Get the Best Fit for Your Hiking Boot

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This video is quick guide with great advice on ensuring your boots fit well

This video is in our chapter about preparing your hike.

Music:
the World - jewelbeat.com
Voice-over by Dominic di Rollo

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What hiking boot is best for me?

In this video, you'll learn how to tell if a hiking boot is right for you. We advise you to take your time in choosing a pair that fits you well, and to ask advice from an trained salesperson.

To check whether a pair of boots fits you well, there are two elements to take into account: the size and the width.

Firstly, let's take the size. Before testing out for size, always put on the socks that you will wear during a hike

For high-top or partly high-top boots, which are stiff, put them on and lace them up evenly and not too tightly.

Stand up and push your foot as far as possible into the toe. Your finger should be able to fit between your heel and the back of the shoe. This gap stops your toes from being crushed when going downhill.

For low-top shoes, choose a pair slightly bigger than you would for trainers. Being flexible, they'll stretch slightly when you foot swells during your hike.

Always try on both shoes, as it's not unusual to have one foot bigger than the other

Secondly, let's look at width. Always test for width in the afternoon- that's when your feet are the most swollen

Put on your shoes, lace them up evenly and not too tightly. Your toes should be able to move and breathe, and your heel shouldn't have too much room to rise up in the back of the shoe

Your shoe mustn't be too wide, because it won't give you any support and you'll get blisters. It shouldn't be too narrow either, because your feet will be squashed and uncomfortable.

Remember the golden rule: if you find a pair of shoes uncomfortable, try another!

When you choose a pair of shoes, check the size and don't forget to check the width

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