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Many people wait until it is too late to replace their hiking boots. You really don’t have to find yourself in this kind of situation. If you want to enjoy your time on the trail, you need to know when to replace your hiking gears. As for the hiking boots, here are some of the common signs that it might be the right to find a new pair before your next adventure.

Mountain Warehouse recommends looking at the appearance of the boots to see if there are any signs for replacement.

Check the appearance of your footwear

This may seem quite obvious, but how often do you check your footwear? Here is a list of what to look for and the potential consequences of missing them:

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Many people don’t usually do this, unfortunately. But it is usually the first step that can help you to determine if your boots are fine to take you to the next adventure or otherwise.

A post written by Great Outdoor Labs shows that discomfort when walking may be a sign that it is time to replace your hiking boots.


Discomfort on the trail is a good sign that your footwear is no longer doing its job. Pay attention to signs from your body—aches, pains, blisters, or chafing, especially in your legs, knees, hips, back, or feet. Blisters typically mean that you’ve stretched your shoes to the extent that your feet are moving around too much within them. Aches and pains, especially if they occur sooner than they once did, often indicate that the soles have gotten thinner, leaving your feet less protected from the discomfort of small stones, pebbles, and other rough terrain.

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Of course, no one loves to go through pain. And aches, blisters, and chafing caused by hiking boots are not an exception. So, determine if your boots are making your feet uncomfortable and replace them immediately.

Winfield Outdoors suggests that when you notice your hiking boots no longer have cushioning on the mid-sole, that’s a sure sign for a replacement.

No cushioning in the midsole

Walking and hiking boots come with a layer of cushioning in the midsole to help soften the impact on your feet, ankles and legs. However, over time this cushioning will become compact and, therefore, less effective.

A good way to tell whether the cushioning has gone in your boots is to do the ‘press test’. This is where you press the bottom of the boot (on the outsole) upwards into the midsole to simulate the pressure when walking. If you see lots of compression lines in the side of the midsole then the cushioning is fine, but if you see fewer, heavier lines, then it’s a good sign you need to replace your walking boots.

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Missing midsole means discomfort. And wearing uncomfortable boots cannot do your feet any good on the hiking trail.


Of course, hiking is one of the best recreational activities that you can take pair in regardless of the season. But you need to make sure your boots are up to standard before planning the next adventure.