We feel to draft an article after our last trip on Trekking Shoes or Boots, What is the difference?  A general question that needs to be clearly answered after our last Manali Trekking Exploration

Hand on experience of Trekking Shoes or Boots – The Boot Tragedy.  

In during that trip, one of our co-traveler was wronged by a local shopkeeper to buy boots for trekking instead of trekking shoes. Because of which she suffered a lot during the whole trek. Her legs got swollen. Toes were in bad condition and some of us was covering her up.

The scenario she faced was major because of her shoes. Now, why? She was wearing a perfect boot – Hard sole, Leather made, with good grip over the foot and moreover a good price tag.

People generally misunderstand the concept of Trekking Shoes. The trekking shoes are made to be wear for a longer duration with vividness in the terrain to walk. They came with adequate grip towards the foot and floor. Specifically designed to provide you with support at ankle and toes. Also, to reduce the force of movement and absorbs somewhat of shocks.

She was so in pain that she even fixed cotton & bandages to support her feet inside the shoes, but that was not a permanent option. After that trip, we always suggest our guest have proper trekking shoes for multiday treks.

Trekking Shoes or Boots, What is the difference?
Trekking Shoes or Boots, What is the difference?

From our experience of trekking and regular queries from our guests, we decided to put an informative article to answer the question: How to choose best trekking shoes?

Let us put this first that no trek is same, choosing and investing in trekking shoes must be according to your preference of treks and how often you found are you of going outdoors.

Consider this: If you are going for a weekend trek to Kasol-Kheerganga, Mcleodganj-Triund, Manali Old Town, or somewhere else, then you might not need that costly trekking shoes. Ordinary, sports shoes with good grip and effective grasping over your foot will work perfectly. Generally, this applies over treks with difficulty level from Easy to Moderate.

While for treks like Hamta Circuit Trek, Beas Kund, Kuari Pass, Valley of Flowers, or more like these you need to invest a little in your trekking shoes. We usually find that these treks took 3-5 days and you need better shoes to support your foot base. For these treks, you can bring shoes with hard sole grip, more tradeblocks, shoe lace effective to tighten the shoes effectively and Water Resistant.

Now for Pro Trekkers. When one becomes a usual trekker, he/she knows what kind of shoes are better for them. After experience from the previous trek, one crafts his/her image of shoes and they end up with one. Still, for reference, we are putting the effective parameters for pro trekking shoes with our next article. 

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How to choose best trekking shoes? - Adventure Travel Trip