Indeed, no two boot designs are alike, as each is geared for specific terrains and weather – and there are a great variety of landscapes and climates that one can hike.
So, to make the best decision about what kind of boot you should purchase, you’ll want to think about:
• Parts of a boot – When checking out a hiking boot at a store, the salesperson may use various terms to describe the boots’ parts. Or, to explain what is wrong with a pair you’ve tried on, you might want to know what a specific part is called to better communicate your concerns. A hiking boot consists of six general parts.
• Boot soles – The hiking boot’s sole (the bottom part of the shoe between the ground and the foot) is made of a few different parts. Being aware of these different sections can help you choose the best hiking boot for your trail needs. The sole consists of four parts.
• Boot cuts – A boot’s cut refers to how high it goes on the ankle. In general, there are three types of boot cuts.
• Types of eyelets – As with any shoe, to ensure your boot fits tight, you’ll lace them up and tie a knot. With hiking boots, however, you can choose from a variety of eyelets that the laces run through. Each eyelet types offers various advantages and disadvantages.
• Tongue designs – An often overlooked consideration to make when purchasing hiking boots is the tongue design. Generally, there are two types of tongue designs.
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