Hiking Boots

The hiking boots are a very specific type of boot for outdoor use because your structure is intended for those who wish to venture over rough terrain and take long walks, making it the ideal footwear for those who want to do trails paved solely by Earth and boulders, you can still show how to use hiking boots in urban looks or adapt the visual “adventure” for the city.

Hiking boots X pedestrian path

Before anything is better make it clear that we’ll talk about hiking boots with a classical guy (above), because we have the hiking style shoes (below) and their high-top versions which are also considered boots, but have a look that adds elements brought sports shoes and doesn’t have the same charm, even though they have their fans.

History of hiking boots

Historical records show that there are 12,000 years ago the man had improvements in their shoes-they’re nothing but leather Sandals-to gain traction on difficult terrain and make them more resistant. Despite this need something to protect your feet in hikes and strict, the hiking boot only became reality in the twentieth century, when, ironically, the walks and trails were transformed into leisure, since the cars have eliminated the need to cross large distances on foot.

In the years 40 Italians spent a lot of time and talent by creating hiking boots of leather, but, despite all efforts, the shoes weren’t there very comfortable and still faced another problem: the water! Because they are fully closed, to protect your feet from the cold and rugged terrain, this type of boot once filling up with water, it would take too long to dry. But, still, there has been progress on the soles and laces, increasingly parrudas and resistant.

In the years 70 hiking boots were gaining technological materials began to solve the problems of the past. And Gore-Tex waterproof canvas began to integrate the wealth of some models, while keeping the feet dry; soles became more malleable; linings and insoles won padded to ensure treatment comfort; shoes and boots began to be increasingly similar and share raw materials. Some models are pure technology, but the classic types of leather not only resisted, as have won space due to the vintage style.

Main features of hiking boots

Leather–leather classic models that sometimes can be merged to rustic canvas. In modern pairs can be nylon, Gore-Tex, nubuck and canvas. In the often leather leather is made in one piece while in other models of boots toe caps and wingtips are common. As the idea is that footwear be waterproof, brogues (holes) are not welcome, even if, as usual, and they are just decorative.

Mooring–an integral part of the visual of the hiking boot are the metal handles and hooks that replace the eyelets, so common in other shoes. The laces can vary widely, but the most common are waxed cord and nylon, as they can repel water.

Sole-is tratorado to keep traction on any terrain and high enough to prevent rocks or thorns hurt their feet, in addition to providing durability. The traditional is similar to those of working boots, but the moderninhos has a format closer to the tennis to athletics, which takes a lot of your charm.

Lining and sock-were formerly very rustic, today all the available technology is employed to make them comfortable. Padding, gel, rubber, foam and all the luck in soft materials and impact-absorbing is employed to ensure better performance.

Stay tuned:

-Some boots worker may incorporate elements of the hiking boot, but this usually has mooring going up near the beak or half of the foot (see Danner models), while the workers usually go only to the beginning of the instep. The soles of hiking boots are always tratoradas, the workers do not always exhibit this trait.

-The hiking boots can also be found with the name of trail boots.

In the next posts we will talk about how to set up looks with this type of boot and where to buy it.