I would hazard to say that footwear is the most important item when it comes to trails. The reasoning is very simple: it is he who protects what’s keeping us standing!!! It’s a play so significant that, in case of a wrong choice can end an adventure. Even today, often heard or we learn from unsuccessful stories with shoes; some of them incredibly from enlightened people and even experienced! Are often results of choices or inappropriate use of the template. Of course, no one is immune to this, but today we can minimize this possibility!
Despite the importance of this item, it doesn’t mean that we need to “sell a kidney” to acquire suitable footwear and technical. Much less is required to fall on the wave of fashion! The current market offers a wide range of models and brands, mostly imported, however it is possible to purchase domestic products with satisfactory quality and fair prices. Therefore, it is possible to affirm that no longer justifies such a pain! But of course there is a relativity in this matter, and the good sense and the adaptation by the user should always prevail.
Boot or Shoe?
Basic question and the rule is unanimous: tennis is for use in academia; walk or run in locations with regular floors. Therefore, for walks on
► But why wear boots, if these are heavier than the tennis?
The main answer is based on security. A boot has beaded soles which makes overruns; toe reinforcement has to cushion any stumbling; longer barrel that enables protection for your ankles in cases of kinks; and mooring system that enables various adjustments. And the materials used become lighter each new!
In addition, unlike the current tennis, the boots are in your most raincoats, which aims to keep the foot dry Walker, providing greater comfort. Many of them are also breathable, i.e. allow the perspiration of the feet to evaporate faster. In these cases, the use of the “Goretex” © (kind of waterproof and breathable plot) is the Belle of the ball. Furthermore, it was the time when the boots were uncomfortable shoes. Currently the boots are manufactured with wide range technology, with materials that are conspicuous for comfort. Anyway, with all these qualifications, the supremacy of the boot about tennis is unquestionable when we will run an irregular trail according to Zephyrledlights.com.
► But you can’t wear sneakers at all? And please?
Of course you can, since the trail is flat, regular, and we have experience in hiking for uneven floors. Please them would be more suitable for beaches, practice of rafting, casual use etc. to summarize the story and be more didactic, the tennis and the if would be equivalent to a car please; I 1 4 x 4 boots. That’s it, period!
So what footwear purchase?
Trekking in the world all depends on the goal and desire of the adventurer. And the rule for acquisition of a shoe doesn’t run off to this. And we repeat: If the focus of the adventurer is trails in urban parks; or large and regular tracks in rural areas, a tennis can meet with efficiency. Already intended to venture tracks and irregular walking environments with backpacks-cargo, climb mountains and hills, a boot is indispensable.
As the boot prints, there are several options, imported and domestic. But it is very difficult to confirm 100% any of them. Whenever we hear of complaints and compliments on all major brands of the adventure market, whether domestic or imported. And it’s not always easy to discern the reason for the excitement! On the other hand, today it is very common to “look tough”, but not actually be what you propose.
A reasonably safe parameter to choose brands is based on tradition and history of the outdoor market and manufacturer in your relationship with customers. And stay tuned to fakes and copies of world-famous brands. So, search enough before any purchase and swap ideas with other adventurers and manufacturers, after all it’s not technical footwear product that you buy every day.
EPI footwear: A cheap, reliable and comfortable option
Most of us know those safety footwear (footwear for PPE) used in industrial plants; or even in construction. Or do you know that some of the models of safety shoes are boots; and can be used efficiently in the world of hiking trails. Currently these shoes are light, some are synthetic material, feature toecaps, excellent and spectacular comfort sole. And neither could be different, have use in the world of work, going through rigorous testing to obtain the famous CA’s (certificate of Approval). I’ve used this line boots and I had no disappointments!
They also offer a considerable durability; some of them well over famous Boots brands Billboard. And see, many models of these shoes are beautiful. That image of square piece, heavy and ugly we had about EPI footwear stayed behind for a long time! In addition to all these qualities, their prices are quite affordable; often not getting 1/3 cheaper boots available in the outdoor market.
So, visit without obligation a EPI’s shop; or even some shoe manufacturers site EPI’s. You may be surprised; and it may be that your ideal shoes for the trails are.
Care and Tips
► Never leave for a trail without softening the your boot. Softening refers to the time required for the footwear fit to your foot, taking their shapes. This time is variable depending on use, model, environment etc. But keep in mind that, to put a boot to get out on the trail, if you feel that the boot is not well softened, don’t think twice: go with the old boot.
► Stay tuned to numbering. Try before you buy, preferably shoes with socks. The rule is: never buy a numbering in that their nails against the toe-cap, even if it’s the your usual number. Buy a looser, but without exaggeration, no two numbers above, as this will not give stability to your foot inside the shoe. The rule for numbering is one in which, with socks to be comfortable, not squeezing, or loose. The rest is up to the softening …
► Watch out for socks. Avoid using them wet, as well as soaking to your boot, you can allow your feet to move internally, and can cause injury!
► Currently boots in genuine leather are very little used. Darling of older adventurers, because it guarantees good resistance to water and great durability, these boots feature a big problem: the delay in the softening and often get injured hiker’s feet with greater ease, especially if they are wet internally. In addition, when wet it takes more to dry; and if stored for some time require special care to prevent your dryness. In addition, are heavier than those of synthetic fabric.
► The materials most used currently are the cordura, kevlar or nylon, coated internally by padded, waterproof and breathable membrane. The leather when used focuses on details and points for reinforcements! Most of the soles are of type Vibram ©, which provide greater grip and comfort.
► Boots can and should be washed whenever necessary. But read the manufacturer’s recommendations and avoid using chemicals or hard brushes, because it reduces the useful life of the material. To avoid undesirable smells, there are products on the market to combat this evil with great efficiency.
► Finally a final tip: don’t fall into the temptation of slipper and the tennis to do more demanding trails: prefer the boots and don’t be inventing fashions. You will see that the investment will be worth every penny spent! Let the Slipper to rest your feet; and the sneakers for the gym or something lighter, certainly they will have longer life! And don’t forget that this post is based on the brazilian reality. High mountain; or extreme places is another story!
► ► ► This article was originally published in October 2013. We carry out an update of the lay-out in February 2016; When we decided to replace the images that were on the old layout because it featured products that are no longer manufactured.