Hiking Shoes Canada

Should You Choose Hiking Shoes or Hiking Boots?

When it comes to hiking, one of the most important decisions you'll make is what type of footwear to wear. There are two main options: hiking shoes or hiking boots, and it is heavily dependent on self preference and where in Canada you will be hiking. Nonetheless, we will go over why you would want to choose one over the other, and how Laced Footwear outdoor footwear brand, HIWALK, can help you.

The following are some of the most important things to consider while selecting hiking footwear:

-They should protect your feet by preventing injuries or damage to your feet from the weather or environment. A key factor would be to check if they are waterproof footwear or not. Also, consider where your destination is and what time of year it is; you may need to consider warmth as a priority, especially in Canada.

-You shouldn't have to worry about blistering when you use them. A contributing factor in some cases would be whether the material is leather or TPU and whether they fit too tight. Although, keep in mind breaking your footwear in before a long hike is essential and prevents blisters.

-They should be light because it is essential that you save weight wherever possible, therefore saving energy. Again, it depends on the material the shoes or boots are made of. For instance, leather is heavier than TPU material.

Hiking boots are typically heavier and provide more ankle support than hiking shoes. They're ideal for rough terrain or if you're carrying a heavy pack. Many hikers believe that when it comes to preventing ankle rolls it doesn't matter if you have more ankle support or not. Hiking boots are sometimes blamed for causing ankle roll injuries. Overall, boots are bulkier and need more energy to walk in. If you intend on going off-trail or need something robust for all types of weather, including winter, hiking boots are a great option.

If you're only going on easy trails and warmth is not your concern, hiking shoes may be a better choice. They're lighter and more flexible, which makes them more comfortable to walk in over long distances. Hiking boots are heavier and more comfortable than hiking shoes, but they offer comparable protection. Hikers seeking a reasonable balance between durability, weight, and protection should look for a good-quality hiking shoe.

At Laced Footwear, we take great pride in the quality of our product and can assure that our HIWALK waterproof hiking shoes and waterproof hiking boots can withstand any Canadian terrain. With HIWALK, you don't have to worry about what type of terrain you'll be hiking on, as we have a variety of products that will suit your every need. Laced Footwear is the ideal online destination for hikers, runners, walkers, travelers, and casuals in Canada. Take a look at our selection!