Good quality hiking boots are an investment that can be expected to last a long time, but only if cared for. This article tells you how to take care of your walking shoes, from breaking them to relocating them, so you will get the most value for your investment.
In this article, I will discuss five main points about proper care and maintenance of hiking boots:
1. Break them in.
3. General cleaning and maintenance.
5. Awareness of when they had it.
Break hiking boots
The purpose of breaking hiking boots is to soften them so that they do not hurt your feet. They need to be flexible exactly where your legs and ankles bend. The best way to do this is to walk on them. The purpose of breaking hiking boots is to do it on short walks, so do not put yourself in the middle of the desert with a blister and a pair of inflexible hiking boots.
Walking shoes or hiking boots may not need to be broken, but use them to be sure. Very heavy hiking boots may not actually break, but wearing them will make your feet stronger in places where the boots refuse to bend.
Either way, what you want to do is put on your new hiking boots for a short time. Wear them at home, on morning walks, on the way home and back (or wear them at work, if your job does not require much walking and if dress code allows). Wear them on short walks.
When the boots are properly broken, you will feel comfortable walking. Then you are ready to take them on a serious walk.
You may have heard of dropping your new hiking boots in the weather, or soaking them and drying them when you dry them, or other weird techniques for breaking them. If this sounds like a bad idea, here’s why. Insert them gently, and they last longer.
Waterproof hiking shoes
Most hiking boots are waterproof when you buy them, but you still need to do more moisture insulation. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations in the documentation accompanying the boots or on their website.
Different materials require different types of sealing. Leather, whether whole grain or shredded, requires a wax-based waterproof compound (which is exactly the same as shoe polish). Fabrics, especially nylon blends, require a silicone-based waterproof spray.
Since most hiking boots are made of a combination of leather and fabric, you should use both types of waterproof. And be careful, because silicone-based sprays can be harmful to the adhesive seams of leather hiking boots. The best approach for such dual hiking boots is to apply silicone-based waterproofing on the fabric while protecting the leather, then spray the waxproof waterproofing on the leather panels and seams.
If you have full leather walking shoes, you can use a waterproof spray based on wax or old shoe polish. Shoe polish works best on seams, because you can put it on extra thickness and work on seams and stitches.
Thoroughly clean your boots and give them a full waterproofing before the first use and after each large walk. Rarely used walking shoes may only need waterproof treatment once a year or more, but use your own judgment. If you notice cracks or signs of wear after climbing, reapply the waterproofing.
General cleaning and maintenance of your hiking shoes
After each day of walking, clean the mud and dust of your hiking shoes. Every time you stop for a walk, check your boots and remove any extra mud and dust. To clean your boots while hiking or camping, all you have to do is tap a rock, smash your boots, or stick with a stick if necessary.
If you let the mud dry on your boots, it will both destroy the waterproofing and rise into the trunk. It gently removes leather and is not suitable for nylon.
When you go home, or at least once every few days on a long backpack trip, wipe your boots with a damp cloth. Make sure you remove all foreign matter, so there is nothing to interfere with waterproof chemicals, so you can check them for damage.
If a seam opens, cut the hanging threads. If the hanging thread catches something, the seam will open much faster. Depending on the size and cost of the boots, you may want to bring them to a shoe rack for repair, or simply apply extra shoe polish to keep the wide end in place to make sure the seam is waterproof.
If your boots are wet, dry them gently. Rapid drying causes the leather pieces to shrink and separate from the fabric parts and the rubber sole. Fill wet boots with newspapers and change newspapers every few hours to allow the boots to dry.
Between walks, a pair of shoe trees will help your boots stay in shape. And this will be very important for your comfort on your next walk.
Take off your hiking shoes
If you have a good pair of backpack boots, you can replace it when the sole is worn. It costs from $ 40.00 to $ 80.00.
Walking shoes or hiking boots are not worth the difference. In general, the upper parts wear out quickly, but even if the upper part looks good, the cost is not reasonable.
Look for an experienced ladybug in your city so you can relax your shoes. There are services on the web that do this, but shipping costs add significantly to the overall cost. The main advantage is that all such services guarantee their work. If you do not know a pair of shoes that you can trust in your valuable hiking shoes, search for “boot resole” on the web.
They look like a new pair after you change your hiking shoes. That means you have to re-enter them.
Know when your hiking shoes are worn out
Examine your hiking boots for wear and tear and determine when to replace them or, if they are worth it, invest in major repairs.
The most obvious point of wear is the tread. Sometimes the tread wears out considerably, so that the cracks between the tread knobs are not deep enough to stretch. In some hiking boots, you will notice that there are two layers on the bottom, and after the softer part is gone, you will walk on the harder inner part, which does not create good traction on the hard rock.
Another common area of wear is the inside of the scar collar (the pad at the top that removes pebbles without tearing your Achilles tendon). If the lining is worn and the floor covering is exposed, your hiking boots should be repaired or replaced immediately.
Check the bottom layer of your hiking shoes. Most of the time, you will see a hole under the heel or toes. (Movable insoles can prevent this, but be sure to change the insoles regularly.) Such a hole will soon cause blisters.
In some walking boots, the upper part starts to wear seams. You may notice that the seams come apart quickly, as friction between the plates weakens the fabric, causing more movement and more friction.
Daily walking shoes and boots may deteriorate as the sole separates from the upper. If this happens before the shoe shows other serious signs of wear, take it as a lesson: Avoid that brand in the future. If this happens along with other failures, well, it’s time to get a new pair of hiking boots.
If your hiking boots are made of both leather and fabric, you may find that the leather is gently pulled out of the straps. As the leather is pulled from it, the fabric begins to wrinkle. When this is done, seam failure will soon follow.
Another problem with leather straps is that your hiking boots may reach a point where you can no longer fasten them! I have only seen this once, on a pair of leather hiking boots. (I hate to see them go.)
Properly groomed whole grain leather is almost indestructible. If it is not taken care of properly, it will crack. There is not much you can do but change your boots and try to take better care of the next pair.
Take care of your mountaineering boots, they will take care of you too. Keep them clean, waterproof them with the waterproof compound recommended by the manufacturer, and they will serve you thousands of miles along the way.