Can I purchase mens hike and trail shoes at Anaconda?
Yes, we have a wide range of hike and trail shoes on offer here at Anaconda, designed with your comfort and safety in mind when you find yourself on rocky, uneven or varying types of terrain. They include open and closed shoes, and styles that are low as well as some that offer extra support for the ankle, in a range of different materials, colours and sizes.
What should I look for when buying hike and trail shoes?
Looking after your feet as a walker is one of the most important things you can do. Choosing hike or trail shoes can be confusing, but choosing the right pair can mean the difference between a comfortable day or a painful, and in some cases dangerous, walk. Unlike buying normal shoes, hiking shoes need to be chosen for purpose, taking into account terrain, climate, and other factors.
Hike and trail shoes are available in many different styles, but these are some of the things to look out for:
Outsole - The outsole is probably the thing everyone looks at when buying new walking boots. Tread patterns will vary depending on brand and shoe/boot, but all serve a purpose for a certain type of terrain. Chunkier patterns are better in mud, while a shallow tread is better suited for a rockier environment.
Midsole – As the name suggests, the midsole fits between the insole and the outsole. The job of a midsole is to act as a shock absorber, helping to cushion and protect your feet as you walk, and particularly important for longer treks.
Upper - The upper is everything on the outside of the boot above the midsole. Uppers are often made from different materials such as sturdy and hard wearing leather, or synthetic fabrics which make for lightweight boots.
Liner - Some boots will feature a waterproof liner, and although this makes the boot waterproof and therefore ideal for wet weather walks, it can compromise breathability. For hot weather walking, choose a boot without a liner to help your feet breathe.
How do I care for my hike and trail shoes?
Your hike and trail shoes or boots will last longer if you take good care of them. Rapid drying, heater drying, and not nourishing the leather of the shoes can all lead to a shoe or boot cracking and eventually splitting. Always clean shoes or boots, removing all mud, dirt and other debris. If they look dry, your shoes or boots will need nourishing with wax or polish. Reproof regularly with small quantities. Do not dry boots on or near a heater, as it can cause material to crack or shrink, and if you stuff paper in them to help them dry, try not to overstuff them as this may alter their shape.
You can find other shoes, boots and specialist footwear for men here at Anaconda too – as well as footwear for women and kids of all ages, and all at great everyday prices!