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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

adidas Terrex Swift R2 GTX shoes black khaki green
very good hiking shoes
high quality- very good
Anonomous user, the 13 June 2019
Keen Venice Sandals Mineral Blue Amber Women
Nice looking shoe!
These shoes are very high quality made well and probably will last along time. The color is more green than blue so the mineral blue description doesn't really fit but overall a nice color anyway. I bought one size up as most of the reviews mentioned that. They are a bit tight around the sides of the front of the shoe but will get worn in soon and plenty of room in the toe. They are a bit hard on the soles, not a lot of cushioning as my last shoes I had. I really wish they made some nice looking shoes that shows the toes. I also bought a pair in my regular size and they actually fit a bit better still plenty of room in the toe so its really up to you if you go a 1/2 size larger.
Anonomous user, the 30 May 2019
Asolo Shiver GV GTX shoes orange brown
Fantastic quality
The best approach shoe I have used
Anonomous user, the 30 May 2019
AKU Tengu Low GTX Hiking Shoes Black Orange White
Pure comfort.
Such a well made shoe, comfort & style. No need to break in, out of the box & onto the trail. First class.
Anonomous user, the 28 May 2019
Kento Hight GTX orange black boots
Smashing boot.
Fits perfect out of the box. Light with a solid comfortable secure feel. Love them. More time needed for durability .so far so good.
Anonomous user, the 27 May 2019
La Sportiva TX2 Leather Approach Shoes Brown
Like sneakers but with more support.
Light and comfortable, these shoes are great for summer adventures. They run a bit small and narrow so you might need to order up a size but they are really great for a more narrow foot. I pulled the factory insole out and put in my favorite insole and the fit is excellent.
Anonomous user, the 24 May 2019
Salewa MTN Trainer Mid GTX Boots Grey Red Black
Great quality
I've had lots of boots over the years but these are one of the very best. Comfortable, good support on ankle and sole , whatever the terrain. Would highly recommend
Anonomous user, the 18 May 2019
Teva Terra Float 2 Universal Sandals Black Women
Great look!
Good quality sandal at a reasonable price.
Anonomous user, the 17 May 2019
Lowa Renegade GTX MID boots dark green black
Great quality, this is 3rd pair of boots
LOWA is built well, great fit and durability. Can’t say enough good things about them.
Anonomous user, the 15 May 2019
Chiruca Tasmania GTX shoes gray white
really great shoe, but runs small
I've tried every hiking shoe, Merrills, Keen, Vasque, Asolo, RedWing, Forsake, Salamon. The problem is I can feel rock pushing through the sole around the balls of my feet. When I'm hiking with a pack and going down hill my feet kill me because I can feel those rocks pressing into the bottom of my feet. I finally found a shoe that worked but it was only made in a high top. So I did an image search for a dual density polyurethane sole. Chiruca Tasmania has it. There was a great sounding Youtube review on the shoe doing the Continent Divide Trail, but its in Polish, I think, so there's that. Today I got the Chiruca Tasmania shoe. It passes my rock test. But the shoe is made small. Gotta return it and get a larger size. But I'm excited to find a light weight low hiking shoe with a top notch sole. Cheers, John
John, the 15 May 2019
Salewa MS Alp Trainer Mid GTX Hiking Boots Blue
Heavy duty’s standards
Flexible and strong
Anonomous user, the 10 May 2019
Boots AKU Slope GTX black gray
Excellent quality, feel and grip.
A great quality boot built to a high standard. These are comfy, light, grippy, waterproof and tuff plus a great all-round boot that look as good as they perform.
Anonomous user, the 10 May 2019
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots Black
Very good price.
The price and delivery on these boots was very good. Only given them a 4 star as I have only worn them once, for a three mile walk. Very comfortable and hope that they live up to the excellent reviews that others have made on these boots.
Anonomous user, the 8 May 2019
Chiruca Cares Boa GTX Hiking Boots Brown
Very good quality and value
Has met my expectations and am very happy with my boots
Anonomous user, the 6 May 2019
La Sportiva TX2 Leather Approach Shoes Brown
Great shoe for everyday use.
Comfortable and beautiful.
Anonomous user, the 1 May 2019
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