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The importance of a pair of trekking shoes to a traveler is no less than of that a knife to a butcher. You need to have your equipment perfect for a perfect experience no matter if it's a piece of meat or conquering a summit.
As important as it is to have the right pair of shoes it is equally important to take good care of them. With following a very simple and convenient care routine you can make your shoes last for years saving you 100s of dollars.
Caring for your shoes is a routine activity that begins with breaking into your new pair of shoes, and then requires care both during the trek and after each hike as well.
Hiking shoes are meant to be super comfortable but they could hurt more than high pencil heels if you skip this task. It's very judicial to break in your boots before you go on your first trek wearing them. You can simply wear them in the house or outdoors as well so that the shoe gets adjusted according to the structure of your feet making it considerably more comfortable during the hike. One additional tip is to wear them with socks even when you are just trying to break in.
There is a list of things you must ensure before taking your old pair of shoes on a trek and it's crucial that you tick all the boxes for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
It is extremely important to have waterproof trekking shoes. If due to any reason, you do not have a pair, you can waterproof them yourself. These DIY?S are not foolproof but can definitely be a lifesaver!
If your shoes need waterproofing, do it before venturing out into the wild. Do not, we repeat, do not, leave this task for later because you feel it might not be required.
The type of waterproofing agent to be used will depend on the type of material your shoes are made up of. Though it is always better to find a pair of already waterproof shoes in case you can't find one don't hesitate to ask the seller for the waterproofing agent you would need.
Usually, leather shoes require an oil-based sealer whereas the fabric ones require silicon-based resistance. After applying the waterproofing agent use a shoe dryer or a general hair dryer on low heat to help the wax sink in. Never over oil or over wax your shoes thinking that it will provide better retention but actually it will cause the leather to decompose and prevent heat retaining.
Do not forget about your shoelaces either. make sure they are in good enough condition to provide you the perfect support and if they don't change them right away. It?s always suggested to carry an extra pair of shoe laces during hiking because you never know when it may get soiled. Also, consider the condition of the aglets if that is in good condition or not.
Carefully check for any cracks in the leather, insoles, base, etc. Clean any debris, dirt, or any other thing stuck to your shoes right away. Better do it now than regretting it later when you are stuck in the mud!
Nobody goes hiking all around the year right? therefore it is very important to have a perfect place in your closet to store them as well. Avoid humid places for storing your boots this might cause to rot them in the long run. Also, never use plastic bags for storage it prevents your boots from breathing.
Your trekking trail might require you to cross a stream of water during your way through the forests; after all, who doesn?t love the thrill from an unexpected adventure? But what if all this adventure makes your remaining trek uncomfortable due to wet shoes?
We hope all this information was beneficial to you. If you have any doubts, just shoot a mail and we will reply within no time. By following these simple tips and tricks you can not only make your shoes last longer but also have a great and comfortable trekking experience.