What to Bear in Mind When Buying a Pair of Outdoor Boots
If you walk, hike, ride, take part in motocross or a long list of other outdoor sports you need good footwear. Specifically you need a good pair of boots. Here we take a quick look at what you need to bear in mind when you are buying any pair of boots.
Always buy quality
New boots are often expensive, so it is important to take your time and buy the right pair. A high quality pair of boots will last you for years, so you do not want to be stuck with an unsuitable pair, or a pair you do not like the look of.
Buy a pair designed for the job
The most important thing to consider before you buy a pair of boots is what you want them for. If you want them for work and are a construction or factory worker, you need to buy a pair with safety features, such as steel toecaps, ant-slip and anti-puncture soles. Hikers should buy boots that have thick but flexible soles and are made of good quality leather. They also need to have good ankle support, be waterproof and easy to lace up.
Buy boots that suit your foot type
If you have flat feet, high arches, bunions or unusually wide feet make sure that you take those conditions into account, so that you do not end up a pair of boots that makes things worse. Only buy boots that are made of breathable material so that your feet do not get damp and become susceptible to fungal diseases such as athletes’ foot. If the boots you like are not already waterproof treat them with a waterproofing spray before you wear them to ensure your feet always stay dry.
Buy your hiking boots in the afternoon
To get the best fit, buy your boots in the afternoon rather than the morning. Your feet swell slowly during the day, so if you buy your boots at the end of the day you can be sure that they will not be too tight. Take a pair of socks with when you buy your boots even if it is in the summer. That way you can be sure that they will not be too tight during the winter. Try both boots on, with the socks and lace them up completely. Walk around the shop for a while to make sure that they are comfortable and look good.
Look after your boots
To motivate yourself to look after your boots, buy the polish, brushes and deodorising spray you need to look after your boots once you get them home. Clean them on a weekly basis and check the heel and sole for signs of wear. If you find any wear, get it repaired immediately. Doing so quickly will mean that the repair is cheaper and that your feet and back do not suffer. Wearing footwear with worn heels means you are walking lopsided which can lead to bad posture that in turn leads to back problems.
Buy good quality boots, that fit properly and are built for the job and you will not suffer with foot problems. Look after them and you will in the long run save money and be able to enjoy your sport, hobby or pastime even more than you do now.