LAfter an outdoor adventure, the body is tired, but the shock of nature is still there. When I got home and sorted out my equipment, the emotions I found during the trip kept coming to my mind. Looking at the traces of the hiking shoes, there is a wonderful story behind it to be recorded. These equipment follow us up and down the mountain and go through various outdoor situations of sun, rain, wind and blowing. They are worthy of careful care to extend the service life, and only then can the maximum effect of the shoes be exerted!
Whether it is a one-day trip to the countryside or a multi-day vertical walk, we all need a pair of good hiking shoes. Hiking shoes seem simple, without emphasizing popular elements and bright colors, but they provide the best support and protection when walking. To make a pair of high-quality hiking shoes, the real chapter can be seen from the material selection at the beginning.
Mountaineering shoes usually have a low-top and a mid-high top depending on the usage situation. The former emphasizes light weight, while the latter focuses on covering, support and stability. High-end hiking shoes are often made of leather. The softness and durability of leather are widely accepted by the public. However, the price of the shoes themselves is relatively high, and the situations in which they are used are more complicated. In order to extend the service life, they are often Needs more care and maintenance.
Humid weather can easily affect the condition of outdoor equipment. Taking leather hiking shoes as an example, from the manufacturing end, we pay great attention to the temperature and humidity control of leather storage and the use of dyes, in order to ensure that the natural leather material is well preserved. use.
A pair of hiking shoes is expensive. Only by choosing the right equipment can people enjoy the fun of outdoor activities, and proper maintenance and maintenance afterwards can also prolong the service life. Follow our steps to choose and maintain your hiking shoes. !
How to choose hiking shoes
When you have a need to purchase hiking shoes, it means that you will start an outdoor adventure. The price of the product does not mean everything. Only by finding the equipment that suits you best can you exert the greatest effect. The specifications of hiking shoes are different. The following are the recommended purchase steps:
01. Pick the size
Compared with daily walking shoes, wearing hiking shoes usually involves more luggage load and long-term walking situations, so it is extremely important to choose the correct size.
Each person’s foot shape and the last of each brand of hiking shoes are different. It is recommended to bring the thick socks you plan to wear when you go hiking to try on the shoes. Many stores provide shoes and socks and measuring tools to help consumers or to find the most suitable size.
02. Patience experience
After preliminarily selecting a few pairs of shoes, first experience the conditions of the shoe last, the shoe body covering and the space inside the shoe. You can also ask the salesperson the correct way to tie the shoelaces, try to move the steps, and test the support of the shoes. Or borrow a certain amount of backpack equipment from the salesperson for walking experience.
Walking outdoors with equipment on your back for a long time is a test of endurance, and whether it is comfortable to wear is extremely important. It is worthwhile to spend more time at this stage to confirm the comfort of the equipment.
03. Height and hardness
Different shoe styles have different heights and sole hardness. Should you choose mid-cut, low-cut hiking shoes? How to determine the hardness of the sole?
At this time, it is up to the itinerary to judge. Low-cut or softer soles are sufficient for a single-day light trip or a well-planned artificial trail. In the face of walking on complex gravel steep slopes, hard rock fields, or wet and muddy terrain with heavy loads on your back, you need to choose mid-tube hiking shoes with better coverage to protect your ankles.
The texture of the sole also needs to be taken into consideration. A sole with good mud removal and drainage can provide better grip and make walking more stable. The harder sole can also provide sufficient support when encountering a small area of pedaling points, reducing the fatigue of the sole muscles.
04. Material selection
The body material of hiking shoes is nothing more than leather or fiber cloth. The leather material provides better protection. The disadvantage is that the weight of the shoe body is slightly heavy, and it takes time to maintain and maintain it.
The shoe body made of man-made fibers is usually light and breathable, but if you walk in a mountain trail environment with more weeds and arrow bamboo dense forests, the shoe body is more likely to be scratched.
Nowadays, Gore-Tex® waterproof membrane material has been widely used. Waterproof and breathable is the basic equipment for hiking shoes, but the waterproof performance of Gore-Tex® is not permanent. If you want to wear comfortable or breathable, you need to maintain your equipment frequently Or style it with accessories like extra leggings.
05. Shoe Taming Time
After buying new shoes, it is not recommended to wear them for a long-term trip for the first time. It is recommended to find opportunities to adapt to the shoes before departure for a long-term trip, so that the material of the shoe body can better fit the shape of the foot, and find out suitable socks and shoes With the belt binding method, try to eliminate all kinds of unsuitable factors, so that you can do it comfortably and easily.
How to care for hiking shoes
If the body of your hiking shoes is made of leather (nubuck leather, suede), natural leather is like skin, and it needs to be properly removed from dirt, cleaned and oiled to prevent the leather from becoming brittle and reducing air permeability. Good leather is not only durable, but also fits the shape of the foot better after a long time of use. It is recommended that you follow the steps below to clean and maintain the leather to keep it in the best condition, so that you can use it happily.
01. Let the shoe body breathe
After a long time of use, some moisture will remain on the shoe body. Please remove the shoelaces, remove the insole, and put the shoes in a cool and ventilated place to accelerate the dissipation of moisture. Ideally, let it sit in a cool place for at least 24 hours before next use.
02. Remove dirt
The dirt on the leather can be removed by scrubbing with a soft brush and water. After washing, the pores of the leather will open, but this does not mean that the shoes at this time have a good waterproof effect (the waterproof effect is mainly caused by the Gore-Tex inside the shoe body. ® waterproof membrane).
03. Strengthen the waterproof effect
When the shoe body is still wet, use waterproof spray to promote the closure of leather pores and strengthen the waterproof effect of hiking shoes. In the follow-up leather maintenance, better results can also be obtained. But be careful not to use the spray in confined spaces, and wear goggles if necessary.
04. Oil the leather
Leather that is too dry will have the problem of embrittlement, and it is necessary to use leather maintenance oil to moisturize the shoe body regularly. A small amount of leather maintenance oil may cause the leather to become dull. If you are not sure whether leather maintenance oil can be used on the shoe body, you can conduct a small part of the test on the less obvious part of the shoe body.
05. Lightly brush the shoe body
Use a shoe brush to evenly push the maintenance oil to the whole shoe body. This step can help the leather absorb the maintenance oil faster and restore the leather to its best condition.
Some leather maintenance oils will make the suede lose its luster. You can use a special brush for suede to comb it to restore the luster and suppleness of the suede.
06. Check the maintenance effect
Regularly clean and maintain and strengthen the waterproof effect. When the water touches the upper, it will appear water droplets, which means that the leather of the shoes has exerted the best effect, and it also means that the maintenance steps are correct.
07. Make sure it is dry and stored properly
Moisture can easily cause the shoes to become moldy. After cleaning, please place them in a cool place to dry, and ensure that they are completely dry before storage. You can use shoe lasts to maintain the appearance of shoes and avoid wrinkles, and you can also put newspapers to enhance moisture absorption, but please remember to replace them regularly until the moisture is completely removed to avoid moldy newspapers.
Mountaineering shoes will depreciate depending on factors such as usage, frequency, and time, but the following situations must still be avoided to reduce the chance of damage to mountaineering shoes:
● Due to incorrect purchase size, unauthorized removal or replacement of insoles, and excessively long toenails, the Gore-Tax® waterproof membrane inside the shoe body may be damaged and not waterproof.
● Putting hiking shoes in a high temperature/fire source will cause the leather of the shoes to become brittle; or placing the shoes in a damp place will cause the shoes to become moldy.
● The environment where hiking shoes come into contact with agricultural waste and acidic substances; or the environment where they come into contact with seawater will also cause damage to the body or sole of the shoe.