Mid GTX green woman
Very good shoes
Good shoes for a good price.
Sandra, the 16 August 2019
Chiruca Cares Force GTX Hiking Boots Green Black
High quality
High quality
John, the 16 August 2019
Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 Trail Running Shoes Black Red Women
Reliably the best
Simply perfect
Claire, the 15 August 2019
Salewa MTN Trainer Mid GTX Boots Black Orange Green
Favorite boot
This is third pair of them
Robert, the 14 August 2019
Chiruca Cares Boa GTX Hiking Boots Brown
Good quality
Product met my requirements
Philip, the 5 August 2019
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