If you have ever thought along the same line, chances are you are not alone on this one. A couple of footwear review ‘experts’ actually think you should ditch your comfortable hiking boots, and their arguments are so interesting. And somehow true if you ask me.
People generally don’t love boots because they are heavy. And that’s what Action Hub is trying to put out there.
You expend more energy the more weight that you carry, and the weight on your feet is very significant. The weight you carry on your feet will drain you of six times more energy than the weight you carry on your back, so removing those two extra pounds of weight when you make the switch to running shoes is the same as removing around twelve pounds from your backpack.
The bottom line, however, is this: if you feel you cannot carry two extra pounds on your backpacking escapade, it may not be a great idea to wear hiking boots.
Hiking boots are expensive, no doubt. Via Kix argues that this can add an extra cost to your investment, unlike with the running shoes.
Hiking boots are not particularly cheap to purchase. A good pair of hiking boots can set you back over a $100, and it’s not uncommon to spend $200 or more for some brands. To protect your investment, hiking boots should be properly maintained to prolong their lifespan. Otherwise, you may only be getting a few seasons out of your boots.
But then again, if you can afford to buy hiking boots and you are sure cost doesn’t really matter, then the matter of cost comes down to a personal preference.
According to Clever Hiker, there is no such thing as waterproof hiking boots. And therefore one of the best reasons why you don’t want to hype hiking boots over running shoes.
Most boots claim to be waterproof and most hikers think that’s a good thing. But waterproof boots won’t keep your feet dry. It’s as simple as that.
Your feet will be wet with sweat because they can’t breathe. Waterproof boots only provide short-term protection from rain. When it rains, water will run down your legs and into your boots. Even the highest quality waterproof boots will develop tiny holes over time that slowly let water in during prolonged rain.
At the end of the day, the so-called waterproof hiking boots won’t protect your feet from sweat. That’s because many boots out there aren’t breathable.
While they do have solid arguments, some of them are subjective and should be taken with a pinch of salt if anything. As far as you are comfortable in hiking boots, and actually taking good care of them after use, your feet should be fine.