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HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT PAIR OF SHOES FOR ME?
Founded in 1981, Randy Merrell began by designing and manufacturing custom made waterproof hiking boots for the outdoor enthusiast, and they are now responsible for producing some of the best hiking shoes and boots is the business.
Before you start shopping for your hiking boots or pair of shoes, it is essential to consider the conditions that you plan to be walking or running in, and how long you usually trek for. The sort of hiking, trail running or walking that you do will indicate the pair of shoes you should purchase. Famous Merrell options at Anaconda include Moab 2, GTX, Siren Traveller, Barrado Luxe, Sandspur and Moab FST, so you are assured of purchasing the perfect pair of shoes or hiking boots. Waterproof, hard-wearing qualities are essential for hiking boots and trail running shoes to see out the distance, and Merrell is up to the task, using highest-quality Gore-Tex, Nubuck leather and cutting-edge synthetics to give you the advantage. Here are a few considerations.
The weather: If you tend to trek in warm conditions, then you would be better suited to a low or medium-cut hiking boots or hiking shoes. The best hiking shoes are breathable, lightweight and comfortable. If you are an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys colder or wet weather, a higher cut hiking boot or trail running shoe made with waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex is a good idea. Check out the Merrell Men's Moab 2 GTX Leather Mid Hiking Shoe for inspiration.
The terrain: If you plan on trekking across more challenging terrain during trail running or hiking, you should consider high cut boots with a comfortable and protective footbed. Outdoor enthusiasts appreciate hiking boots and running shoes with strong outsoles for maximum grip on all types of terrain. If you are traversing flat, non-challenging terrain, lightweight running shoes or Merrell casual shoes may be a better option. Merrell men’s shoes, women's shoes and kid's shoes are quality items, with choices for everyday use or hiking adventures. If you are looking for a comfy pair of shoes for hitting the shops, working, or school, or some of the best hiking boots, hiking shoes or running shoes on the planet, then Merrell is the perfect choice.
The load: Think about the weight of your hiking boots and the load that you intend to be carrying. If you have a long way to go, then a lightweight, low/medium cut hiking boot may be a better choice. However, if you are taking a fully loaded pack, then a heavier boot will provide increased support. Strong Merrell hiking boot options include Women's Siren Traveller, Merrell Kid's Moab 2, Merrell Dashen Hiking boots and many more styes, in a wide range of colours.
WHAT SIZE OF HIKING BOOTS OR SHOES SHOULD I PURCHASE?
One of the most important things is to ensure that your Moab 2, Siren Traveller, Moab Adventure Mid boots or other hiking boots or hiking shoes are the right fit. We recommend wearing your hiking socks when you are trying Merrell shoes on, and spend at least ten minutes testing them. If you are ordering your Merrell shoes or boots online, and you have ordered the wrong size, we can exchange the item. Also, remember that it is essential that you break in your Merrell boots or running shoes. Wear them around the house or while you are running errands, and they will quickly start to become comfortable. Ill-fitting footwear is obviously bad for the feet, and blisters can severely impact your outdoor experience. Why take a chance, when Anaconda introduces you to the best Merrell products available.
The Anaconda footwear range is huge, and Merrell is a major player. We partner with name brands known for quality outdoor apparel, so if you require top quality hiking boots, hiking shoes, running shoes, trail running shoes or casual shoes, check out the full Anaconda collection. We have an Australia-wide network of retail showrooms, plus an online service that includes fast checkout, delivery tracking and delivery to your door. You can even pick up Anaconda gift cards so all your Christmas wish list ideas come true.
WHAT FEATURES SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR WHEN CHOOSING HIKING SHOES AND BOOTS?
Hiking shoes are possibly the most essential piece of kit that you will take on your trail, and you should choose features that best fit your adventure. As previously mentioned, there are plenty of benefits to wearing a heavier boot as this will provide you with more stability and support. However, this will also increase the pressure on your legs, and a lightweight option may be the better choice for you.
Waterproof boots will help to prevent water from getting into your shoes. However, some hikers prefer to have a non-waterproof footwear that is more breathable, particularly if they prefer to be outdoors in the summer. Whether you are looking for leather or innovative materials that are designed to be breathable and moisture wicking, Merrell shoes are available in a wide assortment of different materials. Some boots have a mounded arch to support your feet while you are walking, while others forego this. The arch support that you choose will depend on your personal choice and what you plan to be doing on your adventure.