Trekking without a suitable pair of trekking shoes can turn out to be a nightmare! Your trekking shoes are your best friend in the wilderness and you got to choose a perfect pair before you begin your trek. Don’t worry we will help you pick the right one!
Now, don’t just run after the brands instead focus on your need and what is there on offer while selecting your trekking shoes. Although there are some must-have features like good grip & flexibility, others like waterproofing are not required for all your treks. Here is a list to help you choose the best trekking shoes -
- Good Grip – Have a close look at the outsole it should ideally have deep grooves or lug-pattern, as these are called. Deeper the grooves better the grip and better the grip, the more confident you will feel on your trek.
- Soft & Flexible – Take a key and knock the outsole. A good solid sound? That’s not a good sign! Rather the sound should be dull & lousy. Also, check for the sole’s strength by trying to poke a key, if a dent is made then it is not sturdy.
- Ankle support - While trekking your ankle is always prone to a twisting injury, that’s where ankle support comes to your rescue. A good ankle support will provide the much-needed protection to your ankles from being twisted. The inner lining should have good padding for ankles and softer inner base for cushioning the feet.
- Water-resistant – While trekking your shoes will be exposed to water, slush, mud etc. Hence it’s important that your shoes are water resistant to avoid wetness inside. Ideally, the shoes should be made up of Nova Dry or Gore-Tex fabric.
Our Trek Expert Recommends
Remember there is no one ‘multipurpose’ trekking shoe which you can wear on all your treks.
- For a day or weekend hike/trek in Sahyadris its best to wear lightweight hiking shoes, we strongly recommend Action Trekking Shoes.
- For longer treks, you should choose trekking boots which are water resistant & have good ankle support. Here we recommend Trek 100 & Forclaz 600 by Decathlon.