WALKING - Footwear
Within this article there will be an overview of footwear,
it would be advisable when purchasing boots that you
visit various outlets and ask for advice concerning
different boots and compare various manufactures when
trying them on for size and fitting.
There is no such thing as the ideal footwear for all
occasions, therefore you either purchase a general boot
or purchase more than one pair of boots for different
aspects. The three  seasoned boot this covers the
average walker in the hills and mountains and won't
be specializing in a certain activity
The three season boot means suitable for use on all
terrain except hard snow and ice with these boots being
to flexible for crampons to be fitted. Many of the boots
that are in this category can be fitted with flexible
walker's crampons and are adequate for most winter hill
walking but not for climbing [always
ask for advice relating to the boot and crampons].
One of the most important points to consider is that
of comfort always take your time and try various boots
on and try them with the socks you normally wear or
similar ones. Make sure the heal does not move up and
down as you walk as this will lead to blisters on the
heal. If your toes feel cramped then the boot is too
narrow a fit you will receive blisters and walking could
become difficult due to pain. If you can feel the end
of the boot with your toes when you stamp your foot
forward, then the boot is too small, the descents will
be painful [find a shop with a
foot measure such as a Brannock Device].
boots are far better than fabric boots if you intend
to use flexible crampons for walking in winter. For
crampon use, boot uppers need to be fairly stiff so
that when you tighten the straps they don't crush your
feet, which is painful and may cut off circulation.
The sole should be made of a rubber compound and the
tread pattern should be of the traditional vibram type
or the modern monobloc with a removable footbed, a graded
flex insole, a cushioning midsole.
More seams on the boot means there are more likely
to be weaker and potentially less waterproof the boot.
After being in the hills remove the dirt from the soles,
check the condition of the laces and remove the dirt
from the uppers with a nail brush and damp cloth. Leather
boots will need to be reproofed occasionally, always
allow the boots to dry out slowly. Stuff them with newspaper
and leave them in an airy place [never
leave them in warm places, next to fires etc. this may
cause the leather to become brittle and crack].
When dry, leather boots should be given a coating of
good quality wax polish or a proprietary reproofing
compound with the attention being paid to the seams.
- Climbing, Fell Walking,
Mountaineering, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Watersports
and other Activities can be extremely dangerous
and can result in permanent disability or even
loss of life. Participants in these activities
should be aware of and accept these risks and
be responsible for their own involvement and
Lake District Let's Go can not be held responsible.
Always seek advice and information.