Whether you are thinking of going for a short day hiking trip, or want to spend a couple of days in the beautiful creations of Mother Nature, a good pair of comfortable leather hiking boots will make your trip safer and more enjoyable.
Brands of Hiking Boots
Some of the popular brands that retail leather hiking boots are Nevados, Timberland, Danner, and Colombia. These boots can be found commonly sold at your local departmental store, usually in the sports section or outdoor section.
Most of these boots are waterproof, since they are made of leather, but fairly heavy, again because of the material. However, these boots really provide essential protection for your feet, and while the investment in getting a good pair is significant, it can make the difference between having an enjoyable day out hiking, or having your day with nature in ruins.
Shopping for Hiking Shoes and Boots
When looking for a pair hiking boots it is important to make sure that you get the right size. Most of the time when you go hiking, you will probably be wearing thick socks (for further comfort and protection), so it might be a good idea for you to bring along a pair of thick socks when you go shopping for your boots.
Breaking In Hiking Boots
It is also important to note that hiking shoes need to be “broken in”. In fact, the sturdier and stiffer the boot originally is, the harder it is for you to break in the boot. However, the great thing about leather is that since it is so sturdy, when the boot does get broken in, it is going to be really comfortable for you, since the shoe literally “fits exactly to your feet”… and this makes it ultra comfortable for you.
What I would recommend is that you wear the new boots to walk around your home, or in your trips out shopping… until you are comfortable with the feel of the shoe, before you bring it for a hike. The worst thing you would want is to be unused to your boots when you are in uneven terrain.
Another point to note is that leather boots tend to become stiff when stored in colder temperatures. So if you would like to keep your broken in leather boots nice and comfortable all the time, be sure to store them in a place where it is slightly higher than room temperatures.