- 1. ANKLE SUPPORT - Don't judge ankle support by height alone. Also consider heel cup fit and under-heel stability (firmness).
- 2. FIT - If footwear doesn't fit correctly it WILL be uncomfortable. Buy footwear only from specialist bushwalking retailers.
- 3. WATERPROOFING - Waterproof footwear is fine for cool, wet conditions. For hot weather, mesh uppers are lighter, faster drying and more breathable.
- QUALITY - High-quality footwear will generally fit better and last longer. It's worth spending more for a quality product.
- STIFFNESS The mid-sole determines sole stiffness. Ensure the sole flexes at the ball of the foot to allow natural striding.
1. MULTI-USE SHOE - Day walkers cruising graded tracks need look no further than a lightweight shoe. These allow natural striding and don't bind the ankles like boots can. Wear them everyday!
2. LIGHTWEIGHT BOOT - Provides shoe-like comfort, while extra height gives additional ankle support and helps keep out debris. A great option for general track walking.
3. MIXED BOOT - Perfect for mixed terrain and pack carrying. A stiffer sole proides additional stability and increased under-foot protection to handle some off-track walking
4. HEAVY-DUTY BOOT - The toughest boots available. Maximum support! Best suited for rough terrain but a risky choice for track walking. Can take a while to wear in.
My tip: We once had a trekker who bought himself a pair of heavy duty boots. He could not work out why he was so far back in the group as he had trained a lot. The boys were blaming his boots! Why because they were so 'heavy' and he was finding it hard to walk up hills. They suggested he get rid of his boots and wear his joggers. Guess what, he had no further problems. So please remember when purchasing boots, try and purchase good quality but keep in mind to pick a 'lightweight boot' that does not weigh you down! Gail (Boss Meri)