Quick Buying Guide: Hiking Holidays Shoes

Two Things To Keep In Mind

There are two things that we need to get out of the way before we delve into what makes the best shoes to wear on hiking holidays.

First, there is no such thing as a cheap hiking shoe. You should be prepared to shell out a bit more for quality. You don’t want to be in pain after a long walk, or be forced to turn back and miss out on so many amazing sights and experiences. But don’t worry because good hiking shoes aren’t too expensive either.

Second, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. However, following is a quick guide on what you should be keeping an eye out for, and some recommendations.

There are two major categories to which all hiking shoes generally belong, walking boots, and walking shoes.

Walking Boots

These shoes are characterized by the collar around the ankle, providing excellent leg and ankle support and preventing debris such as pebbles and twigs from getting into the boot. These shoes are durable, waterproof, and breathable.

If you’re going to cover long distances and challenging terrain during wet weather, walking boots are a must. This is especially the case if you’re going to carry a big pack.

There are downsides to this type that you should be aware of. It can be uncomfortable for those who aren’t used to wearing foot gear that reaches this high. In addition, it can be too rigid at the beginning so you’ll have to do some breaking in.

Here are two of the best pairs that fall under this category

Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Amped Hiking Boot

This is one of the best-selling pairs today, and for good reason. For starters, the upper material is made with waterproof grain leather and mesh for durability and breathability. The midsole is durable, cushioned, and lightweight.

The midsole material and design also provide excellent energy return, making it ideal for long hikes and harsh terrain. Its multi-terrain traction system is out of this world.

It can work with different environments and can even be used on surfaces covered with ice and snow.

Ariat Women’s Terrain H2O Hiking Boot

Ariat’s H20 Hiking boot features uppers made with 100% leather. With the oiled full-grain leather, you can easily tell that this pair is a beauty. The shaft measures 4 inches, giving your ankle ample support.

The 4-layer footbed gives padding that’s usually enough for rough hikes. The lining is moisture wicking. The outsole comes with a self-cleaning design and is ultra-durable.

Walking shoes

If you’re not going to be traversing rough terrain and if the hike won’t be covering a considerable distance, standard walking shoes would suffice. These are shoes that will enable you to tackle easier routes.

They are generally lightweight to make hours of walking comfortable for you. They also feature ample cushioning and arch support. However, they typically don’t offer any ankle support.

Ryka Women's Devotion Plus 2 Walking Shoe

If you’re looking to get a pair of walking shoes, Devotion Plus 2 Walking Shoe is worth a look. This pair features breathable mesh uppers printed with a unique for-way gradient design.

The cushioning technology provides good impact protection.

The ideal choice for your hiking holidays would depend on many factors including distance, topography, and weather. Keep those in mind when looking for a pair some of which we’d look into.