The hiking boots you need this fall, according to expert hikers – CNN



Whether you’re hitting the trails for the first time or you’re a seasoned hiker, the search for the perfect hiking boots never seems to end. But once you find your favorite pair, you won’t be able to believe how you were hiking in anything else.

To help you finally get your dream pair of hiking boots, we talked to expert hikers for the best tips and tricks on finding the right boots for you. They covered everything from fit, waterproofness, materials and more so you’ll never hike with sore feet again.

“Having proper footwear is always important because having blisters or sore feet can take the joy out of hiking,” says Diana Durr, a staff member at Mojave National Preserve and previously a park ranger and climbing guide at Joshua Tree National Park. “For me the most important thing about footwear is comfort. When my feet are happy, my hiking is joyful.”

“There are so many brands and models out there today, and everyone’s feet are unique,” says Danny Butenas, a product expert at REI. “Some of us need a narrow fit with arch support, and are all smiles when they put on a Salomon X-Ultra. Others need extra room for their toes and less arch, and never want another boot after sliding into a Keen Durand. There’s a boot out there for everyone, and that can actually feel pretty daunting. But taking your time in your search is worth it.”

“Women’s boots typically come in a B or C width, with wide fits sizing out to a D,” says Butenas. “That width also happens to be the typical size of a men’s regular, so if you have a D width foot in any gender, you have a lot of options!”

“Women’s boots are typically narrower in the heel and ankle closure as well,” Butenas continues. “One thing to also keep in mind when looking for new footwear is that there typically between a …….

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/27/cnn-underscored/best-hiking-boots/index.html