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.
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.