In this post, I will be answering your question of should hiking boots be a size bigger or not and what you need to know before buying hiking boots.
Many people are unsure of the proper size to purchase for hiking boots. This is because most people believe that they should always buy a size bigger than their actual foot size. However, this may not be necessary. If you know how to break in your hiking boots and what type of terrain you will be on, then it is possible that this rule does not apply. The important thing to remember is that your feet swell during hikes so if you’re using these shoes for shorter hikes or walks around town, then purchasing them one size up may not be needed.
Should Hiking Boots Be A Size Bigger?
It is better to have hiking boots that are too big because they will provide more room for your feet and socks to breathe. They will also dry more quickly after getting wet. However, hiking boots that are too big can cause blisters on the top of your toes.
What are hiking boots and how they are different?
Hiking Boots are heavy duty boots designed for walking on rough terrain. They are usually very sturdy and supportive to give your feet extra protection while you walk around in the wilderness or mountains where there’s a lot of loose rocks, dirt, gravels & etc
They are different from other boots/shoes that are meant for casual wear because they usually have thicker soles to better protect your feet, ankle support and are water resistant.
It is also important to note that hiking boots are not made for walking on flat surfaces. They tend to be very stiff at the first few weeks of use and will need breaking in, so please don’t wear them on your daily commute or around town if you’ve just purchased them
What should I look out for when trying hiking boots on?
When shopping online , it can sometimes be difficult because you’re unable to try footwear on before purchasing; also some retailers may only sell whole sizes (ex: US Men’s size 12) instead of half-sizes (US Men’s Size 11 ½). Here are some tips that might help with sizing based off your foot measurements :
If you have wide feet , choose a boot which is 0.75 cm wider than your measurement so that you can have extra space for socks.
If you have narrow feet , choose a boot which is 0.75 cm narrower than your measurement so that the boots are more comfortable and snug, but not too tight.
What size should hiking boots be?
If you’re looking for a pair of shoes that can handle rough terrains, then it is best to purchase them one size bigger than what you normally wear in everyday shoes/boots because they are used in a manner where your feet will expand a little more after hours of walking around.
Another reason why they should be one size bigger is because they are designed to fit loosely on the foot so it does not get stuck when you’re trudging through muddy terrain or in wet conditions where water can seep into your shoes and if it’s too tight, then there must be some room available to allow for your feet to expand in that damp environment.
If you’re planning on hiking in the winter, then purchasing shoes/boots one size bigger is not necessary because it will be warm enough inside these boots and they won’t need any room to expand considering how cold temperatures are so there’s no concern with your foot swelling up when it is cold out.
Should you wear hiking boots a size bigger?
Hiking boots come in all different shapes and sizes. Most people wear a size that is too small, which can lead to blisters and pain.
Some hikers go up a size but down a width because they want the boot to be more comfortable, however this will make it feel clunky when walking downhill or on uneven surfaces. The best thing to do is try on as many pairs of hiking boots as you can before buying one so that you find the perfect fit for your foot type and activity level.
One of the most important elements of choosing the right pair of boots is getting the proper fit.
Shoes should not be too big or small, but just right to provide comfort and support for all day wearing without causing injury. Evaluate your foot size by standing with one foot against a straight edge like a wall while having another person mark the longest part at the tip of both feet using either pencil or chalk. Measure this length in centimeters (or inches if you are from America).
If you fall between sizes, choose the larger option because it will give room for extra socks on cold days as well as extra width during warmer months when your shoe size could change due to swelling caused by humidity exposure.
Now that you know what measurements correspond to which shoe/boot size, it is time to understand that hiking boots should be a size bigger than your actual shoe size.
Hiking boots are designed to keep the foot dry and warm in colder climates,\ so they have thicker soles which will take up some extra space inside of the boot.
In addition, hikers wear thick socks on their feet when hiking – this also takes up more room in a shoe so it is important to choose a larger sized boot/shoe if you want them to fit properly.
And finally, always remember that water swells whatever material it comes into contact with! So even though your shoes may feel snug during winter months (because of all those layers of warm socks) once exposed to water they will stretch out adding at least half a centimeter or one-centimeter to the length of your shoe.
So what is the lesson here?
Choosing a boot that will accommodate enough room for those thick layers socks, as well as give you some extra space to allow water expansion can make all the difference when it comes to comfort and warmth on your hike!
References : How to Choose Hiking Boots
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