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- Fit: Make sure your boots fit well. You don't want them too tight or too loose; they should fit comfortably and allow room for your toes to move around without being cramped up. Many people find that they need different sizes depending on whether they're wearing thick socks with their hiking shoes/boots or not—so don't get discouraged if it takes some trial and error before finding one that fits just right!
- Comfort: After all, this is why we love hiking in the first place, it gets us outside in nature with friends and family members who share our passion for exploring new places! If something hurts after several hours out on trails (especially where blisters may form), then you need better gear than what currently exists in stores today.
- Strength: The strength of a hiking shoe is an important factor to consider when purchasing hiking footwear. The strength of a hiking shoe is determined by the sole, upper, and lacing system.
- The Sole: The soles of hiking boots provide stability and traction for your feet on rough terrain. A strong sole will have good grip and support for each step you take. You should be able to use the sole as a platform for your foot when you step up or down from rocks and roots in your path. The best hiking boots feature thick, durable soles that can withstand repeated wear over time.
- The Upper: While most hikers are focused on the treads on their shoes' soles, they often overlook how important it is for their shoes' uppers to be strong as well. Many hikers don't realize that an upper's durability can be just as important as the treads on their soles when it comes to choosing hiking boots that will stand up to heavy use over time. A good upper should be made from a tough material like leather or synthetic leather that will hold up against abrasions and tears while you're on the trail. It also needs to be comfortable enough so that you don't feel any pinching or rubbing against your skin while wearing it during long hikes.
- Durability: Hiking shoes should be able to withstand wear and tear. They need to be sturdy enough to handle the elements, including mud, dirt and water. They should also be able to stand up to the rigors of heavy-duty use over long periods of time.
You're now ready to tackle any hike you throw at them! Since we've gathered the top hiking shoes for you, it's time to go pick one out and take them for a test hike. You'll be doing all sorts of awesome things with these shoes on your feet.