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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

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
Sneakers AKU Montera Low GTX blue
Not used yet - but....
Only tried on to check size in the house, but seem to be very comfortable, well made and good quality. I had not heard of this brand before, but I am looking forward to using them 'for real'.
Charles, the 1 August 2019
Salewa Rapace GTX Mountaineering Boots Black
Break them in!
Good sturdy boot. Stiff for long hikes especially the first time out. Good for a front strap style crampon and very aggressive tread design. Hiked the Tetons and then climbed the Full Exum route in them and I would not recommend doing that. (Use climbing or approach shoes) The boots are sloppy on rock with not a lot of feel. But they do support your ankles when trudging through a lot of loose rock. They’re also slippery on rock when wet. I did get blisters on my heals and toes after only about an hour of hiking. I wasn’t supper happy with that for obvious reasons. However the quality of the boot is really good and should hold up very well over time. I think they will do really well for shorter hikes and ice climbing.
Dallin, the 29 July 2019
Boots Asolo 6B + GV GTX black green
Asolo 6gtx Mountain boots
Excellent quality boots from Asolo. Very lightweight and C3 compatible so I'm a very happy boy. Light enough to wear for mountsineering routes and summer climbing days
Simon, the 26 July 2019
Merrell Jungle Moc shoes dark brown
Good. Cannot understand why they're called black..they're brown
Good. As ever.
Zoe , the 18 July 2019
Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX Hiking Shoes Dark Grey Green
Unbelievable quality
The advice on buying the shoe second to none
john, the 17 July 2019
Merrell Moab 2 GTX Hiking Shoes grey
great comfort, even first walk.
High quality, great comfort, will recommend to friends
John, the 17 July 2019
Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boots Grey Black Green
Very happy
Great service plus great advice about sizing plus delivery time fantastic
john, the 5 July 2019
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