Footwear Shoes And Boots, Go Bushwalk

f your feet are happy then you'll be happy; making footwear one of the most important items in your equipment arsenal. Contrary to popular belief, bushwalking doesn't require sturdy, ankle-high boots with stiff soles. For pleasurable striding choose footw

If your feet are happy then you'll be happy; making footwear one of the most important items in your equipment arsenal. Contrary to popular belief, bushwalking doesn't require sturdy, ankle-high boots with stiff soles. For pleasurable striding choose footwear that suits the terrain you intend walking.

Top 5 Buyers' Tips:

  • 1. ANKLE SUPPORT - Don't judge ankle support by height alone. Also consider heel cup fit and under-heel stability (firmness).
  • 2. FIT - If footwear doesn't fit correctly it WILL be uncomfortable.
  • 3. WATERPROOFING - Waterproof footwear is fine for cool, wet conditions. For hot weather, mesh uppers are lighter, faster drying and more breathable.
  • QUALITY - High-quality footwear will generally fit better and last longer. It's worth spending more for a quality product.
  • STIFFNESS The mid-sole determines sole stiffness. Ensure the sole flexes at the ball of the foot to allow natural striding.

Selection Guide:

To avoid total confusion when footwear shopping, narrown down your options before buying. Choose a category from below:

1. MULTI-USE SHOE - Day walkers cruising graded tracks need look no further than a lightweight shoe. These allow natural striding and don't bind the ankles like boots can. Wear them everyday!

2. LIGHTWEIGHT BOOT - Provides shoe-like comfort, while extra height gives additional ankle support and helps keep out debris. A great option for general track walking.

3. MIXED BOOT - Perfect for mixed terrain and pack carrying. A stiffer sole proides additional stability and increased under-foot protection to handle some off-track walking

4. HEAVY-DUTY BOOT - The toughness boots available. Maximum support! Best suited to rough terrain and a risky choice for track walking. Can take a while to wear in.