Hiking boots are generally used for hiking, that is walking up mountains, o’er hill and dale, through valleys or anywhere else you might find some clean, fresh air and a lovely view to boot (excuse the pun). Any serious walker will have a pair of hiking boots in their wardrobe because they are designed to make walking as comfortable as possible and really do make a difference when you are out hiking.
For a start, hiking boots are durable and able to cope with various terrains, from grass to gravel, roads to rocks, woodland to wetlands. They are generally made from a material such as hardwearing leather or a substitute for leather, and the lighter summer boots are made from hardwearing fabric. Toes are round and soles are thick to help you amble along without noticing every single stone on your track. Whilst not completely waterproof, hiking boots are at least more weather resistant than canvas sneakers and so your feet won’t get as wet and uncomfortable.
Boots are a useful and important walking tool, in essence, and so consider them as a aide to your rambles rather than a hindrance. They can prevent you breaking your ankle if you tip over on an uneven surface, and a good pair of boots that fits well will not give you nasty blisters and other terrible scourges.
When choosing your hiking boots it is a good idea to try a few pairs on and walk about the shop in them. If you are planning to take advantage of internet discounts then go into a shop first to do some research, perhaps talking to an expert who will be able to advise the best boots for your particular feet. You may need insoles, or thick socks in order to get the boots feeling really comfortable. It is not a good idea to wear two pairs of socks in an attempt to make boots that are too large fit: these will only rub together and cause horrible blisters. You are much better off buying boots that actually fit, or you won’t enjoy wearing them at all.
The best situation when out walking is to completely forget about your hiking boots and what they are doing so that you can take full notice of the wonderful things you are seeing around you.