The hiking boots are a very specific type of boot for outdoor use, because its structure is intended for those who wish to venture through rough terrain and long walks, making it the ideal footwear for those who want to do paved trails only by earth and boulders, it is still possible to show how to use hiking boots in looks urban, or to adapt the visual “adventure” to the city.
Hiking boots X-hiking shoes
Before any thing it is better to make it clear that we are going to talk about boots to walk with a guy more classical (above), because we have the tennis style hiking (below), and their versions of the high tops that are also considered boots, but has a look that combines elements brought from the athletic shoe and does not have the same charm, although they have their fans.
History of hiking boots
Historical records show that 12,000 years ago the man already made improvements in his shoes – which were sandals of leather – to gain traction on difficult terrain and make them more resistant. Despite this need for something that would protect their feet on long treks and tough, the boot walk only became a reality from the TWENTIETH century, when, ironically, the walks and trails have been transformed into leisure, because the cars have eliminated the need to traverse great distances on foot.
In 40 years the italians have spent a lot of time and talent by creating hiking boots leather, but, in spite of efforts, the footwear were not there very comfortable and still faced another problem: the water! By being fully closed, to protect the feet from the cold and the rough terrain, this kind of boot, once invaded by the water, took a long time to dry. But, still, there was progress on the soles and seams, each time more parrudas and resistant.
In the 70’s walking boots have been gaining in materials technology that have begun to resolve the problems of the past. Canvas waterproof and Gore-Tex have become part of the leather of some of the models, keeping the feet dry; the soles have become more flexible; the linings and insoles have gained the treatment padded to ensure comfort; tennis shoes and boots started to be increasingly more similar to and share the raw materials. Today some models are pure technology, but the classic types of leather not only resisted, as they won space due to the visual vintage stylish.
Main features of hiking boots
Leather – leather in the classic models that some times it can be merged to the canvas rustic. In pairs, the modern it can be made of nylon, Gore-Tex, nubuck and canvas. In the leather many times the leather is made in one piece, while in other models of boots toe caps and wingtips are common. The idea is that the footwear show a waterproof, brogues (holes) are not welcome, even though, as usual, and are only decorative.
Mooring – an integral part of the look of the hiking boot are the metal handles and hooks that replace the grommets, so common in other shoes. The shoelaces can vary widely, but the most common are cord tarpaulin and nylon, it can repel water.
Sole – is tratorado to maintain traction whatever the terrain and high enough to prevent stones or thorns hurting your feet, as well as providing durability. The traditional is similar to the working boots, but the more modern have a format closer to that of tennis to athletics, that takes much of its charm.
Lining and insole – in the past they were very rustic, today all of the available technology is employed to make them comfortable. Cushioning, gel, rubber, foam and all the luck soft materials and absorb the impact is employed to ensure a better performance.
– Some boots worker can incorporate elements of a hiking boot, but this usually has the tie going up to near the nozzle, or half of the foot (see the models in the Danner), while the workers generally only go up to the beginning of the instep. The soles of hiking boots are always tratoradas, since the workers do not always have this characteristic.
– The hiking boots can also be found with the name of trail boots.
In the next posts we will talk about how to assemble outfits with this type of boot and where to buy it.
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