When you want to play basketball, you may go for a good pair of basketball shoes so that you can be more comfortable on the court. Similarly, if you are engaged in other outdoor leisure activities, will you notice that your shoes are not suitable? Choosing a proper pair of shoes will not only provide you with sufficient protection and safety and convenience, but also reduce many unnecessary problems. This article will introduce you to how to buy, use and maintain your shoes for hiking, tourism, adventure and mountaineering.

The type of shoes:
First, lightweight mountain hiking shoes:
Most of these shoes are made of nylon cloth and leather. The focus is on breathability and lightweight design. The soles are also made of soft soles so that you can wear them more comfortably and do not have to spend too much time adapting to them. It is generally poor in waterproofness. Although some shoes use waterproof materials and special designs to enhance its leak-proof function, but overall, these types of shoes are not suitable for long-range hiking and adventure activities.

Second, hiking shoes and general hiking shoes:
These types of shoes are made of leather, nylon cloth or a combination of them, and some also have Gore-Tex waterproof breathable fabrics. It is designed to enhance its ruggedness. The shoe soles are also designed for better grip, and some are even more reinforced on the heel to protect the user's ankles. Therefore, its weight is generally heavier than that of light hiking shoes. In addition to the shoes made of all-leather, it does not have much problems in adapting, but most of these shoes cannot be used with crampons in the snow.

Third, heavy-duty hiking shoes:
The material of this type of hiking shoes is generally the same as that of general hiking shoes, but its protection for the feet and the design of the soles are enhanced in response to more complicated and difficult climbing activities. Usually its soles are thick and hard, and some even have steel plates added, making its weight increase. Special attention is also paid to waterproofing, so that you can keep your feet dry during your activities. However, these shoes must be used before they are used, otherwise they will put on new shoes, and the hard shoes and the hard-to-bend sole will make you feel very painful.

Fourth, double boots:
This shoe is designed specifically for polar climbing, as the name suggests is a combination of two layers of shoes inside and outside. This shoe is not only strong and heavy, but also expensive, but it is a weapon for polar climbing. It is composed of outer boots made of plastic and inner boots made of warm materials, taking into consideration the function of preventing the infiltration of snow water and maintaining warmth, so that your feet will not suffer from frostbite in bad ice and snow.

The purchase of shoes:
Step one: Consider the type of activity you will be engaged in.
Selecting the most suitable shoe based on your activity type is your first priority when deciding to buy a shoe. If your activities are focused on suburban or hiking routes, you can buy lightweight hiking shoes or hiking shoes on the outskirts; if you plan to climb the mountains or arrange more challenging climbing activities, you can choose general hiking shoes. Or more professional hiking shoes; if you want to make technical snow climbing, ice climbing or polar expedition, then you may want to consider buying more boots. Taiwanese mountaineering, in addition to your plan to engage in professional technical climbing, it is recommended to buy hiking shoes or general hiking shoes.

Step 2: Carefully compare the material, design and quality of the shoes. The unique designs of the various brands of shoes are produced. In addition to your unique brand preference, compare several brands and look at several models. Choose a pair of hiking shoes that suit you. During the purchase, carefully observe the design of the shoes and the lathes to see if there are any defects of poor quality. In addition, the instructions on the label of the product must also be taken care of so as not to buy the type of shoes that are not what you need. In addition, if the design of the shoe soles is not appropriate? Is the sewing thread handled properly? Does the design of the heel, toe, and shoe meet your needs? Is the waterproofness of the shoes good? Are the key points you have to consider.

Step 3: Try on After you decide on the brand and model of the shoe, the most important job is to choose a pair of shoes that fits your size. Try on hiking shoes as follows:

1. Select the appropriate shoe number:
The size of your hiking shoes is usually at least half the size of the size of the shoes you wear, but you should not be limited by your size because different countries and different brands have different sizes and even the same size as the shoes. There will also be a slight difference in size. Be sure to try it on yourself to find the one that fits your size.

2. Put on suitable socks:
When you get a hiking shoe, loosen the shoelace completely, put on the inner socks (sweat socks) and wool socks one by one, then put the foot into the shoe and the toe forward to the tip of the shoe. The distance between the heel and heel must still be one or two fingers. After moving the heel back to the heel, tie the shoelace tightly (but not too tightly, moderately enough), stand up and see if the foot slides in the shoe? Is the foot on both sides too tight? Can the toes stretch? If your foot slides freely in your shoes, you may want to change your pair of bigger shoes; if your toes are tight against the tip of the shoe, or even slightly arched, you should try larger shoes .

3. Try to take a look:
Wear shoes and try to walk away. Will it be too loose or too tight? Can the foot slide in the shoe? Will the heel leave the sole? Is it best to step on the slope and see if it is comfortable to wear? New shoes are usually a bit stiff to wear, but they will be more comfortable after a few passes.
If there is no discomfort after the above tests, the pair of shoes should be available for purchase. However, please note that the above actions must be repeated for each pair of shoes, because different brands have different designs and even the size of your feet will change. In addition, Westerners' feet are more slender than those in the East. Foreign branded shoes must be tried on before they can find the best shoe for you.

Maintenance of shoes:
Keep your shoes clean as much as possible, especially after each activity. At the very least, use a brush to brush dirt from the shoes. Most shoes can be cleaned with neutral soap and clean water (be careful not to clean it with detergent). Wet shoes will drain the water and put the newspaper in a cool and ventilated place. Do not use fire or drying machine to dry. It will destroy the material of the shoes (especially Gore-Tex shoes). The debris inside the shoe is clean and the insole is removed for cleaning. After the shoes are dry, apply leather protection to the leather (but be careful that Gore-Tex's shoes don't apply leather to nylon cloth, which will affect the air permeability). When applying leather protection, spread it evenly with your fingers, help the leather absorb the oil through the body temperature, and pay special attention to the oil at the seam.
Shoes (especially the leather part) should be maintained regularly. It is best to develop habits and clean and maintain immediately after each activity. When the shoes are not in use, place them in a dry, constant temperature, dust-free place. This will make your shoes more durable and stay in top condition. After all, shoes are a tool for you to engage in outdoor activities. In addition to providing you with foot comfort and protecting your feet from sports injuries, how can you be careless?

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