advertisement
07 July 2008

Hiking boots

Major features for hiking boots and shoes are ankle support, stability, good grip and durability.

0
Major features for hiking boots and shoes are ankle support, stability, good grip and durability.

Most models use leather for support and durability and incorporates a shank, a wooden, steel or plastic insert built into the sole unit to provide lateral stability and to prevent the boot from twisting or flexing too much.

Many styles use waterproof leathers or waterproofing systems such as “Goretex” to keep feet dry in harsh, wet conditions. Soling is made from “non-slip” rubber with specially designed tread to provide as much grip as possible.

Many lightweight styles are also available utilising suede and mesh materials which reduce weight and are usually suitable for day hiking in warmer conditions. For hikers who do not require extra ankle support, hiking shoes cut lower down the ankle are available.

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X

More:

ManYour life
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Watch out! »

Gross fungal infections you can pick up at the gym

You go to gym to exercise. But make sure the only thing you pick up is a dumbbell and not one of these gross fungal infections.

Holiday health »

Your 10-step asthma holiday checklist

Don’t let asthma ruin your summer holiday. Whether you are travelling or embracing the summer at home, make sure you plan ahead.